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International Academy

Pre-sessional English and Academic Skills PLUS 17

Undergraduate Credit Full-time 17 weeks

  • Institute Code W75
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  • Start Date(s) 11 May 2020
  • Award Undergraduate Credit
  • Study Mode Full-time
  • Course Length Full-time (17 weeks)
  • Campus Location University of Wolverhampton
  • School International Academy

Why choose this course?


This course is designed for students whose first language is not English, and who already have IELTS 4.5 or equivalent,  to able to reach an equivalent of IELTS 6.0 (CEFR B2) and to take additional intensive preparation for the Wolverhampton English Proficiency Exam in order to achieve a 6.5 required for entry to certain degrees.

The course also 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.

This course, in addition to preparing students to receive the Presessional Award, prepares those students who need the higher requirement of 6.5 to take the Wolverhampton English Proficiency Exam.

What happens on the course?



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.

Formative assessment: each of the four elements (reading, writing, listening and speaking) will be assessed at regular intervals in order to give a progress report and tutorial.


In the final Study Block of this course, students undertake an intensive week of WEPE preparation ( 20 hours) and an additional 5 hours per week in the final week (40 hours in total).

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!


Course Specific Support

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.

At regular intervals, there will be formative assessments which will be used for a progress report and a one-one tutorial with your tutors.

You will receive 40 hours of tuition dedicated to preparing for the Wolverhampton English Proficiency Exam in order to obtain a 6.5. This exam is external to the module assessments.

The International Academy is based in the historic Priorslee Hall at the University’s Telford Innovation Campus in Shropshire. We offer a friendly place of welcome in safe, relaxed surroundings.

Priorslee Hall










Telford Town Centre is nearby which has many shops, restaurants and entertainment venues. Telford Central railway station enables easy travel around the UK and a free shuttle bus provides regular transport to the other University of Wolverhampton campuses.


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 £4090 per year 2019-20
International Full-time £4162 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

Students wishing to do this pre-sessional course must have IELTS 4.5 overall with no element less than 4.5 (listening, speaking, reading and writing)

The University also offers a range of Bursaries and Scholarships in addition to other financial support packages

Tuition Fees Loan: If you wish, you can take out a Government Student Loan which covers the full course fee. You pay it back once you’ve left university and your income is more than £25,725 (from April 2019). More information on repayments can be found at: repayments.
It’s available to eligible full-time higher education students and does not depend on family income.

The amount of the Tuition Fees Loan is paid directly to the University of Wolverhampton by the Student Loan Company.

Visit student finance on the website to find out more.

Self-funding: If you don’t want to take out a loan to pay your fees, you might want to take advantage of the University’s scheme to pay by instalments: see How to Pay.The funding available to you depends on when you started your studies and if you have been to University previously.

For more information please contact the Gateway.

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.


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