English Language Preparation Programme

English language courses for international students

If you need to improve your English language to reach the required level for your programme at the International Study Centre, you can take our English Language Preparation programme.

English Language Preparation for International Foundation Year

You will need an IELTS 4.5 (minimum 5.0 in writing and no other element less than 4.0) or equivalent to start the International Foundation Year. If you have IELTS 4.0 (4.0 in all bands) or equivalent, you will need one term of English Language Preparation.

This course has two start dates, depending when you begin your International Foundation Year:

  • June, prior to starting your academic programme in September.
  • September, prior to starting your academic programme in January.

English Language Preparation for International Year One

You will need an IELTS 5.5 overall (5.5 in all components) or equivalent to start the International Year One.

  • One term course: If you have Academic IELTS for UKVI 4.5 (min 4.0 in all skills), you can join our one-term intensive English Language Preparation course in June or September before starting the International Year One in September or January respectively.
  • 8 week course: If you have Academic IELTS for UKVI 5.0 overall, you can start in July or October before starting the International Year One in September or January respectively.
  • 4 week course: If you have Academic IELTS for UKVI 5.5 (but lower skill scores), you can start in August or November before starting the International Year One in September or January respectively.

English Language Preparation for Pre-Masters Programme

Our Pre-Masters Programme requires an IELTS 5.5 in all components, or equivalent. If you have IELTS 5.0 (with no component less than 4.5), or equivalent, you will need one term of English Language Preparation.

This course has two start dates:

  • September, prior to starting your academic programme in January
  • January, prior to starting your academic programme in April

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

Please note - Students taking an English Language Preparation for International Year One or English Language Preparation for Pre-Masters Programme will study on a B2 GSV visa as these courses are not included as part of the combined visa – this allows them to make the ICAS application in the UK for a combined visa for their pathway and degree study, as well as allowing them to remain in the UK before starting their pathway.

Term Dates

English Language Preparation for International Foundation Year

June 2020
Term 1 - 08/06/2020 to 07/08/2020
September 2020*
Term 1 - 28/09/2021 to 04/12/2020
June 2021*
Term 1 - 12/07/2021 to 18/09/2021

English Language Preparation for Pre-Masters Programme

January 2020
Term 1 - 06/01/2020 to 13/03/2020
September 2020*
Term 1 - 28/09/2021 to 04/12/2020
January 2021*
Term 1 - 04/01/2021 to 12/03/2021

*Subject to programme revalidation.