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Pre-sessional English language courses

Improve your English before starting your degree

Our pre-sessional English language courses are ideal if you've already applied for a degree course at the University of Stirling and have met our academic requirements, but need to improve your English skills before starting your course. These pre-sessional courses will prepare you for your degree and develop your ability in English.

Progress onto your degree

Successful completion of a pre-sessional course will satisfy the English language condition of your offer and allow you entry onto your chosen degree. Our pre-sessional courses are delivered in partnership with global education leader, INTO University Partnerships. Each course is taught by specialist English language tutors, so you can be assured of the teaching quality.

What courses are on offer?

  • 12 week pre-sessional English course (June to August): designed to improve your IELTS score by 1.0 in one or more skills.
  • 6 week pre-sessional English course (July to August): designed to improve your IELTS score by 0.5 in one or more skills.
  • 3 week pre-sessional English course (August): a short course that’s ideal if you already hold an unconditional offer from us, but would like to improve your English language ability.

How do I qualify?

Academic requirements: you must hold an offer of a place on a degree programme at the University of Stirling.

English requirements: you must provide an official IELTS test score. We can only accept a UKVI approved IELTS test for this course. Required IELTS scores may vary for different degree programmes. Specific score requirements can be found below.

  • To progress to a degree programme that requires IELTS 6.0:

    When you need a minimum of 5.5 in all sub-skills:

    12 week course: IELTS 5.0 (with a minimum of 5.0 in writing and 4.5 in all other sub-skills)

    6 week course: IELTS 5.5 (with a minimum of 5.5 in writing and 5.0 in all other sub-skills)

  • To progress to a degree programme that requires IELTS 6.5:

    When you need a minimum of 6.5 in reading and writing: 

    12 week course: IELTS 5.5 (with a minimum of 5.5 in reading and writing and 5.0 in listening and speaking)

    6 week course: IELTS 6.0 (with a minimum of 6.0 in reading and writing and 5.5 in listening and speaking)

    When you need a minimum of 6.0 in all sub-skills:

    12 week course: IELTS 5.5 (with a minimum of 5.5 in writing and 5.0 in all other sub-skills)

    6 week course: IELTS 6.0 (with a minimum of 6.0 in writing and 5.5 in all other sub-skills)

    When you need a minimum of 5.5 in all sub-skills:

    12 week course: IELTS 5.5 (with a minimum of 5.0 in writing and no less than 4.5 in any sub-skill)

    6 week course: IELTS 6.0 (with a minimum of 5.5 in writing and no less than 5.0 in any sub-skill)

If you apply for the Pre-sessional English programme and the only outstanding condition for your degree programme is English language (or if you're holding an unconditional offer), we'll automatically issue you with a joint Confirmation of Acceptance (CAS), provided you meet the Pre-sessional English course entry requirements. This allows you to obtain one student visa to cover both programmes.

How to apply

Already have a degree offer?

If you have already applied for a course and have received a conditional offer from the University of Stirling, you can apply for a pre-sessional English language course via our portal.

Still to apply for a degree course?

If you have not yet applied for one of our degree courses and want to find out more about studying at Stirling or our pre-sessional English courses, please get in touch.

When can I start?

To reserve your space on one of our INTO University of Stirling 2018 Pre-sessional English courses, please register by the following deadlines:

Start date Term dates Application deadline Fees
June 2018 (12-week course) Monday 04 Jun 2018 to Friday 24 Aug 2018 6 May 2018 £5,130
July 2018 (6-week course) Monday 16 Jul 2018 to Friday 24 Aug 2018 17 June 2018 £2,755
August 2018 (3-week course) Monday 06 Aug 2018 to Friday 24 Aug 2018 8 July 2018 £1,530
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