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Pre-sessional English language courses

Improve your English before starting your degree

The pre-sessional English courses provide a short and intensive preparation in academic English for students who are already academically qualified and are due to start an undergraduate or postgraduate degree at the University of Stirling in September 2020. There are three, six and twelve week courses available.

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.

Course benefits

99% of pre-sessional English students in summer 2019 passed and progressed to the University of Stirling

The courses are designed to improve your English language skills to the level required by your chosen degree. There's a focus on content-specific vocabulary, academic writing, reading, listening and speaking. Other benefits include:

  • Intensive language and study skills preparation in a university environment
  • Teaching and assessments tailored to the requirements of study at the University of Stirling
  • Experienced teachers offering the best preparation
  • Learn with students who will be studying the same, or similar subjects at university
  • Lectures from specialists on many topics relevant to your future studies
  • Prepare you for UK academic culture
  • Adapt to living and studying in the UK prior to starting your degree studies.

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 To be confirmed
6 week 13 July 2020 to 21 August 2020 To be confirmed
3 week 3 August 2020 to 21 August 2020 To be confirmed

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.

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.

Accommodation

On-campus accommodation will be available for all courses. Further details will be provided in early 2020.

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Webinars

Sign up for our live webinars to find out more about our pre-Sessional English language courses and get answers to any questions you might have about studying at Stirling.

Pre-Sessional English – Mandarin

28 November 2019

10:00 - 11:00 GMT

Pre-Sessional English - English

28 November 2019

11:00 - 12:00 GMT

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.

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.

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