Mode of study
Monday 9 August - Friday 17 September 2021
Department of Study
Warwick Foundation Studies
Please note that applications for our 2021 Pre-Sessional courses have now closed. 2022 course information will be available on this site shortly. The current information refers to 2021 only.
The 6-week Undergraduate 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.
The 6-week Pre-Sessional English course for undergraduate 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:
- Communicate with accuracy and fluency, using appropriate vocabulary and academic style to clearly and coherently convey meaning in an academic genre relevant to undergraduate study.
- Apply online tools to conduct guided library research, evaluate and use a range of sources to provide evidence to support analysis of relevant theories within your discipline (or a related area); and display your findings in extended written form by making appropriate use of paraphrasing, quoting and summarising techniques.
- Recognise the need to adhere to conventions of citation and reference to support claims and acknowledge others' work.
- Demonstrate the use of spoken academic discourse with a good range of vocabulary on various discipline-related topics to both specialist and non-specialist audiences.
- Implement a range of listening strategies to interpret others' speech in lecture-style settings to create summaries and syntheses of the information presented.
- Critically reflect on processes of learning and set future goals for undergraduate study.
How will I be taught?
Teaching will be delivered online via seminar groups and tutorials with both asynchronous (pre-recorded) and synchronous (live) activities.
During the programme, you will receive 10 hours of live 'classroom' contact time per week, in addition to the time required to complete interactive materials online and are expected to actively engage in;
- Seminar activities and discussion forums with the class;
- Collaboration on set tasks;
- Independent learning on the VLE and assignments;
- One-to-one or small group tutorials;
- Large group webinars or lectures;
- Other independent study as directed.
How will I be assessed?
There will be a range of formative and summative assessments during the course, including Listening and Writing Tests, Seminar Discussion, a Written Project, and a Reflective Portfolio.
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 6-week Undergraduate Pre-Sessional course is composed of two modules, with a division between Listening and Speaking, and Text Based Studies.
Listening and Speaking (6-Weeks)
The focus in this module is on English for Academic Purposes, so materials are adapted to your areas of interest/study. 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.
You are eligible to apply for the 6-week Pre-Sessional English course if:
- Your first language is not English;
- You have an offer to study an Undergraduate degree at the University of Warwick for entry in 2021/22;
- You meet the English language requirements for the 6-week Pre-Sessional English course as 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 review the table below to see the criteria that will relate to you - you may need to check the English language requirements for your Undergraduate degree course if you cannot see this information in your offer.
|English Language Test||Requirement for 6-Week Pre-Sessional (Band A Undergraduate Courses)||Requirement for 6-Week Pre-Sessional (Band B Undergraduate Courses)||Requirement for 6-Week Pre-Sessional (Band C Undergraduate 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 5.5 overall with at least 5.5 in all components||IELTS 6.5 overall with at least 6.0 in all components|
|TOEFL iBT/TOEFL iBT Special Home Edition (MyBest Scores not accepted)||TOEFL iBT 87 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 - 20, Listening – 20, Speaking – 22, Writing – 21|
|Warwick IFP EAP Module||Overall Profile - Credit, with minimum of Reading - Pass, Listening - Pass, Speaking - Credit, Writing - Credit||Overall Profile - Pass, with minimum of Reading - Pass, Listening - Pass, Speaking - Pass, Writing - Pass||Overall Profile - High Credit, with minimum of Reading - Credit, Listening - Credit, Speaking - Credit, Writing - Credit|
|Pearson Academic (PTE)||Not accceptable for entry||Not accceptable for entry||Not accceptable for entry|
|Duolingo||Duolingo 120 overall, including Reading - 90, Listening - 90, Speaking - 90, Writing - 90||Duolingo 110 overall, including Reading - 90, Listening - 90, Speaking - 90, Writing - 90||Duolingo 130 overall, including Reading - 90, Listening - 90, Speaking - 90, Writing - 90|
|LanguageCert||Not acceptable for entry||Not acceptable for entry||Not acceptable for entry|
How to Apply
The deadline for applying for the 6-week Pre-Sessional English course has now passed.
After you have applied
Your application for the 6-week Pre-Sessional English course will only be assessed once you have received a decision on your undergraduate 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:
- 6-week Programme: Monday 9 August - Friday 17 September
What is the last date I can apply for the Pre-Sessional?
The latest dates for application are as follows:
- 6-week Programme: Friday 23 July
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 certificate is valid for 2 years prior to the start of the Pre-Sessional English course. 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 an IELTS for UKVI to apply for this course?
No, you will not need to submit an IELTS for UKVI for this course, an IELTS Academic will be acceptable. Please see the Entry Requirements tab for details of all accepted English tests.
Do I need a CAS?
No, as the Undergradaute Pre-Sessional English course is being delivered online, a CAS is not required. You may still require a CAS for your undergraduate studies, and our Undergraduate Admissions team will contact you about this in due course.
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 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.
What if I no longer want to do the Pre-Sessional 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.
If you're not sure if this is the right Pre-Sessional Course for you, you might want to consider the other options:
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 our FAQs before you submit an enquiry, as you may find the answer to your question here.