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About the course

Our pre-sessional English courses are designed to help students from around the world to improve their academic and English language skills before starting undergraduate or postgraduate degree studies.

The courses will help you to achieve the language entry requirements for your undergraduate or postgraduate degree, improving your reading, writing, listening and speaking skills. With a focus on academic skills and language, the course is designed to help you prepare for the University's English language test. You will take this test in the final week of your pre-sessional course.

Our English courses are designed for both undergraduate and postgraduate students. On successful completion of the course you will receive a certificate showing your attendance and notification of your results.

Languages staff at Solent University are highly experienced and well-qualified and our research is focused on language testing and intercultural studies. Together with the students who join us from countries and cultures around the world, we aim to create a lively and friendly atmosphere. Typical classes contain between 9 and 18 students.

The ten week and five week course both include 21 hours of classroom based learning each week.

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Facts and figures

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Fees and costs

Tuition fees

The 2018/19 fees are not yet available. For guidance, the 2017/18 fees were:

10 week course (26 June - 1 September) undergraduate and postgraduate pathways course fee: £2,990 
Final date for applications: 31 May 2017

5 week course (31 July - 1 September) undergraduate and postgraduate pathways course fee: £1,450
Final date for applications: 30 June 2017

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

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Key entry requirements


    Ten-week course:
    IELTS 5.0 overall with a minimum of 5.0 in writing and a minimum of 4.5 in all other components.

    Five-week course:
    IELTS 5.5 overall with a minimum of 5.5 in each component.


    Ten-week course:
    IELTS 5.5 overall with a minimum of 5.5 in writing and a minimum of 5.0 in all other components.

    Five-week course:
    IELTS 6.0 overall with a minimum of 5.5 in each component

Study location

East Park Terrace

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What you'll study

Course content

Solent approved English Language test preparation

Prepares you for the Solent approved English language test by improving your language skills in reading, writing, listening and speaking.

English language skills

Improves your overall fluency and accuracy in the four language skills.

Academic study skills

Develops the skills you require in academic work: effective listening, reading and note-taking, research skills, academic writing, presentation and communication.


An opportunity to discuss progress or any issues with your tutor.


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


The University provides excellent learning resources and facilities for its students, from campus-wide wireless to extensive library services and dedicated student working spaces. 

If you need accommodation during your studies please contact the University accommodation office at

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