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English Language programmes

The pre-sessional English Language courses taught by University of Essex International College (a Kaplan International Pathways college) are ideal if you need to improve your English before starting a course at Essex.

Pre-sessional English Language with Study Skills (PELSS)

Our programmes provide you with integrated training in Academic English Language and Study Skills to prepare you for University undergraduate and postgraduate degree level study. The programmes run for 10, 15 and 20 weeks, providing improvements to your IELTS score equivalent to 0.5, 1.0 and 1.5 respectively. PELSS will help you to develop the following skills:

  • Reading: critical reading and note taking skills
  • Writing: academic essay writing and citation skills
  • Listening: understanding lectures and seminars and note-taking skills
  • Speaking: seminar discussions, debate and presentation skills

You will be given opportunities to focus on English language and study skills development in areas related to your chosen degree area at the University of Essex.

Length  Enrol
Start date  End date  Fee  Application dead-line  Deposit dead-line
20 weeks 23 April 2020 27 April 2020 11 Sept 2020 £7,380 23 March 2020 26 March 2020 
15 weeks 28 May 2020 1 June 2020 11 Sept 2020 £5,535 27 April 2020 30 April 2020 
10 weeks 2 July 2020 6 July 2020 11 Sept 2020 £3,690 1 June 2020 4 June 2020 

Pre-sessional English Language (PEL)

Offered at both Colchester and Southend, our programmes focus on enhancing your English language skills to prepare you for University undergraduate and postgraduate degree level study. You will be taught further grammar and vocabulary development as well as additional reading, writing, listening and speaking skills. The programmes run for 5 and 10 weeks and provide an improvement in your IELTS score of equivalent to 0.5 and 1.0 band respectively.

Length  Enrol
Start date  End date  Fee  Application dead-line  Deposit dead-line 
10 weeks 2 July 2020 6 July 2020  11 Sept 2020  £3,980  1 June 
4 June 2020 
5 weeks  6 August 2020  10 August 2020  11 Sept 2020  £1,995  29 June 2020 2 July 2020 

Academic Skills Preparation Programme

If you have an unconditional offer to study at the University of Essex, you can take our Academic Skills Preparation programme. This course introduces you to the academic study and research skills commonly used at UK universities and will help you become familiar with the University campus, student life in the UK and adjust more easily to our academic culture. This programme is an excellent preparation to your degree studies and will help you to achieve your academic goals.

Length Enrol
Start date  End date  Tuition fee  Application dead-line  Deposit dead-line 
4 weeks 20 August 2020 24 August 2020 17 Sept 2020 £720  20 July 2020 23 July 2020 

How to apply

If you are interested in studying a pre-sessional English course before your main programme of study, you can check your eligibility and apply via your myEssex applicant portal. For Tier applicants A UKVI IELTS, dated within 2 years of the pre-sessional course start date, will be required with your application (unless applying for the 4 week ASPP). 

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You can study a pre-sessional course before the start of your main course at Essex. The right pre-sessional course for you depends on your current IELTS score and the subject you'll be studying afterwards. Our pre-sessional finder tool will show you the options available to you.

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