Online Pre-Sessional Academic English and Study Skills Programme 2022-2023

What does this course offer?

You will study online in your home country. Each week of this course has 15 hours of task-based communicative and collaborative live teaching sessions, during which you'll be monitored by a team of experienced tutors. Before the sessions, there are self-study tasks to help you get the maximum benefit from the live teaching.

The focus is on real situations and tasks that you'll be likely to perform in your future studies. 

Live teaching session are from 8.00am – 9.30am UK time, and 10.00am – 11.30am UK time, with a weekly tutorial between 12.00pm – 1.00pm UK time on Wednesday, Thursday, or Friday.

Please note that you will need to have a fast and reliable internet connection, a laptop or desktop with a webcam and microphone, and somewhere quiet where you can study and take part in the live sessions.

Find out more about the course from Ben Brown, Head of English Language at Strathclyde, in the video below:

Learning & Teaching

Your individual learning needs will be identified and you'll be helped to set up an effective self-study plan.

You'll receive feedback on your progress and support for your learning in one-to-one tutorials. Your progress will be assessed regularly through coursework.

The final assessment for the course will give you the opportunity to meet the language requirement for your main degree at Strathclyde. 

Course Content

The programme covers the following academic English and study skills areas, as well as work on general English language improvement as required:

  • strategies for understanding lectures and talks;
  • note-taking and summarising texts;
  • participating actively in seminar discussions;
  • giving effective presentations and talks;
  • improving reading skills and strategies
  • writing a variety of text types: reports, essays, annotated bibliographies, summaries, and reflections;
  • using the library and the internet for research;
  • avoiding plagiarism and developing reference and citation skills;
  • expectations of students in UK Universities; and
  • effective strategies for online learning.

Transfer from Online to On Campus Study

Students on Online Pre-sessional Foundation 2, 3, or 4, can begin their studies online, then, subject to availability, transfer to the On Campus Modules 1-3 course at the end of Online Foundation 4. Please see below for more information on the on campus course. Students wishing to transfer to On Campus Modules 1-3 will need to have demonstrated acceptable levels of attendance and engagement on the Online Foundation course.

There is a three week gap between the end of Online Foundation 4, and the start of On Campus Module 1, in order for students to receive a CAS, obtain their visa, and travel to the UK. Students will need a SELT (IELTS UKVI) at B1, or a non-SELT (IELTS Academic) at B2 in order to receive a CAS, but do not need to meet the published entry requirements for Modules 1-3. Transferring students may receive a Single CAS for Pre-sessional and main degree, if they have met all other conditions for their main degree programme.

Learning Online Pre-sessional course with ELT was a great experience. I have learned a lot from this course with super great teachers and helpful ELT staff include with a great online system. The course is really useful, I have learned how to paraphrase, avoid plagiarism and how to write an effective Academic English Language which all of these can help me with my main degree. Therefore, I think learning Online Pre-sessional course is one way to improve English skills and helpful for all students. Siraphat Sirithanachai, a Foundation 3-4 plus Modules 1-3 student 2020 (24-week programme) from Thailand.

On Campus Pre-Sessional Academic English and Study Skills Programme 2022-2023

What does this course offer?

You will study at the University of Strathclyde campus, in Glasgow. Each week of this course has 15 hours of task-based communicative and collaborative live teaching sessions, during which you'll be monitored by a team of experienced tutors. Before the sessions, there are self-study tasks to help you get the maximum benefit from the live teaching.

The focus is on real situations and tasks that you'll be likely to perform in your future studies. 

Live teaching sessions are from 9.30am – 11.00am UK time, and 11.30am – 1.00pm UK time, with a weekly tutorial between 2.00pm – 3.00pm UK time on Wednesday, Thursday or Friday. Live teaching is delivered in person in classrooms on the university campus. Students will need to have a laptop in order to take part in the live teaching sessions.

Limited accommodation is available on campus from Modules 1-3 in Birkbeck Court at an additional cost of approximately £104 per week. Please contact eltdpresess.accomm@strath.ac.uk for more information. 

Learning and Teaching

Your individual learning needs will be identified and you'll be helped to set up an effective self-study plan.

You'll receive feedback on your progress and support for your learning in one-to-one tutorials. Your progress will be assessed regularly through coursework.

The final assessment for the course will give you the opportunity to meet the language requirement for your main degree at Strathclyde. 

Course Content

The programme covers the following academic English and study skills areas, as well as work on general English language improvement as required:

  • strategies for understanding lectures and talks;
  • note-taking and summarising texts;
  • participating actively in seminar discussions;
  • giving effective presentations and talks;
  • improving reading skills and strategies
  • writing a variety of text types: reports, essays, annotated bibliographies, summaries, and reflections;
  • using the library and the internet for research;
  • avoiding plagiarism and developing reference and citation skills;
  • expectations of students in UK Universities; and
  • effective learning strategies.

How to Apply

Online Pre-sessional 2022-2023

Applications for the Online Pre-sessional programme are now open. Applicants add a Pre-sessional application to their main course application on the Application Portal. 

The Online Pre-sessional programmes for Postgraduate students are:

  • Non-graduating PG Pre-sessional English Modules 1-3 (Online) September Full-Time; 
  • Non-graduating PG Pre-sessional English Modules 2-3 (Online) October Full-Time;
  • Non-graduating PG Pre-sessional Foundation 2-4 plus Modules 1-3 (Online) Full-Time;
  • Non-graduating PG Pre-sessional Foundation 3-4 plus Modules 1-3 (Online) Full-Time;
  • Non-graduating PG Pre-sessional Foundation 4 plus Modules 1-3 (Online) Full-Time;
  • Non-graduating PG Pre-sessional English Modules 1-3 (Online) Full-Time; and
  • Non-graduating PG Pre-sessional English Modules 2-3 (Online) Full-Time.

The Online Pre-sessional programmes for Undergraduate students are:

  • Non-graduating UG Pre-sessional English Modules 1-3 (Online) September Full-Time; 
  • Non-graduating UG Pre-sessional English Modules 2-3 (Online) October Full-Time;
  • Non-graduating UG Pre-sessional Foundation 2-4 plus Modules 1-3 (Online) Full-Time;
  • Non-graduating UG Pre-sessional Foundation 3-4 plus Modules 1-3 (Online) Full-Time;
  • Non-graduating UG Pre-sessional Foundation 4 plus Modules 1-3 (Online) Full-Time;
  • Non-graduating UG Pre-sessional English Modules 1-3 (Online) Full-Time; and
  • Non-graduating UG Pre-sessional English Modules 2-3 (Online) Full-Time.

The Online Pre-sessional programmes for Postgraduate Faculty of Engineering articulation partner university students only are:

  • Non-graduating PG Pre-sessional English Modules 1-3 (online - Engineering) Full-Time; and
  • Non-graduating PG Pre-sessional English Modules 2-3 (online - Engineering) Full-Time.

The Online Pre-sessional programmes for Undergraduate Faculty of Engineering articulation partner university students only are:

  • Non-graduating UG Pre-sessional English Modules 1-3 (online - Engineering) Full-Time;
  • Non-graduating UG Pre-sessional English Modules 2-3 (online - Engineering) Full-Time.

On Campus Pre-sessional 2022-2023

Applications for the On Campus Pre-sessional programme are now open. Applicants add a Pre-sessional application to their main course application on the Application Portal. 

The On Campus Pre-sessional programmes for Postgraduate students are:

  • Non-graduating PG Pre-sessional Foundation 2-4 plus Modules 1-3 Full-Time;
  • Non-graduating PG Pre-sessional Foundation 3-4 plus Modules 1-3 Full-Time;
  • Non-graduating PG Pre-sessional Foundation 4 plus Modules 1-3 Full-Time;
  • Non-graduating PG Pre-sessional English Modules 1-3 Full-Time; 
  • Non-graduating PG Pre-sessional English Modules 2-3 Full-Time; and
  • Non-graduating PG Pre-sessional English Module 3 Full-Time. 

The On Campus Pre-sessional programmes for Undergraduate students are:

  • Non-graduating UG Pre-sessional Foundation 2-4 plus Modules 1-3 Full-Time;
  • Non-graduating UG Pre-sessional Foundation 3-4 plus Modules 1-3 Full-Time;
  • Non-graduating UG Pre-sessional Foundation 4 plus Modules 1-3 Full-Time;
  • Non-graduating UG Pre-sessional English Modules 1-3 Full-Time; 
  • Non-graduating UG Pre-sessional English Modules 2-3 Full-Time; and
  • Non-graduating UG Pre-sessional English Module 3 Full-Time. 

Students will need to have a laptop in order to take part in the live teaching sessions.

Limited accommodation is available from Modules 1-3 on campus in Birkbeck Court at an additional cost of approximately £104 per week. Please contact eltdpresess.accomm@strath.ac.uk for more information. 

Joint University of Strathclyde / BRIT Language Centre Pre-Sessional Modules 1-3 and 2-3 (Bangkok based), 2023   

                       

What does this course offer?

You will study full time with a combination of online study, with the University of Strathclyde’s Virtual Learning Environment (VLE), Myplace, and face-to-face teaching on campus, with the University of Strathclyde’s trusted teaching partner BRIT Language Centre, at their teaching centre in Bangkok, Thailand. Each week of this course has 15 hours of task-based communicative and collaborative face-to-face teaching* with BRIT Language Centre’s experienced tutors. Before the sessions, there are self-study tasks on MyPlace to help you prepare for the face-to-face classes.

The course content and course assessment, dates and fees, are exactly the same as the Strathclyde Online Pre-sessional Modules 1-3 and 2-3, and successful completion of the course will enable students to meet their language condition for a main degree at the University of Strathclyde. The Joint University of Strathclyde / BRIT Language Centre Pre-Sessional Modules 1-3 and 2-3 course is fully BALEAP accredited after successful accreditation in summer 2022. Successful completion of the course may also enable students to meet their language condition for a main degree at other universities. It is the responsibility of the student to check their intended main degree university will accept the course. Students in this position should contact BRIT Language Centre for more information: info@BRIT-IELTS.com

Courses

Weeks

Dates

Application Deadlines

Fees

Pro Rata'd Refunds for Module 3 

BRIT-LC Modules 1-3 (Bangkok)

12 weeks

22 May - 11 August, 2023 (M1 ends 16 June, 2023)

5 May 2022 at 3.00pm UK time

£4,715

£1,572

BRIT-LC Modules 2-3 (Bangkok)

8 weeks

19 June - 11 August, 2023 (M2 ends 14 July, 2023)

2 June 2022 at 3.00pm UK time

£3,265

£1,633

Fees for the four weeks of tuition undertaken for Module 3 will be refunded to applicants from all courses who go on to register on a full-time degree course of at least 9 months in duration at the University of Strathclyde and pay full overseas fees. Applicants will be required to pay the full tuition fee in advance, and the tuition fees for the final four weeks (based on the pro rata weekly rate depending on length of study) will be refunded on confirmation of continued registration and payment of full overseas fees for the full-time degree course at the University of Strathclyde.

Joint University of Strathclyde / BRIT Language Centre (Bangkok based) Pre-sessional 2023

Applications for the joint University of Strathclyde / BRIT Language Centre (Bangkok based) Pre-sessional programme are now open. Applicants intending to study their main degree at the University of Strathclyde should add a Pre-sessional application to their main course application on the Application Portal. 

The Pre-sessional programmes for Postgraduate students are:

  • Non-graduating PG Pre-sessional English Modules 1-3 (online) (BRIT-LC) Full-Time;
  • Non-graduating PG Pre-sessional English Modules 2-3 (online) (BRIT-LC) Full-Time.

The Pre-sessional programmes for Undergraduate students are:

  • Non-graduating UG Pre-sessional English Modules 1-3 (online) (BRIT-LC) Full-Time;
  • Non-graduating UG Pre-sessional English Modules 2-3 (online) (BRIT-LC) Full-Time.

Applicants intending to study their main degree at another university should contact ELT at elt@strath.ac.uk and you will be sent a direct link to apply. Please attach a copy of your main degree offer letter with the language condition, and a copy of your most recent IELTS or other accepted language qualification, when emailing ELT. Accepted qualifications can be found in the list for entry onto Online Pre-sessional English found here.

For the length of programme required, please refer to our guidelines below. For any other enquiries contact elt@strath.ac.uk Please include your main degree registration number when making enquiries about length of Pre-sessional course required. 

Length of Online Pre-sessional Programme Required

The length of your course and the modules you need to take will vary depending on your current IELTS score and the language requirement for your main degree. For the length of programme required, please refer to our guidelines below. For information on alternative English language qualifications accepted for Pre-sessional, please refer to the Recognised English Language Qualifications for Pre-sessional. For any other enquiries contact elt@strath.ac.uk. Please include your main degree registration number when making enquiries about length of Pre-sessional course required.

If degree entry is IELTS 6.5 overall with no individual component below 6.0

Module 3 (4 weeks)

Modules 2 and 3 (8 weeks)

Modules 1, 2 and 3 (12 weeks)

Foundation 4 plus Modules 1, 2 and 3 

Foundation 3 and 4 plus Modules 1, 2 and 3 

Foundation 2, 3 and 4 plus Modules 1, 2 and 3 

If degree entry is IELTS 6.5 overall with no individual component below 5.5

Module 3 (4 weeks)

Modules 2 and 3 (8 weeks)

Modules 1, 2 and 3 (12 weeks)

Foundation 4 plus Modules 1, 2 and 3 

Foundation 3 and 4 plus Modules 1, 2 and 3 

Foundation 2, 3 and 4 plus Modules 1, 2 and 3 

If degree entry is IELTS 6.0 overall with no individual component below 5.5

Module 3 (4 weeks)

Modules 2 and 3 (8 weeks)

Modules 1, 2 and 3 (12 weeks)

Foundation 4 plus Modules 1, 2 and 3 

Foundation 3 and 4 plus Modules 1, 2 and 3 

Foundation 2, 3 and 4 plus Modules 1, 2 and 3 

 

Please note that the Duolingo English Test (DET) is now no longer accepted for Online or On Campus Pre-sessional, or main degrees for September 2022 and January 2023 entry, though tests taken before January 2022 may still be accepted.

2022-2023 CoursesWeeksDatesApplication DeadlinesFeesPro Rata'd Refunds for Module 3
Modules 1-3 (Online) September 12 weeks 19 September - 16 December, 2022 (M1 ends 14 October, 2022) 2 September 2022 at 3.00pm UK time £4,715 £1,572
Modules 2-3 (Online) October  8 weeks 17 October - 16 December, 2022 (M2 ends 11 November, 2022) 30 September 2022 at 3.00pm UK time £3,265 £1,633
Foundation 2-4 plus Modules 1-3 (Online) 29 weeks 9 January - 11 August, 2023 (F2 ends 17 February, 2023) 9 December 2022 at 3.00pm UK time £9,615 £1,326
Foundation 3-4 plus Modules 1-3 (Online) 23 weeks 20 February - 11 August, 2023 (F3 ends 31 March, 2023)  3 February 2023 at 3.00pm UK time £7,760 £1,350
Foundation 4 plus Modules 1-3 (Online) 17 weeks 17 April - 11 August, 2023 (F4 ends 19 May, 2023) 31 March 2023 at 3.00pm UK time £6,440 £1,515
Modules 1-3 (Online) 12 weeks 22 May - 11 August, 2023 (M1 ends 16 June, 2023) 5 May 2023 at 3.00pm UK time £4,715 £1,572
Modules 2-3 (Online) 8 weeks 19 June - 11 August, 2023 (M2 ends 14 July, 2023) 2 June 2023 at 3.00pm UK time £3,265 £1,633
Foundation 2-4 plus Modules 1-3 (On Campus) 32 weeks 9 January - 1 September, 2023 (F2 ends 3 March, 2023) 9 December 2022 at 3.00pm UK time £10,610 £1,326
Foundation 3-4 plus Modules 1-3 (On Campus) 24 weeks

*27 February - 1 September, 2023 (F3 ends 28 April, 2023)

*Teaching will commence on 6 March

27 January 2023 at 3.00pm UK time £8,100 £1,350
Foundation 4 plus Modules 1-3 (On Campus) 18 weeks 1 May - 1 September, 2023 (F4 ends 9 June, 2023) 31 March 2023 at 3.00pm UK time £6,815 £1,514
Modules 1-3 (On Campus) 12 weeks 12 June - 1 September, 2023 (M1 ends 7 July, 2023) 12 May 2023 at 3.00pm UK time £4,715 £1,572
Modules 2-3 (On Campus) 8 weeks 10 July - 1 September, 2023 (M2 ends 4 August, 2023) 9 June 2023 at 3.00pm UK time £3,265 £1,633
Module 3 (On Campus)  4 weeks 7 August - 1 September, 2023  7 July 2023 at 5.00pm UK time £1,750/FREE N/A

Fees for the four weeks of tuition undertaken for Module 3 will be refunded to applicants from all courses who go on to register on a full-time degree course of at least 9 months in duration at the University of Strathclyde and pay full overseas fees.

Applicants for Module 3 only will be offered the tuition free of charge, as above. Applicants for longer ELT Pre-sessional courses will be required to pay the full tuition fee in advance, and the tuition fees for the final four weeks (based on the pro rata weekly rate depending on length of study) will be refunded on confirmation of continued registration and payment of full overseas fees for the full-time degree course at the University of Strathclyde.