Course Structure

Online PSE

Course structure

The PSE Online Award is made up of ten short courses, plus the assessments programme, as follows:

Duration Course/programme Number of weeks Number of hours
Wk 1-2 Short course 1(English for Academic Study) 2 weeks 3hrs study per week
Wk 3-11 Short courses 2-10 9 weeks 7hrs study per week
Wk 12-14 Assessment Programme 3 weeks 12hrs study per week

The Assessment Programme includes assessments on specified days/times.

The course supports multiple entry points throughout the academic year as detailed:

PSE Online Degrees   Degree Entry
January - April May
May - August September
September - December January


There are six separate assessments which learners will need to successfully complete in order to achieve the PSE Online Award. These assessments are as follows: 

  • Reading Test
  • Listening Test
  • Timed Writing
  • Speaking Test
  • Recorded Presentation
  • Project written with tutor support.

Learners will work on the project over the three weeks of the Assessment programme and will be given individual tutorials to guide them. The final version of the project will be submitted at the end of week 14.

Other tutorials will be scheduled with individual learners during the Assessment programme, at a mutually convenient time.

Entry Requirements

Overall Entry Requirement for Future Coventry University Programme Overall Entry Requirement for Pre-sessional English (PSE) Minimum component scores (PSE)
6.0 e.g. undergraduate first year 5.5 5.0
6.5 e.g. top up programmes; most Masters degrees 6.0 5.0
6.5 e.g. top up programmes; most Masters degrees 6.5 6.0

Exam Schedule

The final assessments will take place in week 14, as follows:

  • Tuesday – Timed Writing (2 hours)
  • Wednesday – Reading Test (1 hour 30 minutes)
  • Thursday – Listening Test (1 hour 30 minutes)
  • Friday – Speaking Test (20 minutes). All assessments start at 12pm GMT , except the Speaking Assessment which will be scheduled individually with the learner.

Recorded Presentation – submitted by 9am UTC/GMT on Monday of week 15

Written Project– submitted by 9am UTC/GMT on Monday of week 15.

The PSE Team works closely with University Faculties and academic staff, and the PSE course reflects academic practices found on our University degree programmes.

Have you got questions? We have the answers! View our frequently asked questions

You can read the Regulations which apply to Pre-sessional English (PSE) courses delivered on behalf of the Coventry University Group, supported by Coventry University Online.


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