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Who is the course for?

This full-time programme is ideal if your academic qualifications meet the requirements for your chosen undergraduate or postgraduate course, but your English language level falls below the entry requirements of the academic course you wish to join.

What will I learn?

The programme will provide you with the language and other 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. You will also develop the ideas and concepts necessary to participate in the global academic community. 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. 

How long should I expect to study on Pre-sessional English and Study Skills before I can enter my chosen degree programme?

You will usually expect to study for 6 weeks or one semester (11-12 weeks). Expected length of study will depend on your English language level when you apply and the English language level you need to enter your degree programme. The table below shows the length of time you should expect to study on Pre-sessional English and Study Skills before you can achieve the grades required to enter your chosen degree programme.

Please note that these are guidelines only. Progression onto your chosen degree programme is not guaranteed and the rate of progression may differ depending on the student.

 

   Your chosen degree programme English language entry requirements (IELTS equivalent)
   5.5  6.0  6.5  7.0

 

 

 

 

Your English language level on application (IELTS equivalent)

 5.0  6 weeks  1 Semester    
 5.5    6 weeks  1 Semester  
 6.0      6 weeks 1 Semester
 6.5        6 weeks

How will I progress?

Progress to the next level or onto your chosen academic course depends on a mix of continuous assessment and end- of-semester examinations (not IELTS).

When will I start my studies?

Programme

Start date
(Induction and enrolment week)

 End date
(Assessment week)
Semester 1 2023-24 (12 weeks)   No longer running  No longer running
Semester 2 2023-24 (12 weeks)  No longer running  No longer running
Summer School 2023-24 (11 weeks)  Monday 10th June 2024*  Friday 30th August 2024
Summer School 2023-24 (6 weeks)  Monday 15th July 2024*  Friday 30th August 2024

*Programme inductions to take place Thursday and Friday of induction week.

Please ensure you apply for visas in time to arrive at the University on the Saturday prior to the start date above at the latest.

 

The Summer Semester (Summer School)

In the summer we run an 11-week (10 weeks of study plus one week of assessment) or a 6-week (5 weeks of study plus one week of assessment) programme. 

The 6-week course is only suitable for students who have already achieved, or are within 0.5 IELTS of achieving, the English language entry requirement for their chosen degree course. We strongly urge only such students to apply for this course. Please contact us for further information.

 

Course Information

Level of Study
Undergraduate

Mode of Study
6 weeks or one semester full-time

Department
Social Sciences

Location
City Campus, Northumbria University

City
Newcastle

Start
June 2025 or July 2025

Fees
Fee Information

Modules
Module Information

Entry Requirements 2024/25

Standard Entry

Entry at UKVI IELTS 5.0 or equivalent - will usually mean one or two semesters of language study before joining an undergraduate course; two or more semesters for postgraduate courses.

Entry at UKVI IELTS 5.5 or equivalent - will usually mean one semester of language study before joining an undergraduate course; one or more semesters for postgraduate courses.

Entry at UKVI IELTS 6.0 or equivalent - will usually mean one semester of language study before joining a postgraduate course.

Plus all relevant target degree admissions requirements.

Normal minimum age is 17 if the applicants birthday falls in first year of study.

Fees and Funding 2024/25 Entry

UK Fee in Year 1: Not Applicable

* The maximum tuition fee that we are permitted to charge for UK students is set by government. Tuition fees may increase in each subsequent academic year of your course, these are subject to government regulations and in line with inflation.


EU Fee in Year 1: TBC

International Fee in Year 1: TBC


Please see the main Funding Pages for 24/25 scholarship information.

 


ADDITIONAL COSTS

There are no Additional Costs

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How to Apply

Please use the Apply Now button at the top of this page to submit your application.

Certain applications may need to be submitted via an external application system, such as UCAS, Lawcabs or DfE Apply.

The Apply Now button will redirect you to the relevant website if this is the case.

You can find further application advice, such as what to include in your application and what happens after you apply, on our Admissions Hub Admissions | Northumbria University



Modules

Module information is indicative and is reviewed annually therefore may be subject to change. Applicants will be informed if there are any changes.

EF0300 -

Reading Skills (ESF) (Core,0 Credits)

This module will focus on developing your academic reading skills using a range of texts, in addition to a deeper understanding of the elements that make up English academic texts including, but not exclusive to, structure and cohesion, and vocabulary and grammar.

Reading skills are taught using the context of ‘Global Issues’, with the focus on a different topic every one/two weeks.

More information

EF0301 -

Listening Skills (ESF) (Core,0 Credits)

This module will focus on developing your listening skills through exposure to live lectures similar to those you will experience on your target academic degree programme in the UK. The listening content will be based on various global issues, and will help you to identify structure and language so you can understand meaning through context. The classes will help you develop the tools that you will need to function on your chosen degree programme, such as note-taking, use of the eLearning Portal to develop your listening skills independently, and using peer-to-peer strategies to check your understanding both prior to and following live lectures.

More information

EF0302 -

Writing Skills (ESF) (Core,0 Credits)

In this module, you will learn the elements involved in the construction of English academic texts, in particular academic essays. These elements include, but are not exclusive to, organising your arguments, writing introductions and conclusions, paragraph composition, linking language, and a focus on sentence level grammar.

More information

EF0308 -

Speaking Skills (ESF) (Core,0 Credits)

This module will focus on developing your speaking skills through seminar discussion, similar to what you will experience on your target academic degree programme in the UK. During these seminars, your tutors will help you to gain confidence in discussing your thoughts and opinions in class, develop your communicative competence in the English language, as well as learning strategies for communicating interculturally.

More information

Modules

Module information is indicative and is reviewed annually therefore may be subject to change. Applicants will be informed if there are any changes.

EF0300 -

Reading Skills (ESF) (Core,0 Credits)

This module will focus on developing your academic reading skills using a range of texts, in addition to a deeper understanding of the elements that make up English academic texts including, but not exclusive to, structure and cohesion, and vocabulary and grammar.

Reading skills are taught using the context of ‘Global Issues’, with the focus on a different topic every one/two weeks.

More information

EF0301 -

Listening Skills (ESF) (Core,0 Credits)

This module will focus on developing your listening skills through exposure to live lectures similar to those you will experience on your target academic degree programme in the UK. The listening content will be based on various global issues, and will help you to identify structure and language so you can understand meaning through context. The classes will help you develop the tools that you will need to function on your chosen degree programme, such as note-taking, use of the eLearning Portal to develop your listening skills independently, and using peer-to-peer strategies to check your understanding both prior to and following live lectures.

More information

EF0302 -

Writing Skills (ESF) (Core,0 Credits)

In this module, you will learn the elements involved in the construction of English academic texts, in particular academic essays. These elements include, but are not exclusive to, organising your arguments, writing introductions and conclusions, paragraph composition, linking language, and a focus on sentence level grammar.

More information

EF0308 -

Speaking Skills (ESF) (Core,0 Credits)

This module will focus on developing your speaking skills through seminar discussion, similar to what you will experience on your target academic degree programme in the UK. During these seminars, your tutors will help you to gain confidence in discussing your thoughts and opinions in class, develop your communicative competence in the English language, as well as learning strategies for communicating interculturally.

More information

To start your application, simply select the month you would like to start your course.

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Any Questions?

Our Applicant Services team will be happy to help.  They can be contacted on 0191 406 0901 or by using our Contact Form.



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Northumbria University is committed to developing an inclusive, diverse and accessible campus and wider University community and are determined to ensure that opportunities we provide are open to all.

We are proud to work in partnership with AccessAble to provide Detailed Access Guides to our buildings and facilities across our City, Coach Lane and London Campuses. A Detailed Access Guide lets you know what access will be like when you visit somewhere. It looks at the route you will use getting in and what is available inside. All guides have Accessibility Symbols that give you a quick overview of what is available, and photographs to show you what to expect. The guides are produced by trained surveyors who visit our campuses annually to ensure you have trusted and accurate information.

You can use Northumbria’s AccessAble Guides anytime to check the accessibility of a building or facility and to plan your routes and journeys. Search by location, building or accessibility feature to find the information you need. 

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All information is accurate at the time of sharing. 

Full time Courses are primarily delivered via on-campus face to face learning but could include elements of online learning. Most courses run as planned and as promoted on our website and via our marketing materials, but if there are any substantial changes (as determined by the Competition and Markets Authority) to a course or there is the potential that course may be withdrawn, we will notify all affected applicants as soon as possible with advice and guidance regarding their options. It is also important to be aware that optional modules listed on course pages may be subject to change depending on uptake numbers each year.  

Contact time is subject to increase or decrease in line with possible restrictions imposed by the government or the University in the interest of maintaining the health and safety and wellbeing of students, staff, and visitors if this is deemed necessary in future.

 

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