Pre-sessional English programmes

For all Pre-sessional English programmes for degrees starting in September 2020 and January 2021, all teaching and assessment will be done online. This includes the summer 15-week course, the summer 10-week course and the summer 5-week course, as well as the autumn 15-week course, the autumn 10-week course and the autumn 5-week course. This is in line with UK government recommendations to help protect us all against the spread of covid-19. Our Coventry and London campuses are closed until further notice.

Coventry University London Pre-sessional English (PSE) programmes will help you prepare to study at university in the UK. The PSE programme will help you develop your language and academic skills so that you can be successful on your destination course.

Programme Overview
Programme Dates and Fees
Entry Requirements

PSE Programme Overview

The PSE is a full-time programme which will:

  • Help you meet the minimum language requirements needed for your chosen Coventry University London degree course
  • Help you learn strategies and study skills that will enable you to succeed in UK higher education 
  • Improve your reading and writing skills; including how to write in the correct academic style using sources appropriately
  • Develop your speaking and listening skills; including how to give presentations and participate in seminar discussions
  • Allow you to familiarise yourself with the University’s facilities and resources ahead of your academic course 
  • Help you to work independently during your studies

You will have lessons focusing on:

Reading and writing – you will learn how to read more effectively, write in an appropriate academic style, and learn how to incorporate sources that you read into your writing, including how to cite and refernce. 

Speaking and listening – you will develop your lecture listening skills and practice note-taking techniques; you will also learn how to give a successful academic presentation and how to participate in seminar discussions. 

Study skills – you will learn much-needed study skills such as time management, referencing, avoiding plagiarism and critical thinking. 

Coventry University London PSE programmes are designed to reflect the academic practices you will find on your degree course. Situated within a business school, the PSE programmes cover business related themes and will prepare you to write business reports and give professional presentations.

How is the course organised?

The PSE is a full-time programme with 17.5 classroom hours per week.
In addition, you will have regular tutorials with your teachers. You will also need to complete homework, assignments and independent self-study.

How will I learn?
  • Language and academic skills lessons 5 days a week with your teacher
  • Your portfolio will help you learn independent study skills and address areas you need to develop
  • Detailed feedback on your work and draft assignments
  • Group work activities to help build your confidence
How will I be tested?
  • You will take an exam in each of the four skills to assess your level
  • You will also complete a longer piece of writing (a business report) during the course

Please note that enrolment on a Pre-Sessional English Programme does not guarantee progression onto your destination course. By achieving the level of performance required in the Pre-sessional English programme, meeting the University’s academic entry requirements and any other outstanding conditions, you will be able to progress on to your Coventry University London course without needing to retake an IELTS exam.

Summer and autumn PSE courses 2020

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

PSE Phoenix Award

To support students in the current circumstances we are offering the PSE Phoenix Award for all PSE courses in summer and autumn 2020. This financial award is worth £225 for the Summer 15 week course, £150 for the Summer 10 week course and £75 for the Summer 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 £4,725 for the 15 week course, £3,150 for the 10 week course and £1,575 for the 5 week course.

If you have met your English entry requirements, but would like to improve your academic language skills and prepare to succeed in a UK academic environment, join our five-week pre-sessional course.

Course Dates and Fees

The length of your Pre-sessional English programme will be determined by:

  •  Your current level of English
  • The entry level you will need to reach for your undergraduate or postgraduate degree

You can use the table below to calculate the length of course you will need. Each component score for reading, writing, speaking and listening must be considered because in order to be successful in your degree you will need to be able to demonstrate use of all our four English language skills.

Pre-Sessional English courses - for degrees starting in September 2020 (delivered online)

IELTS Required Current English Level Minimum Component Level Length of Pre-Sessional English course Pre-sessional Course Start Date Academic Course Start Date Pre-sessional Course Fees
6.0 Undergraduate (Year 1,  2 and 3) Study 4.5 4.5 15 weeks 29 April 2020 September 2020 £4,725 -£225 Phoenix Award =£4,500
5.0 4.5 10 weeks 3 June 2020 September 2020 £3,150 -£150 Phoenix Award =£3,000
5.5 5.0 5 weeks 8 July 2020 September 2020 £1,575 -£75 Phoenix Award =£1,500
6.5 Postgraduate and BA top-up Study 5.0 4.5 15 weeks 29 April 2020 September 2020 £4,725 -£225 Phoenix Award =£4,500
5.5 5.0 10 weeks 3 June 2020 September 2020 £3,150 -£150 Phoenix Award =£3,000
6.0 5.0 5 weeks 8 July 2020 September 2020 £1,575 -£75 Phoenix Award =£1,500

 

Pre-Sessional English courses - for degrees starting in January 2021 (delivered online)

IELTS Required Current English Level Minimum Component Level Length of Pre-Sessional English course Pre-sessional Course Start Date Academic Course Start Date Pre-sessional Course Fees
6.0 Undergraduate (Year 1,  2 and 3) Study 4.5 4.5 15 weeks 19 August 2020 January 2021 £4,725 -£225 Phoenix Award =£4,500
5.0 4.5 10 weeks 23 September 2020 January 2021 £3,150 -£150 Phoenix Award =£3,000
5.5 5.0 5 weeks 28 October 2020 January 2021 £1,575 -£75 Phoenix Award =£1,500
6.5 Postgraduate and BA top-up Study 5.0 4.5 15 weeks 19 August 2020 January 2021 £4,725 -£225 Phoenix Award =£4,500
5.5 5.0 10 weeks 23 September 2020 January 2021 £3,150 -£150 Phoenix Award =£3,000
6.0 5.0 5 weeks 28 October 2020 January 2021 £1,575 -£75 Phoenix Award =£1,500

Entry Requirements

To study on a face-to-face Pre-sessional English programme at Coventry University London in the UK you will need a Secure English Language Test (SELT) certificate.

Due to recent UK Visas and Immigration changes, you must sit an IELTS test at a test centre that is approved by UK Visas and Immigration (UKVI) to deliver a SELT. You will only be able to apply for a Tier 4 student visa to undertake a Pre-sessional English programme if you hold a SELT from a UKVI approved test centre.

Your SELT certificate MUST include the following to be valid for entry onto a Pre-sessional English programme.

  • Top right box MUST state ‘Academic’
  • Centre Number MUST be a centre number that shows on the UKVI approved test centres  list
  • MUST have a UKVI reference number

The level of Pre-sessional English programme you will need will be dependent on your current English level. See tables above for a guide to which course you may require.

For online study outside of the UK, you can demonstrate that you have met the entry requirements for your online PSE course using a number of recognised English proficiency exams, such as TOEFL iBT, Cambridge Advanced or Proficiency, or PTE Academic. Our Admissions team will be able to provide more information on the entry requirements for online PSE courses.

How to Apply

There is no separate application process to apply to the Pre-sessional English programme. You must submit your application for the degree course you are interested in studying and based on the information provided, you will be offered a place on the necessary Pre-sessional English programme if required.

 

Please note

Enrolment on a Pre-sessional English programme does not guarantee progression onto your chosen academic course at Coventry University London. In order to meet the English requirements of your course you need to:

  • arrive on the first day of the programme;
  • 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 lecturers;
  • spend time on self-study each week of your programme.

Documents

Pre-sessional English regulations for courses from May 2020

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