Pre-sessional English Course (online)

Do you need to improve your English language and academic skills to meet the entry requirements for a degree course at The University of Sheffield in Autumn 2022? Our fully online Pre-sessional English course can help you to do so.

Learn more about our sector leading online learning from ELTC staff and students.


Course overview

  • Who: Anyone preparing to study a degree at The University of Sheffield
  • Cost: £2310 (£385 per week) - includes all tuition and course material
  • Level: CEFR B2 to C1
  • Hours: 10 hours of tutor-led classes, a 1 to 1 tutorial and 7-10 hours of guided independent study per week
  • Time: June to August 2022
  • Minimum age: Adult learning environment. Minimum age 18 years (some exceptions considered).
  • Maximum class size: 16 students
  • Social programme: Online social activities are available
  • Apply: Apply Now

Our fully online 6 week Pre-sessional English course is designed to improve your English language and academic skills to meet the requirements for entry onto a degree programme at The University of Sheffield. The course can be studied from your home country over the internet before you travel to the UK to begin your academic course at the university.

The highly qualified and experienced tutors on the course will also support you with improving your English language and academic study skills in lively and interactive classes, which will help you succeed when you join your degree programme.

Joining a Pre-sessional English course saves you the trouble of taking multiple IELTS exams before you can start your degree. If you successfully complete the assessments on the Pre-sessional English course, and have otherwise met all the other conditions outlined in your offer, you can progress directly to your degree programme when the course finishes. 

Course structure

Our Pre-sessional English Course is made up of the following components:

  • General Language Development
  • Academic English skills: academic writing, academic reading, academic listening and academic speaking.
  • Presentation and Seminar Skills: you will be assisted with the preparation of short presentations on topics you are interested in. Presentations are followed by group discussion.
  • Extended Writing: you will research a topic of your choice and will be guided with the writing of a report on your findings.
  • 1-1 tutorials - regular meetings with a tutor providing you with the opportunity to discuss your work and progress in the areas of Reading and Writing.

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Assessment and progression

Students attending and completing our online Pre-sessional course in Summer 2022 will be assessed throughout the term by the following methods:

  • Extended Writing - 1500 word writing assignment, related to your degree programme, demonstrating evidence of academic reading
  • Presentation - Speaking task, related to your degree programme, demonstrating evidence of academic reading
  • Seminar - Interactive speaking task, demonstrating evidence of academic listening
  • Interview - 1 to 1 interview about your writing

Progression to University

Progression from the Pre-sessional Course onto your University of Sheffield degree programme will also include consideration of:

  • Attendance of teacher-led lessons
  • Engagement with your personal tutor
  • Completion of tasks and assessments

If you fully participate and pass the Pre-sessional Course assessments you will be able to progress directly onto your University of Sheffield degree course after the Pre-sessional course ends. The typical pass rate for the course each year is around 97%.

Progression to University - further information

Results from our online Pre-sessional course in Summer 2022 are only guaranteed to be accepted by The University of Sheffield. The results are valid for 2 years and can be used for entry onto a degree course at the start of the 2022-23, or 2023-24 academic year.

If you plan on attending a different university after studying our Pre-sessional English course, you will need to ask your prospective university which English language qualifications they can accept.

Example timetable

Please note these are example times and may be subject to change before or during the course. All times are UK local time (BST) and all lessons are taught online.


09:15 - 10:15 - Lesson 1

10:45 - 11:45 - Lesson 2


09:15 - 10:15 - Lesson 1

10:45 - 11:45 - Lesson 2


09:15 - 10:15 - Lesson 1

10:45 - 11:45 - Lesson 2


09:15 - 10:15 - Lesson 1

10:45 - 11:45 - Lesson 2


09:15 - 10:15 - Lesson 1

10:45 - 11:45 - Lesson 2


On one weekday per week you will have a 1 to 1 tutorial with your tutor to discuss your work and progress on the course. The tutorial will last for 20 minutes, and typically take place at a time between 1pm and 2pm BST.

Asynchronous Content

There will be approximately 90 minutes per day of required asynchronous content, including readings, lectures, language practice activities, writing tasks and preparation for speaking tasks.

Dates, fees and entry requirements

Our 6 week online Pre-sessional Course takes place in Summer 2022.

Start Date: Monday 27th June 2022

End Date: Friday 5th August 2022

Application Deadline: Sunday 12th June 2022

Entry Requirements: 

Your Overall IELTS score: No more than half (0.5) an IELTS band below the overall English language requirement for your degree course

Your Individual IELTS component scores (Reading, Writing, Speaking and Listening): 

At least 5.5 in every component and no more than half (0.5) an IELTS band below the minimum IELTS component requirements for your degree course

You must also hold a conditional or unconditional offer to study a degree course beginning in September or October 2022 at The University of Sheffield before applying for this course

Tuition fees

The standard tuition fee for our 6 week online Pre-sessional Course in Summer 2022 is £2,310 (£385 per week). This fee includes:

  • All tuition and course materials
  • Course assessments
  • Weekly 1 to 1 tutorials with your personal tutor
  • Individual feedback
  • Online lectures by University of Sheffield academic staff
  • Access to online course materials and virtual learning environments
  • Online University Library Access
  • ELTC Student Exclusive Online Social Programme

Technical requirements

The online components of the course will be delivered using Blackboard Collaborate.

To access the online content, students will require a desktop or laptop computer with a webcam and microphone, and a broadband internet connection (recommended minimum speed 5mbps).

Computer equipment and internet access is not provided as part of the course.

Frequently Asked Questions

How to pay

You must arrange payment of your tuition fees before joining or during the first week of your course. Please note that if you do not pay by this time, you will not be allowed to continue your studies.

You may pay by:

  • Credit/debit card
  • Western Union bank transfer

If you cancel your place before starting the course we will refund any fees you have paid in advance, minus any fees or bank charges incurred.

We are unable to accept any tuition fee payments in cash.

We can also accept payments from sponsors. Acceptable sponsors include universities, government agencies, charitable organisations and registered international companies and you will need to provide a letter confirming your sponsorship before we can issue you with any visa documentation.

Do I need an IELTS for UKVI certificate?

No, as the course is online and a visa is not required to attend we can be more flexible with the English tests we can accept for entry purposes. Acceptable tests include:

Our entry requirements for IELTS and LanguageCert exams can be viewed on this webpage.

If you have taken TOEFL iBT or Pearson PTE you can use the table on this webpage to convert your score into an IELTS equivalent score.


To apply for our online Pre-sessional Course you need to submit your application through our online application form.

Application Form

Before submitting your application please read our terms and conditions and take note of the following information:


The final deadline for applying to our pre-sessional courses is 2 weeks before the course start date. We strongly recommend you submit your application as early as possible as places on the course are limited and we may have to stop accepting applications earlier than the standard deadline in the event of high demand.

Entry requirements

Please check that you meet the entry requirements for the pre-sessional course you are applying for. See the 'Course dates and entry requirements' section above for more information.

Supporting documents

After submitting your application form you will need to send us a copy of your passport and English Language Test Result by email to If you are currently located in the UK will also need to email us a copy of all previous UK visas and CAS statements you have received.

If your tuition fees will be paid by a sponsor (e.g. a scholarship, your national government or an employer), please also email us a copy a letter from your sponsor confirming this.

The letter should include: A date within the last 6 months

  • Applicant's full name and date of birth
  • Sponsor's name and contact details
  • Specific reference to an English language course in the UK.

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Information for Under 18s

Our courses are designed for adults. Applicants who are under 18 are subject to a number of restrictions and administrative procedures. 

The standard minimum age for our courses is 18 years. However, we will consider applications from applicants who are under 18 in some circumstances, and subject to satisfactory guardianship arrangements being in place. Please contact us for more information.

For further information on under 18s at the university please visit our "Students under the age of 18" webpage".

Still need help?

If you still have any questions about our online Pre-sessional English course then please get in touch and our Admissions Team will be happy to help. 

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