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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 Online

The autumn pre-sessional English course is being delivered online.  

University of Chester: Pre-sessional English Language Course – Summer 2023

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 5.0 in each band (or other English Language Test equivalent)
  • Price: £1,600
  • Dates: 17th July 2023 - 18th August 2023

 

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: 12th June 2023 - 18th August 2023

 

13 Week Pre-sessional (12 weeks teaching + 1 week assessment)

  • UG Entry Requirements: IELTS 4.5 with no less than 4.5 in writing and 4.0 in all other bands  (or other English Language Test equivalent)
  • PG Entry Requirements: IELTS 5.0 with no less than 5.0 in writing and 4.5 in all other bands (or other English Language Test equivalent)
  • Price: £3,250
  • Dates: 15th May 2023 - 18th August 2023

Payment: All students are required to pay the full pre-sessional tuition fees plus the deposit amount.

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.  For entry onto the in-person pre-sessional English course, a UKVI IELTS or equivalent SELT is required.  

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 or in-person.​ 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.