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Pre-sessional English Programme Full Year 2018/19

Programme Details 

Programme Dates

2019/2020 Academic Year

Phase 2 - (10 weeks): 6 January - 14 March 2020

Phase 3 - (10 weeks): 20April - 27 June 2020

    Please note the following days are Bank Holidays in Britain and there are no classes on these days for the Academic year 2019/2020:

    Friday 10 April 2020, Monday 13 April 2020, Mondays 4th & 26th May 2020

    Phase 4/5 - (10 weeks): 6 July – 11 Sept 2020

    Phase 5 - (6 weeks): 3 Aug – 11 Sept 2020

    How long is the Programme?

    The Pre-sessional programme is divided into four Phases. Phases 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?


    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 2-3), 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 30 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 2019/2020 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 Requirements

    WMG Students who have already studied in the UK (or other English Speaking Country) at Bachelor level or above, for one or more academic years within the last 3 years, will not be eligible for a place on the pre-sessional English course.

    If you are unsure if your country of study is an English Speaking Country, the WMG Admissions Team will be able to advise you of this before you submit your pre-sessional application. They can be contacted at or on +44 (0)24 7652 3691.

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    The Pre-sessional Programme Tuition fees for 2019/2020 per Phase are:

    Phase 2 - £4245.00

    Phase 3 - £4245.00


    The Pre-sessional Programme Tuition fees for 2019/2020 per Phase are:

    Phase 4/5 tuition only - £3750.00 (on campus accommodation fees - see below)

    Phase 5 tuition only - £2247.00 (on campus accommodation fees - see below)

    We ask you to pay a non-refundable deposit of £999.00. 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 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 is £T.B.A.). Students can also arrange their own accommodation if they wish.


    Accommodation costs for Phases 4/5 are £T.B.A. and Phase 5 are £T.B.A.. 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.

    If you are intending to arrange your own accommodation please be aware that you are not allowed to take over a current Warwick students accommodation - this would be classed as subletting and is against University Accommodation Policy.

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    Apply for the Programme

    There is a separate application process for Phases 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 2 & 3 (Term time programme)

    On-line Application Form - Phases 2 & 3

    Online Payment Form - Phases 2 & 3

    Online Acceptance Form - Phases 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


    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

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