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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 2020

5 Week Pre-sessional

  • PG Entry Requirements: UKVI IELTS 6.0 with no less than 5.5 in each band, DuoLingo 95-100 or CET 4: 650/ CET 5: 550
  • Price: £1,600 
  • Dates: 16th November - 18th December

9 Week Pre-sessional

  • PG Entry Requirements: UKVI IELTS 5.5 with no less than 5.0 in each band, DuoLingo 85-90 or CET 4: 600 / CET 6: 500
  • Price: £2,500
  • Dates: 12th October - 18th December

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.

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

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.