Course content - 10-week Pre-sessional (on campus)

You will focus on the key academic skills and language you’ll need to succeed in your future studies with us.

After finishing the course, I did not feel unfamiliar or nervous at the beginning of my degree programme. The Pre-sessional course is a good way to adapt to university life when you are an international student.

Lingxuan Meng From China / Online 10-Week Pre-Sessional Course.

The course aims to:

  • raise your level of English language proficiency and academic skills;
  • improve your confidence working in an academic environment;
  • help to prepare you for studying at this University.

Your studies will include:

  • 12 hours per week of tutor-led sessions in groups of up to 18 students;
  • between 10 - 15 hours per week of interactive tasks to be completed either in study groups of up to five students or individually online;
  • an individual 20-minute tutorial meeting with your tutor every two weeks.


Sample timetable:

  Monday Tuesday Wednesday Thursday Friday


Tutor-led session

Academic reading: 
Reading for main ideas

Academic reading: 
Navigating a journal article

Academic writing: 
Rewording information from sources 

Academic speaking: 
Referring to journal articles in a seminar

Individual tutorials
12.00pm -12.30pm  B R E A K 

12.30pm -

Tutor-led session

 Academic listening: 
Taking notes in lectures 

Academic reading: 
Taking notes when reading

Academic writing: 
Rewording information from sources

Academic speaking: 
Pronunciation - English sounds

Individual tutorials

1.30pm -

 B R E A K 

2.30pm -

Study groups


Academic listening: 
Listening to a lecture

Academic speaking: 
Discussion from the lecture


Academic speaking: 
Reflecting on seminar performance

1-2 hours

Individual study

Academic language: 
Using the academic word list in writing


Academic speaking: 
Seminar preparation - reading journal articles


Academic language: 


Varying sentence structures

*All times are local, UK time

There is flexibility for you to choose when to do the individual tasks, but you must attend the tutor-led sessions and study groups at the specified time. 


Information on assessment is coming soon. 

Engagement with the course

The course is intensive, and you must study full-time. We will assess your participation throughout the course, both inside and outside of the classroom.

You must:

  • attend and actively participate in your tutor-led sessions;
  • contribute to group study tasks;
  • engage with and complete the interactive online tasks.

If you do not engage with the course, you may not be able to progress onto your chosen degree programme.


Technical requirements

All materials will be electronic and accessed via Blackboard, which is our virtual learning environment (VLE).

All assessments will be online.

To access these aspects of the course you must have:

  • access to a laptop or a tablet - mobile phones are not suitable;
  • a fast, reliable internet connection (we recommend a minimum speed of 2mbps).
  • a webcam;
  • a microphone;
  • headphones.