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- Enhance your practical language skills through written assessments and exams, lectures, presentations and seminars.
- Improve your use of written English and develop independent study skills in preparation of study in a UK university.
- Study on a British Council-accredited course.
If you need to improve your English in preparation for your studies, this British Council-accredited intensive course is designed for you. Our team of experienced, qualified tutors will support you to develop academic study skills and your practical language skills through written assessments and exams, course books, lectures, presentations and seminars.
Once you have successfully completed the course, and met any other entry conditions needed for your degree, you will receive an unconditional offer for your Sheffield Hallam University degree course.
The face to face delivery of this course is not running this summer due to the coronavirus outbreak. We are instead offering a range of online alternatives. Please see the application at the bottom of this page for further details.
How you learn
You can attend the course for seven, twelve or fifteen weeks. The length of the course that you take depends on how much you need to improve your English language.
Summer online pre-sessional English for Academic Purposes 2020: The face to face delivery of this course is not running this summer due to the coronavirus outbreak; however, we are offering an online alternative. Online learning is an exciting and modern way to gain the English language skills you need to study at university. You will meet your Sheffield Hallam University lecturer daily (Monday to Friday), and you will follow a clear schedule that includes listening, reading, writing and speaking development tasks. Each weekday, you will be given a range of independent or group study tasks. You will receive personal feedback on your work and you will also have one-to-one tutorials to help you to focus on important areas of development. Groups will be limited to 8 students.
Assessments include a written portfolio, an online group oral assessment and online individual reading, writing and listening assessments.
Autumn pre-sessional English for Academic Purposes 2020: This is a face-to-face course based at City Campus in Sheffield. The course is similar to the summer pre-sessional English for Academic Purposes course, but you will also write a project on your own area of study and meet representatives from your future college. Classes are limited to a maximum of sixteen students.
For the summer online pre-sessional course, you will need a computer with a reliable internet connection, and with a camera.
For a Desktop computer (PC):
- Windows 8 minimum
- Microphone (or headset with microphone built in)
- Speakers (or headset – standard mobile phone hands-free kits are fine)
- Up to date web browser
For an iMac computer, iPad or other tablet, any Apple laptop (MacBook) and most other laptops all the hardware is built in, so you’ll only need:
- Up to date web browser
- Broadband internet access
Your pre-sessional lecturer will actively encourage you to work as a class, expecting you to use English at all times in university and as much as possible outside. You learn through lectures, seminars, practical sessions, essays, exams, independent research and project presentations.
The course prepares you for academic study rather than directly for employment. However, the academic skills learnt on the course are also valuable in employment.
In addition to improving communication skills, you develop independent, critical thought and self-directed learning, the ability to find data, the ability to use information technology effectively, time management and team working.
You'll also gain the ability to evaluate your own progress and to give and receive feedback effectively, and an international awareness based on respect for social and cultural diversity.
This course is accredited by the British Council.
Where will I study?
You study at your own location by distance learning
You should join this course if you need to improve your language level to join your degree. If your current IELTS for UKVI* level is 1.5, 1.0 or 0.5 below the IELTS for UKVI* required for entrance onto your course at Sheffield Hallam University in September, you can study on Summer PEAP. If your current IELTS for UKVI* level is 1.0 or 0.5 below the IELTS for UKVI* required for entrance onto your course at Sheffield Hallam University in January, you can study on Autumn PEAP.
Visit the English language pages for an overview of entry requirements and start dates.
Visit the English Language entry page for information on the different English language qualifications we accept.
*IELTS accepted if you are on a dependant visa or an EU National.
Additional information for EU/International students
If you are an International or non-UK European student, you can find out more about the country specific qualifications we accept on our international qualifications page. You can also watch a video guide on how to apply.
For details of English language entry requirements (IELTS), please see the information for 'All students'.
Fees and funding
Our tuition fee for UK/EU students can be found on the dedicated PEAP page.
† If you are studying an undergraduate course, postgraduate pre-registration course or postgraduate research course over more than one academic year then your tuition fees may increase in subsequent years in line with Government regulations or UK Research and Innovation (UKRI) published fees. More information can be found in our terms and conditions under student fees regulations.
Our tuition fee for International students can be found on the dedicated PEAP page.
Additional course costs
This link allows you to view estimated costs associated with the main activities on specific courses. These are estimates and, as such, are only an indication of additional course costs. Actual costs can vary greatly depending on the choices you make during your course.Additional costs for Languages courses (PDF)
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