LLM Pre-sessional


In co-operation with the College of Law and Criminology, English Language Training Services (ELTS) has developed two full-time, pre-sessional courses for undergraduate and postgraduate students intending to start a Law/LL.M programme in the autumn term. Both courses give prospective Law and LLM students opportunity to improve their understanding of English legal terminology and academic study skills.

The courses are designed for you if:

  • you need to develop your academic skills, understanding of English legal terminology and academic English language ability as a condition of entry to the College of Law and Criminology at Swansea University.
  • you have already met the university’s English language conditions but would like experience of UK academic study and expectations in order to be as well prepared as possible before stating your academic programme in law at the university.

Course Information

The summer Law Pre-sessionals are intensive 10 and 6 week courses which will build your confidence and enable you to begin your Law/LLM undergraduate or postgraduate programme with a good understanding of the expectations of academic study in a UK university. The course will help you to develop the following:

  • Language Skills for Legal Studies
  • Integrated Academic Skills (Academic Reading and Writing)
  • Academic Lecture Programme
  • 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 Project Related To Your Academic Course

Each week includes 18 hours of organised tuition plus a individual tutorial at least one every two weeks. In addition, you will be required to carry out a programme of self-study and complete a number of individual assignments. The maximum class size is 18.

Please note that you will be required to buy a course book which will cost no more than £35.00.

During the course you will build a portfolio of coursework which will be used as part of your final assessment. Each Summer General Pre-sessional student has 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 Summer Law Pre-sessionals give you everything you need to maximise your confidence and improve your skills before you begin your Law 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.

N.B. Attendance on the above programme does not guarantee progression onto your degree programme. If you have a conditional offer based on your level of English, you will have to achieve the required standard through the programme assessment and examination.

Dates, Entry Requirements and Fees


DatesEntry RequirementsFees

10 weeks

04 July - 09  September 2016

IELTS 5.5 (or equivalent)

Minimum 5.0 in Reading and Writing


6 weeks

01 August - 09 September 2016


You have met your Writing requirement

and are no more than 0.5 below in all other components /

overall requirement


You have met your overall academic requirement and are no

more than 0.5 below in Writing


Course fees include one trip per term. Please note that you will be required to buy a course book which will cost no more than £35.00.


University accommodation at Hendrefoelan Student Village is available as follows:

  • Available from Friday 01 July 2016  to Friday 09 September 2016
  • Rooms cost £86-91 per week
  • Bedding is provided
  • Wi-Fi in rooms: if you are enrolled on a course and have a student number

For pre-sessional students, who study on main campus, there are a limited number of rooms available at Singleton Campus Residences: en suite rooms £111-139 per week.

For more information about summer accommodation, please check the university's summer accommodation page

Apply Now

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

Law Pre-sessional   Course Application


3rd Floor, Margam           Building,

Singleton          Park

SA2     8PP

Telephone:        01792295391

Email: elts@swansea.ac.uk

If you are an agent or are applying via an agent, please make sure that you complete the agent contact details at the top of this form.

For more information please contact us at elts@swansea.ac.uk