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10-Week Postgraduate Pre-Sessional English Course

Mode of study
Full-time (either Blended or Online)

10 weeks

Course Dates
Monday 12 July - Friday 17 September 2021


Department of Study
Warwick Foundation Studies

Information for our 2022 courses will be available on this site shortly. The current information refers to 2021 only.

The 10-week Postgraduate Pre-Sessional English course is a full-time academic English language and study skills programme that takes place ahead of your forthcoming degree studies. The course offers an alternative way to meet the English language conditions needed to study for your degree at the University of Warwick.

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. Joining the Pre-Sessional English course will help you to develop further your language and study skills, allow you to feel more self-confident and better prepared when you begin your future studies - it will also give you an opportunity to meet fellow students and build friendships before your main degree starts.

Course Overview

The 10-week Pre-Sessional English course for postgraduate students allows you to develop the specific academic language and study skills that you will need in order to follow and engage in your future degree subject.

By the end of the programme, you should be able to:

  • Critically engage with complex texts and use the information from these educational sources to write an assignment in an academic style, using the appropriate structures;
  • Use language clearly for an academic audience, presenting ideas and supporting them with appropriate evidence, and delivering organised and sophisticated content;
  • Apply skills and strategies to engage effectively in academic conversations, such as seminar discussions, by listening effectively and contributing clearly and coherently;
  • Conduct guided research, observing the specific disciplinary standards, and accurately following academic conventions of citing and referencing when paraphrasing, summarising, and quoting.

How will I be taught?

The 10-week Pre-sessional English course will be delivered either fully online, or via a blended delivery model; you will apply for either the 'Online' or 'Blended' course.

On the Blended course, the first 4 weeks of the 10-week programme will be delivered entirely online via live/pre-recorded sessions. Following this, for the next 6-weeks of the programme, the Speaking and Listening module will be delivered face-to-face on-campus. The Text-Based Studies module will continue to be delivered online via live/pre-recorded sessions.

On the Online course, all teaching across the 10-weeks will be delivered online. This will be through a combination of live online classes, and pre-recorded videos for you to engage with on each of your modules.

On both the Online and Blended courses, teaching will mainly be delivered via seminar groups and tutorials.

During the programme, you will receive 22 hours contact time per week and are expected to actively engage in;

  • Seminar activities and discussion forums with the class;
  • Collaboration on set tasks with a study group;
  • Independent work on assignments;
  • Regular one-to-one or small group tutorials;
  • Large group webinars or lectures;
  • Independent study as directed.

How will I be assessed?

There will be a range of formative and summative assessments during the course, including a Writing Test, Seminar Discussion, Presentation, and a Written Project.

The Pre-Sessional course uses four grades for assessments: Distinction; Merit; Pass; Below Standard. At the end of the course, a report is produced for your receiving department.


The 10-week Postgraduate Pre-Sessional English course is composed of four modules, with a division between Listening and Speaking, and Text Based Studies.

Module outlines

Listening and Speaking (4-Weeks)

This module focuses on understanding lectures and taking effective notes, listening to 'live', natural English, and listening supportively to others in small-group discussions. On the speaking side, you will engage in small group discussions, work on aspects of pronunciation (including any individual problems) and presentation skills.

Text-Based Studies (4-Weeks)

The Text-Based Studies module is designed to raise your awareness of academic expectations in the UK, as well as of the language you will need. As such, you will be given a range of relevant and demanding reading material – including longer texts - and will practise the skills needed for this reading. In writing, you will have the opportunity to experiment with and learn from feedback on a range of academic genres and styles. The focus is on the integration of skills: learning as much as possible from the structures of reading materials, to support you in starting to incorporate these appropriately into your own work.

Listening and Speaking (6-Weeks)

The focus in this module is on English for Specific Purposes, so materials are adapted to your areas of interest. You will develop your note-taking skills, including reconstructing from notes, discussion of issues arising from listening or reading material, and asking questions. There is also a focus on collaborative work as a way of developing skills in ‘critical thinking’ and more listening practice will highlight spoken 'discourse markers', and support your understanding of rapid speech.

Text-Based Studies (6-Weeks)

You will work in subject-specific groups, with a focus on the particular texts and genres of writing that you will need to cope with to engage effectively in your degree study. During your work on your Written Project you will practise the skills of searching for appropriate source materials, integrating your reading into structures of argument, and discussion, as well as using the standard citation for your discipline.

In addition to the scheduled seminar sessions for each module there will be online asynchronous materials via our Virtual Learning Environment (Moodle)

Entry Requirements

You are eligible for the 10-week Pre-Sessional English language course if:

  • Your first language is not English;
  • You have an offer containing an English language condition to study a Postgraduate degree at the University of Warwick for entry in 2021/22;
  • 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 10-week 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 review the table 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 10-Week Pre-Sessional (Band A Postgraduate Courses)* Requirement for 10-Week Pre-Sessional (Band B Postgraduate Courses)* Requirement for 10-Week Pre-Sessional (Band C Postgraduate Courses)
IELTS Academic (and IELTS for UKVI) IELTS 6.0 overall, with a maximum of two components at 5.5, and two components above 5.5 IELTS 6.5 overall including Speaking 6.0, Listening 5.5, Writing 6.0, Reading 5.5 IELTS 7.0 overall, with a minimum of 6.0 in all components
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 – 20, Writing – 20 TOEFL iBT 100 overall including Reading - 22, Listening – 21, Speaking – 21, Writing – 20
Pearson Academic (PTE) Not accceptable for entry Not accceptable for entry Not accceptable for entry
Duolingo Duolingo 105 overall, including Reading - 90, Listening - 90, Speaking - 90, Writing - 90 Duolingo 115 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 Not acceptable for entry

*Students holding offers with the Applied Linguistics department and Warwick Medical School will need to achieve specific component scores in addition to these publicised levels.

MA TESOL and all other taught courses in Applied Linguistics (Band A) will require a 6.0 in the Writing component, research degrees in Applied Linguistics (Band B) will require a 6.5 in the Writing component.

Medical School taught courses (Band A) will require a 6.0 in the Reading and Writing components.

How to Apply

Applications have now closed for the 10-week Pre-sessional English courses

After you have applied

Your application for the 10-week Pre-Sessional English course will only be assessed once you have received a decision on your postgraduate degree application.

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

Frequently asked questions

What are the course dates

The programme dates are as follows:

  • 10-week Programme: Monday 12 July - Friday 17 September
What is the last date I can apply for the pre-sessional?

The latest dates for application are as follows:

  • 10-week Programme: Friday 11 June
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.

How long is my English test valid for admission?

Your IELTS/TOEFL/PTE test must have been taken within the 2 years prior to the start date of the Pre-Sessional English course. We are only able to accept the most recent test certificate you provide to us.

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

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

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

This will depend on whether you require a Single CAS for the Pre-Sessional English course, or if you are eligible for a Joint CAS, covering the Pre-Sessional English course and your main Postgraduate course.

If you require a Single CAS for the Pre-Sessional English course only, you must hold a valid 'IELTS for UKVI' certificate.

Do I need a CAS?

If you choose the Blended course and 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.

If you are holding an unconditional offer for your main Postgraduate course, or English language is your final condition to meet, you will receive a Joint CAS covering both the Pre-sessional English course and main Postgraduate course.

If you require a Single CAS for the Pre-Sessional English couse only (because you have other conditions outstanding for your Postgraduate course), you must hold a valid 'IELTS for UKVI' certificate.

Where do I need to study the course?

If you have chosen the Blended course, you will need to be in the UK to attend your face-to-face sessions on-campus which commence on 9 August. You should arrive in the UK with enough time to complete any quarantine period before face-to-face teaching commences.

For the online model, you will not be required to attend on campus and you can engage with the online course from anywhere in the world.

Can I apply for accommodation for the Pre-Sessional English course?

If you have chosen the Blended course, you will be eligible to apply for accommodation for the duration of your Pre-Sessional English course. A number of accommodation packages are available to suit your requirements, depending on the duration of your course and whether you will be required to complete any quarantine period.

More details about the accommodation options available and the accommodation booking process for Pre-Sessional English students is available on our Offer Holder pages.

Do I need to pay a deposit?

Yes, you will need to pay a £450 deposit. Details of how to pay the deposit will be confirmed in your offer email.

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

This pre-sessional is only open to students who have a conditional offer to study at the University of Warwick in the next academic year.

You can apply for the Pre-Sessional English course before you have received a decision on your main degree course application, but your application for the Pre-Sessional will only be assessed once you have received a decision on your main degree application.

I have a conditional offer to study at Warwick, can I do the Pre-Sessional English course in order to meet my English language condition?

Yes, providing you meet the entry requirements, and successfully complete the Pre-Sessional English 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 Pre-Sessional?

Yes, this is possible but please be aware that the level of this course is designed based on the lower, Pre-Sessional English language requirements and you may therefore be overqualified for the programme. If you meet the language requirement for your main course offer but not for the pre-sessional, the main course language offer level will supersede the pre-sessional entry requirements.

What if I no longer want to do the Pre-Sessional English course?

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.

Other Courses

If you're not sure if this is the right Pre-Sessional Course for you, you might want to consider the other options:

6-Week Postgraduate Pre-Sessional Course

6-Week Postgraduate Pre-Sessional Course - WMG

6-Week Undergraduate Pre-Sessional Course

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