Course overview

This programme is delivered by QA Higher Education

Level: Pre-Sessional
Entry requirements: There are no academic entry requirements for this programme
English language requirements: You will be required to meet the academic and English conditions of offer for any course you plan to study after your Pre-Sessional English course
Class hours per week: Minimum of 24 hours per week (online)
Assessment method: Written assignments, presentations and exams
Duration: 5, 10, 15 or 20 week
Tuition fees (20/21):  5 week: £1,500, 10 week: £3,000, 15 week: £4,500, 20 week: £6,000
Location: Online
Mode of study: Online
Start dates: June, July, August (for September entry); July, August, September, October (for January/ February)
Start, end and assessment dates: View dates

The QA Higher Education Pre-Sessional English (PSE) programme is designed to develop your English skills to meet the English language entry requirements of a QA partner university programme, at foundation, undergraduate or postgraduate level.  The course duration options are setup with your destination course English language requirements in mind to help you to progress.

The programme combines English language skills development with academic study skills required for you to successfully study at a UK university. It also allows you to develop social English language skills, both in class and outside class (online: though social activities and tasks).

Who is this programme for?

The programme is for those would like to progress to a university-level programme with one of QA Higher Education’s partner universities and need to develop your English language skills to meet the required entry-level. It is suitable for both international learners and some home students whose first language is not English.

In addition, the PSE is suitable for those of you who would like to improve your English and experience, and understand how academic English is learnt and applied in a university context.  It is a good way to experience what it is like to study academic English.  The Pre-Sessional English (PSE) can be studied in conjunction with an IELTS prep course to help get ready for an IELTS exam.

The Pre-Sessional English is suitable for students who wish to attain an overall IELTS 5.5 with no component below 5.5, with the view to study an International Foundation Programme/International Year One and an undergraduate degree programme as a single study option (Joint CAS option).

What will be covered on the course?

The 15 and 20 week programme will focus on the development of your language skills in reading, writing, speaking and listening; systems: vocabulary, grammar and pronunciation. You will also develop your confidence in everyday social English and, to help prepare for life here in the UK at a university, you will explore and learn more about British culture and history.

The 10 and 5 week programme teaches you the language and academic skills necessary for you to gain the maximum benefit from your future academic course.  You will develop these skills in a content-based approach to learning involving critical thinking, questioning, discussion, reflection and analysis.

By the end of the course, you will feel confident to research your subject, deal with a range of academic texts, attend lectures, take part in seminars and tutorials, and produce extended written academic assignments.

Tuition hours/online

When you study online, in advance of each class you will be provided with guidance notes and lecture materials.  Before each class, you will be expected to engage with this learning to help you prepare for the class.  To support this approach, before each class you can join a session with your lecturer to ask them to explain anything you don’t understand or simply want to know more about.  These drop-in sessions make sure that you are well prepared for when the actual lesson starts.

Typically if you are learning online you would receive:

  • 16 hours of scheduled classes
  • 4 hours of writing tutorials
  • Drop-in sessions scheduled before or after classes, you can attend as many of these as you need or wish, up to a maximum of 4 hours per week.

As the Pre-Sessional English is open to students from across the world the classes will be scheduled to meet the requirements for different time zones.

An example timetable below, these may more slightly be depending on the country of origin/time size of the majority of students.

  Approximate difference
British Summer Time Asia (+7) Middle East (+3) Latin America (-4)
9am  – 1pm 4pm – 8pm 12noon – 4pm n/a
2pm – 6pm n/a 5pm – 9pm 10am – 2pm

Successful completion of the Pre-Sessional English will prepare you for UK University study.  You will be required to meet the academic and English requirements of your destination courses, as outlined on your offer letter (if applicable).

Universities you can progress onto:

  • London Metropolitan University
  • Northumbria University
  • Solent University
  • University of Roehampton
  • Ulster University

All modules are core and are 0 credits.

Reading, Writing and Language (20 & 15 week programmes)

This unit is designed to develop your reading and writing skills. Reading sessions will include key reading techniques such as skimming, scanning.

Grammar and vocabulary of academic writing will be reviewed in depth to support your writing and understanding of texts.

Speaking, Listening and Language (20 & 15 week programmes)

This unit will develop your listening and speaking skills. Listening sessions will include listening techniques such as listening for gist, listening for specific information and listening for detail. Speaking sessions will include giving presentations and discussions in seminars.

Grammar and vocabulary of spoken English will be reviewed in depth to support your understanding of listening texts and speaking.

British Culture and Social English (20 & 15 week programmes)

This module aims to help you with developing your social English and strategies of using English inside and outside the classroom.

There will be some pronunciation exercises on individual sounds and areas of connected speech.

Reading, Writing and Language (All PSE students)

This unit is designed to develop your reading and writing skills. Reading sessions will include reading techniques such as skimming, scanning and extensive reading, strategies for dealing with unknown language, and predicting content.

Writing sessions will include structuring essays at sentence and paragraph levels, understanding thesis statements, and referencing.

Grammar and vocabulary of academic writing will be reviewed in depth to support your writing and understanding of texts.

Speaking, Listening and Language (All PSE students)

This unit will develop your listening and speaking skills. Listening sessions will include listening techniques such as listening for gist, listening for specific information and listening for detail. It will also cover areas such as note-taking.

Speaking sessions will include giving presentations and discussions in seminars.

Grammar and vocabulary of spoken English will be reviewed in depth to support your understanding of listening texts and speaking.

UK Project (All PSE students)

This module is designed to help international students understand the conventions of conducting research, which is an important component of UK university study.

You will explore UK life and attempt to apply your research skills in a UK project.

The module develops your acculturation and will allow you to identify and explain differences between your own culture and British culture.

You will be required to prepare and present on your research topic and write a report.

There are no academic entry requirements for this programme.

There is no minimum age requirement for this programme.  Parental/Guardian consent will be required for under 18s.

You will be required to meet the academic and English conditions of offer for any course you plan to study after your Pre-Sessional English course.

Destination Course 6.5 Destination 6.0 Destination 5.5 Destination
Target entry  requirements (IELTS equivalent) 6.5 overall with a min of 6.0 in all components 6.0 overall with no component below 5.5 5.5 overall with no component below 5.5
5 weeks 6.0 overall with no component below 5.0 5.5 overall with no component below 5.0 5.5 overall with no component below 5.0
10 weeks 5.5 overall with no component below 5.0 5.0 overall with no component below 4.5 5.0 overall with no component below 4.5
15 week 5.0 overall with no component below 4.5 4.5 overall with no component below 4.0 4.0 overall with no component below 4.0
20 week 5.0 overall with no component below 4.0 4.0 overall with no component below 4.0 4.0 overall with a maximum of one component at 3.5

 

Applicants can use the following to meet the English language requirement:

  • Pearson – PTE
  • TOEFL
  • IELTS – Academic
  • IELTS – Indicator
  • Duolingo
  • QA Higher Education English Test

Tuition fees 2020/21

  • 5 week: £1,500
  • 10 week: £3,000
  • 15 week: £4,500
  • 20 week: £6,000

Your tuition fees cover the cost of teaching, access to resources, registration costs, and Student Support Services. They do not include the cost of course books, stationery and photocopying/printing costs, accommodation, living costs, travel, hobbies, sports or other leisure activities.

Additional costs

For students studying online, access to a laptop/PC with a microphone, speakers and a webcam is required.

Note: students without access to a PC/laptop will be unable to attempt the final assessments.  Students cannot complete this course with a smartphone only.

Students in China may require access to a VPN to utilise all learning and assessment software.

Bank transfer

Our payment information for self-funding students can be found below. So we can allocate your payment to your student account, please quote your name and student ID when making your payment.

Bank Details for QAHE (Services)
Bank name Barclays Bank Plc
Branch Manchester City 8
Account Number 00085200
Sort Code 20-55-58
Account Name QAHE (Services) Ltd
IBAN GB28BARC20555800085200
Swift BARCGB22
You can apply directly to study Pre-Sessional English via our online application form. Please be sure to apply for the correct start date for your current and target English language level.

To start your programme in September 2020

If you require IELTS 6.5

If you require IELTS 6.0

If you require IELTS 5.5

To start your programme in January/February 2021

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