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What is a Pre-sessional English (PSE) Course
A pre-sessional English course is a course designed to get future university students ready for the type of English and academic skills required to do well in their studies. PSE courses may vary a little bit, but common topics are:
- Techniques for studying, listening, reading, and taking notes.
- Techniques for writing, reporting, taking an exam, and writing a dissertation.
- Reading and research skills and identifying key points in a text.
- How to use references and a bibliography
- Oral communication strategies and developing students’ avility to speak fluently in a seminar setting
- How to give formal academic presentations
- Vocabulary students will experience at university
- Improving English skills in reading, writing, listening and speaking
The above list is only some of the many topics students will cover on a PSE course.
Why take a Pre-sessional course?
One of the key benefits is that certain PSE courses can be used in lieu of an IELTS score. Students on our official UK University pre-sessional can skip taking the IELTS and instead use the pre-sessional course grades to meet their university English requirements. Not all universities accept our pre-sessional courses though so our counsellors will make sure you are on the correct PSE course to match your future university.
Another important aspect of the PSE course is getting a head start on your university studies. There are many crucial academic skills that students need in order to succeed at their university, and these PSE courses cover them. This provides students with the best opportunity to succeed.
Which PSE course is right for me?
This will depend on two questions:
Do you already have the IELTS score you need to get into your program?
- If so, you can take either of the two courses we offer: Official UK University Pre-sessional or our BRIT UniPrep course.
- If not, then you will need to take the UK University Pre-sessional course.
Do you already know which university you will attend?
- If yes – tell our counsellors which university, and we will recommend a PSE that your university accepts.
- If no, let us know which universities you are considering and we will recommend which PSE is better for you.
What are the main differences between the two courses?
- The Official UK University Pre-sessional is a 6-week, 8-week, or 12-week course and requires a minimum of 5.5 overall and in all subskills on the IELTS. The length of course will depend on the university you want to attend and if you study on the weekdays or weekends.
- Our BRIT UniPrep is a 3-week course and cannot be used in lieu of the IELTS. UniPrep is more for students who already meet their universities language requirements and are mostly interested in learning about the key academic skills and UK culture. This course is by far the cheapest of the three, but is not an official UK university pre-sessional. However, many of the teachers are the same on all three courses.
How can I sign up?
Once on the page, you can find more information about the cost, requirements, which universities accept the course, and steps to sign up.