For some international students a pre-sessional programme at University of Greenwich is suggested. Learn how this preparation course assists your study.

Our Pre-Sessional English (PSE) courses are designed for international and EU students planning to study at the university who need to improve their language skills. The wide range available means that you can take a course that corresponds to your current level of language skills and the level you need to attain.

You will develop your language skills in a supportive academic environment while studying in the beautiful and historic Royal Borough of Greenwich, at our Greenwich Maritime campus.

You will have access to our extensive facilities, such as our new state-of-the-art library and well-equipped language labs. Our new student hub in The Dreadnought building houses a university gym, student services, the Students' Union bar, cafes, coffee shops and flexible social spaces.

Your course will emphasise academic rather than colloquial English, and you will acquire the study skills needed to meet the English language entry requirements for our programmes.

 

Tuition fees and entry requirements

You'll save money if you request our standard accommodation with the pre-sessional English course, the cost is listed below:

Course LengthDatesPSE OnlyPSE + Accommodation*Entry requirements#
13 weeks1st June – 28th August 2020£3300£5700Minimum UKVI approved IELTS score of 4.5 (with a minimum of 4.0 in each skill) or equivalent
9 weeks29th June – 28th August 2020£2600£4350Minimum UKVI approved IELTS score of 5.0 (with a minimum of 4.0 in each skill) or equivalent
5 weeks20th July – 21st August 2020£1600£2550Minimum UKVI approved IELTS score of 5.5 (with a minimum of 4.0 in each skill) or equivalent.
5 weeks27th July – 28th August 2020£1600£2550Minimum UKVI approved IELTS score of 5.5 (with a minimum of 4.0 in each skill) or equivalent.
2 weeks

17th August – 28th August 2020

£600£1020Minimum UKVI approved IELTS score of 6.0 (with a minimum of 5.5 in three skills and 5.0 in one) or equivalent

* Please note the package fees are for standard accommodation only.

#You must have an offer of a place on one of our degree programmes, be at least 18 years old and have the UKVI IELTS score (or equivalent) required for the particular course. 

Course content

The course covers a variety of topics:

  • Presentation skills: organising and structuring a presentation; using visuals and vocabulary
  • Seminar skills: presenting, developing and supporting an argument; taking your turn
  • Academic Encounters: reading and writing summaries; vocabulary; discussion
  • Academic writing (paraphrasing, coherence, etc.); grammar
  • Listening: note taking; understanding organisation
  • Project work: using the library; extended reading
  • The media and current affairs

Classes are taught 18 hours per week, five days per week (Monday-Friday). On Friday afternoon you will have time to study independently. There is no teaching on UK Bank Holidays.

The maximum class size is 20 students. When you start the course you will also receive the course books which support your studies.

How to apply

If you have already applied for a programme of study and have received a conditional offer and your current UKVI approved IELTS or equivalent score does not fulfil the minimum UKVI approved IELTS requirement, please e-mail the International Office.

You should include a copy of your UKVI approved IELTS certificate (or equivalent). We can then update your offer to include the most suitable pre-sessional English programme prior to you commencing your degree studies.

If you have not previously applied for a programme of study and are applying for the first time, please include a copy of your UKVI approved IELTS certificate (or equivalent) with your application. When applying for the first time, please apply online.