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>Plymouth University Summer School students portraits.

<p>Plymouth University Summer School students portraits.


Come and join one of our pre-sessional courses which will prepare you for studying at university and help ensure you can enjoy your experience of living in Plymouth to the full.

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 – maximum 12
  • high student success rate
  • free term-time academic skills workshops.

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.


Noha Alsadat

Noha has studied a 26-week 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