Pre-sessional English programmes for Academic Purposes

Improve your English and learn essential academic skills before starting your course. 

Students requiring visas, please find out more

Course type
Full-time

Course format

Duration

Varies

UCAS code(s)

n/a

Start date

Overview
Explore our Pre-sessional English programmes for Academic Purposes at Aston University
campus

It is a series of short courses which helps you to improve your English and learn essential academic skills before starting your course at Aston University.

Meng Du Testimonial

"I really enjoyed Aston’s Pre-Sessional English course. It not only teaches the English language, it also teaches so many practical skills. For example, how to have a better understanding of lectures, how to take notes and how to contribute in seminars etc. It helped me adapt more quickly to my Masters course."

Meng Du

Meng Du Testimonial

"I really enjoyed Aston’s Pre-Sessional English course. It not only teaches the English language, it also teaches so many practical skills. For example, how to have a better understanding of lectures, how to take notes and how to contribute in seminars etc. It helped me adapt more quickly to my Masters course."

Meng Du

Course outline

What is a Pre-Sessional English course and is it suitable for me?

It is a series of short courses which helps you to improve your English and learn essential academic skills before starting your course at Aston University. If you are an international student with an offer to study with us, this course is designed especially for you.

Whatever your level of English, we have a course that’s right for you. If you already have a strong level of English, we offer a 5-week course. If you need more help to improve your English, we also offer 9-week, 18- week and 28-week courses.

Why should I take a Pre-Sessional English course?

  • Be more prepared for your university course
  • Meet the English language requirements of your degree
  • Gain more confidence in using English
  • Learn essential academic skills for your degree, such as research skills and presentation skills
  • Adapt to living and studying in the UK
  • Get your own university mentor
  • Enjoy our social and networking events, and make new friends
  • Take advantage of opportunities to visit places of interest in the UK and Birmingham (on-campus programmes only)
  • Access our campus facilities (Library, Sports Centre, Restaurants, Computer Centres & Support Services). (Online students can access Library and Support Services)


On completion of this course you will be awarded a module certificate from Aston University. Our Pre-sessional programme is accredited by BALEAP, an organisation specialising in English for Academic Purposes.

What will I learn?

  • General, academic and subject-specific vocabulary in English
  • Academic writing skills
  • Research skills
  • How to read academic texts
  • How to understand academic lectures and take notes
  • How to express your ideas and opinions in class discussions
  • Presentation skills
  • Pronunciation of English
  • English grammar
  • Intercultural communication skills

Online Pre-Sessional courses

Your online Pre-sessional will fully prepare you for your degree course by building your confidence in using English and developing the academic skills you will need in your future degree programme at Aston. It may take a little while to get used to a different way of learning, but our experience shows that students are not only able to fully achieve their learning objectives, but also achieve high marks when learning online.

In the daily live webinars, you will experience a variety of learning activities, such as class and group discussions and projects, as well as lectures and note-taking practice. In addition, you will develop your independent learning skills through guided activities involving reading and writing with feedback from your academic & personal tutor. You will receive full support through regular 1-1 video tutorials, and all our activities, tutorials and assessments are timed with your local time zone in mind.

Learning, teaching and assessment

Our Pre-sessional modules are delivered by a team of qualified, experienced and dedicated staff at Aston University's Centre for English Language and Communication (CELCA). Your academic tutors and lecturers have a comprehensive understanding of the UK Higher Education environment and are there to support students through their learning process.We use a variety of innovative and engaging teaching methods which include lectures, seminars, blended-learning, tutorials and interactive workshops as well as private and small-group work.  There are also opportunities for individual project work, presentation delivery, seminar participation and attendance of live lectures.Aston Pre-sessional also provides an opportunity to meet and learn with students from a variety of cultural backgrounds and diverse nationalities and develop critical intercultural competence skills that will facilitate the transition onto your future Degree programmes.

Assessment and Feedback

These are intensive programmes which require commitment to studying and learning. Full attendance is expected, as well as punctuality, class participation and team-working. The assessment of your performance will be based on assignments such as written essays and reports, oral presentations, tests and an individual research project.

English language requirements

The tables below provide guidance on the minimum entry requirements for pre-sessional English 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.

If your qualification is not listed here then please contact us to see if we can accept it.

28 Week Aston Pre-sessional Entry Requirements

In addition to the qualifications listed below, we also accept a wide range of other qualifications. Please check the 'English Language Requirements' section above.

  UKVI IELTS TOEFL
(online programmes only)
PTE Academic (Pearson) Password (online programmes only)
UG BSS, EPS and HLS* Overall 4.5, with no band lower than 4.0 Overall 34, with no less than 4 in reading, 9 in listening, 16 in speaking and 13 in writing 30 in each skill Overall 4.5, with no band lower than 4.0
UG Pharmacy and Optometry
PGT BSS
PGT HLS
(excluding OSPAP)
PGT EPS (Engineering Management
& Supply Chain Management)
Overall 4.5, with no more than two bands at 4.0 and other bands at 4.5 or above Overall 34, with no less than 10 in reading, 9 in listening, 16 in speaking and 15 in writing 30 in all four skill Overall 4.5, with no more than two bands at 4.0 and other bands at 4.5 or above
PGT EPS Overall 4.5, with no band lower than 4.0 and writing OR speaking at 4.5 Overall 34, with no less than 4 in reading, 9 in listening, 18 in speaking OR 15 in writing 30 in all four skill Overall 4.5, with no band lower than 4.0 and writing OR speaking at 4.5.

*With the exception of UG Pharmacy and Optometry that are now mapped with PGT HLS and Aston Medical School.

18 Week Aston Pre-sessional Entry Requirements

Entry Requirements In addition to the qualifications listed below, we also accept a wide range of other qualifications. Please check the 'English Language Requirements' section above.

  UKVI IELTS TOEFL
(online programmes only)
PTE Academic (Pearson) Password (online programmes only)
UG ABS and HLS* Overall 5.0, with no band lower than 4.5 Overall 45, with no less than 10 in reading, 13 in listening, 18 in speaking and 15 in writing 36 in each skill Overall 5.0, with no band lower than 4.5
UG EPS and SSH Overall 5.0, with no band lower than 4.0 Overall 45, with no less than 4 in reading, 9 in listening, 16 in speaking and 13 in writing 36 in each skill Overall 5.0, with no band lower than 4.0.
Pharmacy and Optometry
PGT BSS
PGT HLS (excluding OSPAP and Medical School)
PGT EPS (Engineering Management &
Supply Chain Management)
Overall 5.0, with no band lower than 4.5, and writing at 5.0 Overall 45, with no less than 10 in reading, 13 in listening, 18 in speaking and 16 in writing 36 in each skill Overall 5.0, with no band lower than 4.5, and writing at 5.0.
PGT EPS Overall 5.0, with no band lower than 4.5 Overall 45, with no less than 10 in reading, 13 in listening, 18 in speaking and 15 in writing 36 in each skill Overall 5.0, with no band lower than 4.5.

*With the exception of UG Pharmacy and Optometry that are now mapped with PGT HLS and Aston Medical School.

9 Week Aston Pre-sessional Entry Requirements

In addition to the qualifications listed below, we also accept a wide range of other qualifications. Please check the 'English Language Requirements' section above.

  UKVI IELTS TOEFL
(online programmes only)
PTE Academic (Pearson) Password (online programmes only) Language Cert IESOL online (online programmes only)
UG ABS and HLS* Overall 5.5, with no band lower than 5.0 Overall 59, with no less than 17 in reading, 16 in listening, 19 in speaking, 16 in writing 42 in each skill Overall 5.5, with no band lower than 5.0. B2 Overall Pass; each skill at 25/50
UG EPS and SSH Overall 5.0, with no band lower than 4.5 Overall 45, with no less than 10 in reading, 13 in listening, 18 in speaking and 15 in writing 36 in each skill Overall 5.0, with no band lower than 4.5. B1 Overall High Pass, with no skill lower than 33/50
UG Pharmacy and Optometry
PGT BSS
PGT HLS (excluding OSPAP and
Medical School)
PGT EPS (Engineering Management
& Supply Chain Management
Overall 5.5, with no more than two bands at 5.0 and other bands at 5.5 or above Overall 59, with no less than 20 in reading, 16 in listening, 19 in speaking, 20 in writing 42 in each skill Overall 5.5, with no more than two bands at 5.0 and other bands at 5.5 or above. B2 Overall Pass; each skill at 25/50
PGT EPS Overall 5.0, with no band lower than 5.0 Overall 45, with no less than 17 in reading, 16 in listening, 19 in speaking and 16 in writing 36 in each skill Overall 5.0, with no band lower than 5.0. B1 Overall High Pass; each skill at 39/50


*With the exception of UG Pharmacy and Optometry that are now mapped with PGT HLS and Aston Medical School.

5 Week Aston Pre-sessional Entry Requirements

In addition to the qualifications listed below, we also accept a wide range of other qualifications. Please check the 'English Language Requirements' section above.

  UKVI IELTS TOEFL
(online programmes only)
PTE Academic (Pearson) Password (online programmes only) Language Cert IESOL online (online programmes only)
UG ABS and HLS* Overall 6.0, with no band lower than 5.5 Overall 78, with no less than 20 in reading, 19 in listening, 20 in speaking, 20 in writing 50 in each skill Overall 6.0, with no band lower than 5.5. B2 Overall High Pass; with no skill lower than 25/50
UG EPS and SSH Overall 5.5, with no band lower than 5.0 Overall 59, with no less than 17 in reading, 16 in listening, 19 in speaking, 16 in writing 42 in each skill Overall 5.5, with no band lower than 5.0. B2 Overall Pass, with each skill at 25/50
UG HLS Pharmacy and Optometry
PGT BSS
PGT LHS (excluding OSPAP)
PGT EPS, (Engineering Management & Supply Chain Management)
Overall 6.0, with no more than two bands at 5.5 and other bands at 6.0 or above Overall 78, with no less than 23 in reading, 19 in listening, 20 in speaking, 23 in writing 50 in each skill Overall 6.0, with no more than two bands at 5.5 and other bands at 6.0 or above B2 Overall High Pass; with no more than two skills at 25/50; other skills at 33/50
PGT EPS Overall 5.5 with no band lower than 5.5 Overall 59, with no less than 20 in reading, 19 in listening, 20 in speaking, 20 in writing 42 in each skill Overall 5.5 with no band lower than 5.5. B2 Overall Pass; each skill at 25/50


*With the exception of UG Pharmacy and Optometry that are now mapped with PGT HLS.

 

Course dates and fees

The following Pre-sessional programmes will be taught on-campus and online. Spaces on the online courses are limited; applicants are advised to apply early to secure their place. The deadlines for applications are:

  • Online programmes: four weeks prior to the start date of each course.
  • On-campus programmes: four weeks prior to the start of each course.

Please note that a Secure English Language Test (SELT) and a visa are normally required for the on-campus programmes; therefore, applicants are advised to allow sufficient time to make all the necessary arrangements.

Aston University reserves the right to withdraw a course if there is insufficient demand. Once you have started your pre-sessional course, you will not be able to switch to a different mode of delivery.

If you have any questions about the Pre-Sessional English courses, please contact CELCA Programmes team.

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 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.

Find out more information about visas

5-Week Campus

Monday 22nd July 2024 - Friday 23rd August 2024

£2,000

5-Week Online

Monday 22nd June 2024 - Friday 23rd August 2024

£2,000

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Any questions?

You are very welcome to contact us if you have any questions.

Email: pre-sessional@aston.ac.uk

Phone: +44 (0)121 204 4910

WhatsApp: +447833952644

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