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Pre-sessional English for Academic Purposes

If you need to improve your English in preparation for your university studies, this intensive course is designed for you. You improve your listening and speaking skills by attending lectures and speaking English at all times in and outside class. You also improve your use of written English and develop your independent study skills ready for successful study in a UK university.

Course length 5-10 Week(s)
Location City Campus

Course description

This course helps you learn more about how to use English language in preparation for your university study.

You improve your use of language in writing assessments and exams, reading course books, listening to lectures, giving presentations and speaking in seminars. You also improve your use of English grammar and develop your study skills.

During the course, you write a project on you own area of study and regularly attend a university lecture in English.

Your pre-sessional lecturer will actively encourage you to work together and expect you to use English at all times in class, and as much as possible outside of class. As part of your preparation for your future studies, we teach you to organise your own independent study time to help you study successfully in the UK system.

Your lecturer will give you advice about how to improve in important areas – such as grammar, listening, writing, vocabulary – so you can develop them during your independent study time.

Classes are limited to a maximum of sixteen students.

View a sample of current leisure activities and their costs.

View a sample timetable.

To learn more about our English language courses, visit the English Language web pages.

Professional recognition

This course is accredited by the British Council.

Entry requirements

2017 entry requirements

The University's dedicated TESOL provision is accredited by the British Council for students who are aged 18 years and over and therefore the minimum age we will accept for ELT support is 18. We advise younger students who require further TESOL qualifications in order to meet the University’s entry requirements to apply to a provider accredited by British Council as providing courses suitable for under 18s.

You must provide evidence of your language level when you apply.

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 band or 0.5 below the IELTS for UKVI* required for entrance onto your course at Sheffield Hallam University, you can study on the Summer PEAP or Autumn PEAP. Alternatively, you can choose to study on the summer PEAP or Autumn PEAP if you already have the required course English language entry requirements, but wish to develop your academic language and skills prior to starting your degree.

Visit the English language pages for an overview of entry requirements and start dates.

Minimum individual skills need to be checked against your offer letter. If your course requires a higher minimum level for one or more skills e.g. writing, this will affect the length of PEAP course you need to attend.

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

International and European entry qualifications

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.

Course structure

You can attend the course for five weeks or ten weeks. The length of the course that you take depends on how much you need to improve your English language.

You start the

• summer course in June or July if your degree starts in September or October.

• autumn course in September or November if your degree starts in January or February.

View a sample timetable

Typical modules may include

Course design

This course includes the skills you need
• to write academic texts including essays, reports and dissertations
• to read the textbooks, articles and web material which is used on your course
• to understand lectures in English and take useful notes
• to give presentations in class and take part in small group seminars
• to actively conduct project work within your subject area
• to develop accurate grammar and understandable pronunciation
• to benefit fully from study at a UK university

Assessment Your progress in English is assessed using a specially developed examination with realistic academic tasks. The exam is conducted at no extra charge and allows you to progress onto your undergraduate or postgraduate degree programme at Sheffield Hallam University.


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
• the ability to evaluate your own progress, and to give and receive feedback effectively
• an international awareness based on respect for social and cultural diversity.


Home / EU student

Please note tuition fees may increase in each subsequent academic year of your course, subject to government regulations on fee increases and in line with inflation. More information can be found in the ‘Tuition Fee Increases’ section of our Fees Regulations (PDF, 2.10 MB)

2017/18 academic year

Typically £1,350 for 5 weeks or £2,700 for 10 weeks.

This fee includes an essential textbook for this course.

International student

2017/18 academic year

Typically £1,350 for 5 weeks or £2,700 for 10 weeks.

This fee includes essential textbooks for this course

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 information

How to apply

To apply for this course for 2016 entry complete this ESOL application form and email to directadmissions@shu.ac.uk or address to Direct Admissions, Sheffield Hallam University, City Campus, Howard Street, Sheffield, S1 1WB.

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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