15 week Pre-Sessional English Language Programme

The 15-week Pre-Sessional English language course is highly intensive and designed to help students adapt socially and academically before the start of the academic year as well as enabling them to meet the English language entry requirements for their chosen award.

UCAS Code Study Mode
Duration Start Date Campus Campus Code
Full-time 15 Weeks May Treforest A
Full-time 15 Weeks August Treforest A
UCAS Code Study Mode
Duration Start Date Campus Campus Code
Full-time 15 Weeks May Treforest A
Full-time 15 Weeks August Treforest A

During the 15-week Pre-Sessional English language course you will receive twenty five hours of taught classes each week with regular tutorials and a number of excursions. Most materials will be supplied free of charge although you will be required to purchase two textbook at a cost of approximately £50.

The Pre-Sessional English language course will help you to develop your general and academic English language skills in four key areas:

  • Writing for essays, research reports and examinations
  • Reading journals, articles and books
  • Listening to lectures, debates and discussions
  • Speaking during seminars and presentations

The language of instruction is English.


We use a communicative language teaching approach. This means that you will be expected to actively participate and contribute to the classes. Assessment is by means of coursework, tests, projects and presentations. Students receive individual help and attention through weekly one-to-one tutorials in order to monitor progress and help to develop the skills necessary for academic study at a British university. We have a maximum class size of 18.

Classes run from 9am to 12 noon from Monday to Friday, with afternoon classes from 1pm to 4pm from Monday to Thursday, with occasional field trips on Wednesday afternoon. Therefore, you will have classes for 27 hours most weeks, but 24 hours when there is a Wednesday field trip.

Term dates are listed here.

On every field trip, support is provided by two members of the Centre for International English team per coach. A full risk assessment is conducted before the trip and a departmental mobile number is made available to all students so that contact can be maintained throughout the trip between staff and students.


Assessment is by means of coursework, tests, projects and presentations.

Applicants need a valid offer for an undergraduate or postgraduate degree at the University of South Wales. In addition, you will need a level of English equivalent to 1 IELTS band below the required level for your award.

The minimum expected enrolment age is eighteen. Where a student is below eighteen-years-old, the Centre for International English’s Safeguarding Officer will be responsible for their welfare and tutorials.

All fees are per year. Once you have started your course, your fee will remain the same for each year of study.

August 2016 - July 2017 Fees

  • Full-time UK and EU: TBC
  • Full-time International:  £5175 

August 2017 - July 2018 Fees

  • Full-time UK and EU: TBC
  • Full-time International: TBC

August 2018 - July 2019 Fees

  • Full-time UK and EU: TBC
  • Full-time International: TBC

Additional Costs

Students have access to a wide range of resources including textbooks, publications, and computers in the University’s library and via online resources. In most cases they are more than sufficient to complete a course of study. Where there are additional costs, either obligatory or optional, these are detailed below. Of course students may choose to purchase their own additional personal resources/tools over and above those listed to support their studies at their own expense. All stationery and printing costs are at a student’s own expense.

UK and EU students

Apply via UCAS if you are a UK/EU residing applicant, applying for year 1 of a full-time undergraduate degree, Foundation Year, Foundation Degree or HND and you have not applied through UCAS before. If you are applying to study part-time, to top up your Foundation Degree or HND, or to transfer to USW from another institution, please apply directly

International students

Apply directly to the University if you live outside the UK/EU

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Admissions statement

Upon successful completion of the Pre-sessional English language course students may progress on to their chosen undergraduate or postgraduate course at the University of South Wales.

Our Careers and Employability Service

As a USW student, you will have access to advice from the Careers and Employability Service throughout your studies and after you graduate.

This includes: one-to-one appointments from faculty based Career Advisers, in person, over the phone or even on Skype and through email via the "Ask a Question" service. We also have extensive online resources for help with considering your career options and presenting yourself well to employers. Resources include psychometric tests, career assessments, a CV builder, interview simulator and application help. Our employer database has over 2,000 registered employers targeting USW students, you can receive weekly email alerts for jobs.

Our Careers service has dedicated teams: A central work experience team to help you find relevant placements; an employability development team which includes an employability programme called Grad Edge; and an Enterprise team focused on new business ideas and entrepreneurship.