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Pre-sessional English Language (undergraduate and IFC)

  • UCAS
    n/a
  • Length
    See table below
  • Department
    English Language Centre

Course overview

This intensive programme is for international students about to start full-time study at a UK university.

This programme is more than just a language course, which is why it is longer than other pre-sessional programmes you might find elsewhere. It will also familiarise you with the British education system, and will develop your study skills. And it is tailored to the arts and social sciences, so it’s ideal if you’re planning on studying these subjects in the future.

The programme covers:

  • English language
  • Academic study skills
  • Cultural background studies
  • Critical analysis

There is continuous assessment through regular assignments, especially listening exercises, presentations and essays. At the end of the programme, you receive a profile of your performance and progress, and recommendations for your future language development.

Dates, Fees and entry requirements for 2017

12 June – 1 September 2017 (£3960)
3 July – 1 September 2017 (£3300)
31 July – 1 September 2017 (£2010

There are different IELTS requirements depending on the length of the programme you want to apply for. See below for details: 

12 weeks full time

You can join the 12-week programme if your current overall UKVI IELTS score is -1.0 below the requirement for the degree you’re joining.

The table below indicates what this will be. There are no minimum skill score requirements:

Degree entry requirement Entry requirement for the 12 week programme
7.0 6.0
6.5 5.5
6.0 5.0
5.5 4.5

9 weeks full-time

You can join the 9-week programme if your current overall UKVI IELTS score is -0.5 below the requirement for the degree you’re joining.

The table below indicates what this will be. There are no minimum skill score requirements.

Degree entry requirement Entry requirement for the 9 week programme
7.0 6.5
6.5 6.0
6.0 5.5
5.5 5.0

5 weeks full-time

You can join the 5-week programme if your current overall UKVI IELTS score is -0.5 below the requirement for the degree you’re joining.

The table below indicates what this will be. There is also a minimum writing skill score requirement; details are below.

Degree entry requirement Entry requirement for the 5 week programme
7.0 6.5 (with a minimum of 6.5 in writing)
6.5 6.0 (with a minimum of 6.0 in writing)
6.0 5.5 (with a minimum of 5.5 in writing)
5.5 5.0 (with a minimum of 5.0 in writing)

 

Contact the department

If you have specific questions about the degree, contact Programme Convenor, Marl'ene Edwin

Modules & structure

This programme consists of several entry points: you start the programme in either May, July or August, and finish in September. 

Students who start the programme in May are provided with more general EAP (English for Academic Purposes) modules. This is especially important for students whose previous experience of English learning has focused on IELTS or general English only. However, you will receive classes in critical studies and cultural background.

What you study

May to June

  • Modernity I
  • Modernity II
  • Modernity III
  • Integrated Skills
  • Reading into Writing
  • Grammar Development
  • London Project: Integrated skills
  • London Project: Mapping the City
  • Pronunciation
  • Cultural Studies I
  • Cultural Studies II 

July to September

  • Postmodernity I
  • Postmodernity II
  • Postmodernity III
  • Postmodernities Lecture
  • Art History Lecture/Film Lecture
  • Writing Skills I
  • Writing Skills II
  • Writing Skills III
  • Textual Analysis
  • Seminar Skills

August to September

  • Globalisation I
  • Globalisation II
  • Postmodernities Lecture
  • Art History Lecture/Film Lecture
  • Lecture Feedback
  • Writing Skills I
  • Writing Skills II
  • Writing Skills III
  • Textual Analysis
  • Seminar Skills

Please note that due to staff research commitments not all of these modules may be available every year.

Entry requirements

You must be at least 18 years old when you start the programme. Please see the table above for details of the IELTS requirements for each course. 

Equivalent qualifications
We accept a wide range of qualifications equivalent to the ones listed above.

If your qualifications are from another country, find out more about the qualifications we accept from around the world

English language requirements
If English isn’t your first language, you’ll need to meet our English language requirements to study with us. 

For this programme we require:

If you need assistance with your English language, we offer a range of courses that can help prepare you for degree-level study.

Read more about our general entrance requirements

Department

The English Language Centre
specialises in teaching English language and academic writing

English Language Centre

Come and learn from a dedicated team of specialists. Some of our team have worked in this area for over 20 years.

We offer courses for:

  • students with English as a second language
  • native English speakers who are keen to develop their skills in academic writing

These courses range from standalone foundation years and pre-sessional courses right through to in-sessional courses that you complete during your degree programme.

It’s also possible to book an appointment with our resident Royal Literary Fund Fellows – professional writers who can help you improve your essay-writing skills.

Find out more about the English Language Centre.

Fees & funding

How to apply

To apply for the Pre-sessional programme, please download an English Language Centre application form.

Once completed, please send this to:

English Language Centre
Goldsmiths, University of London
New Cross
London SE14 6NW
United Kingdom 

eap@gold.ac.uk

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