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Course Information

Follow our pathway to university, learning the academic skills and subject knowledge you need to progress to a university course of your choice.

These courses have been designed to prepare students for progression onto University Undergraduate or Post Graduate Degrees in UK or overseas English Speaking Universities.  At the end of the course, students should be able to understand and apply knowledge effectively in a range of academic study skills according to their level.

Students are encouraged to apply any former knowledge and experience they might have as they work through course material. Course handouts will be supplemented with material from other sources, including Business literature and video materials.

Course Contents

✔ 22.5 hours per week
✔ 15 lessons per week
✔ Minimum age: 17+

Applicants will need to provide evidence of strong maths & science knowledge, & may need to complete an assessment test.

Minimum level of entry

Course Timetable


The course is based on the ETC standard EAP Pre-sessional course and Education Industry Level 5 and 6 guidelines for Research modules as well as level 4/5 academic module input.

Reading: Research Methodology, Identifying structure, decoding techniques, gist, skimming, scanning techniques, text comprehension, referencing etc.

Writing: Assignment structure, plans, understanding topic, writing introductions, aims, definitions, thesis statements, references, topic sentences, developing arguments, concluding sentences encoding techniques etc.

Listening: Lecture preparation, predicting content, visualisation, personalisation, register, range, context, gap fill, note taking etc.

Speaking: Preparing seminars, voice projection, phonemes, fluency, stress, intonation, structuring individual and group presentations, slide preparation, reading from notes asking questions, working in teams etc.

Minimum Level Requirements

For Students studying 4 weeks, IELTS 5.5 is required. For students studying 8 weeks, IELTS 5 is required. For students studying 12 weeks, IELTS 4.5 is required.

Certificates and Credits

All courses will be assessed on internally verified assignments with unit, pass, merit or distinction certification. All assignment briefs are written in line with the college’s fair assessment policy and are internally verified prior to distribution to students.

Assignments will typically comprise a case study or scenario where students have to solve a problem according to an established set of Business criteria, which will involve doing research and applying theory in the form of a submitted report, presentation or other form of assessment.

During all courses, students will complete a project of varying length and complexity, involving a research strategy, extrapolation of data, analysis and a final report/presentation.

Course Start Dates

The Pre-Sessional course has 4 start dates throughout the year.

ETC’s University Counsellor Services

When you study on the ETC Pre-Sessional you will be assigned to our University Counsellor. They will help you to:

Find the university of your choice

Write your personal statement

Get letters of recommendation

Complete your university application

Find out about your extra curricular activities

Course Fees

12 week course


🗸 22.5 hours tuition per week
🗸 15 lessons per week


12 week course

Frequently Asked Questions

How long are classes?

Please check the section at the top of this page to confirm the number of lessons you will receive during this course.

When can I start studying?

There are 4 starts dates for the Pre-Sessional course throughout the year. You can final them listed earlier on this page.

How do I enrol?

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