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About the course

Our pre-sessional English programme is designed to help students from around the world, improve their academic and English language skills in preparation for undergraduate and postgraduate studies at Solent University. This is an intensive course in which you will attend live teaching sessions with your class in addition to smaller group workshops and individual tutorials with your tutors.

Considering the current Covid-19 crisis we have now taken the decision to offer an alternative online intensive course, as due to current government restrictions we are unable to resume normal classroom teaching.

There are three main aims of the Solent Pre-sessional English programme:

  • to develop your academic English skills so that you are confident in your use of English language at university level
  • to develop your academic study skills so that you can perform successfully in your degree
  • to help you develop as an autonomous learner so that you are able to do independent study and research while on your academic programme.

During this intensive programme, you will develop the skills you need to be successful on your future undergraduate or postgraduate degree course at Solent. While you will certainly work on the accuracy of your use of English language, one of the other aspects of the course is to develop your academic skills so that you are ready for the challenges of studying in a UK university environment. In addition to the development of academic skills, you will also explore some topical and interesting aspects of life in the United Kingdom.

There are three entry points to the Pre-sessional English Programme, depending on your English language level and the language entry requirements for your degree course at Solent. The course duration is either 5 weeks, 10 weeks or 15 weeks.

A high level of student participation is expected and you will find most sessions to be very interactive. You will be encouraged to develop your analytical and critical thinking skills, and in particular your independent learning skills, while also reflecting on your own development as a language learner. 

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After successfully completing your studies, there's an opportunity to continue your studies at Solent.
Further studies

We'll give you the skills you need to succeed in your undergraduate or postgraduate study at Solent University.

What does this course lead to?

On successful completion of the Pre-Sessional English Programme, you will be able to progress to your chosen undergraduate or postgraduate degree course, provided that you have demonstrated the required language level. 

Who is this course for?

Solent University's Pre-Sessional English Language course is aimed at international students who need to improve their English language and academic skills before starting their undergraduate or postgraduate studies in a UK university environment. 

Facts and figures

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Fees and costs

Tuition fees

The fees for the 2021/22 academic year are:

15 week course (starting 10 May – 20 August 2021): £4,500
10 week course (starting 7 June - 20 August 2021): £3,000 
5 week course (starting 5 July - 20 August 2021): £1,500

Fees for both courses include tuition, books and test fees.

For further information, please visit our tuition fees page.

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Key entry requirements

    Academic requirements

    The requirements for your chosen target course.

    English language requirements

    15-week course 
    Up to 1.5 IELTS subscore below the requirement for your target course.

    10-week course
    Up to 1.0 IELTS subscore below the requirement for your target course.

    5-week course
    Up to 0.5 IELTS subscore below the requirement for your target course.

    For further information about UK, EU and international qualifications, please refer to our course entry requirement statement

Got a question about this course?

Contact our Solent team:

If you are a UK, EU or EEA applicant please contact 023 8201 5066 If you are an international applicant please contact 023 8201 5066

How to apply

Please use the links below to book your place online:

15 weeks
10 weeks
5 weeks
10 May – 20 August 2021 7 June - 20 August 2021 5 July - 20 August 2021

What you'll study

Course content

Academic Reading
Sessions will include the development of effective reading techniques such as skimming, scanning and extensive reading, strategies for dealing with unknown language, and predicting content. Students will also improve their research skills by evaluating sources and learning how to use these effectively in their writing.

Academic Writing
These sessions will include: planning and structuring essays; organising and writing paragraphs; paraphrasing and summarising; referencing and using sources in your writing. Grammatical structures, and academic vocabulary, which are common in academic writing will be reviewed in depth to support your writing.

Academic Listening
These sessions will involve listening to a variety of text formats (including podcasts, lectures and TED talks) and applying listening skills such as prediction, listening for overall meaning, listening for specific information, note-taking and summarising.

Academic Speaking
These sessions will involve the preparation of and participation in a variety of oral communication tasks including seminar discussions, debates and presentations. This module also aims to enhance your accuracy and fluency in spoken English. 

Extended Essay
This essay is designed to bring context to the other elements of the programme and to support and supplement your language and academic skills in conjunction with the reading, writing, speaking and listening components.

You will work on a researched essay which will have an academic focus and be related to your future field of study. This component of the programme will help develop the research skills needed to successfully plan, research, draft and write an Extended Essay and further develop skills required for academic study. You will be able to develop your essay through individual tutorials and group work.

Personal Tutorial
In these 1-to-1 sessions you will have the opportunity to meet with your tutor individually to discuss your progress and ask any questions about your own development as a learner.


Web-based learning

Solent's virtual learning environment provides quick online access to assignments, lecture notes, suggested reading and other course information.

The Student Hub

The Student Hub is a central space where you can access all of the information and support you need during your time at University.

Professional and experienced staff can help resolve any query, and if they cannot answer the question themselves they will find the person who can.

Career support


Accommodation will be available at David Moxon residence for the your pre-sessional course and will continue in the same residence for your onward studies at Solent University. 

As soon as you have accepted your offer to study on your pre-sessional course you will be invited and given full details on how to apply.

Please contact the accommodation team at if you have any questions.

Please do not apply for your accommodation until you have received an invitation from the accommodation team with a direct link to apply.

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Please do not apply for your accommodation until you have received an invitation from the accommodation team with a direct link to apply.

Your future

The Pre-Sessional English programme will enhance your understanding not only of the features of academic English but also of UK university conventions, giving you the skills and confidence you need to achieve success on your future undergraduate or postgraduate degree course.

Get ready to find your place

You can still experience life at Solent at a virtual open day! Hear from course tutors, take virtual campus and accommodation tours, and chat to us live.

Register for a virtual open day