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Professional course

Pre-Sessional English Programme

About this course

Course code:
YQ33
Applications:
University
Level:
Professional/Short Course
Department:
Arts and Cultural Industries
Campus:
Frenchay Campus
Duration:
Various
Delivery:
Full-time
Programme leader:
David Phelan and Maria Teasdale

Page last updated 20 August 2019

Introduction

The Pre-Sessional English programme (PSE) course is designed for international students who need to acquire the level of English language skills required to study at UWE Bristol.

The course will enable you to cope with all aspects of studying and living in the UK, including understanding lectures and academic texts, writing assignments, speaking in seminars and giving presentations.

At the end of the course, you will be required to pass an in-house assessment in order to progress to your degree programme.

Our Pre-sessional English Language programme is offered in a variety of durations depending on your current English ability level.

You can either attend a Standard PSE for 18 hours a week, or an Intensive PSE for 22.5 hours a week.

Please note that all Standard PSE courses move to an intensive format in the final five weeks of the course, with 22.5 hours of classes per week.

If you have an unconditional offer from UWE Bristol, we offer an English Language and Academic Culture course (ELAC) free of charge to all international fee paying students.

This course prepares you academically and socially for life in the UK.

Entry requirements

The length of the PSE you require will depend on your current IELTS score and the score you require to progress to your main programme of study. Entry to undergraduate degrees usually requires IELTS 6.0 or equivalent. Entry to post-graduate degrees and direct entry onto year three of an undergraduate degree normally requires IELTS 6.5 or equivalent. Some courses may vary. Please check individual courses for specific entry requirements.

PSE courses for main degree programmes starting in Sept 2019

Type of courseWeeks of studyIELTS for UKVI level required (totalscore)
Standard PSE35

Undergraduate  4.0

Postgraduate 4.5

Standard PSE25

Undergraduate 4.5

Postgraduate 5.0

Standard PSE15

Undergraduate 5.0

Postgraduate 5.5

Intensive PSE15

Undergraduate 4.5

Postgraduate 5.0

Intensive PSE10

Undergraduate: 5.0

Postgraduate: 5.5

Intensive PSE5

Undergraduate: 5.5

Postgraduate: 6.0

Intensive PSE2

Undergraduate: 6.0

Postgraduate: 6.5

Applicants with overall required score but with an IELTS score of 5 on one element.

PSE courses for main degree programmes starting in January 2019
Intensive PSE11

Undergraduate: 5.0

Postgraduate: 5.5

Intensive PSE7

Undergraduate: 5.5

Postgraduate: 6.0

Please note that unless specified, all students wishing to join a PSE programme must have a minimum IELTS score of 4.0 in each element.

UWE Bristol only accepts UK Visas and Immigration (UKVI) approved Secure English Language Tests (SELTs) as evidence of English language ability. Please see our English language requirements for more details about these tests.

Applicants will be asked to submit a copy of their English Language qualification before an offer can be given.

For EU students or overseas students who do not need a Tier 4 visa to enter the UK, it may be possible to take the UWE English Language Placement Test to assess your level for entry. Please contact us to arrange this.

English Language and Academic Culture (ELAC) course

If you have an unconditional offer from UWE Bristol, we offer a two-week English Language and Academic Culture course free of charge to all international fee paying students.

This course prepares you academically and socially for life in the UK.

Please note that this course is available for degrees starting in September only.

Structure

Content

As well as English language skills, the course will familiarise you with all aspects of studying and living in the UK including:

  • Understanding lectures and academic texts
  • Writing academic assignments
  • Presentation skills
  • Working in groups and individually
  • UK culture
  • Assessment preparation
  • Subject specific lectures (available for selected subject areas)
  • Guest lectures
  • Social activities including days out shopping or in Bristol.

Learning and Teaching

You will be taught by highly qualified and experienced language teachers. Dedicated tutors will have regular meetings with you to discuss your work and progress.

Classes are small, and you will have between 18 and 22.5 hours class contact per week depending on which course you are on, but you will also be expected to study independently.

You will have access to e-learning support, and their progress is monitored continuously through regular one-to-one tutorials with their class tutor.

Assessment

You are expected to take the appropriate assessment which takes place after each teaching block. Listening, reading, writing and speaking skills will be tested at the end of each term.

Features

Study facilities

You will be able to take advantage of our excellent study facilities. These include a modern library with its wide choice of course books, internet access and it is open 24/7.

Study in Bristol

You will be studying in Bristol, the largest city in the south west of England and home to international companies such as Hewlett-Packard, BBC, Aardman Animations, Atkins, Airbus and Rolls-Royce.

Bristol has excellent transport links with regular buses and trains to London, Scotland, Wales and the South Coast. London is only a 90 minute train journey away. Bristol International Airport makes it easy to travel to Europe at weekends if you wish to explore.

From Bristol, you will have easy access to traditional English countryside and towns including Bath and Oxford. You are also near to the beautiful Devon and Cornwall coastline.

Prices and dates

Supplementary fee information

The fees vary depending on which duration of course you are taking. The dates of all our courses for 2019/20 can be found below. We run PSE courses to prepare students for main degrees starting in January and September.

Degrees starting 2019/20

Intensive PSE for main programmes starting January 2020

Start DateEnd DateDurationPrice
23 September 201913 December 201911 weeks£3,630
21 October 201913 December 20187 weeks£2,420

Final assessment for these courses: 9-11 December.
Resit: 12 December.

Standard PSE for main programmes starting September 2020

Start DateEnd DateDurationPrice
7 October 201928 August 202035 weeks£10,285
13 January 202028 August 202025 weeks£7,535
20 April 202028 August 202015 weeks£4,785

Final assessment for these courses: 24-27 August.
Resit: 28 August.

Vacation breaks:

  • 16 December 2019 to 10 January 2020
  • 17 to 21 February 2020*
  • 30 March to 17 April 2020
  • 25 to 29 May 2020*
  • 13 to 17 July 2020*

*Standard courses only.

Intensive PSE for main programmes starting September 2020

Start DateEnd DateDurationPrice
11 May 202028 August 202015 weeks£5,210
15 June 202028 August 202010 weeks£3,630
22 July 202028 August 20205 weeks£2,050

Final assessment for these courses: 24-27 August.
Resit: 28 August.

How to apply

How to apply

If you would like to apply for one of our pre-sessional English language courses, please complete this short registration form.

Your details will be passed to our Admissions Team for processing.

Extra information

Accommodation

As a pre-sessional student, you can apply for UWE Bristol accommodation, However, we cannot guarantee that there will be availability. We can provide assistance in finding private accommodation if needed.

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