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A short, intensive preparation course for students due to start their course in September
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.
The Pre-sessional course allows you to have intensive English language preparation in a university environment. With highly experienced teachers, there is no better preparation for your next steps. The course is designed to:
99% of Pre-sessional students progressed to Newcastle University in 2011
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.
Applicants must provide an official IELTS test score.
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 2013 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
Please note the Pre-sessional course is not available to students applying for entry to the following degree programmes:
Thu 25 Jun 2015 to Fri 04 Sep 2015
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.
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.
What is the deadline for applications?
We're happy to accept students right up to when our courses begin, as long as there are places available. We recommend you apply as early as possible as courses fill up quickly. Enquire now to check availability.
Step 1: Complete the Application form
You can complete an online application form or download and print the PDF application form at the bottom of this page. You must include the following information:
Need help with the application form? Watch a video help guide - available in English, Chinese and Arabic:
Step 2: Submit the Application
The INTO Admissions office will only process complete applications so please ensure you provide all of the following documents with your application:
If you are applying by post please send your completed application package, including copies of your supporting documents listed above directly to us at:
INTO Newcastle University AdmissionsOne Gloucester Place Brighton BN1 4AA United Kingdom
The INTO Admissions team will assess your complete application and will contact you within two working days with either an answer or an offer.
Step 3: Confirm your place
If you receive a Conditional or Unconditional offer from us, the offer will contain all the details needed for you to confirm your place on the course.
The most common way to confirm your place, will be to:
Once the payment has cleared, you will be sent a confirmation pack from us, including; The relevant course information to help you with your visa application, course and accommodation confirmation, your updated statement and an invoice which will show any remaining fees still to pay before the start date of your course.
Step 4: Apply for your visa
If you are unsure of which visa type you need you can have a look at our Useful Information page or visit the UK Border Agency website.
Please keep us updated on your visa application process. If for any reason your visa application is delayed or rejected, please contact us as soon as possible.
Please note that INTO employees cannot give you advice on your visa, you will need to speak to your local embassy or the British Council.
Step 5: After you've received your visa
Once you've received your visa and arranged your flight to the UK, please contact us to make sure you have paid the full outstanding balance of your course, at least 4 weeks before you arrive.
You will then receive your final statement along with your pre-departure guide, listing all information you need about your chosen INTO Centre, the partner University and what to do when you arrive in the UK.
Visit our before you arrive page for more information.
If at any time you get stuck or have any problems that will delay your arrival, please contact us.
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