English language preparation programmes

Improve your English

If your level of English language does not meet the entry requirements for our International Foundation Year or Pre-Masters Programme, you can join our English Language Preparation programme or English For Pre-Masters programme for one term. At the end of the programme, you will be ready to start your chosen pathway at the International Study Centre.

Online Pre-sessional English

If you start your studies with us while campuses remain closed, you will study our Online Pre-Sessional English Language Preparation programme. This will help you raise your English language skills to the level you need to start your International Foundation Year or Pre-Masters programme. When face-to-face teaching resumes, we will be teaching English Language Preparation and English for Pre-Masters on campus.

Online Pre-sessional English for International Foundation Year

Our Online Pre-sessional English programme helps you to improve your English language skills to the level needed for the International Foundation Year. The programme is taught via Study Group's Virtual Study Centre.

Online Pre-sessional English for Pre-Masters

Online Pre-sessional English for Pre-Masters helps you to improve your English language skills to the level needed for our three-term Pre-Masters Programme. The 10 or 20-week programmes are taught via Study Group's Virtual Study Centre, allowing you to gain the skills necessary to succeed on your choice of Pre-Masters Programme.

Online Pre-sessional English language requirements

Online Pre-sessional English for International Foundation Year

  • Entry requirement: Academic IELTS for UKVI 4.5 overall, with 4.5 in writing and listening and no other skills below 4.0
  • Start date: 5 July 2021

Online Pre-sessional English for Pre-Masters

Entry requirement:

  • 10 week: Academic IELTS for UKVI 5.0 overall, with 5.0 in all skills
  • 20 weeks: Academic IELTS for UKVI 4.5 overall, with 4.5 in all skills

English Language Preparation for International Foundation Year

Our English Language Preparation programme helps you to improve your English language skills to the level needed for the International Foundation Year. The English Language Preparation programme is taught at the International Study Centre. Benefits of studying this programme include:

  • Two hours per week dedicated to supporting vocabulary development and key terminology in preparation for further study
  • Tailored homework to prepare students for the transitional period to their International Foundation Year (relating to both Academic English Skills and subject-specific modules)
  • Monitored progression through personalised tutorials, supporting students adjusting to academic study
  • Help building confidence with spoken English due to the inclusion of University and town exploration

English for Pre-Masters

English for Pre-Masters helps you to improve your English language skills to the level needed for our three-term Pre-Masters Programme. The one-term programme is taught at the International Study Centre, allowing you to gain the skills necessary to succeed on your choice of Pre-Masters Programme.

English for Pre-Masters students do not need to take an additional IELTS test at the end of their course to progress on to their Pre-Masters Programme. They will be assessed on their Academic English Skills (AES) grade at the International Study Centre (they will be required to achieve a minimum of 40% in all areas).

English language requirements

One-term English Language Preparation

  • Entry requirement: Academic IELTS for UKVI 4.5 overall, with 4.5 in writing and listening and no other skills below 4.0 *.

One-term English for Pre-Masters

  • Entry requirement: Academic IELTS for UKVI 5.0 overall, with 5.0 in all skills *.
Karen from Hong Kong studied International Foundation Year in Business and Management Studies.

"Studying in the International Study Centre helps me to increase my results which I am now really proud of. I received a lot of help from the tutors, and the International Study Centre provides many programmes and materials for study so I can get better marks in my exams."

Karen from Hong Kong studied International Foundation Year in Business and Management Studies

*If you do not need a Student visa, we can accept alternative proof of your English language skills. Contact us to find out more.

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