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Pre-Sessional English Programme


Mode of study
Full-time

Duration
6 weeks or 10 weeks

Department of Study
Warwick Foundation Studies


The Warwick Pre-Sessional English courses are academic English language and study skills programmes which aim to prepare you linguistically and culturally for your future degree studies. The courses are for students whose first language is not English and who have an offer to study for a degree at the University of Warwick, which is conditional on meeting the English language requirements. The Pre-Sessional English courses focus on the specific academic language and study skills that you will need in order to follow and engage in your future degree subject.

There is no formal award for these courses - successful completion of the course will allow you to meet the English language condition of your offer.

There are four Pre-Sessional English language courses available for 2022 and students should choose the course most appropriate to their language needs. You can find out more about the specific courses by selecting one of the options below.


Entry Requirements

The entry requirements for the Pre-Sessional course will depend upon which Pre-Sessional course you are applying to, as well as which degree course you will be studying at Warwick and what the English language requirement for this course is (Band A, B, or C).

If Warwick is your firm choice institution for your undergraduate degree, then you may be able to apply for the Pre-Sessional English course, providing that you meet 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 2022/23;
  • You meet the English language requirements for the Pre-Sessional English course outlined below.

The English language requirements for the Pre-Sessional course will depend upon which undergraduate degree you will be studying at Warwick and what the English language requirement for this course is (Band A, B, or C). Please select the options below to see the criteria that will relate to you - you may need to check the English language requirements for your undergraduate department if you are not sure which band your undergraduate course is, and if you cannot see this information in your offer.


English Language Test Requirement for Pre-Sessional (Band A Undergraduate Courses)
IELTS Academic (and IELTS for UKVI) IELTS 5.5 overall with minimum 5.5 in each component score
TOEFL iBT/TOEFL iBT Special Home Edition (MyBest Scores not accepted) TOEFL iBT 82 overall including Reading - 19, Listening – 19, Speaking – 22, Writing – 20
Pearson Academic (PTE) Not acceptable for entry
Warwick IFP EAP Module Overall Profile - Pass, with minimum of Reading - Pass, Listening - Pass, Speaking - Pass, Writing - Pass
Duolingo Duolingo 110 with minimum Reading - 90, Listening - 90, Speaking - 90, Writing - 90
LanguageCert Not applicable for entry

English Language Test Requirement for Pre-Sessional (Band B Undergraduate Courses)
IELTS Academic (and IELTS for UKVI) IELTS 6.0 overall with a minimum of Speaking - 6.0, Listening 5.5, Writing - 6.0, Reading 5.5
TOEFL iBT/TOEFL iBT Special Home Edition (MyBest Scores not accepted) TOEFL iBT 87 overall including Reading - 19, Listening – 19, Speaking – 22, Writing – 20
Warwick IFP EAP Module Overall Profile - Credit, with minimum of Reading - Pass, Listening - Pass, Speaking - Credit, Writing - Credit
Pearson Academic (PTE) Not acceptable for entry
Duolingo Duolingo 120, with minimum Reading - 90, Listening - 90, Speaking - 90, Writing - 90
LanguageCert Not acceptable for entry

English Language Test Requirement for Pre-Sessional (Band C Undergraduate Courses)
IELTS Academic (and IELTS for UKVI) IELTS 6.5 overall with minimum 6.0 in each component
TOEFL iBT/TOEFL iBT Special Home Edition (MyBest Scores not accepted) TOEFL iBT 92 overall, with mininum of Reading - 20, Listening – 20, Speaking – 22, Writing – 21
Warwick IFP EAP Module Overall Profile - High Credit, with minimum of Reading - Credit, Listening - Credit, Speaking - Credit, Writing - Credit
Pearson Academic (PTE) Not acceptable for entry
Duolingo Duolingo 130, with minimum Reading - 90, Listening - 90, Speaking - 90, Writing - 90
LanguageCert Not acceptable for entry

You are eligible to apply for one of the Postgraduate Pre-sessional English courses 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 2022/23;
  • You must meet all other conditions of your main degree offer by a date to be confirmed, to be eligible to join the Pre-sessional English language course;
  • You meet the English language requirements for the Pre-Sessional English course as outlined below.

The English language requirements for the Pre-Sessional course will depend upon which Postgraduate degree you will be studying at Warwick and what the English language requirement for this course is (Band A, B, or C). Please select the options below to see the criteria that will relate to you - you may need to check the English language requirements for your Postgraduate department if you are not sure which band your Postgraduate course is, and if you cannot see this information in your offer.

English Language Test Requirement for 6-Week Pre-Sessional (Band A Postgraduate Courses) Requirement for 10-Week Pre-Sessional (Band A Postgraduate Courses)
IELTS Academic (and IELTS for UKVI) IELTS 6.0 overall including Speaking - 6.0, Listening - 5.5, Writing 6.0, Reading - 5.5 IELTS 6.0 overall, with a maximum of two components at 5.5, and two components above 5.5
TOEFL iBT/TOEFL iBT Special Home Edition (MyBest Scores not accepted) TOEFL iBT 87 overall including Reading - 22, Listening – 21, Speaking – 23, Writing – 21 TOEFL iBT 82 overall including Reading - 19, Listening – 19, Speaking – 22, Writing – 20
Pearson Academic (PTE) PTE Academic 60 overall with no component less than 59 Not accceptable for entry
Duolingo Duolingo 110 overall, including Reading - 90, Listening - 90, Speaking - 90, Writing - 90 Duolingo 105 overall, including Reading - 90, Listening - 90, Speaking - 90, Writing - 90
LanguageCert Not acceptable for entry Not acceptable for entry

English Language Test Requirement for 6-Week Pre-Sessional (Band B Postgraduate Courses) Requirement for 10-Week Pre-Sessional (Band B Postgraduate Courses)
IELTS Academic (and IELTS for UKVI) IELTS 6.5 overall including Speaking - 6.5, Listening - 5.5, Writing - 6.5, Reading - 5.5 IELTS 6.5 overall including Speaking - 6.0, Listening - 5.5, Writing - 6.0, Reading - 5.5
TOEFL iBT/TOEFL iBT Special Home Edition (MyBest Scores not accepted) TOEFL iBT 92 overall including Reading - 19, Listening – 19, Speaking – 22, Writing – 21 TOEFL iBT 92 overall including Reading - 19, Listening – 19, Speaking – 20, Writing – 20
Pearson Academic (PTE) Not acceptable for entry Not acceptable for entry
Duolingo Duolingo 120 overall including Reading - 90, Listening - 90, Speaking - 90, Writing - 90 Duolingo 115 overall including Reading - 90, Listening - 90, Speaking - 90, Writing - 90
LanguageCert Not acceptable for entry Not acceptable for entry

English Language Test Requirement for 6-Week Pre-Sessional (Band C Postgraduate Courses) Requirement for 10-Week Pre-Sessional (Band C Postgraduate Courses)
IELTS Academic (IELTS for UKVI) IELTS 7.0 overall including Speaking - 6.5, Listening - 6.0, Writing - 6.5, Reading - 6.0 IELTS 7.0 overall including 6.0 in all components
TOEFL iBT/TOEFL iBT Special Home Edition (MyBest Scores not accepted) TOEFL iBT 100 overall including Reading - 22, Listening – 21, Speaking – 22, Writing – 21 TOEFL iBT 100 overall including Reading - 22, Listening – 21, Speaking – 21, Writing – 20
Pearson Academic (PTE) Not acceptable for entry Not acceptable for entry
Duolingo Duolingo 130 overall including Reading - 90, Listening - 90, Speaking - 90, Writing - 90 Duolingo 125 overall including Reading - 90, Listening - 90, Speaking - 90, Writing - 90
LanguageCert Not acceptable for entry Not acceptable for entry
*Please note that there will be additional component score requirements for students holding offers with the Applied Linguistics department and Warwick Medical School.

How to apply

You can apply for any of our pre-sessional courses through the appropriate course pages listed above. You should apply for the course most appropriate to your requirements.

After you have applied

Your application for the Pre-Sessional English course will only be assessed once you have received a decision on your degree application.

You should use the Applicant Portal to view changes to your application status and to provide any requested documents.

CAS and Visa Information

Our Postgradaute courses are all being delivered face-to-face, on campus. Therefore, you may require a visa to study the course.

If you are an international student from outside of Europe, or an EU, EEA or Swiss student (but not Irish) who has not lived in the UK before and are arriving in the UK for the first time after 11pm on 31 December 2020, then you will need to make a Student visa application, if you do not already hold a visa for the UK that confers the right to study.

Students who require a visa will be issued with a CAS number (Confirmation of Acceptance for Studies) after they have received an unconditional offer for the Pre-sessional English course.

If the English language requirement is the final condition for you to meet on your main Postgraduate course, you will receive a Joint CAS covering both the Pre-sessional English course and main Postgraduate course.

If you have other conditions outstanding for your Postgraduate course, for example submitting your academic transcripts, then you will be issued with a Single CAS for the Pre-sessional course. Students who require a Single CAS will need to submit an IELTS for UKVI as part of the Pre-sessional English admissions process.

Our CAS calculator will help you to determine which CAS you are likely to be eligible for.

Please use the Enquiry Form below to contact the Pre-Sessional English team. We will aim to respond to you within 5-7 working days.

If you have not done so already, please ensure you have consulted the FAQs on the course pages before you submit an enquiry, as you may find the answer to your question here.


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