Course description

Our English for Academic Purposes (EAP) Pre-sessional course lasts for between 1 and 4 terms (10 – 40 weeks), and will provide you with the necessary academic English language proficiency to progress on to a degree level course. The length of course you take will depend on your current level of English.


The course offers a combination of academic English language classes along with an introduction to academic study skills to help prepare you for further study in the UK. The morning "core skills" classes will focus on the four language skills of listening, reading, writing and speaking in an academic context, along with grammar, vocabulary and study skills.  In the afternoon, you will study different classes based on your level; for example:

    • Extensive reading and listening skills
    • Grammar for writing
    • Culture & communication
    • Reading for writing & speaking
    • Listening for reading & speaking

These classes are not optional and form part of your EAPP course.


Your timetable will depend on whether the course is being taught completely online, or a combination of online and on-campus teaching (the content is exactly the same for both modes of delivery). Usually, you will study for 21 hours per week, which includes 14 hours of "core skills" live learning lessons in classes of up to 16 students (either online or on-campus). You will also have 2 hours of live afternoon classes each week focussing on academic skills / culture and communication, plus integrated learning tasks to complete, which we recommend you spend at least 1 hour per day on. In your core skills classes, you will also have individual or small group tutorials with your tutor every week.