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Pre sessional course summer 2020 – Covid 19 update

Due to the ongoing Covid 19 virus outbreak, the summer 2020 English pre sessional course has changed in a number of key ways:

  1. The course will now be delivered online only. All teaching and assessment will be on our Learning Hub virtual learning environment and other software platforms as required.
  2. The course dates have changed to July 6 to August 14 inclusive.
  3. The cost of the course has been reduced to a tuition-only cost of £1,500 for six weeks.
  4. Applicants will now be able to use an equivalent test to an IELTS 5.5 (with no lower than 5.0 in any component). Accepted equivalent tests include TOEFL iBT and PTE Academic.
  5. Applicants who successfully complete the course will then need to apply for a visa for their main course of study.

Thank you for your patience and understanding at this very difficult time. Please contact Stephen Giles at sjgiles@harper-adams.ac.uk for further information

Our pre-sessional course offers you an opportunity to develop your English and academic skills before progressing onto your main course of study. It is designed for students whose English level does not meet the university’s minimum entry requirements – and for those who simply wish to improve their language skills and confidence before studying.

I highly recommend you to take a pre-sessional course, even if you have passed IELTS. I attended a pre-sessional course in 2019 before my MSc, which helped me a lot on academic English in terms of listening, speaking, reading and writing. The writing practice on the pre-sessional course made it easier to understand lectures and write assignments.

Jane Zhang

What will I study?

In 20+ hours of teaching time per week, you will study:

  • Academic writing styles and skills
  • Presentation and speaking skills
  • Critical thinking, reading skills and strategies
  • Listening skills for lectures and every day work
  • Academic good conduct and research skills.

How will it help me?

By the end of the pre-sessional course:

  • You’ll be better prepared for wider academic study
  • Your language skills will be stronger
  • You’ll be comfortable and familiar with the campus and its facilities
  • You’ll have a chance to meet fellow students and make friends at social events
  • You’ll be familiar with the surrounding area through our guided weekend trips. 

How will I be assessed?

  • Over the six weeks, you will create a portfolio of written work
  • Your listening and speaking skills will be assessed at the end of the course

To find out more about our pre-sessional course or to discuss your individual situation, email Stephen Giles, English Language Support Manager, at sjgiles@harper-adams.ac.uk 

6-week course dates

Dates: 3 August – 11 September 2020 inclusive

Minimum entry requirement

To enter the course you’ll need IELTS for UKVI (Academic) Secure English Language Test (SELT) 5.5 overall with no less than 5.0 in any component or Trinity ISE II (Taken in UK). In addition to English language entry requirements, students must also meet the entry requirements for their chosen course of study as pre-sessional courses are not offered as a stand-alone option.

Visa applicants

One single CAS letter from the University will cover both your pre-sessional and subsequent course of study. Progression onto your chosen course is dependent on you achieving the University’s minimum English entry level in the pre-sessional course assessment. If you do not achieve this level, your sponsorship will be withdrawn and you will be unable to continue in your studies.  

Cost of course

£1,700 per student to include all tuition, materials and excursion fees.

Standard self-catered accommodation available from £565 for the duration of the course. Alternative accommodation options are available at a higher cost.

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