Pre-sessional English courses
Academic English & Study Skills courses
Coventry University Pre-sessional English courses (PSE) will help prepare you for UK academic study on your chosen future course. The PSE programme is a full-time course to improve language ability and develop academic and research skills.
The PSE will:
- help you meet the minimum language requirements needed for your chosen Coventry University degree programme
- improve your reading and writing skills; including how to write in the correct academic style using references and sources
- develop your speaking and listening skills; including presentations and seminar discussions
- help you learn important study skills, such as time management and avoiding plagiarism
- allow you to get to know the University's resources ahead of your degree course.
The PSE Team works closely with University departments and the PSE course reflects future academic practices found on different courses.
The PSE course is accredited by BALEAP: the global forum for EAP professionals.
There is no separate application process to apply for the Pre-sessional English programme. Please see more information under 'How to Enrol' (tab 2).
The length of your Pre-sessional English course will be determined by:
- Your current level of English
- The entry level you will need to reach for your undergraduate or postgraduate degree
Use these tables to help you calculate the length of course you will need.
How is the course organised?
- Small classes with qualified tutors who have experience teaching international students. (Average class sizes 12-14.)
- Classes take place from Monday to Friday either in the mornings (9.00-13.00 with a 30 minute break), or the afternoons (13.10-17.10 with a 30 minute break).
- Students study in the classroom for 17.5 hours per week. They also have tutorials (meetings with their tutor) and individual self-study time.
How will I learn?
- Classes focusing on language and academic skills.
- Strategies to develop independent learning.
- Detailed feedback on your work.
- Group work activities to help build your confidence.
- Structured self-study programme focused on areas where you need more development.
- Additional resources to review learning. (Found on Moodle: an online platform used by the University.)
How will I be tested?
You will do exams in each skill at the end of the course to assess your level. You will also be assessed on each of the skills during the course, including a longer piece of writing. Course content and materials are linked to assessments and practice materials are available.
Please note: Enrolment on a Pre-sessional English programme does not guarantee progression onto your chosen academic course at Coventry University. Please see the information in the ‘Enrolment section’.
How to Enrol
How to Enrol
There is no separate application process for Pre-sessional English courses.
You must submit your application for the degree programme you wish to study on. When we process your application, we will offer you a place on the necessary Pre-sessional English course as required.
Please note that enrolment on a Pre-Sessional English course does not guarantee progression onto your chosen degree at Coventry University. In order to meet the English requirements of your course you need to:
- arrive on the first day of the course
- attend all of your timetabled lessons
- be committed to participating fully in English in all classes
- complete all homework, assessments and other work set by your tutors
- spend time on self-study throughout the duration of your course.
By achieving the level of performance required in the Pre-sessional English course, meeting the University’s academic entry requirements and any other outstanding conditions, you will be able to progress on to your Coventry University course without needing to retake an IELTS exam.
In order to know which Pre-sessional English course you might need, it's important to find out your current level of English.
To do this, you will need a Secure English Language Test (SELT) certificate. To get your SELT certificate, you must sit an IELTS test at a test centre that is approved by UK Visas and Immigration (UKVI). The IELTS test will give you an overall score, from 1.0 to 9.0, on your understanding of the English language.
Please be aware that 4.0 is the minimum IELTS score that Coventry University will accept for a Pre-sessional English course.
Your SELT certificate must include the following to be valid for entry onto a Pre-Sessional English course:
1. Top right box must state ‘Academic'
2. Centre Number must be a centre number that shows on the UKVI approved test centres list
3. Must have a UKVI reference number
How will I meet people?
- You will meet and work with students in your class. You have opportunities to meet students on other pre-sessional courses.
- You can go on trips organised by the University and join University clubs.
- You can use the University’s facilities (including the Student Union and Library).
- The International Office sometimes arranges social events for pre-sessional students.
How will I be supported?
You are supported before you attend your first class! Coventry University International Office (IO): guides you through your application and helps you prepare for arrival in the UK (including email updates and pre-arrival and visa guides). The IO continues to support you once you are in Coventry (visa support and advice). The Student Welfare Team can help you with questions about living and studying at Coventry University.
On your PSE course you will:
- have student induction
- have access to a Student Handbook
- get support from your course leader, tutors (including regular tutorials and feedback), and class student representative.
Where is the PSE Course?
PSE’s building (Elm Bank) is near Coventry University’s Technology Park. At busy times PSE classes may be held in Faculty buildings on the main Coventry University campus. Elm Bank has space for self-study and there is a café in the nearby Technology Park. The main campus is a short walk away (10 minutes) where you can find the Library, Student Union and sports centre.
Where can I find more information?
- See which pre-sessional course will suit your needs
- Find out more information about applying to Coventry University and how to contact the International Office.
- Find out more information about accommodation and accommodation choices in Coventry from FutureLets (a subsidiary company of Coventry University Group)
- See examples of trips offered by the International Office
- Watch the pre-sessional video
- Find out more about Coventry University campus.
National holidays and study breaks
Tuesday 1 January (New Year's Day) Friday 19 April (Good Friday), Monday 22 April (Easter)
Monday 6 May (May bank holiday), Monday 27 May (Spring bank holiday)
Monday 26 August (Summer bank holiday)
Wednesday 25 December (Christmas Day), Thursday 26 December (Boxing Day).
|Spring 10 week and Spring 5 week||Wednesday 17th – Tuesday 23rd April|
|Summer 30 week||Thursday 28th March – Tuesday 2nd April|
|Thursday 20th June – Tuesday 25th June|
|Summer 15 week||Thursday 20th June – Tuesday 25th June|
|Autumn 30 week||Thursday 20th June – Tuesday 25th June|
|Thursday 5th September – Tuesday 1st October|
|Autumn 15 week||Thursday 5th September – Tuesday 1st October|