Pre-sessional language courses: postgraduates 2018/19

Our pre-sessional language courses are for international students who need to meet a language condition for entry to a degree-level course at York. We also offer courses that are open to international applicants to other UK universities.

Course content

Our courses are designed to help you improve your language, communication and study skills and help you prepare for your degree at University. We cover the following themes in all our courses:

  • An introduction to critical reading and thinking
  • Improving your academic writing skills:
    • structure and argument in essays and reports
    • using academic sources
    • receive detailed feedback on formative academic assignments.
  • Enhancing your speaking and communication skills for seminars, discussions and academic presentations
  • Developing your reading and listening skills through a task-based approach with academic assignments.

English language requirements

The pre-sessional course you'll need to take depends on the English language requirement for the degree you wish to study. 

Don't worry if you're not sure which pre-sessional course to apply to. After you've accepted your degree offer, we'll let you know via You@York

If you require a visa

If you're applying for a pre-sessional English course and require a Tier 4 visa then you must first take a UK government approved Secure English Language Test (gov.uk). Only IELTS for UKVI (Academic) or Trinity ISE can be accepted for entry to pre-sessional programmes.

Pre-sessionals for any subject

8-week lower-level (degree entry at IELTS 6.0)

12 July to 7 September 2018

This course is for applicants to UK universities (not just York) who need to obtain IELTS 6.0 or equivalent.

  • Entry requirements:
    • IELTS 6.0, but can include scores of lower than 5.5 in one or more components
    • Trinity ISE, Level 3 with ‘Pass’ in all components
  • Fee: £3,030
  • Hours per week: up to 21 hours per week
  • Class size: up to 18

For more information contact: ipc-presessional@york.ac.uk

Apply

You can apply via You@York after you've received and accepted an offer to study here. 

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8-week general-level (degree entry at IELTS 6.5)

12 July to 7 September 2018

This course is for applicants to UK universities (not just York) who need to obtain IELTS 6.5 or equivalent.

  • Entry requirements:
    • IELTS 6.0, with a minimum of 6.0 in Writing and no less than 5.5 in all other components
    • Trinity ISE, Level 3 with 'Pass' in all components
  • Fee: £3,030
  • Hours per week: up to 21 hours per week
  • Class size: up to 18

For more information contact: ipc-presessional@york.ac.uk

Apply

You can apply via You@York after you've received and accepted an offer to study here. 

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18-week University English 2 (degree entry at IELTS 6.5)

Part 1: Monday 16 April to Friday 22 June 2018 (10 weeks)

Part 2: Thursday 12 July to Wednesday 5 September 2018 (8 weeks)

This course is for applicants who have accepted an offer to study any subject at York, subject to obtaining IELTS 6.5 (or equivalent). 

  • Entry requirements:
    • IELTS 5.5 with a minimum of 5.0 in Writing
    • Trinity ISE, Level 3 with ‘Pass’ in all components
  • Fee: £6,810
  • More information: University English 2, Centre for English Language Teaching

If you're a Management or English language teaching offer-holder you'll need to apply to the subject-specific pre-sessional courses listed below.

Apply

You can apply via You@York after you've received and accepted an offer to study here. 

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8-week higher-level (degree entry at IELTS 7.0)

12 July to 7 September 2017

This course is for applicants to UK universities (not just York) who need to obtain IELTS 7.0 or equivalent.

  • Entry requirements:
    • IELTS 6.5 with a minimum of 6.5 in Writing
    • Trinity ISE, Level 3 with Merit in all components
  • Fee: £3,030
  • Hours per week: up to 21 hours per week
  • Class size: up to 18

For more information contact: ipc-presessional@york.ac.uk

Apply

You can apply via You@York after you've received and accepted an offer to study here. 

Apply now

4-week pre-sessional (no language condition)

16 August to 14 September 2018

This course is for applicants who hold an unconditional offer at York for any subject. It aims to help you to boost your English language skills in preparation for starting your course.

  • Fee: £1,520
  • Hours per week: up to 21 hours per week
  • Class size: up to 18

For more information contact: ipc-presessional@york.ac.uk

Apply

You can apply via You@York after you've received and accepted an offer to study here. 

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Pre-sessionals for specific subjects or courses

English language teaching (8 weeks)

12 July to 5 September 2018

This course is for applicants who have accepted an offer to study one of the following courses, subject to obtaining IELTS 6.5 - 7.0 (or equivalent):

  • MA Teaching English to Speakers of Other Languages (TESOL)
  • MA Applied Linguistics for Language Teaching
  • MA Applied Linguistics for English Language Teaching
  • PhD Teaching English to Speakers of Other Languages (TESOL)

Further details:

  • Entry requirements:
    • IELTS 6.0 with a minimum of 6.0 in Writing
    • Trinity ISE, Level 3 with ‘Pass’ in all components
  • Fee: £3,030

Apply

You can apply via You@York after you've received and accepted an offer to study here. 

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Electronics (8 weeks)

12 July to 5 September 2018

This course is for applicants who have accepted an offer to study a postgraduate course at the Department of Electronics, subject to obtaining IELTS 6.0 (or equivalent).

  • Entry requirements:
    • IELTS 5.5, with a minimum of 5.5 in Writing
    • Trinity ISE, Level 3 with a 'Pass' in all components
  • Fee: £3,030

Apply

You can apply via You@York after you've received and accepted an offer to study here. 

Apply now

Management (10 weeks)

5 July to 14 September 2018

This course is for applicants who have accepted an offer to study a postgraduate course at the York Management School, subject to obtaining IELTS 6.5 (or equivalent). The course combines the general course content covered in all our pre-sessionals within the context of management. You'll also study case studies and small scale qualitative research projects.

  • Entry requirements:
    • IELTS 6.0, with a minimum of 6.0 in Writing and no less than 5.5 in all other components
    • Trinity ISE, Level 3 with 'Pass' in all components
  • Fee: £3,790
  • Hours per week: up to 21 hours per week
  • Class size: up to 18

For more information contact: ipc-presessional@york.ac.uk

Apply

You can apply via You@York after you've received and accepted an offer to study here. 

Apply now

Management (20 weeks)

16 April to 14 September 2018

This course is for applicants who have accepted an offer to study a postgraduate course at the York Management School, subject to obtaining IELTS 6.5 (or equivalent). The course combines the general course content covered in all our pre-sessionals within the context of management. You'll also study case studies and small scale qualitative research projects.

  • Entry requirements:
    • IELTS 5.5, with a minimum of 5.5 in Writing 
    • Trinity ISE, Level 3 with 'Pass' in all components
  • Fee: £7,580
  • Hours per week: up to 20 hours per week
  • Class size: up to 18

For more information contact: ipc-presessional@york.ac.uk

Apply

You can apply via You@York after you've received and accepted an offer to study here. 

Apply now

Music (8 weeks)

12 July to 5 September 2018

This course is for applicants who have accepted an offer to study a postgraduate course at the Department of Music subject to obtaining:

  • MA/Diploma/Certificate in Music Education: Instrumental and Vocal Teaching: IELTS 6.5, with no less than 5.5 in each component, or equivalent
  • MA/Diploma/Certificate in Music Production: IELTS 6.0, with a minimum of 6.0 in Writing and no less than 5.5 in all other components , or equivalent
  • All other postgraduate taught courses: IELTS 6.0, with no less than 5.5 in each component, or equivalent

Further details:

  • Entry requirements:
    • IELTS 6.0, with a minimum of 5.5 in Writing (for MA Music Education students)
    • IELTS 5.5, with a minimum of 5.5 in Writing (for all other courses)
  • Fee: £3,030

Apply

You can apply via You@York after you've received and accepted an offer to study here. 

Apply now

Accommodation

We guarantee you a room on or near to campus for the duration of your pre-sessional course over the summer. We'll allocate you a room and confirm the details by email about a month before you're due to start your course. 

Find out more about accommodation for pre-sessional students.

Welcome and social programme

To help you get settled in we offer a series of welcome and orientation events on campus and in the city, with 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.

You might also be interested in getting involved with our Graduate Student Association, an independent student-led association specifically for postgraduates. They offer support and advice and organise a varied social programme for students.