Course Information

The Keele Pre-sessional Academic English courses have been carefully developed to give you the skills you need for success in your degree.‌

The Keele Pre-sessional provides:

  • approximately 21 hours English instruction each week
  • contact with experienced and qualified language teachers
  • instruction and practice in reading, writing, speaking and listening for academic purposes 
  • classes with a maximum of 15 students
  • all course materials
  • use of the Keele University Library and IT Suite
  • personalised feedback at the end of the course, with individual recommendations for self-study
  • a Certificate of Attendance
  • a blended learning approach to enhance your study experience
  • exposure to the types of assignments, readings, lectures, assessments and teaching you will have in your degree programme
  • contact with lecturers and academic staff from a range of subject areas

Entry Requirements

Entry to Pre-sessional English Programmes requires a SELT (Secured English Language Test) as defined by the UKVI (UK Home Office), please click here for further information.

The following table shows recommended IELTS entry levels.  If your profile does not match the scores below, please contact international@keele.ac.uk for further advice.

 

Your chosen Keele programme requires

IELTS (academic)

You currently have 

IELTS (academic)

 You need to take this

Pre-sessional course

 5.5

(with a minimum of

5.5 in all sub-tests)

4.0 

(with a minimum of

4.0 in all sub-tests)

16 week course

starting 25/05/2018

 6.0

(with a minimum of

5.5 in all sub-tests)

4.5 

(with a minimum of

4.5 in all sub-tests)

16 week course

starting 25/05/2018

 6.5

(with a minimum of

6.0 in all sub-tests)

5.0 

(with a minimum of

5.0 in all sub-tests)

16 week course

starting 25/05/2018

 5.5

(with a minimum of

5.5 in all sub-tests)

4.5

(with a minimum of

4.5 in all sub-tests)

 12 week course

 starting 26/06/2018

6.0

(with a minimum of

5.5 in all sub-tests)

5.0

(with a minimum of

4.5 in all sub-tests)

 12 week course

 starting 26/06/2018

6.0

(with a minimum of

5.5 in all sub-tests)

5.5

(with a minimum of

5.0 in all sub-tests)

 6 week course

starting 02/08/2018

6.5

(with a minimum of

5.5 in all sub-tests)

5.5

(with a minimum of

4.5 in all sub-tests)

 12 week course

 starting 26/06/2018

6.5

(with a minimum of

6.0 in all sub-tests)

5.5

(with a minimum of

5.0 in all sub-tests)

 12 week course

 starting 26/06/2018

6.5

(with a minimum of

6.0 in all sub-tests)

6.0

(with a minimum of

5.5 in all sub-tests)

6 week course

 starting 02/08/2018

7.0

(with a minimum of

6.5 in all sub-tests)

6.0

(with a minimum of

5.5 in all sub-tests)

 12 week course

 starting 26/06/2018

7.0

(with a minimum of

6.0 in all sub-tests)

6.5

(with a minimum of

6.0 in all sub-tests)

 6 week course

 starting 02/08/2018

If you hold an unconditional offer

EASE into English

 4 week course

 starting 16/08/2018

 
 

Course Dates and Fees

2018 Course Dates

A)   16 week course: 25/05/2018 - 14/09/2018 (Access)

B)   12 week course: 26/06/2018 - 14/09/2018

C)   6 week course: 02/08/2018 - 14/09/2018

D)   4 week course: 16/08/2018 August - 14/09/2018 (EASE)

2018 Course Fees:

The Pre-sessional course fees cover 21 hours of tuition per week, all course materials, airport pick-up on arrival and an exciting programme of activities, including fortnightly trips and a weekly programme of social activities.

Please note we organise free airport pick up on specified dates from certain airports.  Full details are provided on application.

A

16 week course

£4390 (includes tuition and excursions)

B

12 week course

£3275 (includes tuition and excursions)

C

6 week course

£1780 (includes tuition and excursions)

D

4 week course

£1209 (includes tuition and excursions)

Deadline Dates

When applying for your Pre-sessional Academic English course you need to allow sufficient time for all the administrative processes to be completed so that you can apply for your visa. You should therefore confirm your place as soon as possible. We recommend that you apply for the relevant pre-sessional course a minimum of 10 weeks before the start date given above.

Course Timetable

 Keele University Pre-sessional English for Academic Purposes (PAE) 2018

(Sample Timetable - subject to change)

 

 

Monday
Tuesday
Wednesday
Thursday
Friday

9.30 - 11.00

Integrated Skills

Preparing visual aids to support main ideas

Integrated Skills

Paraphrasing information from academic texts

Integrated Skills

Taking effective notes  in lectures

Integrated Skills

Using your voice to engage the listener 

Integrated Skills

Producing a coherent argument

11.00 - 11.30

Break

11.30 - 1.00

Integrated Skills

 Referencing and using citation

Integrated Skills

 Following details in discussions

Integrated Skills

Organising notes effectively

Integrated Skills

Using functional language in a variety of situations

Integrated Skills

Producing critical and analytical responses in writing

1.00 - 2.00

Lunch

2.00 - 3.30

Listening & Speaking 

How to give a presentation

Reading & Vocabulary

Using context to understand new vocabulary

Live Lecture

Keele academic staff

 Tutorials

  Seminar based on the weekly live lecture

 Academic Skills Development

 

An integrated skills lesson focuses on the skills you require to be successful in your degree programme.  On the timetable above we have indicated some of the things you will cover in these lessons. This is not an exhaustive list as these are just a small selection of the wide variety of topics you will encounter during your time on the Pre-Sessional.

 

 

16 Week Course

Our 16 week course begins with the
4 week Access module for candidates with lower levels of English and focuses on English for General Academic Purposes and language skills. When you join the course, you will receive a diagnostic assessment to identify the specific areas you need to improve on and your progress will be monitored through continuous assessment.

Aims:
  • To help students make the transition from general to academic English so that they successfully progress on to Pre-sessional Academic English (PAE1 and 2).

At the end of the 4 week Access module, you move on to PAE 1 and 2. Successful completion of the full 16 weeks enables you to progress to your degree programme providing you hold an unconditional offer, have paid a full tuition fee deposit and are holding or applying for a valid visa.

12 Week Course

This course is designed to give you a valuable ‘head-start’ to academic success in your chosen degree programme. It offers a unique opportunity to develop the skills and confidence you need for your studies.
The twelve week course is suitable for candidates whose conditional offer is subject to achieving a higher level of English and provides instruction and practical workshops in reading, writing, listening, speaking and vocabulary development for academic purposes.

Aims:
  • To consolidate and extend your grammatical and lexical English knowledge and to improve your general communication skills.
  • To encourage you to become autonomous learners and to introduce them to the skills required for academic study.

Successful completion of the full 12 weeks enables you to progress to your degree programme providing you hold an unconditional offer, have paid a full tuition fee deposit and are holding or applying for a valid visa.

6 Week Course

Our 6 week course is designed for those of you who have not quite reached the required level in English language and hold a conditional offer subject to meeting the language requirements. It offers you a unique opportunity to develop your skills, competence and confidence in academic English. Instruction and workshops enable you to consolidate, practise and review the academic skills needed for success in your chosen degree programme.

Aims:
  • To enable students to develop a secure language base by extending their grammatical and lexical knowledge.
  • To help students meet any remaining conditions of entry to their degree programmes.
  • To improve students’ skills in written and spoken English.
  • To familiarise students with Keele’s facilities and systems.
  • To develop students’ awareness of UK academic culture.
  • To enable students to experience learner autonomy.

Successful completion of the full 6 weeks enables you to progress to your degree programme providing you hold an unconditional offer, have paid a full tuition fee deposit and are holding or applying for a valid visa.

4 Week Course

EASE into Keele has been designed specifically for international students who have already met the English language requirements to enter their chosen undergraduate or postgraduate degree programme.
We understand how hard you have worked to achieve this and want to ensure that you are thoroughly prepared for your studies so that you gain the degree that your efforts deserve. EASE into Keele focuses on the types of skills and assessments that are required by your academic departments and helps you to understand the academic conventions necessary to succeed at a British university. On this course, you will also learn how to cope with daily life at university and in the wider community at Keele.

EASE into Keele will consolidate your current language knowledge and show you how to build and strengthen your English. At the beginning of the course you will be given a diagnostic language test to identify those individual areas that you need to improve upon. A tutor will help you devise a personalised study plan and you can attend optional one-to- one tutorials, or use the on-line resources to further strengthen your English outside of the regular 21 hours of classroom based instruction.

By the time you start the course you will hold an unconditional offer for your chosen degree programme, so there will be less emphasis on formal examinations. During this short intensive course, the focus will be on equipping you with the skills you need to successfully complete your studies here at Keele.

Aims:
  • To provide high-level instruction in all aspects of EAP (English for Academic Purposes) contextualised within students’ own field of study whenever possible.
  • To encourage autonomy; setting goals and directing own learning.
  • To familiarise students with Keele’s facilities and systems.
  • To develop students’ awareness of UK academic culture.