Pre-sessional English programmes

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.

2021 PSE courses 

We will run our full range of PSE courses throughout 2021, and will remain flexible in offering both online and face-to-face options. Depending on the length of your PSE course, you may have the option to study fully online, fully face-to-face or a blend of both. All courses will be delivered full-time, in small class groups and with individual tutorial support. To find out the mode of delivery for your specific PSE course, please email enquiries.pse@coventry.ac.uk stating that you are enquiring about a London PSE 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.

1

For degrees starting in May 2021 - SPRING PSE

IELTS Required 6.0 Undergraduate (Year 1, 2 and 3) Study
Current English Level 5.0 5.5
Minimum Component Level 4.5 5.0
Course Length 10 week 5 week
Enrolment Start Date 13 January 17 February
Course Start Date 18 January 22 February
Results Release Date 9 April  9 April 
Course Fees £3,950 £1,975
IELTS Required 6.5 Top Up/Postgraduate Study
Current English Level 5.5 6.0
Minimum Component Level 5.0 5.0
Course Length 10 week 5 week
Enrolment Start Date 13 January 17 February
Course Start Date 18 January 22 February
Results Release Date 9 April  9 April 
Course Fees £3,950 £1,975

2

For degrees starting in September 2021 – SUMMER PSE

IELTS Required 6.5 Undergraduate (Year 1, 2 and 3) Study
Current English Level 4.5 5.0 5.5
Minimum Component Level 4.5 4.5 5.0
Course Length 15 week 10 week 5 week
Enrolment Start Date 28 April 2 June 7 July
Course Start Date 3 May 7 June 12 July
Results Release Date 27 August 27 August 27 August
Course Fees £5,925 £3,950 £1,975
IELTS Required 6.5 Postgraduate and BA top-up Study
Current English Level 5.0 5.5 6.0
Minimum Component Level 4.5 5.0 5.0
Course Length 15 week 10 week 5 week
Enrolment Start Date 28 April 2 June 7 July
Course Start Date 3 May 7 June 12 July
Results Release Date 27 August 27 August 27 August
Course Fees £5,925 £3,950 £1,975

3

For degrees starting in January 2022 – Autumn PSE

IELTS Required 6.5 Undergraduate (Year 1, 2 and 3 ) Study
Current English Level 4.5 5.0 5.5
Minimum Component Level 4.5 4.5 5.0
Course Length 15 week 10 week 5 week
Enrolment Start Date 18 August 22 September 27 October
Course Start Date 23 August 27 September 1 November
Results Release Date 17 December 17 December 17 December
Course Fees £5,925 £3,950 £1,975
IELTS Required 6.5 Top Up/Postgraduate Study
Current English Level 5.0 5.5 6.0
Minimum Component Level 4.5 5.0 5.0
Course Length 15 week 10 week 5 week
Enrolment Start Date 18 August 22 September 27 October
Course Start Date 23 August 27 September 1 November
Results Release Date 17 December 17 December 17 December
Course Fees £5,925 £3,950 £1,975

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 August 2020

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