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    Our Pre-sessional English Programme is designed to support international and EU students holding an offer for undergraduate or postgraduate study at Manchester Metropolitan University and who still need to meet the English language requirement of their chosen degree course.

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    A pre-sessional English course at Manchester Met is not just a language course. You will continue to study the four skills (reading, writing, speaking, listening), as well as grammar and vocabulary, but you will concentrate on your use of English in an academic environment. We will also introduce you to the academic skills that you will require on your degree course. You will leave the course feeling more confident about your English language ability and about the expectations of UK academic culture, meaning you are better able to meet the demands of your degree. In addition, you will become familiar with the workings of the University, the city centre campus and Manchester itself ahead of starting your main degree course.

    You will have 21 hours of lessons per week, including Conversation Club and Guest Lectures. Our Guest Lectures will give you the opportunity to experience live academic lectures and to practise listening and taking notes in a real life context. You will also have regular tutorials with your Personal Tutor to discuss your progress and to set individual study targets. 

    There is no end-of-course assessment: we will test your readiness for university study with our own internal assessments. We continuously assess and offer feedback on the skills you will need on your degree. For example, one element of your writing assessment is a short Research Project on a topic related to your own subject area, where writing and presentation skills are developed. When they start their degrees, our students always tell us how useful they found Pre-sessional course.

    Because of our focus on academic uses of English and study skills, our 5-week pre-sessional course is also a great choice for students who have already met the language conditions of their offer but who would like to familiarise themselves with academic English and the study skills essential to university life in the UK ahead of their main course.

    More information for international students

    arrow How to apply

    Applying for a Pre-sessional course is simple.

    We aim to process complete applications as soon as possible. 

    Please complete our Application Form and follow the instructions on our application check list. 

    arrow Course and Entry dates

    Summer Pre-sessional 2018

    Course Length Course Dates* UG
    Entry Level

    Entry Level

    Entry Level (B)

    Course Fees**


    4 April 2018
    - 31 August 2018

    Overall IELTS 4.5
    No skill less than 4.5

    Overall IELTS 5.0
    No skill less than 4.5

    Overall IELTS 5.5
    No skill less than 5.0



    20th June
    - 31st August 2018

    Overall IELTS 5.0
    No skill less than 5.0

    Overall IELTS 5.5
    No skill less than 5.0

    Overall IELTS 6.0
    No skill less than 6.0



    25th July
    - 31st August 2018

    Overall IELTS 5.5
    No skill less than 5.5

    Overall IELTS 6.0
    No skill less than 5.5

    Overall IELTS 6.5
    No skill less than 6.0



    * The University is closed on Public (national) Holidays; Monday 2nd April; Monday 7th May; Monday 28th May; Monday August 27th 2018.

    ** Fees include all teaching and learning materials, exams, and a certificate. You also have full access to the University’s facilities, including the Library, IT and Sports Centre. Accommodation is not included. We also provide a social experience; some activities are at an extra cost.

    If you already have the IELTS you need, you are still welcome to join us on the 5 Week Pre-sessional to help you prepare for UK study.

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    To apply for accommodation you need to register with the Accommodation Portal. After you have registered on the portal please email the Accommodation Office to say you want to book a room:


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    Our pre-sessional courses will help you to:


    arrow Course Timetable

    This timetable shows how your Pre-sessional course will be organised. Please note that individual classes might change.

    The timetable is structured to leave most afternoons free for guided self-study and independent learning. In addition, you will be able to use a variety of self-access materials related to listening, reading, grammar and vocabulary through Moodle – the University’s virtual learning environment.








    09:00 - 10:00am



    Response Journal Review

    Lecture Skills

    Lecture Skills

    10:00 - 11:00pm


    Presentation Skills

    Pronunciation Skills

    Seminar Skills

    Seminar Skills

    11:30 - 12:30pm


    Writing: Academic English

    Lecture Skills

    Reading and Writing: Academic English

    Reading and Writing: Academic English

    12:30 - 1:30pm

    Guest Lecture

    1:30 - 2:30pm

    Lunch Break

    2:30 - 3:30pm




    Lecture Review


    3:30pm onwards

    Independent study time: Response Journals, preparation assignments, follow-up tasks and Social Experience



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