Our five-week pre-sessional English language course is highly intensive and designed to help students adapt socially and academically before the start of the academic year as well as enabling them to meet the English language entry requirements for their chosen award.
PLEASE NOTE: The July & November 2020 start Pre-Sessional Programme will be taught via online distance learning as confirmed below.
The wellbeing and health and safety of our students and staff is paramount to us. We are committed to delivering all of our courses and services as safely as possible. Due to the pandemic, the methods and activities adopted for the coming year may differ from those previously published and may be subject to further change through the course of your study if such change is necessary due to public health concerns, health and safety guidance or in response to Government Guidelines. USW is committed to providing you with a fantastic student experience and a wealth of support, and you can hear how students have benefitted from this approach here: Learn more about blended learning.
During the five-week Pre-Sessional English Language course you will receive twenty-three hours of taught classes each week with regular tutorials and a Saturday excursion (nine hours). Most materials will be supplied free of charge although you will be required to purchase one textbook at a cost of approximately £25 pounds.
The Pre-sessional English language course will help you to develop your general and academic English language skills in four key areas:
The language of instruction is English.
We use a communicative language teaching approach. This means that you will be expected to actively participate and contribute to the classes. Assessment is by means of coursework, tests, projects and presentations. Students receive individual help and attention through weekly one-to-one tutorials in order to monitor progress and help to develop the skills necessary for academic study at a British university. We have a maximum class size of 18.
Classes run from 10am to 1pm from Monday to Friday, with afternoon classes from 2pm to 4pm from Monday to Thursday, with one Saturday excursion (nine hours)
Therefore, you will have classes for 23 hours most weeks, but this may vary on field trip weeks. On every field trip, support is provided by two members of the Centre for International English team per coach. A full risk assessment is conducted before the trip and a departmental mobile number is made available to all students so that contact can be maintained throughout the trip between staff and students.
Assessment is by means of coursework, tests, projects and presentations.
Applicants need a valid offer for an undergraduate or postgraduate degree at the University of South Wales. In additional, you must also have an IELTS (Academic) score of at least 5.5 with a minimum of 5.5 in writing and 5.0 in all other components. If you require a visa to study in the UK, you must take the IELTS for UKVI version of the test. Students studying a course requiring a higher IELTS score than 6.0 may require a longer pre-sessional English course.
Full-time fees are per year. Part-time fees are per 20 credits. Once enrolled, the fee will remain at the same rate throughout the duration of your study on this course.
Students have access to a wide range of resources including textbooks, publications, and computers in the University’s library and via online resources. In most cases they are more than sufficient to complete a course of study. Where there are additional costs, either obligatory or optional, these are detailed below. Of course students may choose to purchase their own additional personal resources/tools over and above those listed to support their studies at their own expense. All stationery and printing costs are at a student’s own expense.
Apply via UCAS if you are a UK/EU residing applicant, applying for year 1 of a full-time undergraduate degree, Foundation Year, Foundation Degree or HND and you have not applied through UCAS before. If you are applying to study part-time, to top up your Foundation Degree or HND, or to transfer to USW from another institution, please apply directly.
Apply directly to the University if you live outside the UK/EU.
As a USW student, you will have access to advice from the Careers and Employability Service throughout your studies and after you graduate.
This includes: one-to-one appointments from faculty based Career Advisers, in person, over the phone or even on Skype and through email via the "Ask a Question" service. We also have extensive online resources for help with considering your career options and presenting yourself well to employers. Resources include psychometric tests, career assessments, a CV builder, interview simulator and application help. Our employer database has over 2,000 registered employers targeting USW students, you can receive weekly email alerts for jobs.
Our Careers service has dedicated teams: A central work experience team to help you find relevant placements; an employability development team which includes an employability programme called Grad Edge; and an Enterprise team focused on new business ideas and entrepreneurship.