English language courses

​​​​​​​​Our English language courses are designed to give you a positive learning experience. They'll help you improve your English for academic study, work and professional development, examinations such as IELTS (or Cambridge First Certificate) or for your own personal enjoyment.​​

​What types of English language courses are offered?

Short-term General English
Usually studied for 2 to 8 weeks from January to March and from July to August.

Pre-Sessional English
Available as a 6 or 10 week course delivered over the Summer to prepare students to enter our undergraduate degree.

In-sessional Academic English
Available as a series of workshops throughout the academic year for current students studying at the university.

​Short-term General English

English language courses are available for both individuals and groups of students. Courses run twice a year, from January to March and July to August, and are 20 hours per week. Lessons are tailored to students’ needs and consist of General English in the mornings, with afternoon lessons covering topics such as British Culture, Business English and Examination Preparation (for IELTS and Cambridge exams).

Our courses will help you develop your English in interesting, engaging ways. Using a variety of topics, you will learn and review grammar, vocabulary and functional language. You will also practise your pronunciation, speaking, listening, reading, and writing skills.​

​Pre-Sessional English

A Pre-Sessional English course is for students who need to improve their English level before starting an undergraduate degree. Courses run in the summer (June to September) for 6 or 10 weeks. You will usually study for 20 or 25 hours a week depending on your entry level and the course you want to progress to.

  • For the 6-week course, you will need an overall minimum IELTS of 5.5, with no band less than 5.0.
  • For the 10-week course, you will need an overall minimum IELTS of 5.0, with no band less than 4.5.

These courses will help you develop a range of skills needed for study, including academic writing, speaking skills for seminars, presentation skills, academic vocabulary, grammar and pronunciation.​

​In-sessional Academic English

English support is available to international students studying at the university. The Student Achievement Team offers specific language support tailored to your needs and you can book an appointment with them. The confidential appointments are 45 minutes and during these, the team is happy to look at work that has not yet been submitted and to offer advice on its style, accuracy and the extent to which it meets the requirements of the assignment brief. There are workshops available on each campus to help you with your academic skills, such as critical thinking, essay and report writing, managing a dissertation and responding to feedback. There are also workshops on each campus to help you develop specific areas of English language, including tense review, comparing things, articles and verb patterns, among others.​

These sessions will help you if you feel that your English language level is preventing you from reaching your full potential academically or is hindering your ability to interact socially with others on your course.

​What can I expect on an English language course?

English language courses usually include:

  • A placement test when you arrive to find out your level of English, to help make sure you are on the right course and to put you into a class at the right level
  • Development of listening, reading, writing, speaking, as well as pronunciation, grammar, vocabulary and functional language
  • Development of study skills
  • Regular homework and assessments (such as progress tests and presentations)
  • Individual tutorials (meetings with a teacher) to talk about your studies and progress
  • Student centred teaching and activities with pair work, group work and individual work
  • 'Can Do' statements to show you what we expect students to do at different levels
  • Teaching programmes written by teachers to show you what you will be studying every week
  • Use of coursebooks and other published materials, the internet and computer-based resources
  • End of course certificates and reports