About this course


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 one, two or three semesters. 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.



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?


Start date
(Induction and enrolment week)

 End date
(Assessment week)
Semester 2 2021-22 (12 weeks) Thursday 20th January 2022* Friday 6th May 2022
Summer School 2021-22 (11 weeks) Thursday 16th June 2022*
Friday 2nd September 2022
Summer School 2021-22 (6 weeks) Thursday 21st July 2022* Friday 2nd September 2022
Semester 1 2022-23 (12 weeks) Thursday 22nd September 2022Friday 16th December 2022 
Semester 2 2022-23 (12 weeks) No longer running
No longer running
Summer School 2022-23 (11 weeks) Thursday 15th June 2023
Friday 1st September 2023
Summer School 2022-23 (6 weeks)
Thursday 20th July 2023
Friday 1st September 2023

*Programme induction timetable and dates to be confirmed. Induction information will be provided in advance of the start of the programme to applicants who have accepted their offer.

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 info

Level of Study Undergraduate

Mode of Study One, two or three semesters full-time

Department Social Sciences

Location City Campus, Northumbria University

City Newcastle

Start September 2023 or January 2024 or June 2024

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Full time Courses starting in 2023 are primarily delivered via on-campus face to face learning but may include elements of online learning. We continue to monitor government and local authority guidance in relation to Covid-19 and we are ready and able to flex accordingly to ensure the health and safety of our students and staff.

Contact time is subject to increase or decrease in line with additional restrictions imposed by the government or the University in the interest of maintaining the health and safety and wellbeing of students, staff, and visitors, potentially to a full online offer, should further restrictions be deemed necessary in future. Our online activity will be delivered through Blackboard Ultra, enabling collaboration, connection and engagement with materials and people.


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