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Pre-sessional English

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The online Pre-Sessional English programme (PSE) course is designed for international students who need to acquire the level of English language skills required to study at University of East London. The PSE programmes are offered over 11 weeks or 5 weeks depending on current English ability level. You would be assessed based on the English Language test provided with their application for the main programme. If eligible you will be made an offer for the appropriate programme.  Please note that students must be holding an offer for an Undergraduate or Taught Masters Programme at UEL. 

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What is it about?

    How to apply

    You do not need to apply directly for the Pre-sessional English Programme. When you apply to study at UEL, we will automatically assess your eligibility for the programme if you do not meet the English language requirements for your chosen degree. Please visit our website to apply for a course at UEL: uel.ac.uk/subjects



    Undergraduate Programmes

    5 week Pre-sessional

    Start dates: 27th July 2020
    Fee: £1,650
    Entry requirements: IELTS 5.0 (with no less than 5.0 in any component) or equivalent

    11 week Pre-sessional

    Start dates: 15th June 2020
    Fee: £3,400
    Entry requirements: IELTS 4.5 (with no less than 4.5 in any component) or equivalent 



    Postgraduate Programmes


    5 week Pre-sessional

    Start dates: 27th July 2020
    Fee: £1,650
    For programmes with IELTS 6.0 requirement:  
    Entry Criteria: IELTS 5.5 (with no less than 5.5 in any component) or equivalent 
    For programmes with IELTS 6.5 requirement: 
    Entry Criteria: IELTS 6.0 (with no less than 5.5 in any component) or equivalent 

    11 week Pre-sessional

    Start dates: 15th June 2020  
    Fee: £3, 400 
    For programmes with IELTS 6.0 requirement:  
    Entry Criteria: IELTS 5.0 (with no less than 5.0 in any component) or equivalent 
    For programmes with IELTS 6.5 requirement: 
    Entry Criteria: IELTS 5.5 (with no less than 5.0 in any component) or equivalent 

    How to apply

    Who is it for

    Due to Covid-19 and the closure of test centres, we are currently considering a range of alternative tests including Duolingo and IELTS indicator and TOEFL iBT Special Home Edition.  

    If you do not meet the academic English language requirements for your course, you may be eligible to enrol onto a pre-sessional English programme. The length of the course will depend on your current level of English and the requirements for your degree programme. We offer a 5-week and an 11-week pre-sessional course.

     

    Who is it for

    What you will learn

    Course Content

    The Pre-sessional course mirrors what you will need to do on your main course and will include a mixture of presentations, interactive group meetings, private tutorials with the tutor and independent study. The exact content depends on your strengths and weaknesses because the teacher will tailor the course to the students' individual needs, but will cover the following areas:

    • Developing referencing and study skills 
    • Planning and structuring your writing 
    • Expanding grammar and vocabulary to academic standards 
    • Cultivating your independent voice through forming effective arguments, critical thinking and drawing conclusions from information 
    • Developing your listening skills through regular presentations, meetings and note taking 
    • Develop your ability to extract information by using content from lectures, group meetings and readings in your writing 
    • Presentation skills 

    A typical week

    The course is made up of 20 hours of contact time a week with classes running Monday to Friday with two hours in the morning and two hours in the afternoon each day. An important part of the course is a one-to-one weekly online meeting between yourself and your personal tutor. This is a time when you can talk through individual concerns, assess the progress you are making and get individual help on any particular areas of difficulty. You will be given additional tasks to complete outside of class to supplement what you do in class with the teacher. 

    What you will learn

    Admissions deadlines

    11 week pre-sessional deadlines

    Deadline to meet conditions – 11th June 2020  
    Deposit deadline – 11th June 2020 
    Course start date – 15th June 2020 
    Course end date 28th August 2020 

    5-week online pre-sessional deadlines  

    Deadline to meet conditions – 23rd July 2020 
    Deposit deadline – 23rd July 2020 
    Course start date – 27th July 2020  
    Course end date 28th August 2020 


    Admissions deadlines

    Attendance and Assessment Regulations

    The programme is designed to enable you to cope with all aspects of studying and living in the UK, including understanding lectures and academic texts, writing assignments, speaking in seminars and giving presentations.

    To get the most out of the Pre-sessional programme you should contribute to every session. Attendance is monitored each week and if it falls below acceptable levels then you may be withdrawn from your course and may not be eligible for a refund. 

    Course assessment

    At the end of the course, you will be required to pass an online assessment under exam conditions in order to progress to the degree programme. If successful you will be presented with a certificate of results which can use as a supporting document for UKVI student visa application. Please note that success is not automatic, and you need to engage fully with the programme to give you the best chance to succeed.  

    For further details, please contact us: 
    Email: international@uel.ac.uk 

    What our students say

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      "I have learnt more in two months on this course than I have in 2 years of living in UK."

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