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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  Deadline 
20 weeks 25 April 2019 29 April 2019 13 September 2019 £7,160 18 March 2019
15 weeks 30 May 2019 3 June 2019 13 September 2019 £5,375 22 April 2019
10 weeks 4 July 2019 8 July 2019 13 September 2019 £3,580 27 May 2019

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  Deadline 
10 weeks 4 July 2019  8 July 2019  13 September 2019  £3,860  27 May 2019
5 weeks  8 August 2019  12 August 2019  13 September 2019  £1,935  1 July 2019

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  Deadline 
4 weeks 22 August 2019 27 August 2019  20 September 2019  £660  16 July 2019

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.

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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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