Pre-sessional English programmes for Academic Purposes

Course overview

Entry requirements

  • To join one of the Aston Pre-sessional English programmes, you will need to have taken a UKVI IELTS test and have an offer for an Aston UG or PG course. Please see below for more information.
More information

Key Dates

  • 28-week course: 3 February - 4 September 2020
  • 18-week course: 4 May - 4 September 2020
  • 9-week course: 6 July - 4 September 2020
  • 5-week course: 3 August - 4 September 2020

Develop your general English language competence and communication skills

Become more confident about studying in another language and country

Work with highly qualified teaching staff with broad teaching experience

Attend a course accredited by BALEAP (British Association of Lecturers in English for Academic Purposes), an organisation specialising in EAP

Course summary

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

Students requiring visas: Go to https://www2.aston.ac.uk/current-students/hub/iss for information about visas.

Application and contact

Pre-sessional Course in English - 28 weeks (February 2020): Applications open.

Pre-sessional Course in English - 18 weeks (May 2020): Applications open. 

Pre-sessional Course in English - 9 weeks (July 2020): Applications open.

Pre-sessional Course in English - 5 weeks (August 2020): Applications open.

If you have any queries about how to apply please email pre-sessional@aston.ac.uk

PLEASE NOTE: The deadline for applications is two weeks prior to the start date of any course. 

Course dates and fees

The 28-week Aston Pre-sessional runs for 28 weeks from 3 February to 27 March and then (after a three-week break for Easter) continues from 20 April to 4 September 2020. All Pre-sessional programmes finish on this date.

  • 28-week: 3 February - 4 September 2020
  • 18-week: 4 May - 4 September 2020
  • 9-week: 6 July - 4 September 2020
  • 5-week: 3 August - 4 September 2020

2019/20 Fees:

  • Pre sessional Course in English (28 weeks) – To be confirmed    
  • Pre sessional Course in English (18 weeks) – To be confirmed
  • Pre sessional Course in English (9 weeks) – To be confirmed
  • Pre sessional Course in English (5 weeks) – To be confirmed

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: Go to https://www2.aston.ac.uk/current-students/hub/iss for information about 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. 

English language requirements

To join one of the Aston Pre-sessional English programmes, you will need to have taken an IELTS test. 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.

28 Week Entry Requirements

28 Week Aston Pre-sessional Entry Requirements

 

Reading

Writing

Listening

Speaking

Overall

 UG ABS, UG
 LHS*

 With no band lower than 4.0

 4.5

 

 UG EAS, LSS

 UG LHS
 (Pharmacy,  Optometry
 and
 Audiology),
 PGT ABS,
 PGT LSS,
 PGT LHS
(excluding
 OSPAP)
PGT EAS (Engineering Management & Supply Chain Management)

 With no more than two bands at 4.0 and other bands at 4.5 or above.

 4.5

 PGT EAS

 With no band lower than 4.0 and writing OR speaking at 4.5

 4.5


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

18 Week Entry Requirements

18 Week Aston Pre-sessional Entry Requirements

 

Reading

Writing

Listening

Speaking

Overall

 UG ABS, UG
 LHS*

 With no band lower than 4.5

 5.0

 UG EAS, LSS

 With no band lower than 4.0

 5.0

 UG LHS
 (Pharmacy,    Optometry
 and
 Audiology),
 PGT ABS,
 PGT LSS,
 PGT LHS
(excluding
 OSPAP)
PGT EAS (Engineering Management & Supply Chain Management)

 With no band lower than 4.5 and writing at 5.0

 5.0

 PGT EAS

 With no band lower than 4.5

 5.0


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

9 Week Entry Requirements

9 Week Aston Pre-sessional Entry Requirements

 

Reading

Writing

Listening

Speaking

Overall

 UG ABS, UG
 LHS*

 With no band lower than 5.0

 5.5

 UG EAS, LSS

 With no band lower than 4.5

 5.0

 UG LHS
 (Pharmacy,  Optometry
 and
 Audiology),
 PGT ABS,
 PGT LSS,
 PGT LHS
(excluding OSPAP)
PGT EAS (Engineering Management & Supply Chain Management)

 With no more than two bands at 5.0 and other bands at 5.5 or above

 5.5

 PGT EAS

 With no band lower than 5.0

 5.0


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

5 Week Entry Requirements

5 Week Aston Pre-sessional Entry Requirements

 

Reading

Writing

Listening

Speaking

Overall

 UG ABS, UG
 LHS*

 With no band lower than 5.5

 6.0

 UG EAS, LSS

 With no band lower than 5.0

 5.5

 UG LHS
 (Pharmacy,    Optometry
 and
 Audiology),
 PGT ABS,
 PGT LSS,
 PGT LHS
 (excluding OSPAP)
PGT EAS (Engineering Management & Supply Chain Management)

 With no more than two bands at 5.5 and other bands at 6.0 or above.

 6.0

 PGT EAS

 With no band lower than 5.5

 5.5


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

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. We also offer 9-, 18- or 28-week courses if you need more help to improve your English.

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
  • Access our campus facilities (Library, Sports Centre, Restaurants, Computer Centres & 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
Subject guide and modules

Course Outline

We offer various Pre-sessional English courses to suit your individual language needs and academic skills objectives. Some students will be required to complete all four modules as part of their conditional offer; some may only be required to complete one. This will depend on your level of English at the time of your application.

You will accumulate credits for each module that you successfully complete. You may prefer to take a longer course than we recommend in order to adjust to life in the UK, enjoy cultural trips and social events, and learn essential academic skills.

Further information will be available in due course

 

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, class tests and an individual research project.