International Academy

Pre-sessional English and Academic Skills 5.0-6.0/6.5 (on-line)

Undergraduate Credit Full-time 15 weeks

This Online Pre-sessional English & Academic Skills course is designed for International students whose first language is not English, and who already have IELTS 5.0 or equivalent.

This Online Pre-sessional English & Academic Skills course is designed for International students whose first language is not English, and who already have IELTS 5.0 or equivalent.

  • Institute Code W75
  • UCAS Code
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  • Start Date(s) 23 May 2022
  • Award Undergraduate Credit
  • Study Mode Full-time
  • Course Length Full-time (15 weeks)
  • Campus Location The University of Wolverhampton Online
  • School International Academy
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Why choose this course?

This Online Pre-sessional English & Academic Skills course is designed for International students whose first language is not English, and who already have IELTS 5.0 or equivalent. The successful completion of the course will mean you have met the English language requirements for entry to the University (IELTS 6.0/6.5, CEFR B2 - and to progress to your chosen undergraduate or postgraduate course. If you start this course with higher initial grades (or if you are prepared to put in extra work during the course), you may also be able to achieve an IELTS 6.5 equivalent (with 6.0 in Reading and Writing), for entry onto a course with a higher English language requirement, such as Law and Psychology.

During this course, you will extend your range, accuracy and use of language (reading, writing, listening and speaking) while developing knowledge about the learning context for Higher Education in the UK, as well as the language and academic skills necessary for successful University study.

The course aims to develop confidence in your use of English, with a focus on communication skills in an academic context and the development of a student voice through the application of critical thinking. On completion of the course, you should feel well prepared to start your chosen course of study at the University of Wolverhampton.

You may also choose to do this course as a stand-alone option if you simply want to improve your Academic English in readiness for further study at a later date as the course qualification in valid for two years.

What happens on the course?

Lessons will be a mixture of synchronous (working with others) and asynchronous (working in your own time) learning, with flexibility built into the timetable to ensure the course is as inclusive as possible. Materials will be taken from a wide variety of sources, ensuring a balanced representation of English as an international language, focussing on effective communication and understanding within an academic context. A variety of accents from around the world, as opposed to just UK regional varieties, will be present in course materials to demonstrate the nature of English as the world’s lingua franca.

We will focus on core areas as follows:


  • understanding authentic spoken material in a variety of media and styles including lectures, seminars and academic discussions;
  • taking notes and summarising;
  • becoming familiar with different accents and speaking styles including those of classmates;

Assessment: consisting of multiple listening tasks from a variety of authentic academic (style) recordings (both audio and video). You will be set realistic tasks simulating authentic academic activities, identifying main and supporting ideas and details.


  • developing academic voice, expressing and supporting opinions;
  • developing planning, drafting, editing, referencing and error correction skills;
  • learning to use appropriate language;

Assessment: an open book exam where performance is judged not only on your English language, awareness of cohesion and organisation but a clear demonstration of investigation and referencing skills, which are introduced and practised throughout the course.


  • examining in detail academic and other texts;
  • developing strategies for deriving meaning and understanding from complex texts;
  • developing techniques to find key information in the most efficient way;

Assessment: uses authentic or adapted academic texts, tasks are designed to demonstrate your ability to skim, scan and perform more intensive reading tasks in order to identify main and supporting arguments and details, in the same way you would when reading course material for assignments.


  • speaking at length in an academic context;
  • taking part in discussions and seminars;
  • making presentations; improving communication skills;

Assessment: you will orally demonstrate your understanding of a variety of source texts, with follow up questions and arguments in order to demonstrate your ability to function in differing academic contexts.

Grammar and Vocabulary:

Appropriate understanding and use of grammar and vocabulary form part of all four assessments on this course.

  • revision and review of tenses and key grammar;
  • formal English and appropriate language for Academic purposes;
  • a focus on grammatical structures used in academic speaking and writing;
  • vocabulary from the Academic Word List;
  • ways of dealing with unknown words in context;

Critical skills and Student Voice:

These skills will be assessed in the Writing and Speaking exams.

  • finding and evaluating the appropriacy of materials from a range of sources;
  • learning and practising to justify your ideas and express them clearly.

Formative assessment will take place throughout the course in the form of quizzes and writing tasks.  Feedback will be provided to students and discussed in one-to-one tutorials.

Summative assessment takes place in the final week of the course and consists of separate Listening, Reading, Writing and Speaking Exams, conducted on a secure online proctored platform. 

Course Modules

Potential Career Paths

The course is designed for students who will continue directly onto further subject based study at the University of Wolverhampton and the focus is on helping them achieve the required English level and Academic skills to do so.

Students on this course can proceed onto most degree courses at the University of Wolverhampton (for those requiring 6.5, please discuss this with staff at the International Academy). The course does not therefore seek directly to prepare students for employment. Any students completing the course will have the required command of English and in addition will possess a good level of competence in such transferable skills as working in groups, preparing and delivering presentations, working to tight deadlines, etc. as well as experience of working in a multinational context. These all represent important transferable skills when seeking employment as well as in the HE context.

Additional Information

Everything you need to know about this course!

Pre-sessional English & Academic Skills is a great course for anyone wanting to improve their English and academic skills.

What path will you take through our learning?

  • a personalised approach to learning where materials will be assigned to you depending on your specific needs;
  • choice in terms of what and how you study, allowing you to follow topics that fit your chosen study path or interests;
  • flexibility in when you do your independent hours of study;
  • options to work co-operatively or alone;
  • revision made easy as can cover material several times;
  • catching up with live lessons you miss or going over something again is very simple as it is all recorded;
  • all of which means, no two student journeys will be the same.

This instensive course is:

  • suitable for entry onto Undergraduate and Postgraduate courses (including those requiring 6.5);
  • offering 0.5 credit if you continue your studies with the University of Wolverhampton.  This means that if you complete your pre-sessional subject to certain conditions, we can apply a 0.5 credit to your grade if this is needed for you to progress.
  • taught by highly qualified teachers from the International Academy (accredited by the British Council);
  • fully online with no extra travel or accommodation costs;
  • the opportunity to attend a high-quality course in the comfort of your own home;
  • a balance of online lessons, group activities, one-to-one tutorialsand guided self-study;
  • easy to revise and catch up with missed lessons, as everything is recorded and made available to you;
  • designed to build confidence in your English Academic IT skills;
  • the best way to improve your language skills and prepare you to study in the UK; and 
  • based on the UN Sustainable Development Goals, which will have relevance to your own life and area of study.

Please note that success on this course is only one of the requirements to study in the UK.  You will also need to be successful in a credibility interview to be issued a study visa and will need to satisfy the academic requirements of your chosen degree course.

Location Mode Fee Year
International Full-time £2100 per year 2021-22
International Full-time £2155 per year 2022-23

The University is committed to a transparent fee structure, with no hidden costs, to help you make an informed decision. This includes information on what is included in the fee and how fees are calculated and reviewed

Students wishing to do this pre-sessional course must have IELTS 5.0 overall with no less than 5.0 in writing.


For full course and IT requirements see

Late enrolments will not be accepted more than 10 days into the course. This is to ensure that you are able to fully engage with all aspects of this intensive online course.


If you don’t want to take out a loan to pay your fees or if you aren’t eligible to receive a loan, you might want to take advantage of the University’s scheme to pay by instalments: see How to pay.


Your employer, embassy or organisation can pay for your Tuition fees:

If your employer, embassy or organisation agrees to pay all or part of your tuition fees; the University will refer to them as your sponsor and will invoice them for the appropriate amount.

We must receive notification of sponsorship in writing as soon as possible, and before enrolment, confirming that the sponsor will pay your tuition fees.

Financial Hardship:

Students can apply to the Dennis Turner Opportunity Fund for help with course related costs however this cannot be used for fees or to cover general living costs.

Bursaries and Scholarships:

In addition the University also offers a range of Bursaries and Scholarships packages

You can find more information on the University’s Funding, cost, fee and support pages.


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