Pre-sessional academic English courses

Do you need to improve your English language to get onto your degree course at the University of Plymouth?


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<p>University of Plymouth Summer School students portraits.

<p>University of Plymouth Summer School students portraits.


Come and join one of our online pre-sessional courses which will prepare you for studying at university.

Why study an online pre-sessional with the University of Plymouth?

  • to learn academic English skills to prepare you for your degree course
  • excellent supportive teachers
  • 1-to-1 meetings with teachers
  • small class sizes
  • high student success rate
  • free term-time academic skills workshops.


Students taking part in the English for Global Communication module giving presentations to clients for whom they have carried out consultancy work.


What must I do to pass the pre-sessional course?

  • attend all classes
  • do all the homework and assignments
  • pass the final tests to achieve CEFR B2 English language level.

What will I study?

  • English language grammar and vocabulary
  • English for academic study
  • English language development
  • independent learning skills.

How will I learn?

  • reading tasks based on authentic materials including newspapers, books and journals
  • academic writing practice including note-taking, essays and reports
  • development of listening skills within both academic and social contexts
  • speaking practice including formal discussions, seminars and presentations.

There will be 20 hours of online classroom activity each week with regular assessment throughout the courses. In addition, you'll develop your independent learning skills by following a programme of independent study.

Important notice regarding visas

This pre-sessional programme is designed for distance online learning and therefore we expect that applicants who are non-EEA nationals would usually be outside the UK and will remain outside the UK whilst enrolled on this programme.

If this is not the case, and if you are subject to immigration control in the UK (you need a visa to study in the UK), you must inform us of this when you apply so we can advise you accordingly.    

Noha Alsadat

Noha has studied a pre-sessional academic English course with the English Language Centre at the University of Plymouth.

She is progressing on to a foundation pathway at Plymouth University International College, leading to BSc (Hons) Tourism and Hospitality Management.

Noha tells us why she chose to study at Plymouth
<p>Noha Alsadat<br></p>