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Pre-Sessional English

Pre-Sessional English

Our Pre-sessional English course is a short, intensive, academic English course. It's for Newcastle University offer holders who need to improve their English before starting a degree. This course is full time for 8 or 12 weeks online.

Course benefits

Improving your degree outcome - Students who study Pre-Sessional English are better prepared for academic life and perform better on their degree programme.

Excellent pass rate - 99% of students who studied Pre-Sessional in 2019 progressed to their degree programme in September.

One UK Visa - If English language is the only outstanding condition of your University offer your UK visa application could include both the Pre-Sessional English course and University degree.

Successful completion rather than the University direct English language scores – If you successfully complete (i.e. pass) Pre-Sessional, you are guaranteed a place on your degree (assuming that all other conditions outlined in your University offer letter are provided).

Successful completion of Pre-Sessional will mean that you do not need to retake an IELTS test.


About the online course

Online Pre-sessional English is an online course designed to improve your English language skills to the level required by your degree.

Focusing on content-specific vocabulary, academic writing, reading, listening and speaking, it is taught by the same expert teachers and to the same high standards as the face-to-face course.

It offers the same guaranteed progression to your chosen degree at Newcastle University.

Course features

  • Delivered through INTO’s online learning platform and live virtual classroom technology.
  • Designed to improve your English language skills to the level required by your chosen degree.
  • Provides contextual study skills that acclimatise you to the culture of a UK university.
  • Enables you to adjust to the demands, challenges and expectations of UK higher education.
  • Teaches you how to give presentations on different areas of academic interest.

Key facts

Course length: 8 - 12 Weeks
Start dates: 2020: June, July
Fees: From: £2,500
Academic requirements: Offer of a place at Newcastle University.
English language requirements: From: From IELTS 5.5 overall (with a minimum of 5.0 in all sub-skills).*
Course options: Standard (20 online class hours per week)

Class information

Class duration: 50% of learning hours will be delivered in real-time in our virtual classroom between 8:30am-1:00pm BST (excluding bank holidays). 50% will include pre-recorded lectures and interactive tasks, such as quizzes, group projects, presentations and writing practice.

Fees and additional costs

Find out about the fee you'll pay for this course and other costs.

You can pay by bank transfer or by credit card. Contact INTO Newcastle for bank transfer details.


How to apply

Entry requirements

You need an offer to study a degree at Newcastle before you can apply for this course.

If you haven't already applied for a degree at Newcastle, you need to check the entry requirements of the course you're interested in.

If you are not able to obtain the direct English language requirements for Newcastle University, Pre-Sessional English has lower English entry requirements, but still leads directly on to your Newcastle University degree in September.

Each course has its own entry requirements that you must meet. You can search for the course you are interested in to find out specific requirements.

If you haven't got an offer

If you haven't got an offer yet, you need to apply for the degree that you want to study. General information about the undergraduate and postgraduate application processes are available online.

Find an Undergraduate degree.

Find a Postgraduate degree.

If you have got an offer

As an international student, if you have received an offer from us you will have a condition to prove your English language skills. This means that you need to meet the IELTS score, or equivalent, as specified on the course information. If you don't meet the English language requirement, you can choose to apply for this pre-sessional course.

You can apply online through the INTO Newcastle application form. You will need to create a free account to apply for your chosen course.


Further information

Contact us

INTO Newcastle
Telephone: +44 (0) 1273 876 040 
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