Academic Language Support Service

Pre-sessional Courses

Pre-sessional Course A

Course Content for Phase 1

Students studying on Course A will progress on to Course C (subject to achieving the requisite IELTS scores). Course details for Phase 1 (the first 19 weeks of the course) are listed below. Students who achieve the requisite IELTS scores for their academic programme progress on to Course C.  Further information on the content of Course C can be found here.

Pre-sessional Course A aims to increase students’ overall level of English proficiency as well as to fully prepare students for the IELTS examination.

The course comprises an intensive introduction to grammar, vocabulary, speaking, listening, reading and writing relevant to the IELTS examination and their Loughborough University degree programme.  Coursebooks and materials are provided and two external IELTS examinations are included in the course fees.  Students also have 24 hour access to online English for academic purposes materials consolidating tasks done in class.

The primary aim of the course is to increase students’ overall level of English by the equivalent 1.0 IELTS band. In addition to this, the course aims to develop students’ key academic English skills necessary for university study and the achievement of higher IELTS band scores. The course aims:

  • to develop the four skills of listening, speaking, reading and writing;
  • to develop students’ functional knowledge of grammar and pronunciation;
  • to increase students’ range and knowledge of general and academic vocabulary;
  • to develop students’ transferable, academic English and study skills necessary to be successful in a university context; 
  • to familiarise students with the format of the IELTS exam;
  • to familiarise students with the skills needed to complete the tasks in the IELTS exam.

Learning Outcomes

By the end of this course, successful students should be better able to:

  • participate in a variety of spoken situations, including interviews, group discussions and other academic settings;
  • develop an understanding of and apply the sounds and rhythms of English to communicate effectively;
  • identify key information from everyday or academic spoken texts by listening for main idea or specific detail;
  • extract information from written texts using a range of reading strategies;
  • infer meaning from written or spoken texts;
  • plan, structure, write and review texts using an appropriate academic writing style;
  • use vocabulary suitable for a variety of purposes and contexts;
  • apply strategies to deal with unfamiliar vocabulary;
  • demonstrate a wide range of everyday and academic vocabulary;
  • use a range of grammatical structures;
  • apply the language effectively in the IELTS examination;
  • apply effective strategies for the IELTS examination;
  • show an awareness of British and global, cultural and current affairs;
  • work independently and collaboratively.

Teaching and Learning

In a typical week, students will receive approximately 19.5 hours of tuition and are expected to prepare for tests and complete assignments and independent learning tasks for a further 20 hours per week.

Tutors give one-to-one tutorials during the course to report on and discuss progress made and to give advice on areas needing further improvement.