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 and prepare for examinations such as IELTS.

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​

What English Language courses do we offer?

  • Pre-sessional English
    Available as a 6 or 10-week course delivered over the summer to prepare students to enter our degree programmes.
  • Short-term General English
    Usually studied for 2 to 8 weeks from January to March and from July to August.
  • In-sessional Academic English
    Available as a series of workshops throughout the academic year for current students studying at the university.
  • English Language Testing
    Available as an online test to assess University of Gloucestershire applicants’ level of English.

Pre-sessional English

A pre-sessional English course is for students who need to improve their English level before starting a degree programme at the university. Courses run in the summer (June to September) for 6 or 10 weeks and have 20 hours of lessons per week. Courses are taught at Park Campus, Cheltenham.

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.

Course6-week course10-week course
Dates27 July 2020 – 4 September 2020 29 June 2020 – 4 September 2020
2020 Course fees£2,040£3,400
2020 Accommodation Fees (Challinor Hall)£930£1,550
Application deadline for PSE with standard CAS8 June 202011 May 2020
Standard Deadline for CAS (5 weeks before PSE start)22 June 202026 May 2020
Application deadline for PSE with Priority CAS22 June 202025 May 2020
Priority Deadline for CAS (3 weeks before PSE start)6 July 20208 June 2020​

Do I need to take the 6 or 10-week pre-sessional course?

Depending on the degree programme you want to apply for and your current English language level, you will either need to take a 6 or 10-week course:

For degree courses requiring IELTS 6.0 for entry

  • 6-week course: IELTS 5.5 overall, and no lower than 5.0 in any individual component
  • 10-week course: IELTS 5.0 overall, and no lower than 4.5 in any individual component​

For degree courses requiring IELTS 6.5 for entry

  • 6-week course: IELTS 6.0 overall, and no lower than 5.5 in any individual component
  • 10-week course: IELTS 5.5 overall, and no lower than 5.0 in any individual component

For degree courses requiring IELTS 7.0 for entry

  • 6-week course: IELTS 6.5 overall, and no lower than 6.0 in any individual component
  • 10-week course: IELTS 6.0 overall, and no lower than 5.5 in any individual component​

How do I apply for a pre-sessional English course?

​You can apply online for both the 6 and 10-week pre-sessional English courses using the links below.

Apply online for the pre-sessional course (6 weeks)

Apply online for the pre-sessional course (10 weeks)

Short-term General English

English language courses are available for groups of overseas university students who wish to improve their English and learn about the UK. Courses run twice yearly, from January–March and July–August, and are 20 hours per week. 

Lessons are tailored to students’ needs and consist of General English in the mornings, as well as 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.

For more information, please contact Charlotte Night, English Language Co-ordinator: cnight@glos.ac.uk

In-sessional Academic English

English support is available to international students studying at the university. These sessions are designed to build on your existing English Language Skills and assist you in reaching your full potential both academically and socially.

Find out more about in-sessional academic English

English Language Testing

There's no need to worry if you aren’t sure whether you have the correct English language level or certificate. We conduct online English language tests for applicants who hold offers which are conditional on English language.

The test consists of the following components:

  • Speaking Test (15-minute Skype interview)
  • Listening Test
  • Reading Test
  • Writing Test

Applicants complete the reading and writing tests before the interview, in which speaking and listening is assessed. Skype interviews take place on Thursdays between 9.30am-12.30pm (GMT).

You may need to take this test if:

  • You have taken a test, but it is now out of date
  • You have taken a test over 2 months ago and have scored 0.5 lower than needed in one component (whether in an IELTS test or another alternative English language qualification)
  • You have taken an English language qualification that we do not yet recognise

To apply for a test, you need to have a student ID number and have a conditional offer ‘subject to CEFR B2 level in English Language’. Tests cost £80 and take place throughout the year. Fees can be paid online.

For more information contact the admissions team: admissions@glos.ac.uk

How can I apply for accommodation?

If you are applying for a pre-sessional English course, you will be offered a room in Challinor Halls at Park Campus, Cheltenham, for the duration of the course (6 or 10 weeks). 

Find out more about halls of residence​

For enquiries regarding the Challinor accommodation, please contact Charlotte Night, English Language Co-ordinator: cnight@glos.ac.uk

What visa do I need?

You can access information and guidance on applying for the right type of visa by following the link below:

Find out more about visas and immigration