Pre-Sessional English Programme (6 weeks)

The aim of the Pre-Sessional Programme is to prepare international students for studying at both undergraduate and postgraduate level in the UK.

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Pre-Sessional English Programme (6 weeks) at University of Winchester

Entry Requirements

To enter the Pre-sessional Programme, an international student will have to have achieved an appropriate IELTS level (or equivalent), as shown below:

  • Students aiming to progress to Level 4 and 5: An overall IELTS score of 5.5 with 5.5. in Writing, with no components below 5.0
  • Students aiming to progress to Level 6 and 7: An overall IELTS score of 6.0 with 6.0 in Writing, with no components below 5.5

Additional entry requirements: Students should also hold an equivalent RQF Level 3 qualification. 

Progression requirements*:

Following the completion of this programme, to progress to an undergraduate level at the University of Winchester, an international student aiming to progress at levels 4 and 5 will need to: 

  • Pass the Writing assessment with a mark of 60% CEFR B2/li>
  • Pass the Reading exam, Presentation and Listening comprehension with a minimum mark of 55% CEFR B2 for each of the three assessments
  • Achieve an overall score of minimum 60% CEFR B2+ across all four assessments

To progress to an undergraduate or postgraduate level at the University of Winchester, an international student aiming to progress at levels 6 and 7, depending on the receiving degree programme requirements:

  • Pass the Writing assessment with a mark of 65% CEFR B2/li>
  • Pass the Reading exam, Presentation and Listening comprehension with a minimum mark of 55% CEFR B2 for each of the three assessments
  • Achieve an overall score of minimum 65% CEFR B2+ across all four assessments

*Some degree programmes may have different entry requirements 

Degree duration

6 weeks

Course Tuition Fees and Additional Costs

Total Cost: £1,775

To find out what general costs are included or excluded in the course fees, such as text books and travel expenses, please click here

Location:

Taught elements of the course take place on the King Alfred Campus or at West Downs, Winchester 

Terms and Conditions

For more information about the University of Winchester's terms and conditions click here

The modules help students whose first language is not English to achieve a level of functional and academic English language skills required to study in the UK and bridge the gap between their own educational and cultural background and the challenges of the British higher education system and culture.   

The aims of the Programme are:

  • To prepare students whose first language is not English to achieve a standard of academic English required to study at undergraduate and postgraduate level 
  • To develop the linguistic and communicative competence of students across the four main language skill areas of reading, writing, listening and speaking as an integrative set
  • To develop academic study skills necessary for effective learning through the medium of English
  • To help students gain an understanding of academic and cultural practice of university study so that they will be able to participate in and benefit fully from their degree programmes 
  • To familiarise students on a wide range of learning experiences and assessment types to prepare them for further academic study 
  • To develop students as active and autonomous learners, so that they are able to undertake independent study and research.

The Programme prepares international students for access to undergraduate and postgraduate level courses at the University of Winchester and other institutions of higher education in the UK. By the end of the six weeks students are expected to have achieved a level of academic competence that will enable them to successfully function within the higher education environment. This intensive course, which involves 12.5 contact hours in a typical week, gives students whose first language is not English an opportunity to practise and develop their academic skills as well as their language skills within an academic context. Students' language and academic skills are tested at the end of the twelve weeks through a set of internal academic assessments. 

The Programme is designed to enable international students to make the transition from their previous learning and teaching style to the style of the more autonomous learning environment of the UK Higher Education system. This is undertaken in a highly supportive environment and enables students to engage appropriately when they progress through their levels of study. Through scaffolding, students are prepared and taught how to produce more complex pieces of assessed work. This process helps to raise the standard of work produced by students and the External Examiner (2014) believed student work to be 'better than, the work produced in similar courses across the sector'. 

The Programme employs a variety of teaching and learning strategies, with a focus on developing a range of knowledge and skills, providing students with the ability to apply them to a selected area of study. As well as the development of English language skills as an integrated set, students begin to develop academic and research skills that are relevant to the UK's Higher Education system. These include an introduction to critical thinking, time management, referencing, individual research and presentations. The Programme develops an independent learning culture, and provides a stimulating learning experience for international students. Opportunities are provided for students to reflect on their knowledge and skills, particularly through a process of peer interaction, which includes class discussion, debate and group work. This sharing of experience encourages students to modify and develop their own, and their peers', academic knowledge and practices.  Students are encouraged to be independent active learners through their involvement in assignments and active contribution to teaching and learning assignments. 

Teaching Team

  • Marija Davis
  • Howard Giles
  • Peter Boniface
  • Mandy Jones

Assessment can have a fundamental effect on students' learning as it serves to evaluate and measure success, and provide relevant and timely feedback, thereby developing in students a motivation and a commitment to learn.  

The External Examiner has supported both assessment and feedback positively, and the clear and focused assignment briefs (External Examiner, 2015). According to the External Examiner (2014) 'there is evidence of some very high levels of performance among the cohort as a whole, which itself can be said to be the result of high levels of engagement on the part of the students concerned as well as of focused and effective teaching from staff at ELTSU.

Summative Assessment 

Writing assessment (1500 Words)        35%
Presentation                                       25%
Reading Exam                                    20%
Listening Comprehension                     20%

At the University of Winchester validated programmes may adopt a range of means of assessing your learning. An indicative, and not necessarily comprehensive, list of assessment types you might encounter includes essays, portfolios, supervised independent work, presentations, written exams, or practical performances. The University is committed to ensuring that all students have an equal opportunity to achieve module learning outcomes. As such, where appropriate and necessary, students with recognised disabilities may have alternative assignments set that continue to test how successfully they have met the module's learning outcomes. Further details on assessment types used in the programme you are interested in can be found on the course page, by attending an Open Day/Evening, or contacting our teaching staff.

At the University of Winchester validated programmes may adopt a range of means of assessing your learning. An indicative, and not necessarily comprehensive, list of assessment types you might encounter includes essays, portfolios, supervised independent work, presentations, written exams, or practical performances. The University is committed to ensuring that all students have an equal opportunity to achieve module learning outcomes. As such, where appropriate and necessary, students with recognised disabilities may have alternative assignments set that continue to test how successfully they have met the module's learning outcomes. Further details on assessment types used in the programme you are interested in can be found on the course page, by attending an Open Day/Evening, or contacting our teaching staff.

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Employability 

Whilst the principal progression route is degree programmes at the University of Winchester, the Programme embraces the University's philosophy on employability where possible (Employability Strategy 2014-16; Faculty Annual Operating Statement (FAOS) FAOS) 2015-16, strategic objective 1.4: A resolute focus on graduate employability). Increasingly international jobs require English as a second language, and request that applicants are proficient users. Meeting this higher language profile criteria is an essential requirement for some jobs and/or advancement within roles (Hale, 2014). The Programme accepts students at the Common European Framework of Reference for Languages (CEFR) B2 level (overall)) and helps them develop through to B2+ (independent users). The Programme therefore prepares international students through the provision of academic English language skills which will enhance their future employment prospects (FAOS). Throughout the Programme, the core and soft skills of students are developed. These soft skills include independence, self-awareness, decision-making, teamwork, global citizenship and communication and are embedded within the curriculum (FAOS). 

Telephone: +44 (0) 1962 827234
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International Students

International students seeking additional information about this programme can send an email to International@winchester.ac.uk or call +44 (0)1962 827023

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