Online Pre-sessional Academic English - Course Overview

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

Pre-sessional Academic English Student The Keele Pre-sessional provides:

  • At least 21 hours of work each week including a mixture of contact time with tutors in classes, individual meetings with tutors, meetings with other students and individual work.
  • Classes will be held at times to suit students working in different time zones.
  • Contact with experienced and qualified language teachers.
  • Instruction and practice in reading, writing, speaking and listening for academic purposes.
  • All course materials.
  • Access to virtual Blackboard module, Microsoft Teams and online access to University Library.
  • Personalised feedback at the end of the course, with individual recommendations for self-study.
  • A Certificate of Completion.
  • 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.

The minimum enrolment age is 18 years.

A SELT (Secured English Language Test) as defined by the UKVI (UK Home Office) is the preferred method of entry to the Keele Pre-sessional English Programmes.

However, non-SELTs (Academic IELTS, IELTS Indicator, TOEFL, TOEFL Internet Based Test including the Home Edition, PTE Academic, Duolingo the LanguageCert and Password English NCUK version) will be accepted for entry to the 2020 Pre-sessional English online provision. Your certificate must be valid up to the start date of your Pre-sessional English Course.

Please refer to our English language requirements page to see what scores we ask for.

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.If you have any other questions about other qualifications, please contact admissions@keele.ac.uk

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)

Excluding Stand-alone Foundation courses

4.5

(with a minimum of 4.5 in all sub-tests)

 11 week course

starting & enrolling on

22/06/2020

6.0

(with a minimum of 5.5 in all sub-tests)

5.0

(with a minimum of 4.5 in all sub-tests)

 11 week course

 starting & enrolling on

22/06/2020

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 & enrolling on

27/07/2020

6.5

(with a minimum of 5.5 in all sub-tests)

5.5

(with a minimum of 4.5 in all sub-tests)

 11 week course

 starting & enrolling on

22/06/2020

6.5

(with a minimum of 5.5 in all sub-tests)

 6.0

(with a minimum of 5.5 in all sub-tests)

 6 week course

starting & enrolling on

27/07/2020

6.5

(with a minimum of 6.0 in all sub-tests)

5.5

(with a minimum of 5.0 in all sub-tests)

 11 week course

 starting & enrolling on

22/06/2020

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 & enrolling on

27/07/2020

7.0

(with a minimum of 6.5 in all sub-tests)

6.0

(with a minimum of 5.5 in all sub-tests)

 11 week course

 starting & enrolling on

22/06/2020

7.0

(with a minimum of 6.5 in all sub-tests)

6.5

(with a minimum of 6.0 in all sub-tests)

 6 week course

 starting & enrolling on

27/07/2020

 

The following table shows recommended Duolingo entry levels. If your profile does not match the scores below, please contact international@keele.ac.uk for further advice. If you have any other questions about other qualifications, please contact admissions@keele.ac.uk.

Your  Duolingo score:

 

Keele requires

Which pre-sessional?

75

6.0 overall

11 week

85

6.0 overall

6 week

85

6.5 overall

11 week

95

6.5 overall

6 week

95

7.0 overall

11 week

115

7.0 overall

6 week

 

The following table shows recommended CET4/CET6 score entry levels. If your profile does not match the scores below, please contact international@keele.ac.uk for further advice. If you have any other questions about other qualifications, please contact admissions@keele.ac.uk

 

Your CET 4/6 score:

 

Keele requires

Which pre-sessional?

CET 4 mark 550 /

6.0 overall

11 week

CET 4 mark 600 / CET 6 mark 500

6.0 overall

6 week

CET 4 mark 600 / CET 6 mark 500

6.5 overall

11 week

CET 4 mark 650 / CET 6 mark 550

6.5 overall

6 week

CET 4 mark 650 / CET 6 mark 550

7.0 overall

11 week

Please note
Enrolment on the Pre-sessional Academic English programme does not guarantee progression onto your chosen academic course at Keele University. In order to meet the English requirements of your course you need to:

  • attend all timetabled lessons;
  • be committed to participating fully in English in all classes;
  • complete all homework, assessments and other work as required;
  • spend time on self-study each day of the programme.

 

2020 Course Dates and Fees

The  on-line programme is designed to meet the high professional standards consistently achieved by our on-campus programme. As a gesture of goodwill during the exceptional situation this year, a reduction of 10% of the above pre-sessional fee is offered to all our applicants for the Keele pre-sessional course. 

Course lengthCourse datesOriginal FeeDiscounted FeeRecommended deadline for application
11 weeks 22/06/20 - 04/09/20 £3,450  £3,105 (includes materials) 01/06/20
6 weeks 27/07/20 - 04/09/20 £1,900  £1,710 (includes materials) 06/07/20

You will need to have access to a computer or laptop (a tablet alone will not allow you to take advantage of all materials), headphones or earbuds and a microphone, a camera (this could be integrated or a separate camera), and a stable internet connection.

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 eleven 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 11 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.

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 a UK university’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.

The marks from your final assessments are used to calculate an overall mark. Our Pre-sessional assessment grades are aligned with CEFR scales.
In addition to the overall mark, you will need to achieve at least 40% in each skill to meet the English language requirements of UK Visas and Immigration (UKVI). If you do not meet this requirement you will not be able to progress to your academic programme and will not qualify for a visa. Please note that you will not be able to combine your Pre-sessional scores with scores you have obtained on other tests to demonstrate proof of your English language level.
Most students who successfully complete the Pre-sessional Course will not need to retake IELTS before moving on to their academic programmes. Please check the conditions in your offer letter.
N.B you will be required to sit a diagnostic assessment on arrival at Keele to confirm your level of English. If this differs significantly from the level of English shown on the Online Pre-sessional English course, your offer will be withdrawn and you will be asked to return home. There will be no refund of tuition.

If you have already applied to Keele you do not need to make a fresh application to study this course. Students who have already applied will be contacted by our admissions office to confirm their place and to answer any questions.

Students who would like to join one of these programmes can contact our admissions office by emailing admissions@keele.ac.uk. Please include your name and student number in your email.
We will continue to consider applications after the recommended application submission date. However, if you are not able to start on the first day of the course, you should be aware of the following:
The amount of study and work you are required to complete remains the same and all students are required to pass the course irrespective of the point at which they commence it.

The course fee must be paid in full, regardless of length of attendance and circumstances for late arrival.
For latest possible course start dates please contact our Admissions Team; admissions@keele.ac.uk.