Pre-sessional English Courses

All you need to know about pre-sessional English courses. What are they? How are they different to IELTS? Where can you study them?

What are they?

Pre-sessional English courses are short courses which seek to better the English of international or overseas students with either a conditional offer, or the aim to study a UK university degree.

While pre-sessional courses commonly range from 4 to 12 weeks in length, it all depends on the individual’s current English language level, and the language level required by their chosen degree.

Who needs it?  

Pre-sessional English course students are, more often than not, international or overseas students whose first language is not English. Students can also be those who:

  • have yet to meet the minimum language requirement of their conditional offer;
  • are joining an exchange programme in the UK (e.g. Erasmus or Study Abroad);
  • and / or are planning to progress onto a degree programme at a UK university.

Though, there are rare cases where people do a Pre-sessional English course just to familiarise themselves with British university culture and life before beginning their actual studies… We’re not here to judge!

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Who provides them?

Many HEIs (Higher Education Institutions), as well as Pathway Providers, offer Pre-sessional English courses that are tailored to the degree programmes they offer.

Whilst it makes more sense for individuals to choose the same university of their intended degree course, it is important to consider the gap between their current and required language level to be accepted for their intended degree course.

Length of Pre-sessional English course Score difference to achieve conditional offer requirement
4 – 6 weeks 0.5
8 – 12 weeks 1.0
16 – 24 weeks 1.5

This is due to the reason that some UK universities offer lengthier pre-sessional courses than others (e.g. 100+ weeks pre-sessional courses), which are more useful in some cases!

Here is a short list of the HEI Pre-sessional English course providers:

·         Royal Holloway University, London ·         University of Oxford
·         University of Essex ·         University of Edinburgh

A short list of some Pathway providers and their partner universities:

To check whether a university offers Pre-sessional English courses, contact Team AppUK on info@applicationuk.com.

What are the entry requirements for a Pre-sessional?

Pre-sessional English course programme students are expected to have at least a basic level of knowledge in the English language. Different universities however, have different levels of minimum English language requirements. It is therefore advisable to check with us before making your decision.

What happens after the Pre-sessional course? Is there an assessment?

Unfortunately, yes. After the Pre-sessional course is fully completed, a test with four different components – Listening, Speaking, Writing and Reading (similar to IELTS exams) – follows.

The big difference between a Pre-sessional’s assessment and an IELTS examination however, is that the test will cover what was taught during the Pre-sessional course. IELTS tests are a more general English exam.

Is there a high success rate for Pre-sessional students?

The short version – yes (hooray!). In comparison to the IELTS rate, Pre-sessional English courses tend to have a higher pass rate. For instance, the Brunel Language Centre (Brunel University London) reported that their Pre-sessional programmes  have an average pass rate of 96%. Plymouth University also hold a ‘high student success rate’ for their Pre-sessional courses.

What are the pros & cons of doing a Pre-sessional?

Pros 😊 Cons
A large variety – Tailors to different needs, hence better chances at succeeding Costly
UK study experience, prior to intended degree course Time consuming
Enhancing your English Language ability Examination
No need to take the IELTS repeatedly  

 Pre-sessional English course vs. Internal English Test

University Internal English Tests are distinct English tests created by universities.

Internal English Tests are much shorter in duration since they do not require the need for classes nor lessons. While they are also similar to the IELTS tests, which assesses four different components at once, they are only offered by a limited amount of UK universities such as Birmingham City University and Coventry University.

 

For more information, and to apply for a pre-sessional course, contact Team AppUK on info@applicationuk.com.

 

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Exclusive Scholarships for ApplicationUK Students from University of Hertfordshire!

The University of Hertfordshire is offering six ‘early bird’ scholarships worth £4,000, exclusively to students who apply through ApplicationUK! The average tuition fee at University of Hertfordshire is around £12,000, meaning that with this scholarship, you could get a first-class postgraduate education for just £8,000! The deadline for this scholarship is 27th March, with successful applicants contacted the beginning of April. So, don’t delay, contact Team AppUK today! Get in touch at info@applicationuk.com.

Also on offer are scholarships worth £2,000 and £1,000. For these scholarships, no separate applications are necessary. You will be put up for the scholarship based on recommendation from Team AppUK, and your personal statement will act as your application. Therefore, we always recommend taking the time to make your personal statement as strong as possible. Find out more about these particular scholarships here.

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About University of Hertfordshire

Founded in 1952, the University of Hertfordshire is the UK’s leading business facing university. It is mainly located in Hatfield in Hertfordshire, which is just 20 miles from London. It therefore offers opportunities for both city life, with excellent transport links into the capital, and a more peaceful existence, with the beautiful Hertfordshire countryside on its doorstep. The university’s location means that it has excellent links with many top businesses in the City of London, providing great work experience and placement opportunities for students. The university itself has a high student satisfaction rate of 82.0 and a career prospect rate of 74.7. It also has a relatively low average living cost of £12,200, making it ideal for students who want a taste of London life, but do not want to pay London prices!

Find out more about University of Hertfordshire by visiting our university list page here.

Courses on Offer

University of Hertfordshire has a wide range of Masters courses on offer to international students, many with placement years, and/or scholarships available. You can find a full list of the September 2017 courses here, but we’ve picked out a few we think would be most of interest to AppUK students;

Courses with placement years:

MSc International Business – 2-year master’s programme with 1-year work placement (guaranteed for students who achieve 60% in the 1st semester of MSc study)

MSc Computer Science (Conversion) / MSc Advanced Computer Science / MSc Artificial Intelligence with Robotics / MSc Computer Networking Principles & Practice – same as above, i.e. have 1-year work placement as well

MA TESOL – no teaching experience required, but 3-month teaching practice embedded in the programme

Courses with 100% coursework:

MSc at Business School with 100% coursework including:

MSc Marketing,

MSc Management,

MSc Accounting & Financial Management,

MSc International Business

MSc International Tourism and Hospitality Management

Courses with lower entry requirements:

MSc Management – consider students with a pass degree in any subjects and offer additional embedded support to allow students to exit with a higher grade, IELTS overall requirement is 6.0

LLM Law (all programmes) – same requirements as above.

MSc Operations and Supply Chain Management / MSc Manufacturing Management – IELTS requirement is overall 6.0 and each band above 5.5

All MScs at School of Engineering & Technology only require IELTS overall 6.0 and each band 5.5 or above.

Courses with global opportunities:

MSc Global Business – one-year master leading to two master’s degrees (e.g. MSc + MBA) and multinational living & studying experiences (e.g. USA, Germany, France, Spain, Russia)

MSc Psychology (Conversion) – for people who have degrees in other subjects, but who wish to obtain Graduate Basis for Chartered Membership (GBC)

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For more information on any aspect of the above information, please contact Team AppUK on info@applicationuk.com. And remember, if you are interested in the early bird scholarship, exclusive for students who apply through ApplicationUK, your application deadline is 27th March 2017.

 

ApplicationUK’s easy-to-use online application portal provides a simple solution to postgraduate application stress. With its smart digital self-assessment tool, personalised application plan, and application tracking system, you can be rest assured that your application will go through smoothly. Our experienced counsellors are also here to provide expert advice, reassurance, and continuous support.

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Postgraduate Scholarships – March and April 2017 Deadlines

Thought about where you want to study your Masters yet? Or, have you not even considered your options? Most of all, the big question is: how about your funding and scholarship research? Luckily, ApplicationUK has a comprehensive scholarship database specifically aimed at providing busy people like yourself with all the scholarship and funding information you need. And scholarship deadlines are coming up fast. This article will focus on exciting scholarships from our database with March and April deadlines.

March 2017

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University of East Anglia (partial and full scholarships available)

Politics, Philosophy, Language and Communication Studies School Scholarships (partial)

Interested in studying politics, language, philosophy, or communication studies? UEA has a great opportunity for you. They offer £1,000 scholarships for all international students who are beginning their course in September 2017. These scholarships will be awarded on academic merit, by achieving IELTS (7.5 overall with at least 6 in each component) and the overall strength of the application. Students must apply and receive an offer by the deadline to be considered.

Deadline: 31st March 2017

Link: http://intl.applicationuk.com/Home_News_detail_id_756.html

MSc Academic and Professional Scholarships (full International fees)

UEA has an outstanding opportunity for aspiring Economics and Finance students. The university is offering competitive scholarships equal to full International fees, available to students taking any of the following programmes:

  • MSc Economics
  • MSc Finance and Economics
  • MSc Behavioural and Experimental Economics
  • MSc Industrial Economics

No separate application is necessary, and all international applicants who have received an offer by 17th March will be automatically considered. Need helping acquiring this offer? ApplicationUK can help. Click here to register and start applying.

Deadline: 17th March 2017 (get applying, the deadline is coming up soon!)

Link: http://intl.applicationuk.com/Home_News_detail_id_759.html

 

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Coventry University (partial available)

As previously highlighted, Coventry University has a May intake, and best of all, they also have scholarships available. See below for links and deadlines:

Faculty of Business and Law – International Dean’s Excellence in Academia Scholarship (IDEAS)

Faculty of Engineering, Environment and Computing – International Dean’s Excellence in Academia Scholarship (IDEAS)

Faculty of Health and Life Sciences – International Dean’s Excellence in Academia Scholarship (IDEAS)

Value (for each): £3,000

Deadline (for each): 31st March 2017

April 2017

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University of Sheffield (partial available)

International Merit Postgraduate Scholarships (Eurasia)

Sheffield University have some excellent Merit Postgraduate Scholarships, which are worth 50% of annual postgraduate tuition fees.

However, these scholarships are nationality-specific, and are only available to students from the below countries,

Eurasia: Russian Federation, Armenia, Azerbaijan, Belarus, Kazakhstan, Kyrgyzstan, Moldova, Georgia, Tajikistan, Turkmenistan, Ukraine, Uzbekistan, and Iran.

To be eligible, students must have applied for a place by 14th April 2017, and the deadline for scholarship applications is Friday 21st April 2017.

Link: http://intl.applicationuk.com/News_detail_id_574.html

Postgraduate Taught Sheffield Scholarships

Sheffield also offer a wider range of scholarships for different countries, including:

Kenya, Uganda, Botswana, Zimbabwe, Zambia, Malawi, South Africa, Tanzania, Mauritius, Argentina, Brazil, Bolivia, Chile, Colombia, Ecuador, Guyana, Mexico, Paraguay, Panama, Peru, Uruguay, Venezuela, Brunei, Indonesia, Malaysia, Myanmar (Burma), Singapore, Thailand, Vietnam, Azerbaijan, Bangladesh, Canada, Ghana, India, Iran, Japan, Kazakhstan, Nepal, Pakistan, Russia, South Korea, Sri Lanka, Taiwan, Turkey, Ukraine, USA.

An award of £2,000 is available if your tuition fees are between £16,000 and £18,000 or £2,500 if your fees are £18,001 and above. If you are applying to the MSc Global Marketing Management course, the scholarship amount is £1,250.

Link: http://intl.applicationuk.com/News_detail_id_575.html

Deadline: Apply as soon as possible to get an offer and secure the funding!

 

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University of Bournemouth (full and partial available)

BU Commonwealth Shared Scholarship (External Scholarship) – MSc Public Health, LLM Public International Law or MSc Tourism Management 

Students from developing Commonwealth countries, who are applying for the above courses are eligible to apply. This extremely generous award includes a full tuition fee waiver, return airfare to the UK, arrivals allowance, monthly allowance, and thesis and study costs. The deadline for this is coming up shortly, so make sure you get your application in, receive your offer and apply!

Link: http://intl.applicationuk.com/News_detail_id_777.html

Deadline: 1st April 2017

Academic Excellence Scholarship (International)

Bournemouth University also has an award for outstanding international students. To qualify, students must have achieved a minimum of 65% in their Bachelor degree, or an upper second-class Honours (2:1) degree from a UK university. The award is £3,500 in the form of a tuition fee reduction.

Link: http://intl.applicationuk.com/News_detail_id_778.html

Deadline: 1st April 2017

 

To get a scholarship, you need a conditional/unconditional offer from the university. ApplicationUK’s easy-to-use online application portal provides a simple solution to postgraduate application stress. With its smart digital self-assessment tool, personalised application plan, and application tracking system, you can be rest assured that your application will go through smoothly. Our experienced counsellors are also here to provide expert advice, reassurance, and continuous support.

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Coventry University – Postgraduate Courses beginning in May 2017

Coventry University postgraduate courses beginning in May 2017. Scholarships up to £5,000 also available.

Coventry University are offering a selection of Masters courses with May 2017 intakes. From Communication, Culture and Media MA, to International Business Management MSC, there are a range of courses from a wide variety of disciplines. The university are also running some courses at their campus in London, offering students the opportunity to gain “real experience in the City of London with links to industry leaders”.

Find out more about the courses on offer here.

ApplicationUK partner university
Coventry University Campus

Within their May 2017 intake, Coventry University are also offering International and EU scholarships worth up to £5,000 each. The university have invested £1.5 million into a scholarship fund for students, and offer a wide range of them. From Enterprise Awards and High Achiever programmes, to scholarships for students from particular countries, there is something available for almost all students. The deadline to apply for scholarships for the May 2017 intake is 31st March 2017, so you have plenty of time to pick the right one for you!

Find out more about applying for scholarships here.

ApplicationUK Partner University
Coventry University – London Campus

About the university:

Coventry University is a public research university in the city of Coventry, England, and was officially awarded university status in 1992. Accommodating over 27,000 students, the university has two campuses; one in Coventry city centre and one in London. The Coventry campus is currently undergoing a £160 million redevelopment programme.

Visit the Coventry University profile on ApplicationUK for more information.

ApplicationUK’s easy-to-use online application portal provides a simple solution to postgraduate application stress. With its smart digital self-assessment tool, personalised application plan, and application tracking system, you can be rest assured that your application will go through smoothly. Our experienced counsellors are also here to provide expert advice, reassurance, and continuous support.

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