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Pre-Sessional English

Subject area - English and Creative Writing

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Start Date(s): January; September


  • April, June & July (all 2018): 6 weeks - £1,650
  • September 2018 & January 2019: 12 weeks - £3,000


In Brief:

  • Improve your skills in reading, writing, listening and speaking and develop your academic study skills
  • All English language teaching is accredited by the British Council
  • This course helps you meet the English language requirements for all University of Salford undergraduate, postgraduate and PhD programmes
  • International students can apply

Course Summary

This is a full-time English language course for international students with an UK VI IELTS level of 4.0 or above. It is designed to improve your four skills in reading, writing, listening and speaking and has a specific focus improving English for academic purposes.

You will also gain valuable experience of studying at a UK university, and familiarising yourself with British culture before you start an academic course at the University of Salford.

If you successfully complete the Pre-Sessional English, the University of Salford will accept this as evidence of your English language ability in place of an UK VI IELTS certificate.

Download an application form

Course Details

When you arrive you will be given a test and placed in a group of students with a similar language level. There are normally three different levels: elementary, pre-intermediate and intermediate plus. Each level has a different combination of classes.

Applicant profile

This course is aimed at international students who intend to progress onto university courses at foundation, undergraduate or postgraduate level, but who do not have the required level of English.

You should have achieved a general level of education which is adequate for entry into Higher Education.

English Language Requirements

International applicants will be required to show a proficiency in English. A UK VI IELTS score of 4.0 (no element below 4.0) is proof of this.

Course Structure

You will also be expected to do homework and open learning in the Language Resource Centre.

At elementary level you will have classes in:

  • General English
  • Reading
  • Writing
  • Pronunciation
  • Listening and speaking
  • Academic workshops and tutorials
  • Computers for academic purposes

At pre-intermediate and intermediate plus levels you will have classes in:

  • Academic English
  • UK VI IELTS preparation and practice
  • Use of English
  • Academic workshops and tutorials
  • Learning to listen to lectures
  • Pronunciation
  • General English
  • Computers for academic purposes

Please note that it may not be possible to deliver the full list of options every year as this will depend on factors such as how many students choose a particular option. Exact modules may also vary in order to keep content current. When accepting your offer of a place to study on this programme, you should be aware that not all optional modules will be running each year. Your tutor will be able to advise you as to the available options on or before the start of the programme. Whilst the University tries to ensure that you are able to undertake your preferred options, it cannot guarantee this.

Fees and Funding


Pre-Sessional EnglishApril6 weeks£1,65030 April - 8 June 2018
Pre-Sessional EnglishJune6 weeks£1,65011 June - 20 July 2018
Pre-Sessional EnglishJuly6 weeks£1,65023 July - 31 August 2018
Pre-Sessional EnglishSeptember12 weeks£3,00024 September – 14 December 2018
Pre-Sessional EnglishJanuary12 weeks£3,00014 January – 5 April 2019

More information

For more information, including frequently asked questions about deposits, refunds and deadlines for cancellations please visit our registration pages.


All English language teaching is accredited by the British Council.

You will be taught in small classes with around 18 students.


You will be assessed through weekly homework exercises, practice UK VI IELTS tests in class, along with an end of course test. The end of course test results will be used as your final grades for the programme.


Links with Industry

We have accreditation from the British Council for all our EFL courses under the English in Britain Accreditation Scheme.

We are also members of EnglishUK (recently formed from ARELS and BASELT), BALEAP and IATEFL.


You will have access to the School of Languages’ Language Resource Centre which offers state-of-the-art audiovisual and IT facilities for the teaching and learning of languages. It provides a high-speed network environment giving access to advanced software packages used by language students for a range of purposes, including computer-assisted language learning and oral summarising.

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