University of Huddersfield International Study Centre

English Language Preparation

Improve your English

Improve your English language level before you start your course with our English language study programmes. If you do not meet the English language requirements to study the International Foundation Year, you can join the English Language Preparation programme to develop and improve your English language ability. Depending on your level of English, you will study the programme between twelve and twenty-four weeks.

International Year One and Pre-Master’s students can join a Pre-Sessional English programme for their specific course, ensuring everyone can get the best start to their time at University. You will study between eight and twelve weeks, depending on your chosen programme and English level.

Benefits of our English language programmes

There are some great benefits for those looking to study English in the UK. English language programmes not only help you reach the essential entry requirements to continue your international studies in the UK, but they can also widen your scope, opening up a wealth of potential programme options for you. With a better level of English, you will be eligible for more courses.

You will also improve your confidence communicating and help boost your in-class participation, as well as helping you settle in to your new surroundings before starting your more challenging academic programme.

Another benefit of studying an English language preparation programme for international students is that it can help improve your results. You will develop your language abilities and increase your academic skills, helping to improve your understanding in class and increasing your ability to fully express your ideas and knowledge in written assignments.

You will need an Academic IELTS for UKVI of 4.5 (minimum 4.0 in writing)* to begin the International Foundation Year. We offer two English Language Preparation options for entry to the International Foundation Year:

  • 12-week English Language Preparation: If you have an Academic IELTS for UKVI of 4.0 (4.0 in all components) *. You can start in June or September.
  • 24-week English Language Preparation: If you have an Academic IELTS for UKVI of 3.5* (3.5 in all components) *. You can start in June.

You will need an Academic IELTS for UKVI of 5.5 (minimum 5.5 in all components) * or equivalent to begin International Year One.

  • 8-week Pre-Sessional English Programme: If you have an Academic IELTS for UKVI of 5.0 (with 5.0 in all components) *. You can start in July or October.
  • 12-week Pre-Sessional English Programme: If you have an Academic IELTS for UKVI of 4.5 (with 4.5 in all components) *. You can start in June or September.

Term dates

Teaching weeks Start date End date
8 weeks 15/07/2019 06/09/2019
8 weeks 14/10/2019 06/12/2019
8 weeks 13/07/2020 04/09/2020
12 weeks; 17/06/2019 06/09/2019
12 weeks 16/09/2019 06/12/2019
12 weeks 15/06/2020 04/09/2020

You can study Pre-Sessional English, Pre-Master’s Programme and postgraduate degree with one visa.

You will need an Academic IELTS for UKVI of 5.5 (minimum 5.5 in all components)* or equivalent to begin the Pre-Master’s.

  • 8-week Pre-Sessional English Programme: One term English for Pre-Master's: If you have an Academic IELTS for UKVI of 5.0 (minimum 5.0 in all components) *. You can start in April or July.
  • 12-week Pre-Sessional English Programme: If you have an Academic IELTS for UKVI of 4.5 (minimum 4.5 in all components) *. You can start in March or June.

Pre-Sessional English programme students do not need to take an additional IELTS test at the end of their course to progress on to their Pre-Master’s Programme. You will be assessed on your Academic English Skills (AES) grade at the International Study Centre (you will be required to achieve a minimum of 40% in all areas).

Term dates

Teaching weeks Start date End date
8 weeks 15/07/2019 06/09/2019
8 weeks 13/04/2020 05/06/2020
8 weeks 13/07/2020 04/09/2020
12 weeks 17/06/2019 06/09/2019
12 weeks 16/03/2020 05/06/2020
12 weeks 15/06/2020 04/09/2020

If you do not have a current Academic IELTS for UKVI* grade, you may still be able to apply to the International Study Centre. Please contact us to find out about alternative assessment of your English Language level.

*If you do not need a Tier 4 visa, or are exempted in another way, we can accept equivalent proof of English.

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