English language courses

English language courses are flexible and suitable for different levels of study. They’re designed to give you a positive learning experience at the same time as helping you improve your English for academic study, for work and professional development, for examinations such as IELTS (or Cambridge first certificate) or for your own personal enjoyment.

English language courses can include:

General English Intensive
Usually studied over 2 to 23 weeks.

General English Year Abroad
Usually studied over 24 to 48 weeks.

Academic English
Usually studied for up to 4 terms of 10 weeks each.

Pre-Sessional English
Usually studied for 1 term before an undergraduate degree.

Pre-Sessional (Pre-Masters English and Academic Study Skills)
Usually studied for 12 weeks before a postgraduate degree.

Study abroad with English
Usually studied for 1 or 2 terms.

General English

General English is usually available in two formats: General English Intensive (for students who want to study between 2 and 23 weeks) and General English Year Abroad (for students who want to study between 24 and 48 weeks).

These courses often run all year round, including over the summer. General English courses are for all levels of study from beginner to advanced and the minimum age is usually 16. You will usually study for 20 hours a week, and the courses can include examination preparation for IELTS, Cambridge Key English Test (KET) , Preliminary English Test (PET) , First Certificate (FCE) or Advanced (CAE) depending on your level of study.

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English Language Summer Courses

General English and Academic English programmes usually run throughout the year. Bespoke English language summer courses are also often available (for example, General English and options in examination preparation for IELTS, Cambridge First Certificate, British Culture and Business English).

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Academic English

Academic English is usually an intensive course for students who need to develop their English before starting a university level or Foundation course. It is for students who have a pre-intermediate level of English (minimum IELTS 3 or equivalent) and the minimum age is 16. Students study for 30 learning hours a week, which consists of 25 hours of face-to-face teaching and 5 hours of teacher supported online language development. Courses include regular assessments to monitor student progress and personal tutorial support. The course is divided into terms of 10 or 11 weeks and the minimum period of study is one term. Courses must usually be started at the beginning of term.

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Pre-Sessional English

A Pre-Sessional English course is for students who need to improve their English level before starting an undergraduate degree. Courses usually run in the summer (July to September) and in the Autumn (September to December) for 6, 10 or 12 weeks. You will usually study for 20 or 25 hours a week depending on your level and the course you want to progress to. You will usually need to have a minimum of IELTS 5 overall to take a Pre-Sessional English course.

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Pre-Sessional (Pre-Masters English and Academic Study Skills)

These courses are usually for students who need to improve their English level before starting a postgraduate degree. Courses run in the summer (June to September) and in the Autumn (September to December) for 12 weeks. You will usually study for 20 hours a week and the course consists of English for Academic Purposes, Research methods, Study skills and English for Business. You will usually need to have a minimum level of IELTS 5.5 to take this course.

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Study Abroad with English

The Study Abroad with English course is usually made up of one or two terms of Academic English followed by a term or semester of university modules. Students with an IELTS level of 5 should study 2 terms of English: Students with an IELTS level of 5.5 should study 1 term of English. Students must usually be a minimum of IELTS 6 to start university modules.

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What do English language courses include?

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 and vocabulary and situational language
  • Development of study skills
  • Regular homework and assessments (for example progress tests, presentations)
  • Individual tutorials (meetings with a teacher) to talk about your studies and progress
  • Student centred teaching and activities (pairwork, group work as well as 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, use of the internet and computer based resources
  • End of course certificates and reports

Some courses include examination preparation, British Culture and Academic English.