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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. 

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 Language Course (January/February 2024)

The Pre-Sessional English course for the January/February intake is being delivered online.  

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

  • PG Entry Requirements: IELTS 6.0 with no less than 5.5 in each band (or other English Language Test equivalent)
  • Price: £1,600
  • Dates: 30th October 2023 – 1st December 2023

Payment: All students wanting to join a PSE programme will be expected to pay for the PSE fee in addition to the £5,000/£8,000 main course deposit. 

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

Entry Requirements

All English Language Tests will be accepted for entry into this programme subject to results being equivalent to the IELTS entry requirements outlined above.

Key Features of our PSE Course

The PSE course will involve UK-based tutors teaching students in class groups of up to 15 students online.​ 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 with UK tutors in the form of larger group webinars and smaller group seminars conducted via Microsoft Teams or in-person
  • 1-1 tutorials conducted via Microsoft Teams or in-person with UK tutors for personalised feedback on your work
  • Live interaction 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.