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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 16-week, 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 – Summer 2020

5 Week Pre-sessional

  • 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: £2,064 
  • Dates: 27th July - 28th August

8 Week Pre-sessional

  • 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: £2,928
  • Dates: 29th June - 21st August

12 Week Pre-sessional

  • UG Entry Requirements: UKVI 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: UKVI 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: £3,846 
  • Dates: 1st June - 21st August

16 Week Pre-sessional

  • UG Entry Requirements: UKVI IELTS 4.0 with no less than 4.0 in each band (or other English Language Test equivalent)
  • PG Entry Requirements: UKVI IELTS 4.5 with no less than 4.5 in each band (or other English Language Test equivalent)
  • Price: £4,800
  • Dates: 4th May - 21st August

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 and the University of Chester English Language Test (UoCELT) will be accepted to apply for our Pre-sessional English course.

The University of Chester English Language Test (UoCELT)

For those applicants who do not have a SELT or an acceptable in-country English language qualification, the University of Chester has developed its own online English language test which applicants can take. Candidates will be tested in all four areas of English language proficiency and will be benchmarked against the CEFR framework. The UoCELT is carried out in the format of a Skype interview.

You can apply for a UoCELT test once you are issued with a conditional offer and send an email to international@chester.ac.uk

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.