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Our Pre-sessional English language and academic skills development course is for international students who need to meet an English language condition for entry to degree-level study at the University of Chester. Currently we are offering 12-week, 8-week and 5-week PSE online courses. 

Courses vary in length depending on students' current level of English. Students on the course will aim for an overall UKVI IELTS equivalent score of 6 (undergraduate) or 6.5 (postgraduate).

Pre-sessional English Online

Due to the current Covid-19 situation we are offering our PSE course online, meaning that you can study online from your own country. 

University of Chester: Pre-sessional English Language Course – Autumn 2021

5 Week Pre-sessional (4 weeks teaching + 1 week assessment)

  • UG Entry Requirements: UKVI IELTS 5.5 with no less than 5.0 in each band (or other English Language Test equivalent)
  • PG Entry Requirements: UKVI IELTS 6.0 with no less than 5.5 in each band (or other English Language Test equivalent)
  • Price: £1,600 
  • Dates: 15th November 2021 - 17th December 2021

9 Week Pre-sessional (8 weeks teaching + 1 week assessment)

  • UG Entry Requirements: UKVI IELTS 5.0 with no less than 4.5 in each band (or other English Language Test equivalent)
  • PG Entry Requirements: UKVI IELTS 5.5 with no less than 5.0 in each band (or other English Language Test equivalent)
  • Price: £2,500
  • Dates: 11th October 2021 - 17th December 2021

Payment: All students are required to pay the full pre-sessional tuition fees plus a £3,000 deposit.

If applicable, you will be offered a place on one of the above courses after an application has been submitted.

Entry Requirements

UKVI IELTS, Non-UKVI IELTS, TOEFL, PTE Academic, DuoLingo, CET and the University of Chester English Language Test (UoCELT) will be accepted to apply for our online Pre-sessional English course.

Key Features of our PSE Course

The PSE Online will involve UK-based tutors teaching students in class groups of up to 15 students.​ There are 35 hours of learning time per week which consist of:

  • Guided input, specific for each day, for you to work through on our Virtual Learning Environment (VLE), called Moodle
  • Live interaction online with UK tutors in the form of larger group webinars and smaller group seminars conducted via Microsoft Teams, a unified communication and collaboration platform
  • 1-1 tutorials conducted via Microsoft Teams with UK tutors for personalised feedback on your work
  • Live interaction online with classmates during guided input time
  • Guided and structured independent study
  • Weekly writing tasks with formative feedback provided
  • Structured and guided research projects with formative feedback provided
  • A personalised portfolio containing work from the course
  • Exit assessments of your reading, writing, listening and speaking skills which you will need to pass in order to progress onto your chosen degree programme.