Pre-sessional Course

English course (From 5 weeks)

Chelmsford, Cambridge Chelmsford, Cambridge

April 2019, May 2019, June 2019, July 2019, August 2019, September, October 2018, November 2018, 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.

Full description

Course content

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 

Pre-sessional course description and sample timetable

Course dates and fees

The courses below offer a pathway for entry onto a degree programme at Anglia Ruskin starting in September 2018.

Course length Start date End date Course fee
20 weeks 23 April 2018 7 September 2018 £5,800
18 weeks 8 May 2018 7 September 2018
15 weeks 29 May 2018 7 September 2018
12 weeks 18 June 2018 7 September 2018
10 weeks 2 July 2018 7 September 2018
6 weeks 30 July 2018 7 September 2018
5 weeks 6 August 2018 7 September 2018

The courses below offer a pathway for entry onto a degree programme at Anglia Ruskin starting in January 2019.

Course length Start date End date Course fee
20 weeks 20 August 2018 18 January 2019 £6,200
18 weeks 3 September 2018 18 January 2019
15 weeks 24 September 2018 18 January 2019
12 weeks 15 October 2018 18 January 2019
10 weeks 29 October 2018 18 January 2019
6 weeks 26 November 2018 18 January 2019
5 weeks 3 December 2018 18 January 2019

NB There is no teaching between 17 December 2018 – 1 January 2019.

The courses below offer a pathway for entry onto a degree programme at Anglia Ruskin starting in September 2019.

Course length Start date End date Course fee
20 weeks 8 April 2019 6 September 2019 £6,200
18 weeks 7 May 2019 6 September 2019
15 weeks 28 May 2019 6 September 2019
12 weeks 17 June 2019 6 September 2019
10 weeks 1 July 2019 6 September 2019
6 weeks 29 July 2019 6 September 2019
5 weeks 5 August 2019 6 September 2019

NB There is no teaching between 15-26 April 2019.


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 department and faculty

Our Language Centre is here to support your academic success.

We offer a wide range of English courses, including academic and general English, summer programmes and bespoke courses, as well as in-sessional English language support. There's also the chance to learn an additional language with our Anglia Language Programme – open to all ARU students and staff.

You'll find a friendly, supportive teaching environment here with highly experienced and qualified teaching staff who are dedicated to helping you pursue your ambitions.

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

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

You should be aged 18 or over at the start of this course.

Required IELTS scores:

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

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