Pre-sessional Course – Cambridge Ruskin International College (CRIC)

Short course, english course english language courses (From 5 weeks)


February, March, April, May, June, August, September, October, November, December, January


Join our intensive English language course, designed for students coming to study at Cambridge Ruskin International College (CRIC). Feel confident communicating in English and ready to start your CRIC course.

Full description

Course content

The Pre-sessional Course is full-time and includes 22 study hours a week, comprising 21 hours of classroom tuition and a one-hour lecture.


Course content includes:

  • 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 CRIC Pre-sessional Course description and sample timetable

Course dates and fees

The courses below offer a pathway for entry onto a foundation programme at CRIC starting in January 2020.

Course length Start date End date Course fee
20 weeks 05 August 2019 20 December 2019
15 weeks 09 September 2019 20 December 2019
12 weeks 30 September 2019 20 December 2019
10 weeks 14 October 2019 20 December 2019
5 weeks 18 November 2019 20 December 2019 £1,625


The courses below offer a pathway for entry onto a foundation programme at CRIC starting in May 2020.

Course length Start date End date Course fee
20 weeks 06 January 2020 29 May 2020
15 weeks 03 February 2020 29 May 2020
12 weeks 24 February 2020 29 May 2020
10 weeks 09 March 2020 29 May 2020
5 weeks 27 April 2020 29 May 2020 £1,625

Please note there is no teaching between 6 - 17 April 2020.


The courses below offer a pathway for entry onto a foundation programme at CRIC starting in  September 2020.

Course length Start date End date Course fee
20 weeks 20 April 2020 04 September 2020
15 weeks 26* May 2019 04 September 2020
12 weeks 15 June 2020 04 September 2020
10 weeks 29 June 2020 04 September 2020
5 weeks 03 August 2020 04 September 2020 £1,625
*Tuesday start as Monday is a public holiday


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 pathway programme at Anglia Ruskin you will need to successfully complete the Pre-sessional Course and meet the required English requirements for your CRIC 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?

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

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 take their IELTS at an approved test centre.

If you're applying from the EU we can accept other English tests; email for more information.

Please note we can only accept students onto our pre-sessional courses who have 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 4.0
15 weeks 4.5
12 weeks 4.5
10 weeks 5.0
5 weeks 5.5

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 the individual scores of your English test.

  • 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 .

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