Pre-sessional Course

English course english language courses (From 5 weeks)

Chelmsford, Cambridge Chelmsford, Cambridge

April, May, June, July, August, September, October, November, December


Prepare for academic study at Anglia Ruskin University. Our Pre-sessional English course lasts between five and 20 weeks. By the end of the course you should feel confident communicating in English and ready to start your degree course.

Full description

Course content

Our Pre-sessional Course is a full-time programme, with 21 hours of language lessons plus a one-hour lecture each week.


The course includes:

  • English 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 the Pre-sessional course description and sample timetable

Course dates and fees

The courses below will suit you if you're starting a degree course at Anglia Ruskin in January 2020.


Course length Start date End date Course fee
20 weeks 5 August 2019 20 December 2019 £6,500
18 weeks 19 August 2019 20 December 2019 £5,850
15 weeks 09 September 2019
20 December 2019
12 weeks 30 September 2019 20 December 2019
10 weeks 14 October 2019
20 December 2019
6 weeks 11 November 2019 20 December 2019 £1,950
5 weeks 18 November 2019 20 December 2019


The courses below will suit you if you're starting a degree course at Anglia Ruskin in September 2020.

Course length Start date End date Course fee
20 weeks 20 April 2020 4 September 2020 £6,500
18 weeks 5* May 2020 4 September 2020 £5,850
15 weeks 26* May 2020 4 September 2020
12 weeks 15 June 2020 4 September 2020
10 weeks 29 June 2020 4 September 2020
6 weeks 27 July 2020 4 September 2020
5 weeks 3 August 2020 4 September 2020 £1,625


*Please note that these courses begin on Tuesday as Monday is a public holiday.



At the end of the Pre-sessional Course you will take our English Language Proficiency Test (ELPT).

The ELPT tests your writing, speaking, listening and reading skills. It gives you a score for each section as well as an overall score. You should not usually need to take any other English test.

To progress onto your degree at Anglia Ruskin, you will need to successfully complete the Pre-sessional Course and meet the English language requirements for your course.

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

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