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Pre-sessional English Programme (online course)


Mode of study
Online

Cost
Free

Application deadline
24 July 2020

Award
N/A

Duration
6 weeks

Study Dates
10 Aug – 18 Sept 2020

Department of Study
Applied Linguistics


Our free, 6-week online Pre-Sessional English Language course focuses on the specific academic language and study skills that you need to follow and engage in your future degree subject.

The course is open for applications from undergraduate or postgraduate students who hold an offer containing an English language condition for courses starting in academic year 2020/21, subject to meeting the entry requirements below.

There is no formal award. Successful completion of the course will allow you to meet the English language condition of your offer. This course is for students intending to progress to undergraduate or postgraduate courses at Warwick in academic year 2020/21.


Course overview

The Warwick Pre-sessional English Language course is an academic English language and study skills programme which aims to prepare you linguistically and culturally for your future degree studies. This course is for students whose first language is not English and who have an offer conditional on English to study for a degree at the University of Warwick.


Course structure

The course will include at least 2 hours per day (10 hours per week) of interactive online engagement with classmates and the class tutor. There will be pre-class set work and post-class activities amounting to 12-14 hours per week, plus additional homework relating to the assessed project and presentation.


How will I learn?

Your tutors are highly experienced in teaching English language for specialist academic study and will use a broadly communicative methodology, which means that, when online with your classmates, your lessons will be interactive, involving task-based activities and group skills. You will be given regular feedback on your progress.


How will I be assessed?

Your language skills will be assessed on the basis of your classroom participation and performance on the tasks and assignments set during the course, and your final presentation and written project (which will include a viva). You and your destination department will be given a final report on your progress and performance.

The course will cover the following skills:

  • Listening (understanding lectures; listening to ‘live’, natural English)
  • Speaking (small group discussion, presentation skills and pronunciation)
  • Reading (skimming and scanning of shorter and longer academic texts; speed reading; understanding and use of academic vocabulary)
  • Writing (note-taking, summaries, text syntheses, reports, short essays and a research report)
  • Study skills (e.g. using the internet as an academic resource; using dictionaries; using references and quotations; avoiding plagiarism; evaluating academic and other sources).

The above skills will be developed using academic articles, reports, textbooks and lectures related, where possible, to your future field of study

Undergraduate English language requirements

If Warwick is your firm choice institution and you want to apply for the pre-sessional, please do so here. In addition, to be eligible to enrol on the course you will need to have met the following requirements:

  • Your first language is not English;
  • You have an offer containing an English language condition to study a degree at the University of Warwick for entry in academic year 2020/21;
  • You meet the English language requirements outlined in the table below.

Use the information in the table below, and your offer, to assess your eligibility for the Pre-sessional English course based on your particular course requirements. You can also check English language requirements for all undergraduate departments.

Department English language condition (see offer) Band A-IELTS 6.5 including minimum 6.0 in each component (or equivalent) Band B-IELTS 6.0 including minimum 5.5 in each component (or equivalent) Band C-IELTS 7.0 including minimum 6.5 in each component (or equivalent)
Pre-sessional English Requirements (IELTS Academic) IELTS 6.0 overall including a maximum of two component scores at 5.5 IELTS 5.5 overall with minimum 5.5 in each component score IELTS 6.5 overall including a maximum of two component scores at 5.5 and two at 6.0 or above
Pre-sessional English Requirements (TOEFL iBT/TOEFL iBT Special Home Edition) MyBest Scores not accepted TOEFL iBT 82 overall including Reading - 19, Listening – 19, Speaking – 22, Writing – 20 TOEFL iBT 82 overall including Reading - 19, Listening – 19, Speaking – 22, Writing – 20 TOEFL iBT 92 overall including Reading - 19, Listening – 19, Speaking – 22, Writing – 20
Pre-sessional English Requirements (Pearson Academic PTE) PTE Academic 58 overall with no component less than 51 PTE Academic 56 overall with no component less than 51 PTE Academic 65 overall with no component less than 51
Pre-sessional English Requirements (Duolingo) Duolingo 115 Duolingo 105 Duolingo 125
Pre-sessional English Requirements (LanguageCert) Not applicable for entry Not applicable for entry Not applicable for entry

In order to verify the Duolingo results online, applicants need to nominate the University of Warwick as an institution who can receive their results.

Postgraduate English language requirements

You are eligible to apply for the Pre-sessional English language online course if:

  • Your first language is not English;
  • You have an offer containing an English language condition to study a degree at the University of Warwick for entry in academic year 2020/21;
  • You must meet all other conditions of your main degree offer by 03 August 2020 to be eligible to join the Pre-sessional English language online course;
  • You meet the English language requirements outlined below.
  • If you have applied to study a WMG Master's Degree course you are not eligible to take this course if you have already completed 1 or more years Bachelor study in a majority English speaking country (including the UK). Applicants studying their final year only in the UK (and have been unable to complete this study from within the UK) are eligible to apply for the Pre-sessional English course. Further information can be found at WMG English language requirements

Use the information in the table below, and your offer, to assess your eligibility for the Pre-sessional English course based on your particular course requirements. You can also check English language requirements for all postgraduate departments.

Department English language condition (see offer) Band A -IELTS 6.5 overall including a minimum of 6.0 in each component (or equivalent) Band B -IELTS 7.0 overall with a maximum of two components at 6.0/6.5, and two at 7.0 (or equivalent) Band C -IELTS 7.5 overall with a maximum of two components at 6.5/7.0, and two at 7.5 (or equivalent)
Pre-sessional English Requirements (IELTS Academic) IELTS 6.0 overall including a maximum of two component scores at 5.5 and two components above 5.5 IELTS 6.5 overall including a maximum of two component scores at 5.5 and two components at 6.0 or above IELTS 7.0 overall including a maximum of two component scores at 6.0 and two components at 6.5 or above
Pre-sessional English Requirements (TOEFL iBT/TOEFL iBT Special Home Edition) MyBest Scores not accepted TOEFL iBT 82 overall including Reading - 19, Listening – 19, Speaking – 22, Writing – 20 TOEFL iBT 92 overall including Reading - 19, Listening – 19, Speaking – 22, Writing – 20 TOEFL iBT 100 overall including Reading - 22, Listening – 21, Speaking – 23, Writing – 21
Pre-sessional English Requirements (Pearson Academic PTE) PTE Academic 58 overall with no component less than 51 PTE Academic 65 overall with no component less than 51 PTE Academic 75 overall with no component less than 51
Pre-sessional English Requirements (Duolingo) Duolingo 105 Duolingo 115 Duolingo 125
Pre-sessional English Requirements (LanguageCert) Not applicable for entry Not applicable for entry Not applicable for entry

In order to verify the Duolingo results online, applicants need to nominate the University of Warwick as an institution who can receive their results.

How to apply

You can apply online to participate in this course at the button below:

Apply now

After you have applied

Visit the Applicant Portal to accept your offer and provide any requested documents.

Frequently asked questions

What is the start date of the online pre-sessional?

The start date is 10th August 2020.

What is the last date I can apply for the online pre-sessional?

The last date you can apply for this course is 24th July 2020.

Will I receive an award/certificate that allows me to study at another University?

No, the Warwick Pre-sessional English course can only be used to progress to degree courses at Warwick

Do I need a UKVI IELTS to apply for this course?

No, you are eligible to apply with either a UKVI IELTS or an IELTS Academic test to meet the entry requirements. We will be publishing information on other acceptable tests very soon.

How long is my English test valid for admission?

Your IELTS/TOEFL/PTE test certificate is valid for 2 years and 6 months prior to the start of the Online Pre-sessional English course. This means that acceptable tests are valid if they were taken after 10 February 2018 for the course starting 10 August 2020. We are only able to accept the certificate you have provided to us for the most recent test you have taken.

Can I use more than one test to meet the entry requirements?

We are only able to accept your most recent test. You can only meet the entry requirements if you meet the overall score, and all component scores, in a single test .

Do I need a CAS?

No, as the course is taught online, you will not need a CAS.

I was not eligible for the original 6 week pre-sessional, therefore I applied for the 10 week course. What does this mean for me now there is no 10 week pre-sessional?

Any students that met the eligibility criteria for the 10 week pre-sessional will be eligible for the 6 week online pre-sessional.

Do I need to pay a deposit?

No, as a good will gesture during this difficult time we have decided to offer this course free of charge, therefore we do not require a deposit. If you have already paid a deposit, a refund will be issued to you shortly. Once your refund has been issued, you should receive it within 10 working days.

Am I eligible to apply for the 6 week online pre-sessional?

Please check the relevant entry requirement tab to see if you are eligible to apply.

I have an offer to study on the 10 week course, what do I do now it has changed to the 6 week course?

We will amend any student records that had an offer for the 10 week course. A new offer letter will be sent to you to confirm the change.

I applied before this change was made and do not have an offer, do I need to re apply?

No, we will still work through the applications that have come in and send an offer for the new online course if the student is eligible. Please do not re apply.

I do not have an offer to study at Warwick University, can I still apply?

No, this pre-sessional is only open to students who have a conditional offer to study at Warwick University in the academic year 20/21. One of the conditions MUST be an English language condition.

I have a conditional offer to study at Warwick, can I do the online pre-sessional in order to meet my English language condition?

Yes, providing you meet the entry requirements, and successfully complete the 6 week online pre-sessional course, this will meet the English language condition of your offer.

I have already met the English language conditions of my offer, however I would still like to improve my English language skills. Can I still apply for the online pre-sessional?

No, this course is only available for students who need to meet the English language condition of their main course offer. If you already have an unconditional offer or you have met your English language condition, your application will be not be considered.

What if I no longer want to do the pre-sessional course now that it has moved online?

You can withdraw your application through the Applicant Portal. Your offer for your main course will still stand and you will be required to take an English language test and meet the requirements of your main course.

When I applied for the original campus based pre-sessional course, I selected the option to include accommodation. Will this be cancelled now and will I be charged any cancellation fees?

We have not booked any accommodation for any students, therefore students will not be charged any accommodation fees. However If you have organised accommodation independently, please check your cancellation policy with the land lord directly as the university is not responsible for accommodation booked in this way.

Contact us

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

Tina Perrins

Email: pre-sessional@warwick.ac.uk