Pre-Sessional English Language (10 Weeks)
The 10-week Pre-Sessional English language course provides an excellent learning opportunity for pre-university students holding offers from or applying to University of South Wales but who do not reach the language requirements for their desired course.
PLEASE NOTE: The July & October 2020 start Pre-Sessional Programme will be taught via online distance learning as confirmed below.
During the Pre-Sessional English language course you will receive twenty-three hours of taught classes each week with regular tutorials and two full-day Saturday excursions. Most materials will be supplied free of charge although you will be required to purchase one textbook at a cost of approximately £25.
The Pre-Sessional English Language course will help you to develop your general and academic English language skills in four key areas:
- Writing for essays, research reports and examinations
- Reading journals, articles and books
- Listening to lectures, debates and discussions
- Speaking during seminars and presentations
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 two full-day Saturday excursions (nine hours each). Therefore, you will have classes for 23 hours most weeks, but this may vary on field trip weeks. Term dates are listed here.
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 addition, you must also have an IELTS (Academic) score of at least 5.0 with a minimum of 4.5 in writing and 4.0 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.
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As a student of USW, you’ll have access to lots of free resources to support your study and learning, such as textbooks, publications, online journals, laptops, and plenty of remote-access resources. Whilst in most cases these resources are more than sufficient in supporting you with completing your course, additional costs, both obligatory and optional, may be required or requested for the likes of travel, memberships, experience days, stationery, printing, or equipment.
Apply via UCAS if you are a UK 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.
International and EU students
Apply directly to the University if you live outside the UK.
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