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Pre-sessional English Programme Full Year 2017/18 - 2018/19

Programme Details 

Programme Dates

2017/2018 Academic Year

Phase 4/5 - (10 weeks): 9 July – 14 Sept 2018

Phase 5 - (6 weeks): 6 Aug – 14 Sept 2018


2018/2019 Academic Year

Phase 1 - (10 weeks): 1 October - 7 December 2018

Phase 2 - (10 weeks): 7 January - 16 March 2019

Phase 3 - (10 weeks): 24 April - 29 June 2019

    Please note the following days are Bank Holidays in Britain and there are no classes on these days for the Academic year 2018/2019:

    Friday 19th April 2019, Monday 22nd April 2019, Mondays 6th & 27th May 2019, Monday 26th August 2019

    How long is the Programme?

    The Pre-sessional programme is divided into five Phases. Phases 1, 2 and 3 are each 10 weeks long and focus on English for General Academic Purposes, gradually building your ability to understand and use English effectively at university.

    Phases 4 and 5 (summer Pre-sessional) focus increasingly on English for Specific Academic Purposes, by teaching you the particular kind of language you will need to study your future degree subject and successfully complete your course assignments. Phases 4/5 are 10 weeks long and Phase 5 is delivered over 6 weeks.

    The table below shows how many Pre-sessional Phases we recommend in order for you to meet your degree course English language entry requirements.

    How many Pre-sessional Phases should I take?

    What is My current IELTS score? Which Pre-sessional phases do I need to take? When do I start?
    4.5 Phases 1-5 (40 weeks)


    5.0 Phases 2-5 (30 weeks) January
    5.5 Phases 3-5 (20 weeks) April
    6.0 Phases 4-5 (10 weeks) July
    6.5 Phase 5 (6 weeks) August


    • Please note that these are the minimum requirements and apply to both the overall score and each sub-skill
    • At the end of Phase 3, in order to demonstrate that you meet the language entry requirements needed to progress to Phases 4/5 you will need to re-take IELTS

    Your progression

    As you work through the different Phases of the Pre-sessional programme, the content will become increasingly related to the specific field of your future degree work and other contexts in which you expect to use English.

    If you join the initial Pre-sessional Phases (Phases 1-3), we take particular care to support you in building up a strong basic foundation of language and skills. This is so that you can progress with confidence and achieve the standard of English you need to enter your postgraduate course.

    IELTS preparation

    We also help you to prepare for IELTS, with staged practice in all areas of the test and one-to-one support and feedback. We monitor your progress and keep you closely informed of your development. You will be assigned a Personal Tutor to look after your individual studies and welfare.

    Why study on our Pre-Sessional English programme?

    By joining our programme, you will benefit from:

    • A chance to become integrated with regular academic life, as well as the learning environment and learning culture at Warwick
    • The opportunity to form bonds and networks, and possibly future friendships, with fellow prospective PG students
    • The close monitoring and the tracking of your progress, with regular personal tutorials and advice on how to work on problematic areas or possible skills weaknesses
    • The development of your self-confidence and independence in terms of English language and academic study skills
    • Skills development including speaking in discussions, giving presentations and writing complex texts; these are all transferable to your future working life
    • A chance to learn about British life and culture outside the University (see more, below)
    • Our beautiful, green campus-based environment
    • Being taught by a teaching team with many years of experience of teaching specialised English language skills in the UK and many other countries, and with great experience and knowledge of the Warwick context

    Becoming familiar with UK and University life

    As part of a group who will study together for up to 40 weeks, you will have the chance to form strong friendships with your fellow students and to experience fully the regular academic and social life of the University during the year. By the time you begin your postgraduate degree, everything will feel familiar to you.

    During all Pre-sessional Phases, there are social activities and excursions to places of cultural interest such as Oxford, London, Liverpool, nad Stratford-upon-Avon. In the summer Pre-sessional (Phases 4/5) these take place on most Saturdays.

    Class Sizes

    We normally limit our class size to 17 students, although in exceptional cases we reserve the right to exceed this by one or two.


    At the end of the programme, you will receive a detailed report on your levels of competence in all four skills: Listening, Speaking, Reading and Writing for Academic Purposes.

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    Entry Requirements for Phases 4/5

    You are qualified to join the Pre-sessional English Programme 2017/2018 if:

    • your first language is not English;
    • you have an offer to study on a postgraduate degree at the University of Warwick;
    • you meet our English language requirements.

    Please follow the link below to find out if you are qualified to join Phases 4/5 of the Pre-sessional Programme:

    General English Requirement

    For Warwick Manufacturing Group (WMG) Courses, please use this guide: WMG English Requirement

    WMG Students who have already studied in this Country within the last 2 years on a 2+1 or 2+2 programme will not be acccepted onto this course.

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    The Pre-sessional Programme Tuition fees for 2018/2019 per Phase are:

    Phase 1 - £4040

    Phase 2 - £4040

    Phase 3 - £4040

    Reduced fees are available for students who choose to take Phases 1, 2 and 3 of the Pre-sessional Programme. These will be applied in Term 3.

    The Pre-sessional Programme Tuition fees for 2017/2018 per Phase are:

    Phase 4/5 tuition only - £3400 (on campus accommodation fees will need to be added - see below)

    Phase 5 tuition only - £2040 (on campus accommodation fees will need to be added - see below)

    We ask you to pay a non-refundable deposit of £880.00. You can do this easily by using the online deposit payment system when you submit your application. You will be asked to pay the remaining balance when you arrive and register at the University of Warwick. Applications will not normally be accepted without a deposit or Sponsor letter. If online payment is going to prove difficult for you, please contact one of the Pre-sessional Administrative team (details below).

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    For Phases 1, 2 and 3, accommodation may be difficult to find so please ensure that you allow yourself plenty of time to secure suitable accommodation. Further information on Warwick accommodation can be found here: Warwick Accommodation

    For Phases 4 and 5, accommodation is usually arranged for you on campus, alongside your fellow students and in single study, en-suite rooms with shared kitchen facilities (the cost per week will be announced soon). Students can also arrange their own accommodation if they wish.

    PLEASE NOTE: Accommodation costs for Phases 4/5 are £1500.00 and Phase 5 are £900.00. These costs are on top of your tuition fees.

    If you ask us to reserve on-campus accommodation for you in Phases 4/5 or Phase 5 and you do not use it, you will still be liable to pay the full cost of the accommodation.

    We do not arrange family accommodation. If you intend to bring your family with you then you will need to arrange your own accommodation and inform us of this.

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    Apply for the Programme

    There is a separate application process for Phases 1,2,& 3 and Phases 4 and/or 5. Please check that you are using the correct form for the phases of the course you are applying to do.

    Phases 1, 2 & 3 (Term time programme)

    On-line Application Form - Phases 1, 2 & 3

    Online Payment Form - Phases 1, 2 & 3

    Online Acceptance Form - Phases 1, 2 & 3

    Phase 4, 5 (Summer programme)

    Online Application Form - Phases 4 and/or 5

    Online Payment Form - Phases 4 and/or 5

    Online Acceptance Form - Phases 4 and/or 5

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    Contact Us

    You can contact the Pre-Sessional Administrative team for futher information via:

    Tina Perrins or Tracey Howe


    Tel (national): 024 76524315 or 024 76572845

    Tel (international): +44 (0) 24 76524315 or +44 (0) 24 76572845

    Fax: +44 (0) 2476 524318

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    Important information

    VISA: If you require a Tier 4 visa to study in the UK, please first check your eligibility for a CAS before making an application for the Pre-sessional English course. More information can be found on our Immigration Service website: Here

    Employment: during and after your studies: Please see the following link for guidance on Employment: Here

    Pre-sessional Programme Brochure