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Pre-sessional English

Course Overview

If you do not have the required level of English for degree-level study in the UK university, or you lack confidence in your ability to actively employ your English, this programme is for you. These courses are designed for students whose first language is not English, and are suitable for students from a wide variety of backgrounds.

You’ll improve your fluency, and develop key study skills. By the end of the programme you’ll be equipped with a range of language and study skills which will enhance your ability to cope with the demands of degree-level study. Middlesex University run both undergraduate and postgraduate pre-sessional courses, with varying start dates depending on your English language level and your future study intentions. The courses are accredited by the British Association of Lecturers in English for Academic Purposes (BALEAP).

The courses are taught in small classes with a maximum of 16 students, and are designed so that you develop skills to work on your own and in groups. They are full time, for five days a week. Students usually have 21 hours of lessons per week, and are also expected to do a lot of self-study. You will also have dedicated, individual tutorials to help with your own specific needs.

Students need to pass all the essential components in order to achieve a successful result. There is no requirement to take an external exam, like IELTS, at the end of the course.

Key information

    Course name

    Pre-sessional English

    Course provider

    Middlesex University

    Study mode

    Full time


    1.5-6.5 months

    Tuition fees


    Course location


Academic entry requirements

You must hold an offer letter for a degree programme.

English entry requirements

Students must have a minimum of IELTS 4.5 in all components. For undergraduate and postgraduate programmes, you may need to have higher IELTS score. Your score will be the factor in determining how many weeks you will require to take. Each student will be considered on a case by case basis.

Progression route

After successfully completing the Pre-sessional English, students can be considered for a wide range of courses at undergraduate and postgraduate levels.

Areas covered in the course

You will develop the following skills from the study:

  • General English
  • Academic English
  • Listening to lectures
  • Taking notes
  • Reading
  • Writing
  • Research
  • Group discussions
  • Presentations


Assessment methods
The assessment involves:

  • written research project on an academic subject
  • portfolio of written tasks built up during the course
  • oral presentation on an academic topic
  • reading to writing exam
  • listening exam

If you successfully pass the assessments you will not have to take another English exam, such as IELTS.


Aims of the Pre-sessional English courses

  • To develop the specific academic English language and study skills necessary for university study at either postgraduate or undergraduate level
  • To build confidence and prepare you for the independent learning which is important at British universities
  • To improve your general level of English
  • To familiarise you with UK academic culture