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Pre-sessional English

Learn about the course below
Start
Runs throughout the year
Duration
From 6-30 weeks depending on your IELTS score
Attendance
Full-time
Fees
See Fees and Funding tab

We’re planning to teach through a flexible combination of online and face to face learning as we start the new academic year. If you’re thinking about starting in autumn 2020, there’s more detail on how we’ll deliver your course below, and in particular on the ‘Teaching’ tab under ‘Teaching and learning – changes for students in 2020’.

Our pre-sessional English courses will prepare you for study in the UK at degree level and once completed you will have the Academic English and confidence for your future studies in the UK. And, you won't need to take any further English language tests, such as IELTS.

Why study Pre-sessional English at Middlesex University?

We are proud to say that the courses have been accredited by BALEAP: the global forum for EAP professionals, which sets rigorous criteria to ensure that courses in academic English and study skills for speakers of other languages are of a high standard and provide an excellent quality of service for their students.

During the course you will:

  • improve your Academic English
  • develop study skills
  • build your confidence
  • learn about British education
  • make friends

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Further information

For more information about these courses, please read our brochure or contact our Pre-sessional English Team.

Middlesex University takes its Tier 4 Licence responsibilities extremely seriously and continuously reviews its policies and processes to ensure that University operations are in compliance with Home Office requirements.

How is Pre-sessional English taught?

Please note, in 2020 all courses will be taught online.

These courses are taught through 45 minute online face to face classes five days a week, Monday to Friday and through compulsory self-directed learning for at least 18 hours a week on our online learning platform. You should also engage with additional self-study and complete regular homework and assignments.

We maintain small class sizes with around 10-16 students. However, your online Zoom sessions will be with a maximum of three other students. The Zoom lessons will be highly interactive and the independent learning will focus on you working through resources yourself. You will also be expected to engage in an online forum with your classmates and tutor as well as attend 121 tutorials for additional support.

Your attendance will be marked daily through the completion of the online workbooks and attendance of the Zoom classes.

Learning outcomes

Throughout the course you will develop the following skills:

  • General and academic English
  • Reading and writing, including taking notes
  • Undertaking research
  • Group discussions and presentations

The learning outcomes will remain the same despite being taught online and you will learn all the key skills you need to be successful on your main programme. However, there is more emphasis on independent study and you will need to develop your planning and time management skills. This course and it's way of learning is flexible to allow you to find a routine that works for you.

Your learning will be developed through group work, individual work, independent study supported by use of the online forum, and 121 support from your tutor. You will also benefit from guided research and individual tutorials.

Equipment

You will be using our online learning platform, myLearning, to access your modules, resources and additional materials.

As all teaching, including tutorials and seminars will be taking place on Zoom, please download Zoom before your course starts. We recommend testing the camera and microphone on your laptop or computer before the start of each session.

Depending on which country you are joining us from, you might need to also consider installing a VPN. We recommend using Chrome, but other browsers should also work fine.

Enrolment

You will receive important details on how to enrol in an email from our Student Communications team once your offer is confirmed. Once enrolled, you will be able to access all the online resources on myLearing as well as your timetable.

You will also be provided with a student handbook which we recommend you read before you begin your studies. It also outlines the process of what to do when you're unwell and need to miss a class.

Assessment

There are a variety of assessments methods that will be used to assess your academic writing, listening skills, speaking skills and academic reading. You will need to achieve an overall pass and you cannot fail any component.

If you successfully pass the assessments, you will not have to take another English exam, such as IELTS and will be able to progress onto a full-degree programme in September 2020, January 2021 or September 2021.

All the assessments take place in the final weeks of the course giving you chance to have practised all required key skills.

Feedback and support

Your tutor will be available to you throughout the programme to give you regular feedback on your progress as well as provide any additional support you might need. Small class numbers means they'll be able to dedicate a lot of time to each individual student as well as holding regular weekly office hours for drop-ins and a set weekly 121 tutorial with you.

You'll also have access to our programme team during our weekly drop-in meeting, designed for you to ask any extra questions you might have.

Staff will be available to you to support with solving technical issues and other problems that you might encounter. We know that learning from your home can be a challenge so we will be there to help you and to make you feel supported.

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  2. How to apply
  • Choose your degree level and start date

    • I'm starting an undergraduate course in January 2020

      English level

      Duration

      Dates

      Price

      IELTS 4.5

      13 weeks

      26 September 2019 – 9 January 2020

      £4,000

      IELTS 5.0

      9 weeks

      24 October 2019 – 9 January 2020

      £2,800

      IELTS 5.5

      6 weeks

      14 November 2019 – 9 January 2020

      £1,850

    • I'm starting a postgraduate/master's course in January 2020

      English level

      Duration

      Dates

      Price

      IELTS 4.5

      17 weeks

      29 August  2019 – 9 January 2020

      £5,100

      IELTS 5.0

      13 weeks

      26 September 2019 – 9 January 2020

      £4,000

      IELTS 5.5

      9 weeks

      24 October 2019 – 9 January 2020

      £2,800

      IELTS 6.06 weeks14 November 2019 – 9 January 2020£1,850
    • I'm starting an undergraduate course in October 2020

      English level

      Duration

      Dates

      Price

      IELTS 4.0

      30 weeks

      30 January 2020 – 9 September 2020

      £7,950

      IELTS 4.5

      13 weeks

      11 June 2020 – 9 September 2020

      £4,000

      IELTS 5.0

      9 weeks

      9 July 2020 – 9 September 2020

      £2,800

      IELTS 5.5

      6 weeks

      30 July 2020 – 9 September 2020

      £1,850

    • I'm starting a postgraduate/master's course in October 2020

      English level

      Duration

      Dates

      Price

      IELTS 4.0 30 weeks 30 January 2020 – 9 September 2020       

      £7,950

      IELTS 4.5

      17 weeks

      14 May 2020 – 9 September 2020

      £5,100

      IELTS 5.0

      13 weeks

      11 June 2020 – 9 September 2020

      £4,000

      IELTS 5.5

      9 weeks

      9 July 2020 – 9 September 2020

      £2,800

      IELTS 6.0

      6 weeks

      30 July 2020 – 9 September 2020

      £1,850

  • Hailong Jiang

    Hailong Jiang

    Pre-sessional English / BA Business Management (Top-up) graduate from China

    London is a very multicultural city, and at Middlesex I've made friends from all different countries. Our teachers organised lots of social activities for us. We went on a trip to Brighton, and even out for drinks at English pubs. This helped me make friends and improve my English. I really like studying in the UK because we have seminars after lectures. This gives you a chance to discuss the lecture, and share ideas with people from different countries. Other people from China should study at Middlesex because of its great location and the personal support you get.



We’ll carefully manage any future changes to courses, or the support and other services available to you, if these are necessary because of things like changes to government health and safety advice, or any changes to the law.

Any decisions will be taken in line with both external advice and the University’s Regulations which include information on this.

Our priority will always be to maintain academic standards and quality so that your learning outcomes are not affected by any adjustments that we may have to make.

At all times we’ll aim to keep you well informed of how we may need to respond to changing circumstances, and about support that we’ll provide to you.

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