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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

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

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.