LC English Pre-sessional 2 Stages

The English Pre-Sessional Programme has been created to help international students prepare for their degree programmes. It will not only improve your language skills, it will also equip you with the academic skills you will need for your chosen degree and introduce you to Higher Education in the UK.

LC English Pre-sessional 2 Stages

Course details

If you are an international student, or if you speak English as a second language, and need to improve your language skills before you can study for your degree, then this programme will be right for you.

The English Pre-Sessional Programme has been created to prepare you for academic culture in the UK, to improve your language skills, and to help you gain the academic skills needed to succeed in your chosen field. We’ll support you to develop all skills to a standard comparable to IELTS 6.0/6.5. Classes will focus on understanding and using academic texts, writing university assignments, participating in lectures and seminars, and other key academic study skills.

By the end of the course, you should have a good understanding of what your degree lecturers will expect from you. Teaching is interactive with a strong focus on communication and group work rather than just grammar and vocabulary. You will not only learn from your tutors, but also from working with other students in the class.

All classes are delivered by specialist English for Academic Purposes (EAP) lecturers who work closely with your degree tutors to make sure you learn the skills that will be most useful for you.

  • Start date: 27/04/2020 (Full) 15/06/2020 or 19/10/2020
  • Location: The University of Bolton
  • Award: LC
  • Duration: 9 weeks

Course highlights:

  • You’ll have opportunities to visit subject lectures and meet staff before you begin your degree course.
  • There’s a thriving International Society where you’ll have the chance to meet people from all over the world and enjoy social events.
  • English and skills support continues even after you start your degree programme.
  • Start dates are scheduled to fit in with the start of University of Bolton degree courses.

Key features:

  • You'll be supported to achieve a level of English comparable to IELTS 6.0/6.5 on successful completion.
  • As a full member of the University of Bolton, you’ll have access to all academic, social and welfare services.
  • The course is designed to help you develop English language and study skills that will help you adapt to Higher Education in the UK.
  • You'll study alongside students from all over the world, enhancing your intercultural understanding.
  • There are a number of admission dates per year, timed to enable smooth progression to an undergraduate or postgraduate degree in the UK.

Entry requirements

  • Start date: 27/04/2020 (Full) 15/06/2020 or 19/10/2020
  • Location: The University of Bolton
  • Award: LC
  • Duration: 9 weeks

If you're preparing to study an undergraduate programme, you'll need IELTS 5.0 (with at least 4.5 in every component), or an approved comparable qualification, for this 2-stage English Pre-sessional Programme.

If you're preparing to study a postgraduate programme, you'll need IELTS 5.5 (with at least 5.0 in every component), or an approved comparable qualification, for this 2-stage English Pre-sessional Programme.

You must also meet the entry requirements for the academic programme you intend to study after you have completed this English Pre-sessional Programme. Please see individual course entries for details.

Career opportunities

Successful completion of this course will allow you to progress to further study at the University of Bolton.

What can I do with this qualification?

Professional recognition

Fees & funding

No fee information is currently available, please contact Student Data Management on 01204 903059 or for more information

The fees for a student’s course of study will be set for the normal duration of that course subject only to inflationary increases – measured by the Consumer Price Index (CPI) recorded in March each year to take effect for subsequent start dates.

The University is currently awaiting Government guidelines as to EU fee charges for students commencing study in 2019/20.

UK undergraduate tuition fees are subject to UK government approval and are subject to the outcome of the Teaching Excellence Framework.

How to apply


You may apply directly to the University using the University's online application form. Please select your chosen start date from the list below:

You should have to hand:

  • Details of the educational establishments you attended and dates

  • Your certificates for the qualifications you are using to gain entry to the course – you will need to enter the completion date and upload copies

  • Details of any employment history including name, address, dates and role

  • Personal statement – this can be either input into the relevant field or uploaded separately

  • Details including e-mail addresses of two referees, at least one of which should be someone who can provide an academic reference

Please make sure any documents you wish to upload in support of your application are in pdf or jpeg format. Personal statements may be word documents.

Please ensure your data is correct at each stage of the application before you proceed to the next page. If you use the back button at any time during the application, you should check the validity of the data you have already input.

If you experience difficulties during the application process, contact the Admissions Team on 01204 903394 or


The University welcomes applications from international students from all over the world. We try to make the application process as simple and as fast as possible for our international applicants.

How you apply is determined by your current location and what you are choosing to study:

  1. Apply direct to the University. Links for the next available intakes of this course are shown below. Please click the link which will direct you to the online application form. Please read the user guidance before completing this.
  2. Apply via one of our approved in-country referral partners. A list of our partners may be found on the International pages of this website.
  3. Apply via UCAS for courses starting in September only – visit

Should you have any queries please contact the International Team on +44 (0) 1204 903110 or email

Teaching & assessment


Modules listed below are a mixture of compulsory and optional. You may not have the opportunity to study all the modules as part of the course.

  • Pre-Sessional Stage C
  • Pre-Sessional Stage D

Teaching, learning and assessment

Teaching on the English Pre-Sessional Programme is very interactive, both between teacher and students and among students themselves. Teaching input sessions take place every morning and include a variety of learning activities requiring pair work and team work. Students are encouraged to communicate with each other and work together to perform learning tasks.

Students will prepare a portfolio of learning achievements and in the final stage of the programme only, will also take exams in writing, reading, listening and speaking. Speaking activities will include presentations, discussions and poster presentations.

Students are offered 20 hours’ of contact time per week with teachers that will include workshops, seminars and 1 hour of academic tutorial to provide help with assignments and discuss progress. In addition, a Virtual Learning Environment (VLE) website contains additional learning materials, interactive content and additional support resources.


The university will use all reasonable endeavours to deliver your course as described in its published material and the programme specification for the academic year in which you begin your course. Please be aware that our courses are subject to review on an ongoing basis. The content of course modules and mode of associated assessments may be updated on an annual basis. This is to ensure that all modules are up to date and responsive to employment and sector needs. The published course material and the programme specification contain indicative ‘optional modules’ that may be subject to change due to circumstances outside of our control. For this reason we cannot guarantee to run any specific optional module.

Assessment methods

Level Assessment method
Level One Coursework (90%), Written exams (10%)

Learning activities

Level Learning activity
Level One Guided independent study (37%), Scheduled learning and teaching activities (63%)

Contact The University

Key facts

  • Course type:
  • Start date:
    27/04/2020 (Full) 15/06/2020 or 19/10/2020
  • Location:
    The University of Bolton
  • Award:
  • Duration:
    9 weeks

Contact us

Sally Preece
Programme Leader
Telephone: +44 (0)1204 903613

Richard Bailey
Lecturer in English for Academic Purposes
Telephone: +44 (0)1204 903783

Enquiry Team
University of Bolton
Telephone: +44 (0)1204 903903