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Pre-sessional Courses

English for Academic Purposes

The Pre-sessional courses are designed to help you develop the academic skills you need to progress to a university foundation, undergraduate or postgraduate programme. If you have applied for a course at The University of Manchester but have not yet fully met the English language requirement for your academic course you may be eligible to study a Pre-sessional course in order to meet those requirements.

Pre-sessional courses last for between 3 and 20 weeks and focus on improving your academic English. All our courses cover areas such as academic writing, note-taking and presentation skills. The length of course you will be required to take will be determined by the academic School to which you have applied, with advice from the ULC.

For students who do not have a conditional offer from the University of Manchester or who need a longer period of study, the English for University Study pathway would be more appropriate.

Our Pre-sessional courses are accredited by BALEAP, in addition to Accreditation UK, ensuring that they are of the highest quality.



Key Information

When do the courses run? See Course Dates and Fees
Which course should I do?

We offer courses for 20 weeks, 10 weeks, 5 weeks or 3 weeks. Your academic department will advise you on the length of course they would like you to take, and whether you need to take an IELTS/TOEFL exam at the end of your course. Students requiring longer study will be advised to follow the English for University Study pathway.

What is the class timetable? You will study for 21 hours per week: Monday - Thursday 09:30 - 15:30, Friday 09:30 - 13:00. You will be expected to do some homework and self-study.
What is the minimum enrolment age? The minimum enrolment age is 18.
Do I need a visa? International students from outside the EU/EAA will require a Tier 4 General Student Visa. More information can be found here.
How do I apply?  See How to Apply
More information

email: presessional@manchester.ac.uk

Tel: +44 (0)161 306 3397 / Fax: +44 (0)161 306 3396