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Pre-sessional English for Academic Purposes

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Year of Entry 2021/22

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, 10, 15 or 20 week full-time courses.

Everything you need to know...

What is the fee? See Fees and Funding below
See Fees and Funding below
How long will I study? 5-20 weeks
Where will I study? City Campus
When do I start? Variable start dates

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. You will 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.

How you learn

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 speaking, reading, writing and listening assessments, and a written portfolio.

Applied learning

Throughout the course, we support you in the completion of your written portfolio: this includes a focus on your future course. 

  • You will identify an area of your future course that interests you and use academic skills to find a specialist text for your future course.  
  • You will analyse your specialist text by focusing on academic language including definitions, perspective and stance, citation and referencing. 
  • You will make three short presentations based on your specialist text.

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 at City Campus through a structured mix of online lessons and face-to-face teaching with access to digital and online resources to support your learning.

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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 2022, you can study on the 10 or 5 week Sept - Dec 2021 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 2022, you can study on the a 20, 15, 10 or 5 week April-September 2022 pre-sessional English for Academic Purposes course.

Visit the TESOL pages for an overview of pre-sessional English Language entry requirements, fees, start dates and length of study.

For information on the different English Language qualifications we will accept for Direct Entry to courses at NQF Level 6, 7 and 8, visit the English language entry requirements page.

*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 students

Our tuition fee for UK/EU students can be found on the English language pages.

† 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 UK/EU students can be found on the English language pages.

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, 438.4KB)

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 pre-sessional course, please complete the application form below.

Application form (DOCX 444KB) (PDF, 184.9KB)
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