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

Our online pre-sessionals allow you to meet the English requirements for your course from the comfort of your own home. You'll be able to work with and chat to other students and have access to a wide range of support.

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Course structure and content

All our pre-sessional courses have three length options: 10 weeks, 15 weeks and 20 weeks.

Contact us

International Pathway College
ipc-presessional@york.ac.uk
+44 (0) 1904 321500

  • Course dates: 8 April 2021 to 3 September 2021
  • Deadline to apply: 25 March 2021
  • Full course fee: £6397
  • Accept and pay deadline: 1 April 2021

You should take this pre-sessional if your current IELTS score is listed below and the course appears in your You@York applicant portal.

Main programme overall entry requirementsCurrent minimum English language test score
IELTS 6.5
  • IELTS: 5.5, with no less than 5.0 in each component
  • PTE Academic: 51, with no less than 46 in each component
  • CAE and CPE (from January 2015): 162, with no less than 154 in each component
  • TOEFL: 72, with a minimum of 15 in Listening, 14 in Reading, 19 in Speaking and 16 in Writing
  • Trinity ISE: level 3 with Pass in all components
  • Duolingo: 90, minimum 80 in all other components
IELTS 6.0
  • IELTS: 5.0, with no less than 4.5 in each component
  • PTE Academic: 46, with no less than 41 in each component
  • CAE and CPE (from January 2015): 154, with no less than 147 in each component
  • TOEFL: 63, with a minimum of 12 in Listening, 9 in Reading, 18 in Speaking and 15 in Writing
  • Trinity ISE: level 3 with Pass in all components
  • Duolingo: 80, minimum 70 in all other components
IELTS 5.5
  • IELTS: 4.5, with no less than 4.0 in each component
  • PTE Academic: 41, with no less than 36 in each component
  • CAE and CPE (from January 2015): 147, with no less than 142 in each component
  • TOEFL: 54, with a minimum of 9 in Listening, 4 in Reading, 16 in Speaking and 13 in Writing
  • Trinity ISE: level 3 with Pass in all components
  • Duolingo: 70, minimum 60 in all other components
20-week pre-sessional for postgraduate Language Teaching
IELTS: 6.5, with no less than 5.5 in each component
  • IELTS: 5.5, with no less than 4.5 in each component
  • PTE Academic: 51, with no less than 41 in each component
  • CAE and CPE (from January 2015): 162, with no less than 147 in each component
  • TOEFL: 72, with a minimum of 12 in Listening, 9 in Reading, 18 in Speaking and 15 in Writing
  • Trinity ISE: level 3 with Pass in all components
  • Duolingo: 90, minimum 70 in all other components
20-week pre-sessional for York Management School postgraduate taught courses

IELTS: 6.0, with a minimum of 6.0 in Writing and no less than 5.5 in all other components

  • IELTS: 5.0, with a minimum of 5.0 in Writing and no less than 4.5 in all other components
  • PTE Academic: 46, with a minimum of 46 in Writing and no less than 41 in all other components
  • CAE and CPE (from January 2015): 154, with a minimum of 154 in Writing and no less than 147 in each component
  • TOEFL: 63, with a minimum of 12 in Listening, 9 in Reading, 18 in Speaking and 16 in Writing
  • Trinity ISE: level 3 with Pass in all components
  • Duolingo: 80, minimum 80 in Production and 70 in all other components
  • Course dates: 20 May 2021 to 3 September 2021
  • Deadline to apply: 6 May 2021
  • Full course fee: £4800
  • Accept and pay deadline: 13 May 2021

You should take this pre-sessional if your current IELTS score is listed below and the course appears in your You@York applicant portal.

Main programme overall entry requirementsCurrent minimum English language test score
IELTS 6.5
  • IELTS: 5.5, with no less than 5.5 in each component
  • PTE Academic: 51, with no less than 51 in each component
  • CAE and CPE (from January 2015): 162, with no less than 162 in each component
  • TOEFL: 72, with a minimum of 17 in Listening, 18 in Reading, 20 in Speaking and 17 in Writing
  • Trinity ISE: level 3 with Pass in all components
  • Duolingo: 90, minimum 90 in all other components
IELTS 6.0
  • IELTS: 5.0, with no less than 5.0 in each component
  • PTE Academic: 46, with no less than 46 in each component
  • CAE and CPE (from January 2015): 154, with no less than 154 in each component
  • TOEFL: 63, with a minimum of 15 in Listening, 14 in Reading, 19 in Speaking and 16 in Writing
  • Trinity ISE: level 3 with Pass in all components
  • Duolingo:80, minimum 80 in all other components
IELTS 5.5
  • IELTS: 4.5, with no less than 4.5 in each component
  • PTE Academic: 41, with no less than 41 in each component
  • CAE and CPE (from January 2015): 147, with no less than 147 in each component
  • TOEFL: 54, with a minimum of 12 in Listening, 9 in Reading, 18 in Speaking and 15 in Writing
  • Trinity ISE: level 3 with Pass in all components
  • Duolingo:70, minimum 70 in all other components
15-week Pre-sessional for postgraduate Language Teaching
IELTS: 6.5, with no less than 5.5 in each component
  • IELTS: 5.5, with no less than 5.0 in each component
  • PTE Academic: 51, with no less than 46 in each component
  • CAE and CPE (from January 2015): 162, with no less than 154 in each component
  • TOEFL: 72, with a minimum of 15 in Listening, 14 in Reading, 19 in Speaking and 16 in Writing
  • Trinity ISE: level 3 with Pass in all components
  • Duolingo: 90, minimum 80 in all other components
15-week Pre-Sessional for York Management School postgraduate taught courses

IELTS: 6.0, with a minimum of 6.0 in Writing and no less than 5.5 in all other components

  • IELTS: 5.5, with a minimum of 5.0 in Writing and no less than 4.5 in all other components
  • PTE Academic: 51, with a minimum of 46 in Writing and no less than 41 in all other components
  • CAE and CPE (from January 2015): 162, with a minimum of 154 in Writing and no less than 147 in each component
  • TOEFL: 72, with a minimum of 12 in Listening, 9 in Reading, 18 in Speaking and 16 in Writing
  • Trinity ISE: level 3 with Pass in all components
  • Duolingo: 90, minimum 80 in Production and 70 in all other components
  • Course dates: 24 June 2021 to 3 September 2021
  • Deadline to apply: 10 June 2021
  • Full course fee: £3195
  • Accept and pay deadline: 17 June 2021

You should take this pre-sessional if your current IELTS score is listed below and the course appears in your You@York applicant portal.

Main programme overall entry requirementsCurrent minimum English language test score
IELTS 6.5
  • IELTS: 6.0, with no less than 5.5 in each component
  • PTE Academic: 55, with no less than 51 in each component
  • CAE and CPE (from January 2015): 169, with no less than 162 in each component
  • TOEFL: 79, with a minimum of 17 in Listening, 18 in Reading, 20 in Speaking and 17 in Writing
  • Trinity ISE: level 3 with Pass in all components
  • Duolingo: 100, minimum 90 in all other components
IELTS 6.0
  • IELTS: 5.5, with no less than 5.0 in each component
  • PTE Academic: 51, with no less than 46 in each component
  • CAE and CPE (from January 2015): 162, with no less than 154 in each component
  • TOEFL: 72, with a minimum of 15 in Listening, 14 in Reading, 19 in Speaking and 16 in Writing
  • Trinity ISE: level 3 with Pass in all components
  • Duolingo: 90, minimum 80 in all other components
IELTS 5.5
  • IELTS: 5.0, with no less than 4.5 in each component
  • PTE Academic: 46, with no less than 41 in each component
  • CAE and CPE (from January 2015): 154, with no less than 147 in each component
  • TOEFL: 63, with a minimum of 12 in Listening, 9 in Reading, 18 in Speaking and 15 in Writing
  • Trinity ISE: level 3 with Pass in all components
  • Duolingo: 80, minimum 70 in all other components
10-week Pre-sessional for postgraduate Language Teaching
IELTS: 6.5, with no less than 5.5 in each component
  • IELTS: 6.0, with no less than 5.0 in each component
  • PTE Academic: 56, with no less than 46 in each component
  • CAE and CPE (from January 2015): 169, with no less than 154 in each component
  • TOEFL: 79, with a minimum of 15 in Listening, 14 in Reading, 19 in Speaking and 16 in Writing
  • Trinity ISE: level 3 with Pass in all components
  • Duolingo: 100, minimum 80 in all other components
10-week Pre-Sessional for York Management School postgraduate taught courses

IELTS: 6.0, with a minimum of 6.0 in Writing and no less than 5.5 in all other components

  • IELTS: 5.5, with a minimum of 5.5 in Writing and no less than 5.0 in all other components
  • PTE Academic: 51, with a minimum of 51 in Writing and no less than 46 in all other components
  • CAE and CPE (from January 2015): 162, with a minimum of 162 in Writing and no less than 154 in each component
  • TOEFL: 72, with a minimum of 15 in Listening, 14 in Reading, 19 in Speaking and 17 in Writing
  • Trinity ISE: level 3 with Pass in all components
  • Duolingo: 90, minimum 90 in Production and 80 in all other components

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: 29 July 2021 to 3 September 2021
  • Deadline to apply: 15 July 2021
  • Full course fee: £1597
  • Accept and pay deadline: 22 July 2021

Teaching structure

Our online pre-sessionals are split into three main strands:

  • The first part of the 15 and 20-week courses are an introduction to academic life at the University. You will look at a broad range of key language and study skills. Once you have completed this, you will then join the 10-week pre-sessional
  • The 10-week course focuses on developing your academic English and study skills within the context of your future degree and subject area
  • 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.

Activities

You will be able to attend live 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.

Feedback

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’ from wherever you are in the world 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 so that whatever time zone you are in you will be able to engage with us.

This includes:

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

You will be able to use video calling as a tool to communicate with staff and fellow students

Time differences

Our online courses are designed so that you can manage your own study, regardless of time differences.

Regular live sessions on the course will be done using UK time, and will accommodate reasonable time differences. For example, if you are studying in China, we will schedule your live sessions at UK morning time so that it is not too late for you. If you are studying in Brazil, we will schedule them later in the day UK time so that it is not too early for you.

If you are unable to attend a live session, you will still be able to access everything you need on the VLE at a later time.

Assessment

There are two types of assessment: formative and summative.

  • Formative assessment helps you to 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.

Formative assessment

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

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

Summative assessment

Summative assessment is done through coursework and will assess your reading, writing, listening and speaking skills. It's done in 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.

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 our degree departments to make sure that the skills you are learning on the pre-sessional reflect what you will do in the future.

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 online 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?

The length of course (10, 15 or 20 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 practice or develop your English language skills, you can take a 5-week pre-sessional course.

Tuition fee discount

You could be eligible for a 10 per cent tuition fee discount for one of our undergraduate or postgraduate courses after successfully completing a 10, 15 or 20-week pre-sessional course. The discount will be applied for each year of the course you progress onto.

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)
  • 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
ipc-presessional@york.ac.uk
+44 (0) 1904 321500