Pre-sessional English




5, 10 or 15 week

Next enrolment

June 2022


In a nutshell

Do you need to improve your English language skills to study for a postgraduate or undergraduate degree at Salford? 

You can take our British Council accredited Pre-sessional English course to improve your skills in speaking, reading, writing, and listening. If you pass you can progress onto your chosen degree course at Salford, instead of taking a UKVI IELTS test. 

Our team of language experts will support you to develop your academic English through written assessments, presentations and projects including critical analysis and discussions. 

You will also gain valuable skills to help you prepare for studying for a UK degree, and you will meet students from our friendly and diverse community. 

To take this Pre-sessional English course, you must be an international student with UKVI IELTS 4.0 or above and have a general level of education that is suitable for entry into UK universities. 

Why study a Pre-Sessional English course at Salford?
  • We are a top 10 UK University English Language Centre (EL Gazette, 2020).
  • Our courses are accredited by the British Council.
  • Our class sizes are small to give you extra support. We had 10 students on average last year, and we don’t teach more than 18 students at one time.
  • Develop your interpersonal skills and socialise with our friendly and diverse community.
  • Study on our modern campus with state-of-the-art facilities and a beautiful park. Live close to the exciting Manchester city centre.
  • 100% of our students over the last 2 years achieved the grades they needed to get onto their future degree course.

students accepted

We have accreditation from the British Council for all our English Foreign Language courses under the English in Britain Accreditation Scheme. We are also members of EnglishUK (recently formed from ARELS and BASELT) and IATEFL.
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What will I learn?


The English language skills you need to get an unconditional offer for your future degree course.


Academic writing skills, including essay writing.


Research skills, including notetaking and referencing.


Digital skills, including using software to create presentations, academic posters and reports.


Presenting and communicating skills.


Skills in critical thinking, listening to lecturers and time-management.

Course details

All about the course

How will I be taught?

Here is an example timetable. Please note, this information is a guide, and your actual schedule may vary. 

This is a full-time course and so you should expect to spend around 30 – 35 hours studying each week. Here is a guide to the schedule: 

  • Between 18 – 20 hours of teaching per week* 
  • Regular small group tutorials, and one-to one tutorials 
  • Approximately 10 hours of private study per week, including completing tasks and projects such as presentations or reports 

*Hours displayed are academic hours which is 50 minutes of teaching 

We hope that all teaching will take place face-to-face this year, and this is what we are planning for based on the current Covid-19 safety guidelines from the UK Government. In case there are any changes to the government advice, we are ready to shift to deliver excellent quality online teaching if required. Keep up to date with the Covid-19 FAQ’s.

How will I be assessed? 

You will have regular assessments, which are opportunities to practise for success. This includes:

  • Mini-reading and listening assessments  
  • Writing assessments 
  • Speaking and listening practice  

You will also have a final assessment at the end of the course in each of the four skills: reading, writing, speaking and listening. This final assessment will determine your IELTS equivalent grade. If you achieve the stated IELTS requirement in your degree offer letter, you will be able to progress onto your future degree course. 

How will this course benefit my career?

This course focuses on preparing you for academic study so you will succeed in your chosen degree. You will also develop skills that will be beneficial for your career, including communication, critical thinking, presenting, time-management, digital skills and more. 


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.


Explore our location and watch a video with our current students. 

askUS are our student support service. Visit their pages for information on all areas of your university life.

You can also find information about accommodation options.


What you need to know

Course length - which one do I need?

The duration of the course depends on your current level of English (UKVI IELTS) and what level you need to get into your future degree. We offer courses over 5 weeks, 10 weeks, and 15 weeks, you can check which one you need by looking at the entry requirements below.   

The Pre-sessional English programme that you should apply for depends on your two things: 

  • Your current level of English 
  • The level of English you need to study your future degree course 

To be accepted for this course, you must have a conditional offer for either an undergraduate or postgraduate course at the University of Salford. On your offer letter, it will state the minimum English language qualification that you must have to gain entry onto your chosen degree. This will be written as a UKVI IELTS score. Check the table below to see what Pre-sessional course you need:

Entry requirements

I need IELTS 6.0 with minimum 5.5 in each skill band to get onto my future degree course:

Your current level of English  Course you need to apply for 
IELTS 4.5 with a minimum of 4.0 in each skill band score  15 week course 
IELTS 5.0 with a minimum of 4.0 in each skill band score  10 week course 
IELTS 5.5 with a minimum of 5.0 in each skill band score  5 week course 

See course dates and fees below. 

I need IELTS 6.5 with minimum 6.0 in each skill band to get onto my future degree course:

Your current level of English  Course you need to apply for 
IELTS 5.0 with a minimum of 4.0 in each skill band score  15 week course 
IELTS 5.5 with a minimum of 4.5 in each skill band score  10 week course 
IELTS 6.0 with a minimum of 5.0 in each skill band score  5 week course 

See course dates and fees below. 

Pre-sessional English course fees and dates


Start date


15 weeks

30 May 2022


10 weeks

4 July 2022


5 weeks

8 August 2022


Remember to check what course length you need by looking at "Entry requirements".

When do I need to apply?

You can find application deadlines on our apply page.

Additional costs

You should also consider further costs which may include books, stationery, printing, binding and general subsistence on trips and visits. For more information about additional cost, please see the following:

Living costs

Money advice for international students

Managing your money




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All set? Let's apply

Applications for our Pre-sessional English course must be completed online.

Before beginning your application, please read our Guidance notes.

Also check our application deadlines.

Enrolment dates

June 2022

June 2023