International Academy

Pre-sessional English and Academic Skills: Intensive (5.5 entry)

Undergraduate Credit Full-time 6 weeks

  • Institute Code W75
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  • Start Date(s) 2 November 2020
  • Award Undergraduate Credit
  • Study Mode Full-time
  • Course Length Full-time (6 weeks)
  • Campus Location Wolverhampton City Campus
  • School International Academy
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Why choose this course?

This course is designed for students whose first language is not English.

Students will need IELTS 5.5 or equivalent, to join this course, successful completion of which allows them to reach the English language level required for most degree courses at the University of Wolverhampton. 

In addition, the course introduces international students to the learning context in the UK and to the academic skills necessary for study in Higher Education. This is an intensive English language course taught by qualified and experienced teachers of English for Academic Purposes. The International Academy is accredited by the British Council for the teaching of English in the UK and our intensive programme focuses on enabling the students to achieve their aim of progressing to a degree at the University of Wolverhampton. Regular one-to-one tutorials and practice assessments allow students to see how they are progressing and seek advice from our experienced staff.

Due to the Coronavirus situation, all our Pre-sessional courses have been moved fully online so you can still study your Pre-sessional course with us and move on to your main degree course with the required level of English and academic skills.  You can do our online Pre-sessional course from your own home - you do not need to be on our campus in order to study but you will need access to a PC or laptop, a good quality internet connection, headphones/microphone and a webcam in order to fully participate. Please also be aware that classes with your lecturer will take place at times between 9.00 am and 3.00 pm GMT so please take this into consideration. Contact us if you need to know more about the technical specifications for this course, email:


What happens on the course?

Listening: 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.

Writing: developing academic voice, expressing and supporting opinions; presenting, developing drafting, editing and error correction skills; developing academic referencing skills.

Reading: examining in detail academic and other texts; developing strategies for deriving meaning and understanding from complex texts.

Speaking: speaking at length in academic contexts; taking part in discussions and seminars.

Critical skills: Finding and evaluating a range of academic sources.



Course Modules

Potential Career Paths

Any students completing the programme and returning to their home country will have a strong command of English, and in addition will possess a good level of competence in analytical skills, pair and group work as well as experience of working in a multi -national context. These represent important transferable skills when seeking employment as well as in the HE context or when setting up a business independently.

Additional Information

Everything you need to know about this course!


You will have regular one to one tutorials with your academic tutor to discuss your progress. Lecturers will make regular use of the VLE (Canvas) where you can access summaries of classes, homework and consolidatory materials according to your needs.

Communicate with accuracy, fluency and range, increasing their ability to work independently and collaboratively.

Respond appropriately and effectively , both orally and in written form, on a range of academic and non-academic topics to a level commensurate with B2 (CEFR)

Comprehend both gist and specific detail in a range of academic and non-academic written and oral texts (eg academic lectures, articles, seminars etc) to a level commensurate with B2 (CEFR)

Research and evaluate a range of academic sources in English, gaining an understanding of the academic contexts relevant to degree study at a UK University.

Location Mode Fee Year
International Full-time £1214 per year 2020-21

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

IELTS 6.0 overall with at least three elements at 5.0 minimum. One element excluding writing can be at 4.5

Writing must be at 5.0 minimum for this 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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