All About The 10-week Academic Pre-sessional


Our 10-week Academic Pre-sessional is a full-time programme which is perfect for you if:

  • You need to develop your academic skills and ability with academic English as a condition of entry to Swansea University.
  • You have already met the university’s English language conditions but would like experience of UK academic study to be as well prepared as possible before starting at the university.
  • You have an IELTS 5.5 (or equivalent) with a minimum of 5.0 in all components and need either a 6.0 or 6.5 and higher at the end of the course.


Course Information

The intensive 10-week Academic Pre-sessional programme will build your confidence and enable you to begin your undergraduate or postgraduate degree with a good understanding of the expectations of academic study at a UK university. The courses will help you to develop the following:

  • Language Skills for Academic Studies
  • Subject-Related Academic Reading and Writing
  • Subject-Related Listening and Note-taking Skills for Academic Lectures
  • Presentation and Academic Speaking Skills for Presentations, Seminars and Tutorials
  • Using Academic Sources and Referencing Skills
  • Critical Thinking
  • Individual Subject-Related Project

We aim to make your pre-sessional study with us as relevant as possible to your future degree programme by providing subject-related course content. Each week includes 23 hours of organised tuition. In addition, you will be required to carry out a programme of self-study and complete a number of individual assignments. Download a Sample General Pre-sessional Timetable to find out more about a typical week. The maximum class size is 18.

Please note that you will be required to buy a course book which will cost no more than £30.00.

During the course you will build a portfolio of coursework which will be used as part of your final assessment. You will also have a personal tutor who will meet you regularly to help you to develop individual targets to help you achieve your academic goals and to write your individual project.

The 10-Week Academic Pre-sessional gives you everything you need to maximise your confidence and improve your skills before you begin your degree at the start of the academic year.


You will be assessed using a combination of:

  • a portfolio of the work you do during your course (70%)
  • an end of course exam (30%).

The portfolio provides detailed evidence of your language level and skills, your academic skills and whether you are ready to begin academic study at a UK university.

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Dates, Entry Requirements and Fees

DatesEntry RequirementsFees

10 weeks

03 July - 08 September 2017

IELTS 5.5 (or equivalent)

Minimum 5.0 in all components

Exit this programme for degree programmes requiring a 6.0 or 6.5 and higher


Course fees include one trip per term. Please note that you will be required to buy a coursebook which will cost no more than £30.00


For details about summer accommodation in university halls of residence, please check the university's summer accommodation page which will be updated throughout 2016.

Information about other accommodation options can be found on ELTS' accommodation page.

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To apply please download and complete the 10-Week Pre-sessional 2016 Application Form and return it to:

Academic Pre-sessional Course Application


Swansea University

Third Floor Margam Building

Singleton Campus





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