Loughborough University
Leicestershire, UK
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Loughborough University

English Language Support Service

Pre-sessional Course A

Course Content

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 examination are included in the course fees.  Students also have 24 hour access to online English for academic purposes materials consolidating tasks done in class.

Entry requirements

Please check the minimum entry requirements for the pre-sessional courses.

We recommend you check the minimum English language requirements webpage for your degree programme.

Course length

30 weeks in total**

**you must achieve the minimum IELTS score required for your degree to progress on to Pre-sessional Course C – please check on the English language requirements webpage for more information

Dates & fees

Please check the dates and fees for the pre-sessional courses.

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 regular one-to-one tutorials throughout all courses to report on and discuss progress made, and to give advice on areas needing further improvement.


Students attending Pre-sessional Course A (30 week course) and B (20 week course) are required to take IELTS tests in May and June and must meet a minimum standard* to be permitted to continue with their English language studies on Pre-sessional Course C.  All students are assessed by tests and coursework at the end of Pre-sessional Courses C and D.  Students who fail to engage appropriately with the Pre-sessional course will not be considered to have successfully completed the pre-sessional course and therefore will not have met the conditions of their offer from the University.  Students whose level of English language is considered to be below the minimum level required by Loughborough University will not be permitted to progress on to their degree.

 *Please note the minimum IELTS score required to progress on to Pre-sessional Course C is usually 5.5 (with a minimum of 5.0 in all subtests).  However, higher scores are required for some courses. Please check the English language requirements for your academic programme.