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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. The courses are delivered in partnership with global education leader, INTO University of Stirling.

Due to the COVID-19 crisis, the University has withdrawn all on-campus pre-sessional English courses for summer 2020.

You can now study your Pre-sessional English course entirely online.

The online courses have been designed by our expert partners at INTO University of Stirling to provide the same high-quality level of teaching and student support as the on-campus courses. We have also reduced our fees for the online courses. 

As the pre-sessional English language course is taught online, you will not need a Confirmation of Acceptance (CAS) or a Tier 4 (General) Visa as you will not be required to travel and can take the course from the comfort of your home.

Our range of courses

Dates and fees

CourseTerm datesOnline feesBooking deadline
12 week 6 July – 25 September 2020 £3,500 29 June 2020
8 week 3 August – 25 September 2020 £2,000 27 July 2020


Pre-sessional English entry requirements

The online courses are suitable for students with current IELTS levels between 5.0 and 6.5.

The University accepts a wide variety of English language tests including IELTS (UKVI & NON-UKVI) and IELTS Indicator, PTETOFEL iBTTOFEL iBT (Home)Password English Language TestingDuolingo English Test and China College English Test (CET) for online pre-sessional English courses.

English language grade equivalencies

IELTS and IELTS Indicator, Password SoloTOFEL iBT and TOEFL iBT (Home)Pearsons Test of EnglishDuolingoCET4 (Total)CET6 (Total)
5.0 overall with 5.0 in each part 63 overall with 15 in Listening, 14 in Reading, 19 in Speaking, 16 in Writing 46 overall  with 46 in each part 75-80 425 N/A
5.5 overall with 5.5  in each part 72 overall with 17 in Listening, 18 in Reading, 20 in Speaking, 17 in Writing 51 overall with 51 in each part 85-90 550-600 425
6.0 overall with 6.0 in each part 80 overall with 19 in Listening, 20 in Reading, 22 in Speaking, 19 in Writing 56 overall with 56 in each part 95-100 650-700 550-600
6.5 overall with 6.5  in each part 88 overall with 21 in Listening, 22 in Reading, 23 in Speaking, 22 in Writing 61 overall with 61 in each part 105-110 650-700 550-600
7.0 overall with 7.0 in each part 95 overall with 22 in Listening,  24 in Reading, 25 in Speaking, 24 in Writing 67 overall with 67 in each part 115-120 N/A 650-700
  • 20 learning hours delivered per week.
  • Half of the teaching will be delivered live through a state-of-the-art virtual classroom, enabling students to engage with other students and with the lecturer.
  • Live virtual classroom sessions will be delivered within the hours of 8:30 and 13:00 GMT.
  • Classes are delivered by experienced and qualified English language teaching staff.
  • If you pass your online pre-sessional English course and decide to defer your studies until Feb 2021 or September 2021, then your PSE qualification will still be valid.
  • Classes will include lectures, interactive quizzes, video, group projects, presentations and writing practice.
  • Students will develop and enhance their skills in listening, speaking, reading, writing, research and presentation.
  • Students will be able to balance their study time between live virtual classroom sessions, self-study and group work with fellow students.
  • An IELTS equivalent score at the end of the course.


Students will be assessed using a ‘Password Solo Skills’ test along with a written submission and spoken presentation.

Accessing course content

The course will be accessed through INTO University of Stirling’s online learning platform and live virtual classroom technology.

As we approach the start date for your course, you will be sent an email with a unique link and instructions on how to join.

Equipment needed for the course

To ensure that you can fully participate, it is essential that you have:

  • a desktop or laptop computer
  • good quality headphones and microphone
  • a web camera
  • a reliable internet connection

How to apply

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

Want to find out more?

Find out more about studying at Stirling or our pre-sessional English courses.

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