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Pre-Sessional Programme 2 Term (International Study Centre) 2017-18

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About the course

This course gives you the opportunity to improve your English language ability (in the four key skills of speaking, listening, reading and writing) and the opportunity to develop your academic skills in order to prepare you to the required level to start your degree programme.

The advantage of taking this course is that you do not need to take an IELTS test at the end as long as you successfully complete the course to the required standard and you intend to progress to the degree course at the University of Huddersfield for which you have a valid offer.

If you do not intend to study at Huddersfield, you may have to take an IELTS test at your own expense. You should contact your chosen university for advice.

This is a University of Huddersfield course, taught in the International Study Centre.

Start date:
This course has multiple start dates:
18 / 09 / 2017
16 / 10 / 2017
30 / 10 / 2017
13 / 11 / 2017
19 / 02 / 2018
04 / 06 / 2018
02 / 07 / 2018
16 / 07 / 2018
30 / 07 / 2018


This course is full-time for all its durations below.

For January 2018 degree course entry:

•  One term - 18 September 2017

•  Eight weeks - 16 October 2017

•  Six weeks - 30 October 2017

•  Four weeks - 13 November 2017

For September 2018 degree course entry:

•  Two terms - 19 February 2018

•  One term - 4 June 2018

•  Eight weeks - 2 July 2018

•  Six weeks - 16 July 2018

•  Four weeks - 30 July 2018

Course type:

Full Time

Course content

The topics covered depend on your starting point but the course covers the following:

•  Review of grammar - this includes tense and voice constructions, vocabulary development and syntax

•  Developing the four key skills as related components through active engagement in speaking, listening, reading and writing activities

•  Academic skills - such as coherence and cohesion, independent research skills and text synthesis

While the course is designed to give an overview of general English, topics related to University courses are introduced to provide initial contact with the relevant schools and research areas.

Important information

We will always try to deliver your course as described on this web page. However, sometimes we may have to make changes as set out below.

We review all optional modules each year and change them to reflect the expertise of our staff, current trends in research and as a result of student feedback. We will always ensure that you have a range of options to choose from and we will let students know in good time the options available for them to choose for the following year.

We will only change core modules for a course if it is necessary for us to do so, for example to maintain course accreditation. We will let you know about any such changes as soon as possible, usually before you begin the relevant academic year.

Sometimes we have to make changes to other aspects of a course or how it is delivered. We only make these changes if they are for reasons outside of our control, or where they are for our students’ benefit. Again, we will let you know about any such changes as soon as possible, usually before the relevant academic year. Our regulations set out our procedure which we will follow when we need to make any such changes.

When you enrol as a student of the University, your study and time with us will be governed by a framework of regulations, policies and procedures, which form the basis of your agreement with us. These include regulations regarding the assessment of your course, academic integrity, your conduct (including attendance) and disciplinary procedure, fees and finance and compliance with visa requirements (where relevant). It is important that you familiarise yourself with these as you will be asked to agree to abide by them when you join us as a student. You will find a guide to the key terms here, where you will also find links to the full text of each of the regulations, policies and procedures referred to.

The Higher Education Funding Council for England is the principal regulator for the University.

Career opportunities

Please check your chosen University degree programme for graduate career examples and employment rates.

Teaching and assessment

50% of the study time on this course is spent in lectures, seminars, group work and tutorials. This will account for 20 hours per week. The other 50% is through self-guided learning activities overseen by class lecturers.

You will be taught through a series of lectures, seminars and self-guided learning activities.

Assessment will include formal exams, a researched essay, seminars, and presentations.

Modular information is available to students through the Virtual Learning Environment (VLE), including full details of the assessment criteria applying to your course. Feedback (written and verbal) is normally provided on all coursework submissions. Feedback on exam performance/final coursework is available on request after the publication of results.


Our English facilities include learning rooms equipped with interactive smart boards, projectors and audio-visual cabinets with CD/DVD playback with PC and laptop connections.

In the University Library and Computing Centre (LCC), you will find English subject specialists to help you find and use our collection of linguistics and literature learning materials. It also contains journal and newspaper articles, books and audio recordings, including a range of electronic databases and several linguistic corpora (large and structured set of texts) together with the software for their analysis.

The LCC also contains modern IT facilities, some with 24 hour access, and comfortable spaces for you to work alone or in small groups.

How much will it cost me?

2016-17 tuition fees: £6,000 (2 terms) £3,000 (1 term) £2,000 (8 weeks) £1,500 (6 weeks) £1,000 (4 weeks)

All students will be required to purchase a course book for every four weeks of the course at a cost of £5.00 per book. Students are also responsible for study supplies including a notebook and a good quality advanced learner's English dictionary.

There may be opportunities to take part in enrichment/social activities through the International Study Centre and the University's Student's Union at a nominal fee, usually no more than £10.00 for a day trip to York, Liverpool or Whitby for example.

Please visit the website to see what is included and what is not included.

How to apply

You do not need to complete a separate application for a Pre-Sessional English Programme.

When you apply to study an academic degree programme, you will upload evidence to support your application. One of the pieces of evidence you upload will be your English language test scores. If you have not achieved the English entry level for your chosen degree programme it will be made a condition of any offer made to you.

Before we can offer you a place on an appropriate Pre-Sessional English Programme, the Secure English Language Test (SELT) you provide must be from an approved UKVI test centre. When an offer is made to you it will include information about the length of course and tuition fees payable. You must pass the Pre-Sessional English Programme to the required standard before you can progress onto your degree.

Research community

Research plays an important role in informing all our teaching and learning activities. Through research our staff remain up-to-date with the latest developments in their field, which means you develop knowledge and skills that are current and highly relevant to industry. For more information, see the Research section of our website.

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