Find out more about how our 10-week and 5-week on-campus pre-sessional courses will work, including teaching structure, contacting your tutor and assessments.

Our on-campus pre-sessionals are designed to help you develop your English, learn essential academic study skills and meet other students before you start your degree. You'll be able to work with and chat with other students, as well as have access to a wide range of support.

Course structure and content

Our on-campus pre-sessional courses last for either 10 or 5 weeks. 

When you log into the You@York applicant portal you will be able to see which course is suitable for you as well as the specific entry criteria. Please note that we can only accept UKVI language tests (IELTS, Trinity ISE or PTE UKVI).

Contact us

International Pathway College
+44 (0) 1904 321500

  • Course dates: 7 July 2022 to 16 September 2022
  • Deadline to apply: 5 June 2022
  • Full course fee: £4,540
  • Accept and pay deadline: 9 June 2022
  • Course dates: 09 August 2022 to 16 September 2022
  • Deadline to apply: 7 July 2022
  • Full course fee: £2,270
  • Accept and pay deadline: 14 July 2022

Teaching structure

  • The 10-week course focuses on developing your academic English and study skills within the context of your future degree and subject area. You will work towards completing summative assessments.
  • The 5-week course (if you have an unconditional offer) introduces you to academic life at the University and helps to prepare you for your future degree.


Learning will take place both inside and outside the classroom. The work you do outside of these live sessions is also very important. Your tutor will guide you through this and help develop the skills you need to be an independent learner.

You will be expected to study on a full-time basis by following a weekly schedule. You will focus on a different topic each week with deadlines for completing tasks. 

You will attend on-campus sessions at specific times as shown on your timetable. There will also be activities you can do outside of the classroom to support your independent study and help you get to know the University campus. 

Activities you will be able to do on campus include:

A number of activities will be available on the VLE

Online platform

Our pre-sessional programmes are highly interactive. In addition to your on-campus classes, you will also use our Virtual Learning Environment (VLE) to complete tasks, submit assessments and interact with others. To use the VLE you will need a laptop and access to the internet. We expect you to bring your laptop to class with you as your tutor will use this platform with your group. You can also borrow a laptop from the Library, for short periods.

We can also support you if you have trouble accessing the tasks in the VLE due to problems outside of your control. There are also many great places to study on-campus where you can access the University’s internet.

Everything you need for your course is available on the VLE

Everything you need to study will be available on the VLE.


You will receive regular feedback from our International Pathway College (IPC) tutors. This will allow you to focus on the areas you need to develop and will help you to feel more prepared for your degree.

Staying in touch

You can contact your tutor, staff and other students in a variety of ways.

This includes:

  • Timetabled classes and individual tutorials
  • Email
  • Video and voice calling
  • Instant messaging
  • Discussion forums.


Pre-sessional assessment

There are two types of assessment: formative and summative.

  • Formative assessment helps you evaluate your progress on the course and get feedback from a tutor. This does not count towards your final grades.
  • Summative assessment is the formal assessment that will count towards your final grade.

All of these assessments are done in a similar way to those on a degree programme. Our course coordinators and Programme Leader work closely with other academic departments to make sure that the skills you are learning on the pre-sessional reflect what you will need in the future.

Formative assessment

Formative assessment happens regularly throughout the course and will help you to understand which areas you need to improve. Our tutors will make recommendations on independent study tasks that will help with this.

These are excellent opportunities for you to discuss your work, development and concerns with your tutor. They will also help prepare you for your summative assessment and onward degree.

Summative assessment

Summative assessments are graded and determine whether you have met your requirements to progress or not. You will only do this if you are on the 10-week pre-sessional. 

10-week pre-sessional students will complete coursework to assess their reading, writing, listening and speaking skills. It's divided into two parts:

  • Research project - a written assignment and a spoken presentation
  • Response journals - reading or listening to an academic text and completing a task based on this.

5-week pre-sessional assessment

As this is an optional course for students who have already met their degree entry criteria, there is no summative assessment on this course. There are, however, regular opportunities for formative assessment. You will receive feedback and support in developing academic skills for your future degree.

You will complete a short project which will help develop your academic reading, writing, speaking and listening skills, as well as your academic language. This project will help you get a better understanding of the resources available to you during your degree and will introduce you to life as a student at York.

Support for students

The International Pathway College (IPC) has its own dedicated Student Support Team that will give you advice and guidance during your pre-sessional course.

We have a number of ways that you can get support during your studies:

  • IPC Virtual Reception and telephone line (available Monday to Friday, 9.00am to 5.30pm BST)
  • IPC reception based in the Piazza building
  • Student Support Personal Tutor, with weekly drop-in sessions and one-to-one sessions on request
  • In-person and online social events to help with wellbeing and more.

We also offer other forms of support across the University:

Welcome and social programme

You will receive a warm welcome when you arrive on campus. We offer a series of in-person and virtual welcome and orientation events, so there are plenty of opportunities to meet staff and fellow students. We will get you fully registered by offering talks about university life, helping you through the enrolment process and completing various compliance checks. 

The IPC Student Support team also organise a weekly social programme which students can join.  There are lots of things to do on campus and in the city including tours around York and visiting its theatres, shops and restaurants. The university has excellent sports facilities too.

Applying for an on campus pre-sessional

How and when to apply

Applications for 2022/23 entry are now open.

Please note - if you require a Tier 4 Visa, your English language test must be an approved IELTS for UKVI (Academic) or Trinity ISE test. Please consult the UK Visas and Immigration (UKVI) list of approved IELTS test centres.

You will be able to apply for a pre-sessional course once you have accepted your offer to study at York via the pre-sessional tab in your You@York applicant portal.

Which course should I take?

The length of the course (10 or 5 weeks) you need to take depends on your current English language test scores or ability and how much you need to improve to reach the English language requirements for the degree you wish to study. Please check your You@York portal to see which pre-sessional course you're eligible for.

If you have already met your English language requirements but wish to develop your English language/academic skills and settle into university life, you can take a 5-week pre-sessional course.

Contact us

International Pathway College
+44 (0) 1904 321500