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About this course

*due to COVID19, summer programmes will be delivered online*

Who is the course for?

This full-time programme is ideal if your academic qualifications meet the requirements for your chosen undergraduate or postgraduate course, but your English language level falls below the entry requirements of the academic course you wish to join.

What will I learn?

The programme will provide you with the language and other academic skills necessary for you to gain the maximum benefit from your future academic course. You will develop these skills in a content-based approach to learning involving critical thinking, questioning, discussion, reflection and analysis. You will also develop the ideas and concepts necessary to participate in the global academic community. By the end of the course you will feel confident to research your subject, deal with a range of academic texts, attend lectures, take part in seminars and tutorials, and produce extended written academic assignments.

How long will I need to study?

You will be interviewed on arrival and will join one of two courses depending on your language level and your proposed course of study (undergraduate or postgraduate). You will study for one, two or three semesters.

How long should I expect to study on Pre-sessional English and Study Skills before I can enter my chosen degree programme?

The table below shows the length of time you should expect to study on Pre-sessional English and Study Skills before you can achieve the grades required to enter your chosen degree programme. Expected length of study will depend on your English language level when you apply and the English language level you need to enter your degree programme.

Please note that these are guidelines only. Progression onto your chosen degree programme is not guaranteed and the rate of progression may differ depending on the student.




How will I progress?

Progress to the next level or onto your chosen academic course depends on a mix of continuous assessment and end- of-semester examinations (not IELTS).

When will I start my studies?


Start date
(Induction and enrolment week)

 End date
(Assessment week)
 Semester 2 2018-19 (12 weeks) Monday 21 January 2019 Friday 10 May 2019 
 Summer School 2018-19 (11 weeks) Monday 17 June 2019  Friday 6 September 2019 
 Summer School 2018-19 (6 weeks) Monday 22 July 2019  Friday 6 September 2019 
 Semester 1 2019-20 (12 weeks) Monday 23 September 2019 Friday 20 December 2019 
 Semester 2 2019-20 (12 weeks) Monday 20 January 2020 Friday 8 May 2020
 Summer School 2019-20 (11 weeks) Monday 15 June 2020 Friday 4 September 2020
Summer School 2019-20 (6 weeks) Monday 20 July 2020 Friday 4 September 2020

Please ensure you apply for visas in time to arrive at the University on the Saturday prior to the start date above at the latest.

The Summer Semester (Summer School)

In the summer we run an 11-week (10 weeks of study plus one week of assessment) or a 6-week (5 weeks of study plus one week of assessment) programme. The 11-week course is as described above with 2 additional teaching sessions per week. The 6-week course is similar but is only suitable for students who have already achieved, or are very close to, the English language entry requirement for their chosen degree course. We strongly urge only such students to apply for this course. Please contact us for further information.

Please note that if you start the course in June you must enrol for 11 weeks. There is no mid-point assessment.

Both courses offer you an opportunity to visit another city or local tourist attraction on a day trip. The countryside and coast of Northumberland is extremely beautiful and has a rich heritage while Newcastle is a vibrant city famous for its culture and nightlife. There is no charge for these trips but you may need to pay entrance fees to castles and museums etc

Course info

Level of Study Undergraduate

Mode of Study One, two or three semesters full-time

Department Social Sciences

Location City Campus, Northumbria University

City Newcastle

Start September 2020 or January 2021 or June 2021 or September 2021 or January 2022 or June 2022

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