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Pre-sessional English language courses

Our pre-sessional English courses are designed to improve your English language skills to the level required by your chosen degree at Stirling. There are three, six and twelve week courses available. The courses are delivered in partnership with global education leader, INTO University Partnerships.

Please note that applications for Pre-Sessional English Language Courses are only open to students who have already applied and received an offer for a degree course from the University of Stirling.

Course features

  • Classes focus on improving content-specific vocabulary, academic writing, reading, writing, speaking and listening skills.
  • Classes are delivered by experienced and qualified English language teaching staff encouraging interaction and cooperation in class.
  • 24 hours classroom contact time each week
  • Classes are held on Monday to Thursday 09:00 – 15:30 and on Friday 09:00 – 13:30.
  • Maximum of 16 students in each class.
  • Access to University of Stirling Library and IT facilities.
  • Blended learning approach to enhance your study experience.
  • Enable students to enhance their independent learning and critical thinking skills.
  • Opportunities to meet tutors and attend guest lectures from your future area of study at Stirling
  • Assessments are designed to prepare students for progression to their future area of study with particular focus on writing essays and giving effective presentations.
  • An IELTS equivalent score at the end of the session.
  • Provides time to adapt to living and studying in the UK prior to starting your degree studies.

Other benefits:

  • Free sports centre membership giving access to on campus swimming pool, gym, football pitches, basketball courts and more.
  • Access to a dedicated student services team.
  • Organised social activities such as ad hoc sporting tournaments or trips to historic towns (please note these activities are not included in the course fees and will incur an additional cost).

You'll be taught by experts

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.

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Our range of courses

  • 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.

Class hours will be 24 hours per week. Lessons are one hour including an allowance for class changeover. There is a maximum class size of 16 students.

  • Dates and fees
    CourseTerm datesFees
    12 week 1 June 2020 to 21 August 2020 £5,130
    6 week 13 July 2020 to 21 August 2020 £2,755
    3 week 3 August 2020 to 21 August 2020 £1,530

    The fees include textbooks and other materials. During this course, you’ll also receive a free sports membership at the University of Stirling’s Sports Centre.

  • Weekly timetable

    This is an example of a typical timetable for a pre-sessional English language course.

    DayTimeSkills

    Monday

    Tuesday

    Wednesday

    Thursday





    09:00-11:00​ Reading and writing 
    11:00-11:30​ Break
    11:30-12:30​ Language work
    12:30-13:30​ Lunch
    13:30-15:30​ Presentation, speaking and ​listening
    Friday


    09:00-11:30​  Tutorial and language work 
    11:30-12:00​  Break​ 
    12.00-13:30​  Presentation and pronunciation 

Entry requirements

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 do not meet the minimum English language level for entry to a pre-sessional English course, you have the option of studying an academic English programme for one to four terms at INTO Stirling. Successful completion of this course allows you to progress to our pre-sessional English courses. Find out more about the Academic English programme.

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.

Assessment

You will be assessed to determine whether you have met the University’s English requirements before progressing to your degree programme. Methods of assessment include:

  • reading texts
  • extended essays
  • listening tests
  • presentations

Acceptance on a degree programme is at the discretion of the University of Stirling.

  • 12-week course assessment schedule
    AssessmentWeightingWeek of assesment
    Extended Essay 1 40% of writing score​ Week 5
    Presentation 1​ 20% of speaking score​ Week 5
    Extended Essay 2​ 60% of writing score Week 10
    Presentation 2​ 30% of speaking score​ Week 11
    Reading Exam​ 100% of reading score​ Week 11
    Listening Exam​ 100% of listening score​ Week 11
    Seminar​ 50% of speaking score​ Week 11
  • 6-week course assessment schedule
    AssessmentWeightingWeek of assesment
    Extended Essay 100% of writing score​ Week 4
    Presentation 50% of speaking score​ Week 5
    Reading Exam​ 100% of reading score Week 5
    Listening Exam 100% of listening score​ Week 5
    Seminar​ 50% of speaking score​ Week 5

How to apply

Already have a degree offer?

If you have already applied for a course and have received an offer from the University of Stirling, you can apply for a pre-sessional English language course via our portal. You will need a copy of your English Language Certificate(s) in English.

After carefully reviewing the application, if successful, we will send a formal offer of a place. For complete applications, this is usually within two working days. Once we have received the tuition fee deposit (as detailed in your offer letter) and all the conditions of the offer are met, we will send a Confirmation of Acceptance for Studies (CAS) from the University of Stirling, which is needed in order to apply for a Tier 4 (General) visa.

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Liang Sen
I improved my confidence with English speaking and writing. The teachers are very helpful and welcoming, and I feel much more prepared to start my postgraduate studies.
Liang Sen
INTO Pre-sessional English 12-week course
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