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Pre-Sessional courses

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English Language programmes

We offer a range of Pre-Sessional English Language (PSE) courses delivered by expert teachers at the University of Essex International College (UEIC), a Kaplan International Pathways partner or our partners in China.

Essex is a campus university, and we know that our students value being together on campus. By studying here, you can settle in ahead of your degree and experience being in an English-speaking environment, as well as being part of our diverse, global campus community.

These Pre-Sessional English courses are designed to improve your English language level ahead of studying a degree at University of Essex.

If you join a UEIC Pre-Sessional English programme you will take Kaplan’s own English language test at the end of the course. If you successfully pass this, the University will remove the English language condition from your main course offer. You will not be required to take another independent English language test such as IELTS, TOEFL or Pearson.

Pre-Sessional English Language with Study Skills (PELSS)

Kaplan’s PELSS is available to conditional offer holders, and provides you with integrated training in the academic use of English, as well as important study skills to prepare you for degree-level study.

The programme is available at our Colchester campus or online, and runs for 20, 15 or 10 weeks, providing an uplift to your English language score equivalent to IELTS 1.5, 1 or 0.5.

You will work to develop your skills in grammar and vocabulary, reading and writing, and speaking and listening.

You will also complete an independent project in which you will be given the opportunity to focus on areas relevant to your chosen degree at the University of Essex. The project will introduce you to a range of research and study skills including planning, drafting, and presenting.

PELSS on campus

Length Enrolment Course dates Fee Application deadline Deposit deadline
20 week 21 April 2022 25 April - 9 Sept 2022 £8,200 11 March 2022 18 March 2022
15 week 26 May 2022 30 May - 9 Sept 2022 £6,150 15 April 2022 22 April 2022
10 week 30 June 2022 4 July - 9 Sept 2022 £4,100 20 May 2022 27 May 2022

PELSS online

Length Enrolment Course dates Fee Application deadline Deposit deadline
20 week 21 April 2022 25 April - 9 Sept 2022 £8,200 7 April 2022 7 April 2022
15 week 26 May 2022 30 May - 9 Sept 2022 £6,150 20 May 2022 23 May 2022
10 week 30 June 2022 4 July - 9 Sept 2022 £4,100 24 June 2022 27 June 2022

Pre-Sessional English Language (PEL)

The PEL focuses on improving your English grammar and vocabulary, and helping you gain further reading, writing, speaking and listening skills.

The 15 week PEL provides an equivalent IELTS uplift of 1.5 and is available either at our Colchester campus or online.

The 10 and 5 week PEL provide uplifts of 1.0 and 0.5 respectively and are available at either our Colchester or Southend campus or online.

PEL on campus

Length Enrolment Course dates Fee Application dead-line Deposit deadline
15 weeks 26 May 2022 30 May - 9 Sept 2022 -   £6,150 15 April 2022 22 April 2022
10 weeks 30 June 2022 4 July - 9 Sept 2022 £4,100 20 May 2022 27 May 2022
5 weeks 4 Aug 2022 8 Aug - 9 Sept 2022 £2,050 10 June 2022 10 June 2022

PEL online

Length Enrolment Course dates Fee Application dead-line Deposit deadline
15 weeks 26 May 2022 30 May - 9 Sept 2022 £6,150 20 May 2022 23 May 2022
10 weeks 30 June 2022 4 July - 9 Sept 2022 £4,100 24 June 2022 27 June 2022
5 weeks 4 Aug 2022 8 Aug - 9 Sept 2022 £2,050 29 July 2022 1 Aug 2022

Autumn term Pre-Sessional English Language (PEL) 

Available to Postgraduate applicants beginning their main course programmes in the January term, the PEL online focuses on improving your English grammar and vocabulary, helping you gain further reading, writing, speaking and listening skills.

The 10 week programme provides an equivalent IELTS uplift of 1.0 and the 5 week programme provides an equivalent IELTS uplift of 0.5.

Length Enrolment Course dates  Fees Application deadline  Deposit deadline
10 weeks 22 Sept 2022 26 Sept - 2 Dec 2022  £4100  16 Sept 2022  19 Sept 2022 
5 weeks  27 Oct 2022 31 Oct - 2 Dec 2022
£2050 21 Oct 2022  24 October 2022

Additional important information

Results

You will receive your PELSS or PEL results on 9 September 2022. Provided you have successfully passed, and you have satisfied any other conditions of your main course offer, you will be issued an unconditional offer letter for your main programme of study at University of Essex within 5 working days.

Getting your CAS

If you need a student visa to study in the UK you will need a Confirmation of Acceptance for Studies (CAS) in order to submit a visa application.

 

Online only PSE applicants

As long as you have successfully passed the Pre-Sessional programme and have provided us with any information we have requested, CAS for your main programme of study will be assigned within 5 working days from 9 September 2022.

On campus applicants

Linked CAS

We always aim to issue linked CAS if it is possible for us to do so. This means that you will be given one CAS, which will cover both your Pre-Sessional programme and main programme of study, meaning you only need to make one visa application.

Linked CAS will be assigned if:

  • You are taking a Pre-Sessional programme less than 12 weeks long
  • English is the only remaining condition of your main course offer.

Standalone CAS

If you:

  • Are taking a Pre-Sessional programme longer than 12 weeks
  • Have other conditions in your main course offer

You will not be eligible for a linked CAS and instead will be issued two separate CAS:

  • One for your Pre-Sessional programme - assigned no later than 4-weeks prior to the start date of your programme
  • One for your main course programme - assigned within 5 working days from your Pre-Sessional results being released on 9 September 2022 (so long as you have successfully passed, have achieved any other conditions and have provided us with any information requested). In most cases applicants in this position will be able to make their new visa application from within the UK.

 

Academic Skills Preparation Programme (ASPP)

Kaplan’s ASPP is the only course available to unconditional offer holders, and is available at the Colchester campus. This 4-week course will introduce you to the study and research skills common in UK universities. It will also help familiarise you with the University campus, and adjust more easily to student life and the academic culture in the UK.

ASPP on campus

Length Enrolment Course dates Fee Application deadline Deposit deadline
4 weeks 18 Aug 2022 22 Aug - 16 Sept 2022 £800 29 June 2022 1 July 2022

If you study ASPP on campus in the UK and require a student visa you will be issued with a linked CAS which will cover both your ASPP programme and your main programme of study.

Study in person or online

If you are unable to attend in-person classes during your course, you may have the option to study your Pre-Sessional English course online, so that you do not miss out.

How to apply

If you would like to join one of the English Language programmes available at the University of Essex International College, you can apply via the myEssex applicant portal or contact us to answer any questions you might have.

Studying in person on campus

If you wish to study PELSS or PEL on campus in the UK you must hold a Secure English Language Test such as UKVI IELTS (academic), Trinity or Academic Pearson Test of English (PTE) for UKVI. This must be dated within 2 years of the start date of your Pre-Sessional programme.

This will enable us to know your baseline level of English and determine which programme you may be eligible for depending on the uplift you require.

If you do not hold a secure English language test but wish to study on campus in the UK please email PSE@essex.ac.uk to discuss your options.

Studying online

If you would like to apply to study the Pre-Sessional programme online from your home country, you do not need to hold a secure English language test. However, you must hold an accepted English certificate to enable us to know your baseline level of English and determine which programme you may be eligible for depending on the uplift you require.

The certificates we are able to accept are:

  • Academic IELTS (UKVI or non UKVI), including IELTS indicator (the online test)
  • TOEFL IBT including the Special home Edition and “my best scores”
  • Trinity ISE
  • Pearson Test of English (PTE) Academic or PTE for UKVI.

If you hold an English language certificate that is not listed please email pse@essex.ac.uk and we can advise whether we are able to accept it for admission to a Pre-sessional programme.

We are unable to accept Duolingo for entry to our Pre-Sessional programmes.

In China Provision

If you are resident in China, you may be interested in taking a Pre-Sessional programme on campus at one of our partner institutions in China.

These Pre-Sessional programmes focus on enhancing your English language skills to prepare you for undergraduate or postgraduate degree level study. You will be taught further grammar and vocabulary skills as well as additional reading, writing, speaking and listening skills.

If you take a Pre-Sessional English programme with one of our partners in China you will take the Essex Pathways English language test at the end of the course. If you have successfully passed you will be provided with a transcript and the University will remove the English language condition from your main course offer.

These programmes were previously advertised as 11 weeks (providing an equivalent IELTS uplift of 1.0) and 6 weeks (providing an equivalent IELTS uplift of 0.5). However, in response to concerns around visa delays in China these programmes have now been condensed so that they are 7.5 and 5 weeks long respectively, (whilst providing the same English uplift) and the start and end dates have been moved forwards. The total teaching hours and costs remain the same.

United Kingdom Education Centre (UKEC), Chengdu - Available online only

Length Course dates Fee Application deadline  Deposit deadline 
7.5 weeks (formerly 11 weeks) 15 June - 5 August £4100 / ¥37700  10 June 2022   10 June 2022  
5 weeks (formerly 6 weeks) 4 July - 5 August £2050 / ¥18900  29 June 2022  29 June 2022 

Guangdong University of Foreign Studies (GDUFS), Guangzhou - Available online only

Length Course dates Fee Application deadline  Deposit deadline 
7.5 weeks (formerly 11 weeks) 15 June - 5 August £4100 / ¥37700  10 June 2022   10 June 2022  
5 weeks (formerly 6 weeks) 4 July - 5 August £2050 / ¥18900  29 June 2022 29 June 2022

Beijing Zhongguancun Foreign Language School (BZFLS), Beijing - Available online only

Length Course dates Fee Application deadline  Deposit deadline 
7.5 weeks (formerly 11 weeks) 15 June - 5 August £4100 / ¥37700  10 June 2022   10 June 2022  
5 weeks (formerly 6 weeks) 4 July - 5 August £2050 / ¥18900  29 June 2022  29 June 2022 

Results and CAS issue

You will be provided with your results after 5 August 2022.

If you have achieved all the conditions of your main course offer, an unconditional offer letter and Confirmation of Acceptance for Studies (CAS) will be issued for your main programme of study at University of Essex as soon as possible so that you can make a student visa application.

How to apply

Applications can be submitted via the “Applying” tab of your MyEssex applicant portal.

In order to apply you must hold an accepted English language certificate dated within 2 years of the start date of the Pre-Sessional programme:

  • IELTS, UKVI or non UKVI Academic (including IELTS indicator)
  • TOEFL iBT including TOEFL iBT Special Home Edition and My Best Scores
  • Trinity ISE
  • PTE (Pearson Test of English Academic) or PT (Pearson Test of English Academic) for UKVI
  • CET-4
  • CET-6

If you have any queries please email PSE@essex.ac.uk

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