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Loughborough University

English Language Support Service

Pre-sessional Course C

Course Content

The main emphasis Pre-sessional Course C is on academic English.

Whilst students are expected to read and conduct research on their subject area for the Extended Essay, the pre-sessional course covers English for academic purposes that can be applied to any discipline.

Course books and materials are provided. Students also have 24 hour access to online English for academic purposes materials consolidating tasks done in class.

During the course students attend talks and lectures given by Loughborough University’s academic staff and visitors. Students are also given training on how to use the library effectively for their studies.

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

11 weeks in total

Dates & fees

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

Learning Outcomes

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

  • deliver effective oral presentations;
  • function within a variety of speaking situations in an academic context, including seminar discussions and tutorials;
  • identify key points in a lecture and take effective notes;
  • plan, structure, write and review extended pieces of writing;
  • demonstrate an understanding of academic writing conventions, to include in-text citation, referencing, direct quotation and bibliographies;
  • summarise and paraphrase effectively from written and spoken sources;
  • write reflectively on their academic development and independent learning;
  • use a range of reading strategies for different purposes;
  • critically read, analyse and evaluate academic texts;
  • locate, research and take effective notes from written sources;
  • work independently and collaboratively.

Teaching and Learning

In a typical week, students will recieve 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 are also required to complete written assignments throughout the course.

The end-of-course assessment includes:

  • Extended Essay on a question related to their future studies;
  • Group Presentation Assessment;
  • End-of-course examination comprising listening, reading and writing tasks;
  • Independent Learning Portfolio.


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.