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Due to the COVID-19 crisis, the University has withdrawn all on-campus pre-sessional English courses for summer 2020.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

If you cannot book an IELTS test, the University accepts a wide variety of English language tests including Password English Language Testing and Duolingo English Test. Find out more about English language requirements.

We can still accept you with a non-UKVI IELTS test if you meet the following requirements:

  • you have met all your other academic offer conditions
  • your English language level is at or above CEFR B2 (this means you have no sub-test below 5.5)
  • 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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