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

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

Course structure and content

All our on campus pre-sessional courses last for 5 weeks. 

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International Pathway College
+44 (0) 1904 321500

You can take our 5-week pre-sessional course to practice your English, learn essential new study skills and meet other students before you start your degree.

  • Course dates: 12 August 2021 to 17 September 2021
  • Deadline to apply: 6 July 2021
  • Full course fee: £1597
  • Accept and pay deadline: 15 July 2021

Teaching structure

  • 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.

You will focus on a different topic each week with deadlines for completing tasks. You will also work closely with other students in your group to complete tasks. You will be expected to study on a full-time basis. Our tutors will help you set up a study structure that works for you.


You will be able to attend on-campus sessions at specific times arranged by your tutors. There will also be activities that you can do at a time that suits you.

Activities include:

  • Watching videos
  • Listening to recordings
  • Reading texts
  • Completing guided tasks
  • Taking part in discussion forums
  • Creating your own video and audio recordings to share with your group
  • Participating in discussions with your fellow students
  • Writing.

Your tutors will guide you through these tasks and provide regular feedback.

A number of activities will be available on the VLE

5-week pre-sessional course content

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


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

Online platform

You’ll be able to use our Virtual Learning Environment (VLE) platform ‘Blackboard’ for:

  • Live sessions with tutors
  • Group seminars
  • One-to-one tutorials
  • Live discussions with other students.

Our pre-sessional courses are highly interactive and you will take part in different types of activities through the VLE. All resources for the course will be available on the VLE. All you will need is a computer, laptop or tablet and access to the internet.

We can also support you if you have trouble accessing the tasks in the VLE due to problems outside of your control, eg slow or unreliable internet connection. We have measures in place, such as downloadable PDFs, that will allow you to fully participate in your programme without completely relying on the internet.

Everything you need for your course is available on the VLE

Staying in touch

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

This includes:

  • Live group sessions and individual tutorials
  • Email
  • Video and voice calling
  • Instant messaging
  • Discussion forums.


5-week pre-sessional assessment

As this is an optional course, 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.

Applying for an on campus pre-sessional

How and when to apply

Applications for 2021/22 entry are now open.

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?

If you have already met your English language requirements but wish to practice or develop your English language skills, you can take a 5-week pre-sessional course.

Student support

We have a number of ways that you can get support during your studies, including throughout our online pre-sessional courses.

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

You will have access to:

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

We also offer other forms of support across the University:

Welcome and social programme

We offer a series of virtual welcome and orientation events, so there are lots of opportunities to meet staff and your fellow students. We offer talks about university life and we'll help you through the enrolment process and various compliance checks to get you fully registered as a student here.

Contact us

International Pathway College
+44 (0) 1904 321500