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Pre-sessional Courses

Coronavirus (Covid-19)

Update for students planning to take a Pre-sessional Course at Loughborough University in 2020

Pre-sessional Course Course E (6 week)

This course will be delivered online and will cover the same learning outcomes listed for the pre-sessional courses run in person in Loughborough. 

If you have not already applied for a pre-sessional course and wish to do so, you should still register for one in the normal way via this webpage: www.lboro.ac.uk/services/alss/pre-sessional-courses/register/

The further information below may help answer any other questions you may have:

Will the pre-sessional course fees be the same?

Loughborough University will offer a 10% reduction on the cost of the course fees for students studying the online version.   The fees will therefore be:

  • Pre-sessional Course E (6 week): £2,187

You will be expected to pay your pre-sessional course fees in full before being issued with course material and instructions on how to register for the course.  Guidance on how to pay course fees will be provided by email.

As outlined in the Terms and Conditions of Study, if you choose to accept your offer of a place on a pre-sessional course, you have the right to cancel your acceptance and receive a refund within a period of 14 calendar days starting from the day we receive notification that you have paid your pre-sessional course fees.  To meet the cancellation deadline, you can email your cancellation of your acceptance of an offer to us at alss@lboro.ac.uk.  The right to cancel is a statutory right under the United Kingdom's Consumer Contracts (Information, Cancellation and Additional Charges) Regulations 2013.

Do I still need to provide an English language test before being accepted onto the pre-sessional course?

Even though the course is being delivered online, we will still need to be reassured that your English language is at an appropriate level.  This is important because if your level of English language is too low, you may struggle with the course and may not meet the minimum level required to progress onto your degree at the end.

Loughborough University will accept the following tests for entry to the pre-sessional courses:

Test

Type of Test

Minimum level for Pre-sessional Course C

Minimum level for Pre-sessional Course D

UKVI IELTS SELT

Centre-based

5.5 overall, no sub-test lower than 5.0

6.0 overall, no sub-test lower than 5.5

IELTS Academic (non-UKVI)

Centre-based

5.5 overall, no sub-test lower than 5.0

6.0 overall, no sub-test lower than 5.5

TOEFL iBT

Centre-based

74 overall,

Speaking: 20

Writing: 19

Reading: 18

Listening: 17

81 overall,

Speaking: 21

Writing: 20

Reading: 20

Listening: 20

TOEFL iBT Special  Home Edition

Online

74 overall,

Speaking: 20

Writing: 19

Reading: 18

Listening: 17

81 overall,

Speaking: 21

Writing: 20

Reading: 20

Listening: 20

Pearsons Test of English (PTE) Academic

Centre-based

51 overall, no sub-test lower than 49

55 overall, no sub-test lower than 52

LanguageCert

 

Online

Combined written and oral test: B2 Communicator Pass

Combined written and oral test: B2 Communicator Higher Pass overall with no sub-test lower than 33 out of 50

Duolingo English test

Online

95

100

How will the teaching and assessment work online?

Students will be taught online by Loughborough University’s Pre-sessional English for Academic Purposes teaching team, with course material being delivered and assessed via Loughborough University’s Virtual Learning Environment. 

You will need to have a laptop or PC with a microphone and camera, a headset, a reliable internet connection and somewhere quiet to study!

Can I do the pre-sessional course online this year and then defer my entry to September 2021?

The online pre-sessional courses are in response to an unprecedented global situation and are for students who will be starting in the next academic year.  You will therefore be eligible to progress from this year’s Pre-sessional Course E to the January 2021 (Postgraduate programmes) start date.  If you take the online pre-sessional course this year but defer to September 2021, we will ask you to re-take the pre-sessional course in Loughborough next year, or obtain another acceptable English language qualification.

If I am a postgraduate taught student, do I have to pay a CAS deposit to book onto the pre-sessional course?

No, the CAS deposit is only required when you wish the University to issue you with a CAS for a Tier 4 visa.  If you have already paid a CAS deposit and will be doing the online pre-sessional course, we will put the deposit against the tuition fees for your degree programme, and will issue you with a CAS when you have successfully completed the pre-sessional course.

If you have not yet paid a CAS deposit, you will be asked to pay a deposit towards the end of the pre-sessional course so we can issue you with a CAS for your Tier 4 visa.

You will be asked to pay your pre-sessional course fees in full before you are able to register for the pre-sessional course.  This is to ensure that students are not given access to course materials until they have paid their fees.  The pre-sessional course fees are separate to the CAS deposit.

For more general information about Loughborough University’s response to the coronavirus situation, please see here: www.lboro.ac.uk/internal/coronavirus/

Updated: 03 August 2020