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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 and you will receive a certificate showing your attendance and notification of your results.

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.

A 15-week course is now available.

You can apply direct to Solent University for this course.
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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 or elsewhere.

What does this course lead to?

English is one of the languages of global business, and spoken around the world. Whatever course you are studying and whatever profession or industry you plan to go into - a good working knowledge of English will be invaluable.


Who is this course for?

Solent University’s pre-sessional English language course is aimed at international students who wish to improve their written and spoken English, as well as reading and listening, before they come to study at undergraduate or postgraduate level in the UK.

Facts and figures

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Fees and costs

Tuition fees

The 2020/21 fees are not yet available. For guidance, the 2019/20 fees were:

15 week course (started 27 May 2019): £4,500
10 week course (starts 1 July 2019): £3,000 
5 week course (starts 5 August 2019): £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

Study location

East Park Terrace

Got a question about this course?

Contact our Ask Solent team: +4423 8201 5066

How to apply

Applications for 2020 will open soon. For any enquiries, please email admissions. 

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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