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Year of Entry 2020/21

Pre-sessional English for Academic Purposes

Full-time Languages

Improve your English reading, writing, listening and speaking skills in preparation for study in a UK university on these 5, 7, 10, 15 or 20 week full-time courses.

Everything you need to know...

What is the fee? Home/EU: See Fees and Funding below
International: See Fees and Funding below
How long will I study? 5-20 weeks
When do I start? Variable start dates

Important notice

We are planning a mixture of face-to-face teaching and online learning for the 2020/21 academic year to ensure a safe learning environment for all our students. Read more about studying at Hallam this September.

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Course summary

  • 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.

September to December 2020 online pre-sessional English for Academic Purposes: The face to face delivery of this course is not running 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. 

From April 2021, pre-sessional English for Academic Purposes: This is a face-to-face course based at City Campus in Sheffield, and is similar to the September to December pre-sessional English for Academic Purposes. You will 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.

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.

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How you learn

You can attend the course for seven or twelve weeks (Sept - Dec 2020) or five, ten, fifteen or twenty weeks (from April 2021). The length of the course that you take depends on how much you need to improve your English language.

You will meet your lecturer daily (Monday to Friday), and 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 or small group tutorials to help you to focus on important areas of development.

Assessments include a written portfolio, a group oral assessment and individual reading, writing and listening assessments.

Applied learning

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 presentations.

Future careers

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 this course online from any location

Entry requirements

All students

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 1.0 or 0.5 below the IELTS for UKVI* required for entrance onto your course at Sheffield Hallam University in January 2021, you can study on the Sept - Dec 2020 online pre-sessional English for Academic Purposes course. 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 2021, you can study on a 20, 15, 10 or 5 week face-to-face pre-sessional English for Academic Purposes course.

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

Home/EU students

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.

International students

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)

Legal information

Any offer of a place to study is subject to your acceptance of the University’s Terms and Conditions and Student Regulations.

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How do I apply?

To apply for the online pre-sessional course, complete this ESOL application form

Application form (Word doc)

Email your application to, or send it to Direct Admissions, Sheffield Hallam University, City Campus, Howard Street, Sheffield, S1 1WB.

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