Pre-sessional English language courses

If you do not meet the English requirements for your chosen academic course, you may still be able to come to Lancaster if you complete an English language course before you start your studies.

Our pre-sessional English programmes will help you bridge the gap between your current English language score and the level required for your degree course. The programmes vary in length, depending on the standard of your English when you apply.

To be eligible, you must have:

  • An active offer for an academic course at Lancaster University
  • An English language test score that meets the requirements for entry to one of our pre-sessional programmes

If you are still waiting for your academic results, you need to be confident that you are on track to meet the academic requirements before you start a pre-sessional programme. If you fail to meet the academic requirements after starting a pre-sessional programme you will not be able to progress to your academic course.

How to apply

Information on how to apply for our pre-sessional programmes is detailed below.

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  • Undergraduate applicants

    The requirements for entry to a pre-sessional English programme vary by course. You can find more details on our English language page.

    If you have not met the English language requirements for direct entry you should send us a copy of your English language certificate and contact us to enquire if you are eligible for one of our pre-sessional programmes.

    How to apply

    • To be considered for a pre-sessional programme you need to have made Lancaster University your firm choice in UCAS
    • If you are eligible for a pre-sessional programme we will let you know by email and you will need to reply, confirming that you want to take the pre-sessional programme
    • If you opt to take the pre-sessional programme, we will send you an email confirming that you have a place on the pre-sessional programme
    • The confirmation email will include the revised start date of your studies and the documents that you need to provide
    • If you decide not to accept a place on the pre-sessional programme, you will need to meet the English language condition originally stated in the offer letter
  • Postgraduate applicants

    Our English language requirements vary depending on which course you have an academic offer for, the requirements can be found on the English language page.

    You don't need to contact us to apply for our pre-sessional programmes.  If you have not met the English language requirements for direct entry, we will automatically consider you for one of our pre-sessional programmes when we receive a copy of your English language certiticate. You should upload this to your MyApplications account.

    How to apply

    • If you are eligible for a pre-sessional programme we will let you know by email and you will need to reply, confirming that you want to take the pre-sessional programme
    • If you opt to take the pre-sessional programme, we will send you an email confirming that we have added the pre-sessional programme to your offer and you will need to accept the updated offer using MyApplications.
    • The revised offer will update the start date of your studies and the offer letter in your online application will show that a pre-sessional programme has been added to your offer.  You will not be issued with a separate offer letter for the pre-sessional programme and you will need to pay the deposit if required
    • If you decide not to accept a place on the pre-sessional programme, you will need to meet the English language condition originally stated in the offer letter

Pre-sessional English language programmes

The following programmes are available for both undergraduate and postgraduate applicants if your chosen academic course offers the option of a pre-sessional course.  Details can be found on our English language pages.

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  • 4 week English for academic purposes (EAP)

    The 4 week EAP programme will be taught online this summer. 

    The EAP programme is for students intending to study at Lancaster University who are required, or wish to improve their English language and study skills before starting their academic studies. 

    If you are taking the 4 week EAP programme is a condition of your offer, you will need to successfully complete the 4 week EAP programme to progress to your academic course.

    Dates - 2020 entry

    The 4 week EAP programme starts on Monday 31 August and ends on Friday 25 September.

    Cost for 2020

    The cost for the 4 week EAP programme is £1,420.  

    Deposits

    Undergraduate applicants do not need to pay a deposit.

    Postgraduate applicants will need to pay a deposit of £150.  Details on how to pay the deposit will be sent to you in the email confirming that the programme has been added to your offer.

    Deadline to be considered for the programme

    5.00pm (UK time) 18 August 2020 - subject to availabilty

  • 10 week pre-sessional English language programme (PELP)

    The 10 Week PELP programme will be taught online this summer. 

    The PELP programme is for students intending to study at Lancaster University who are required, or wish to improve their English language and study skills before starting their academic studies. 

    If you are taking the 10 week PELP is a condition of your offer, you will need to successfully complete the 10 week PELP programme and related assessments to progress to your academic course. The requirements for progression will be detailed in the offer letter.

    Dates - 2020 entry

    The 10 week PELP programme starts on Monday 29 June and ends on Friday 4 September.

    Cost for 2020

    The cost for the 10 week PELP programme is £3,020.  

    Deposits

    Undergraduate applicants do not need to pay a deposit.

    Postgraduate applicants will need to pay a deposit of £150.  Details on how to pay the deposit will be sent to you in the email confirming that the programme has been added to your offer.

    Deadline to be considered for the programme

    5.00pm (UK time) 12 June 2020 - subject to availabilty.

    Programme outline

    The 10-week programme will be delivered through a Virtual Learning Environment (VLE). The programme has been designed to be a supportive and engaging experience for the learner and aims to help improve your current English language score to be meet the minimum standard required by your degree programme. You will learn by both real-time, face-to-face contact with your English tutor and through your own independent study.

    What will you study?

    • Academic listening and speaking

      • How to follow lectures and make useful notes

      • How to effectively take part in seminars

    • Academic reading and language

      • how to read different academic texts

      • How to develop effective reading skills

    • Academic writing and research skills

      • How to organise an essay using the correct formal language

      • How to find and use supporting ideas from relevant sources

    • Independent study portfolio

      • Completion of set tasks based on weekly content

      • Language development

    How will you study?

    a) Real-time face-to-face delivery

    Each week your English tutor will meet you to introduce and explain the planned work for the week. This meeting will be via live video-conferencing, live chat or instant messaging and will be your opportunity to ask your tutor questions, to meet other students on your course and to help create a sense of community. During the course, these sessions will vary to involve the whole group, smaller breakout groups, and individual 1:1 tutorials to provide you with more personal feedback.

    b) Independent work

    A variety of materials, tasks and additional reading for each week of the course will be available on the VLE 24 hours a day. This content will include:

    • Course documentation, including the handbook
    • PowerPoints, with added audio or video
    • Audio or video academic lectures
    • Online quizzes, surveys and comprehension tasks
    • Guided reading to support and extend your knowledge
    • Discussion forums, wikis or blogs to discuss ideas and deepen your understanding
    • Links to external resources 
    • Activities to promote critical reflection

    The ability to study independently is one of the most valued skills of UK universities and the materials provided on our VLE are designed to help you develop this skill over the duration of the course. In order to be successful you will need to spend time each day on both the work set by your English tutor as well as on your own independent study.

    How will you be assessed?

    You will be assessed through a combination of course work, submitted to the VLE, and on-line exams. These on-line exams will test your skills in academic listening, speaking, reading and writing, as well as your engagement with the on-line materials. In addition, your English tutor will give you feedback on how you are progressing in your 1:1 live tutorials and formative assessment.

More information

Below is some information that you might find useful:

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Contact the admissions team

If you need any further information, please contact us:

Undergraduate Admissions
ugadmissions@lancaster.ac.uk or telephone us on +44 (0)1524 592028

Postgraduate Admissions
pgadmissions@lancaster.ac.uk or telephone us on +44 (0) 1524 592032