Pre-sessional Course

English course (From 5 weeks)

Chelmsford, Cambridge Chelmsford, Cambridge

June 2017, July 2017, August 2017, October 2017, November 2017, December 2017


Our Pre-sessional English course is an intensive programme designed to prepare you for your academic study at Anglia Ruskin. By the end of the course you should feel confident in communicating in English and be fully prepared to progress onto your degree programme.

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Full description

Course Content

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The Pre-sessional course is a full-time programme and comprises of 22 study hours a week.  The course content includes the following:

  • Grammar and vocabulary work
  • Fluency focus
  • Pronunciation focus
  • Speaking for presentations and seminars
  • Reading, summarising and referencing
  • Listening and note-taking
  • Extended writing project
  • Exam preparation
  • Life in the UK – cultural awareness training
  • Guest Lectures 

Download: Sample Timetable: Pre-sessional Course

Course Dates and Fees

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The courses below offer a pathway for entry onto a degree programme at Anglia Ruskin, starting in 2017.

Pre-sessional English - For academic courses starting in January 2017

Course Length Start Date End Date Course Fee
20 weeks 22 August 2016 20 January 2017 £5,460
18 weeks 5 September 2016 20 January 2017 £4,914
15 weeks 26 September 2016 20 January 2017 £4,095
12 weeks 17 October 2016 20 January 2017 £3,276
10 weeks 31 October 2016 20 January 2017 £2,730
6 weeks 28 November 2016 20 January 2017 £1,638
5 weeks 5 December 2016 20 January 2017 £1,365

Pre-sessional English - For academic Courses starting in Sept 2017

Course Length Start Date End Date Course Fee
20 weeks 24 April 2017 8 September 2017 £5,460
18 weeks 8 May 2017 8 September 2017
15 weeks 29 May 2017 8 September 2017
12 weeks 19 June 2017 8 September 2017
10 weeks 3 July 2017 8 September 2017
6 weeks 31 July 2017 8 September 2017
5 weeks 7 Aug 2017 8 September 2017


At the end of the pre-sessional course you will take our English Language Proficiency Test (ELPT). You will be tested on your writing, speaking, listening and reading skills and given a score for each section as well as an overall score. 

To progress onto your academic studies at Anglia Ruskin you will need to successfully complete the pre-sessional course and meet the required English requirements for your academic programme.  You should not usually need to take any other English Test.

Where you will study

Your faculty

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Whether you aim to work in the creative industries or the social sciences, the legal profession or public service, the Faculty of Arts, Law & Social Sciences will provide you with the skills and knowledge you need for professional life.

Our lively, diverse community and ambitious academic environment will broaden your horizons and help you develop your full potential - many of our courses give you the chance to learn another language, study abroad or undertake work placements as you study.

If you’re interested in art, music, drama or film, check out our packed programme of events. Together with our partners in the creative and cultural industries, we’re always working to enrich the cultural life of the university and the wider community.

Our research is groundbreaking and internationally recognised, with real social impact. We support the Cultures of the Digital Economy Research Institute (CoDE), whose projects include interactive music apps and documenting lifesaving childbirth procedures, as well as nine international research clusters, such as the Centre for Children's Book Studies and the Labour History Research Unit.

In the Research Excellence Framework 2014, six of our subject areas were awarded world-leading status: Law; Art and Design; English Language and Literature, Communication, Cultural and Media Studies; History; Music, Drama, Dance and Performing Arts.

Where can I study?

Tindal Building on our Chelmsford campus

Our striking, modern campus sits by the riverside in Chelmsford's University and Innovation Quarter.

Explore our Chelmsford campus

Lord Ashcroft Building on our Cambridge campus

Our campus is close to the centre of Cambridge, often described as the perfect student city.

Explore our Cambridge campus

Before you apply for a pre-sessional course you must first have been made an offer for an academic course.  If your academic course is taught at Cambridge this is where you will study your pre-sessional course.  Similarly if your academic course is in Chelmsford you will normally study your pre-sessional course in Chelmsford.  

Studying your pre-sessional course on the same campus as your academic course will give you time to settle in and discover the campus facilities.   You will also get the opportunity to get to know   the local area which will be your home for the next year or more. 

How to apply

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You will need to send us a copy of your English Test. Please note that any student requiring a SELT for pre-sessional or study below degree level must ensure that they take their IELTS at an approved test centre. If you're applying from the EU we can accept other English tests, for more information you can email

Please note we can only accept students onto our Pre-sessional courses who've applied for a Tier 4 visa.  

Entry requirements

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Course Length Minimum Entry*
20 weeks 4.5-5.0
18 weeks 4.5-5.0
15 weeks 4.5-6.0
12 weeks 5.0-6.0
10 weeks 5.0-6.5
6 weeks 5.5-6.5
5 weeks 5.5-6.5

*(based on IELTS)

Additional Notes:

Our published entry requirements are a guide only and based on a minimum entry. Your Pre-sessional offer will be based on the academic course you have applied for and individual scores of your English qualification.

  • For international students we only accept a Secure English Language Test (SELT). Currently this includes an IELTS which must be taken at an approved IELTS test centre for entry onto a pre-sessional course.
  • If you are from the EU other English tests may be accepted.

If you need any further advice or information on which pre-sessional course to apply for or which English test we can accept please email .

For more information about immigration and for visa support please visit our immigration webpages