Applicants need to have taken an IELTS test.
The 30-week programme runs for 30 weeks from 6 February to 13 April and then (after a one week break for Easter) continues from 24 April to 8 September 2017. All Pre-sessional programmes finish on this date. The dates of the Pre-sessional programmes are as follows:
Late arrivals - disclaimer Please note that the University cannot be held responsible for late arrivals, including visa delays. For this reason, we do not refund any part of the Pre-sessional fees if you arrive later than the advertised start date. Students requiring visas: You will now enter the UK with an official entry letter, and you will need to obtain your visa from an authorised Post Office. It is very important that you allow extra time for this. It could take two or three days. You must have your visa in order to enrol on your university course. When making travel arrangements, please make sure you arrive in good time for the final enrolment date.
Students who have already met the direct English language entry requirements can follow our new 4-week preparatory course in academic skills.
The tables below provide guidance on the minimum entry requirements for pre-sessional courses. The length of the pre-sessional course will depend on your current level of English, the required direct entry scores to your chosen degree programme and the nature of the programme. Once the university has made you an offer, your School will confirm which pre-sessional course is appropriate for your needs and the needs of your degree programme. Click on the tabs below that correspond to your level of study and school.
Our five Pre-sessional courses in English for Academic Purposes are intended for international students who plan to study at Aston University. Courses last thirty, twenty, sixteen, twelve or eight weeks and it is usual for your future undergraduate/post-graduate department to decide the length of the pre-sessional course that you require. This is specified in the offer letter.
These courses aim to equip you with the language and academic skills necessary for success in your future chosen subject area. You will also develop your communication skills so that you feel more confident communicating in a cultural environment different to your own. During your pre-sessional course you will focus on:
As a pre-sessional student studying at one of the UK’s leading universities, you will be entitled to use all of the facilities available on campus including the sports centre, the library, and the e-learning centre for languages. Because Aston University is very close to the city centre, it will be easy for you to go shopping, visit museums and art galleries, take a trip on the canals, and enjoy the international cuisine of Birmingham, Britain’s second city.
Students successfully completing our pre-sessional course will be awarded a module certificate.
This module aims to develop both your linguistic knowledge and skills in order to raise your English language proficiency before starting an undergraduate or postgraduate programme of study at Aston University. Emphasis is given to building on spoken and written accuracy, fluency and overall communicative ability within the context of a British university setting. In addition, the module helps to develop your knowledge of UK academic conventions, as well as your intercultural awareness. The classes have an integrated skills approach, with practice in reading, writing, speaking and listening, as well as some work on grammar and lexis. Assessment: all to be completed at the end of a four week period. Assessment includes a class test and essay.
This module is designed to further extend your linguistic understanding and skills in English language in preparation for an undergraduate or postgraduate programme of study at Aston University. The classes have an integrated skills approach, with practice in reading, writing, speaking and listening, grammar and lexis. Students are required to complete practical tasks of an individual and group nature. As well as developing your knowledge of UK academic conventions, intercultural awareness and group working skills, a more intensive focus is put on applying the principles of independent learning, managing your own language learning more effectively and refining your basic research skills. Assessment: all to be completed at the end of a four week period. Assessment includes class test and reflective diary.
This module offers an intensive development of all English language skills for academic purposes before starting an undergraduate or postgraduate programme of study at Aston University. With practice in reading, writing, speaking and listening, grammar and lexis, classes are delivered with an integrated skills approach. An emphasis is given to developing your proficiency and knowledge of UK academic conventions for writing case study/laboratory/technical reports and using appropriate referencing systems effectively, as well as extending your understanding of the nature and features of short academic texts and lectures in English, including those related to your future academic discipline. In addition, this module helps you to develop your overall communicative ability and contribution to academic discussions, your group working skills and intercultural knowledge. Assessment: all to be completed at the end of a four week period. Assessment includes case study/technical report, speaking test and essay.
This module aims to hone your linguistic competencies and skills in using English within an academic and professional context in order to meet the specific requirements of an undergraduate or postgraduate programme of study at Aston. Classes have an integrated skills approach, with practice in reading, writing, speaking and listening, as well as work on grammar and lexis. On completion of the module, you will have developed understanding in the nature and features of full-length academic written texts and lectures in English, including those related to your future academic discipline, and will be able to critically evaluate sources of information. You will have gained experience in producing cohesively and coherently written research proposals and research reports, and have built up your confidence in delivering effective individual presentations in English. Assessment: Assessment includes individual project, reading and listening test.
We use a variety of innovative and engaging teaching methods which include lectures, seminars, tutorials and interactive workshops as well as private and small-group work. There are also opportunities for individual project work, a chance to meet with students from a variety of nationalities and off-campus visits. Click here for a list of useful online resources that can help to develop your English language skills.
These are intensive programmes which require commitment to studying and learning. The assessment of your performance on the courses will be based on attendance, punctuality, participation in class, team-working ability, written assignments, oral presentations, class tests, examinations and an individual research project.
Your lecturers will provide you with support and guidance throughout your course and you will receive detailed feedback on your progress at regular intervals in tutorials.