PRE-SESSIONAL ENGLISH & STUDY SKILLS

About this course 2021/22

PLEASE NOTE: Applications for January 2021 intake have now closed. Please visit our Postgraduate Study webpage to see all options for September 2021 entry.

*due to COVID19, summer programmes will be delivered online. For further information, please visit the Making an Application section on our Admissions pages.

Who is the course for?

This full-time programme is ideal if your academic qualifications meet the requirements for your chosen undergraduate or postgraduate course, but your English language level falls below the entry requirements of the academic course you wish to join.

What will I learn?

The programme will provide you with the language and other academic skills necessary for you to gain the maximum benefit from your future academic course. You will develop these skills in a content-based approach to learning involving critical thinking, questioning, discussion, reflection and analysis. You will also develop the ideas and concepts necessary to participate in the global academic community. By the end of the course you will feel confident to research your subject, deal with a range of academic texts, attend lectures, take part in seminars and tutorials, and produce extended written academic assignments. 

How long should I expect to study on Pre-sessional English and Study Skills before I can enter my chosen degree programme?

You will usually expect to study for one, two or three semesters. Expected length of study will depend on your English language level when you apply and the English language level you need to enter your degree programme. The table below shows the length of time you should expect to study on Pre-sessional English and Study Skills before you can achieve the grades required to enter your chosen degree programme.

Please note that these are guidelines only. Progression onto your chosen degree programme is not guaranteed and the rate of progression may differ depending on the student.

 

 

How will I progress?

Progress to the next level or onto your chosen academic course depends on a mix of continuous assessment and end- of-semester examinations (not IELTS).

When will I start my studies?

Programme

Start date
(Induction and enrolment week)

 End date
(Assessment week)
 Semester 2 2020-21 (12 weeks) Monday 18th January 2021* Friday 7 January 2021
 Summer School 2020-21 (11 weeks) Monday 14th Jun 2021* Friday 3 September 2021
 Summer School 2020-21 (6 weeks) Monday 19 July 2021* Friday 3 September 2021
 Semester 1 2020-21 (12 weeks) Monday 20 September 2021* Friday 17 December 2021 
 Semester 2 2021-22 (12 weeks) Monday 17 January 2022* Friday 6 May 2022
 Summer School 2021-22 (11 weeks) Monday 13 June 2022* Friday 2 September 2022
Summer School 2021-22 (6 weeks) Monday 18 July 2022* Friday 2 September 2022

*Programme induction timetable and dates to be confirmed. Induction information will be provided in advance of the start of the programme to applicants who have accepted their offer.

Please ensure you apply for visas in time to arrive at the University on the Saturday prior to the start date above at the latest.

The Summer Semester (Summer School)

In the summer we run an 11-week (10 weeks of study plus one week of assessment) or a 6-week (5 weeks of study plus one week of assessment) programme.

 

The 6-week course is only suitable for students who have already achieved, or are within 0.5 IELTS of achieving, the English language entry requirement for their chosen degree course. We strongly urge only such students to apply for this course. Please contact us for further information.

 

About this course 2022/23

PLEASE NOTE: Applications for January 2021 intake have now closed. Please visit our Postgraduate Study webpage to see all options for September 2021 entry.

*due to COVID19, summer programmes will be delivered online. For further information, please visit the Making an Application section on our Admissions pages.

Who is the course for?

This full-time programme is ideal if your academic qualifications meet the requirements for your chosen undergraduate or postgraduate course, but your English language level falls below the entry requirements of the academic course you wish to join.

What will I learn?

The programme will provide you with the language and other academic skills necessary for you to gain the maximum benefit from your future academic course. You will develop these skills in a content-based approach to learning involving critical thinking, questioning, discussion, reflection and analysis. You will also develop the ideas and concepts necessary to participate in the global academic community. By the end of the course you will feel confident to research your subject, deal with a range of academic texts, attend lectures, take part in seminars and tutorials, and produce extended written academic assignments. 

How long should I expect to study on Pre-sessional English and Study Skills before I can enter my chosen degree programme?

You will usually expect to study for one, two or three semesters. Expected length of study will depend on your English language level when you apply and the English language level you need to enter your degree programme. The table below shows the length of time you should expect to study on Pre-sessional English and Study Skills before you can achieve the grades required to enter your chosen degree programme.

Please note that these are guidelines only. Progression onto your chosen degree programme is not guaranteed and the rate of progression may differ depending on the student.

 

 

How will I progress?

Progress to the next level or onto your chosen academic course depends on a mix of continuous assessment and end- of-semester examinations (not IELTS).

When will I start my studies?

Programme

Start date
(Induction and enrolment week)

 End date
(Assessment week)
 Semester 2 2020-21 (12 weeks) Monday 18th January 2021* Friday 7 January 2021
 Summer School 2020-21 (11 weeks) Monday 14th Jun 2021* Friday 3 September 2021
 Summer School 2020-21 (6 weeks) Monday 19 July 2021* Friday 3 September 2021
 Semester 1 2020-21 (12 weeks) Monday 20 September 2021* Friday 17 December 2021 
 Semester 2 2021-22 (12 weeks) Monday 17 January 2022* Friday 6 May 2022
 Summer School 2021-22 (11 weeks) Monday 13 June 2022* Friday 2 September 2022
Summer School 2021-22 (6 weeks) Monday 18 July 2022* Friday 2 September 2022

*Programme induction timetable and dates to be confirmed. Induction information will be provided in advance of the start of the programme to applicants who have accepted their offer.

Please ensure you apply for visas in time to arrive at the University on the Saturday prior to the start date above at the latest.

The Summer Semester (Summer School)

In the summer we run an 11-week (10 weeks of study plus one week of assessment) or a 6-week (5 weeks of study plus one week of assessment) programme.

 

The 6-week course is only suitable for students who have already achieved, or are within 0.5 IELTS of achieving, the English language entry requirement for their chosen degree course. We strongly urge only such students to apply for this course. Please contact us for further information.

 

Course info

Level of Study Undergraduate

Mode of Study One, two or three semesters full-time

Department Social Sciences

Location City Campus, Northumbria University

City Newcastle

Start September 2021 or January 2022 or June 2022 or September 2022 or January 2023 or June 2023

Fee Information

Module Information

All information on this course page is accurate at the time of viewing.

Courses starting in 2021 are offered as a mix of online and face to face teaching due to the ongoing Covid-19 pandemic.

We continue to monitor government and local authority guidance in relation to Covid-19 and we are ready and able to flex accordingly to ensure the health and safety of our students and staff.

Students will be required to attend campus as far as restrictions allow. Contact time will increase as restrictions ease, or decrease, potentially to a full online offer, should restrictions increase.

Our online activity will be delivered through Blackboard Ultra, enabling collaboration, connection and engagement with materials and people.

 

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