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A short, intensive preparation course for students due to start an academic course in September.
There are two course options available:
The Pre-sessional course gives you intensive English language preparation in a university environment. With highly experienced teachers, there is no better preparation for your next steps in higher education - 99% of our pre-sessional students progressed to Newcastle University in 2011.
The course is designed to:
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Academically qualified students who have already been accepted into a University undergraduate or postgraduate course can use this English language course to improve their English quickly.
Pre-sessional is a 20-hour a week course that will ensure you improve your language proficiency in core skills. You will learn to give presentations and study independently. These skills are vital to your university success.
This course will develop a range of skills including
Assuming you have already met the University’s academic entry requirements and any other outstanding conditions, achieving the level of performance required in the Pre-sessional English course to fulfil the conditions of your offer will allow you to progress to your university course, without needing to retake the IELTS test.
From 6 April 2015, the Centre can only accept a UKVI approved IELTS test for this course. If you have taken another Secure English Language Test (SELT) you may be able to use this as a 'transitional SELT' for applications up to 5 November 2015. Read more about UKVI IELTS or contact us for more details.
There are specific faculty requirements for students intending to progress to Newcastle University degree programmes. The normal English language requirement for entry to a full-time degree programme is IELTS 6.5.
The stated Pre-Sessional requirements assume that students are required to meet the normal requirement.
Specific requirements for the 10 week course:
Specific requirements for the 6 week course:
Degrees with higher English language entry requirements
Please note that some degree programmes offered by the Faculty of Humanities and Social Sciences (HaSS) require a higher English language level for entry to the Pre-Sessional English course.
The the entry requirement for Business School entrants at postgraduate level (or postgraduate entrants) to the pre-sessional for 2015 entry are the following:
This applies to all programmes with the exception of the Dual awards for which the pre-sessional route is not permitted.
Newcastle University Business School
IELTS 6.0 (with a minimum of 5.5 in writing)
IELTS 6.0 (with a minimum of 6.5 in writing)
School of Architecture, Planning and Landscape
IELTS 6.0 (with a minimum of 6.0 in writing)
School of English Literature, Language and Linguistics
All degrees (including MA Linguistics and Language Acquisition but excluding MA International Film)
IELTS 6.5 (with a minimum of 6.0 in writing)
IPhD Phonetics and Phonology
School of Education, Communication and Language Sciences
MA in Applied Linguistics and TESOL Master of Education. MA International Development and Education. All Master's in Cross-Cultural Communication
School of Art and Culture
MA Media and Public Relations MA Media and Journalism MA International Multimedia Journalism
IELTS 6.0 (with a minimum of 6.0 in speaking and writing)
All Master's and Research degrees in the International Centre for Cultural and Heritage Studies (ICCHS)
IELTS 6.0 (with a minimum of 6.0 in speaking and writing)
School of Modern Languages
All MPhil/PhD except for Translation and Interpreting
School of Psychology
MSc in Psychology (Foundations in Clinical and Health Psychology) and MSc in Psychology (Foundations in Clinical and Forensic Psychology)
IELTS 6.5 (with a minimum of 6.5 in all subskills)
Please note the Pre-sessional course is not available to students applying for entry to the following degree programmes:
Thu 23 Jun 2016 to Fri 02 Sep 2016
Accommodation is not included in the fees. View our accommodation options.
You can pay by bank transfer or by credit card. Please contact us for bank transfer details.
The 6 week course has a higher English language entry requirement than the 10 week course.
You can apply online or by post. Find out more about how to apply.
Throughout the course, your progress will be assessed to ensure that you are getting the most out of your education, and ensure that you are developing the skills necessary to you success. This will include:
In order to successfully complete the Pre-sessional course, you must meet the following criteria:
In line with UK government (the Home Office) regulations, all students seeking admission to Newcastle University must be competent in English Language. For qualifications at NQF level 6 (degree level) or above this must be at a minimum of level B2 on the Common European Framework of Reference for Languages (CEFR) in each of the four components of language learning (reading, writing, listening, speaking). IELTS 5.5 is deemed to demonstrate B2 level competence.
Under no circumstances will a student with an overall level of English Language below IELTS 5.5, or with a reading, writing, speaking or listening score below IELTS 5.5, be given admission to a full degree programme at Newcastle University.
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