The Pre-sessional English Programme (PEP) will help you to develop your competence and confidence using English in an academic setting, so that you can study any of our undergraduate or postgraduate courses.
Successful completion of the programme will demonstrate that you have satisfied our English Language requirements. In addition, you will have become familiar with the culture of UK Higher Education and will be equipped with the tools to help you succeed in your studies.
Specifically, we aim to help you to:
- improve your knowledge of the grammar, vocabulary and functions of English. This will enable you to communicate your ideas more effectively
- improve your understanding of the relationship between the language and the culture in which it exists. This will help you operate more efficiently in a UK academic setting
- build your knowledge of and competence in Academic English. This will help you to enhance the quality of your academic assignments
- encourage you to become an independent learner. This will help you to discover your own voice and express your ideas effectively
- show you the teaching methods which are common in British schools and universities. This will help you to understand UK academic culture
- access the range of learning resources available to you through multi-media. This will help you develop an awareness of English outside the classroom
- take part in social activities and make friends. This will help you to adapt to UK culture and improve your fluency
When you finish this course you will have developed the confidence and Academic English skills you need to effectively study any of our undergraduate or postgraduate courses.
“My name is Xuan Zhou and I am studying MA Education at the University of Northampton. I studied on the Pre-sessional English Programme in the summer and it really helped me to improve my English level. The course improved my reading and academic writing skills. This is due to my Pre-sessional tutor, who is a patient, professional and responsible teacher. He helped me many times to improve my academic writing skills during tutorials.”
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This course focuses on learning the English language and the academic skills necessary for studying in a UK university, with an additional element of study skills in one of the modules. All courses also have a project element where you focus on an area of academic study, e.g. primary and secondary research. We want to help you improve your general communication skills through accuracy, grammar and vocabulary across reading, writing, listening and speaking.
Methods of Learning
This course will help you to develop skills that make you an independent learner, able to develop your English outside the classroom and take responsibility for your own learning. You will be able to identify what you need to do to improve your English and how to do it. We will practise these skills with you in class and you will be given coursework that further develops them, with feedback to help you progress.
The assessments on our PEP courses are intended to mirror the types of tasks you will be expected to complete on undergraduate and postgraduate degree courses.
You will be assessed in all four skills (listening, speaking, reading and writing), and academic skills.
Throughout your course you will receive regular formative feedback on your work to help you progress and improve.
At the end of the Programme, your performance in assessments will be combined to produce an overall grade. An overall grade of ‘Pass’ demonstrates that you have met the University’s entry requirements. Successful completion of the course means that you do not need to take another English exam, such as IELTS or Pearson.
Facilities and Special Features
- experienced and supportive tutors
- improve your English in a university environment
- engage with a variety of learning activities to improve your reading, writing, speaking and listening
- classes are given in teaching rooms across the campus, all of which are equipped with audio and visual facilities, together with smartboards and online access.
How to apply
For application information please see our how to apply page.
The PEP is designed for students who have received a conditional offer to study with us, but who have not satisfied the English language requirement.
The PEP is structured to offer entry and exit points that reflect students’ different abilities and the available start dates of academic programmes. It is divided into 11-week and six-week terms.
Six-week (English for Academic Purposes)
The six-week term is designed for students that are 0.5 IELTS points below the entry standard for their academic programme, i.e.
- undergraduate IELTS 5.5 (or equivalent)
- postgraduate (taught) IELTS 6.0 (or equivalent)
- postgraduate (research) IELTS 6.5 (or equivalent)
You may either join the University at this level, or have reached this level by following one or more of the 11-week terms.
11-week (Language Development)
The 11-Week terms are designed for students that need to improve their English language level in order to meet the University’s entry requirement, and are currently 0.5 or more IELTS points below the entry standard for their academic programme.
4-week (Study Skills)
The 4-week programme is designed for students who have the IELTS score for direct entry onto their academic programme, but would like to improve their academic and study skills before they embark on their degree programme.
|PEP Level 1||39 weeks||IELTS 4.0/4.5|
|PEP Level 2||28 weeks||IELTS 4.5/5.0|
|PEP Level 3||17 weeks||IELTS 5.0/5.5|
|Summer PEP||11 weeks||IELTS 5.5/6.0|
Fees and funding
Fees quoted relate to study in the Academic Year 17/18 only and may be subject to inflationary increases in future years.
|Full Time:||£9900 for 1 Year. £2900 for 1 Term £1600 for 6 Weeks|
This course is available to international students.
Full-time international tuition fees
For information on our international tuition fees, please see our Tuition fees for international students page.
Please note that tuition fees for EU students will remain the same as UK fees for 2018/19. For more information, please visit the Gov UK website.
How to apply as an international student
For information on how to apply to study with us, please see our How to apply page.
Scholarships available to international students
For information on the scholarships available to you as an international student, please see our International scholarships page.