Pre-Sessional English Language

What will I study on the Pre-sessional English course?

The Pre-sessional courses are designed to focus on a combination of raising an awareness of the expectations of UK academic culture and developing the academic language resources and academic skills needed to meet the minimum entry requirements of your future degree programme.

Each Pre-sessional course is a full-time course and offers 21 hours of classroom–based lessons per week delivered by the highly qualified CELT team which has proven experience of helping international students succeed.

The courses will focus on developing and consolidating essential English language and skills for academic purposes including:

  • Academic grammar and language development
  • Academic writing
  • Reading techniques
  • Listening and speaking
  • Improving pronunciation
  • Making presentations
  • Participating in seminars and tutorials
  • Conducting research

Which course is suitable for me?

There are three Pre-sessional English language courses available. The length of the course you will need to study depends on your current level of English and the entry requirements of your chosen degree.

Degree entry requirement is *UKVI IELTS 6.0 overall (with no band score less than 5.5)

Pre-sessional courseYour current overall *UKVI IELTS score or equivalentCourse dates (2020)Tuition feeApplication closing date (2020)
19 weeks4.5 (Only 1 band score acceptable at 4.0)22 April - 4 Sept£3,80020 March
12 weeks5.0 (Only 1 band score acceptable at 4.5)11 June - 4 Sept£2,40024 April
7 weeks5.5 (Only 1 band score acceptable at 5.0)15 July - 4 Sept£1,14029 May

*If you require a TIER 4 visa, please ensure you have taken an IELTS for UKVI (Academic) test at an approved UKVI IELTS centre.

How will I be assessed?

You will be assessed by both coursework and final examinations.

All students will take the same assessments during the final weeks of the Pre-sessional Course.

Students on the 19 and 12 week programmes will have informal assessment throughout the course on grammar, vocabulary and pronunciation and reading, writing speaking and listening skills.

The ongoing formative assessments will highlight your progress as well as the areas you need to improve.

What happens when I complete the course?

Successful completion of the Pre-sessional English Language and Study Skills Courses at the required level will allow you to progress to your degree programme at Ulster University.

At the end of your studies, a report is sent to your Course Director.

How to apply

You should already have an offer for a degree course at Ulster University.

When you have received your offer apply online below.

Apply for a Pre-sessional English Course

To find out more information about our Pre-sessional courses have a look at our brochure


This is a typical weekly timetable of your study.

DayMorning (9:15am to 12:15pm)Afternoon (1:45pm to 3:30pm)
MondayAcademic Reading and WritingListening & Speaking
TuesdayAcademic Reading and WritingListening & Speaking
WednesdayAcademic Reading and WritingGuest Lecture
ThursdayAcademic Reading and WritingSeminar Skills
FridayListening & SpeakingLanguage Awareness/Exam Practice

Note: timetable may be subject to change.