Available Courses - Pre-sessional English

Use the tables below to calculate the length of course you will need. All of your SELT scores (or for online courses only, other recognised English language exam scores) will be considered – reading, writing, speaking and listening. In order to be successful in your degree, you will need to be able to use all four English language skills.

Please note, the enrolment start dates stated below are subject to change. For face-to-face courses delivered on campus in Coventry, please check your emails for confirmed enrolment dates before travelling to the UK.

Details of national holidays and study breaks can be found on our PSE page, in the 'other information' tab.

2020 PSE courses 

Due to the current situation concerning COVID-19, all PSE courses that would normally take place on campus in 2020 are being delivered online. This includes the Summer 15 week, Summer 10 week and Summer 5 week, Autumn 15 week, Autumn 10 week and Autumn 5 week courses. These will be as full-time courses delivered in small class groups, and with individual tutorial support from tutors. Class times may vary from the normal face-to-face schedule. The final assessments will also take place online, and support and training will be given for these during the PSE courses.

For students interested in the 5 week course leading to January 2021 intake, there is also an option to take the PSE Online Award. This is a part-time course starting on 07 September via the FutureLearn platform. Students interested in studying the part-time course must submit a separate application using the ‘Apply Now’ button on the CU Online PSE page.

PSE Phoenix Award

To support students in the current circumstances we are offering the PSE Phoenix Award for all PSE courses in summer 2020 and Autumn 2020. This financial award is worth £1,200 for the 15 week course, £800 for the 10 week course and £400 for the 5 week course.

When PSE courses are delivered face-to-face on campus, the PSE Phoenix Award will no longer be available. The fees will then be £5,700 for the 15 week course, £3,800 for the 10 week course and £1,900 for the 5 week course.


Online enrolment for the summer PSE courses will start from the following dates:

  • 15 week - from Monday 04 May
  • 10 week – from Thursday 18 June
  •  5 week – from Monday 13 July
Pre-sessional English courses for degrees starting in September 2020 – SUMMER PSE
IELTS Required Current English Level Minimum Component Level Course Length Course Start Date Results Release Date  Course Fees  
6.0 Undergraduate (Year 1 and 2) Study 4.5 4.5 15 week Wednesday 13 May Wednesday 02 September £5,700 - £1,200 Phoenix Award = £4,500  
5.0 4.5 10 week Wednesday 24 June Wednesday 02 September £3,800 - £800 Phoenix Award = £3,000  
5.5 5.0 5 week Monday 20 July Wednesday 02 September £1,900 - £400 Phoenix Award = £1,500  
6.5 Top Up/Postgraduate Study 5.0 4.5 15 week Wednesday 13 May Wednesday 02 September £5,700 - £1,200 Phoenix Award = £4,500  
5.5 5.0 10 week Wednesday 24 June Wednesday 02 September £3,800 - £800 Phoenix Award = £3,000  
6.0 5.0 5 week Monday 20 July Wednesday 02 September £1,900 - £400 Phoenix Award = £1,500  
7.0* Specific Courses 5.5 5.0 15 week Wednesday 13 May Wednesday 02 September £5,700 - £1,200 Phoenix Award = £4,500  
6.0 5.5 10 week Wednesday 24 June Wednesday 02 September £3,800 - £800 Phoenix Award = £3,000  
6.5 6.0 5 week Monday 20 July  Wednesday 02 September £1,900 - £400 Phoenix Award = £1,500  

The enrolment dates for our Autumn courses are yet to be confirmed. These will be updated as soon as possible.

Pre-sessional English courses for degrees starting in January 2021 – AUTUMN PSE
IELTS Required Current English Level Minimum Component Level Course Length Course Start Date Results Release Date Course Fees  
6.0 Undergraduate (Year 1 and 2) Study 4.5 4.5 15 week Wednesday 02 September Friday 18 December £5,700 - £1,200 Phoenix Award = £4,500  
5.0 4.5 10 week Wednesday 14 October Friday 18 December £3,800 - £800 Phoenix Award = £3,000  
5.5 5.0 5 week Tuesday 10 November Friday 18 December £1,900 - £400 Phoenix Award = £1,500  
6.5 Top Up/Postgraduate Study 5.0 4.5 15 week Wednesday 02 September Friday 18 December £5,700 - £1,200 Phoenix Award = £4,500  
5.5 5.0 10 week Wednesday 14 October Friday 18 December £3,800 - £800 Phoenix Award = £3,000  
6.0 5.0 5 week Tuesday 10 November Friday 18 December £1,900 - £400 Phoenix Award = £1,500  
7.0* Specific Courses 5.5 5.0 15 week Wednesday 02 September Friday 18 December £5,700 - £1,200 Phoenix Award = £4,500  
6.0 5.5 10 week Wednesday 14 October Friday 18 December £3,800 - £800 Phoenix Award = £3,000  
6.5 6.0 5 week Tuesday 10 November Friday 18 December £1,900 - £400 Phoenix Award = £1,500  
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