Pre-sessional English courses
Due to the ever-changing nature of the pandemic, both in the UK and throughout the world, we have decided for this year to provide our pre-sessional courses as online only. This will allow students from all over the world, wherever you are, to access our high-quality teaching to better prepare you for your future DMU degree.
I can assure you that you will receive our usual excellent standard of teaching, and that successful completion of the course will enable you to meet the English entry requirement for your Bachelor's or Master’s programme at DMU - Philip Rule, Director of CELL
Pre-sessional English courses allow you to study English with the objective of reaching the language requirements necessary to enrol on your chosen undergraduate or postgraduate course. On a pre-sessional English course, you will learn and improve your:
As well as this, you will be able to develop study skills such as independent learning, critical thinking and research. These skills are all vital for successful study at undergraduate and postgraduate level at DMU.
If you have already reached the required level, attendance at the pre-sessional is not compulsory but highly recommended. Non-DMU students are also welcome to study English at the university on the standard route.
Courses, fees and dates
CELL is offering three pre-sessional courses in 2021: Pre-sessional C (PSC), Pre-sessional D (PSD) and Pre-sessional E (PSE).
Each course is intended to raise your English level by the equivalent of 0.5 of an IELTS score.
You will need an IELTS 6.0 equivalent to enrol onto most DMU degree courses, or an IELTS 6.5 equivalent to apply for MPhil/PhD study and some postgraduate courses.
You should choose your pre-sessional course in relation to your current English language level and the IELTS equivalent level that you need to start your degree course. See What are pre-sessional entry levels? in the frequently asked questions below for further explanation and examples of how to choose the correct pre-sessional entry courses.
CELL’s online pre-sessional courses will last for 13 weeks. You can join at an appropriate entry level. There are usually three entry levels.
Pre-sessional course dates: from Monday 24 May 2021 to Friday 27 August 2021
Fees, exact dates and entry levels will be confirmed shortly.
Our online courses will be a mix of:
- live face-to-face online teaching sessions in groups
- interactive live session activities delivered in an encouraging and supportive teaching style
- regular, individual tutorials with one of your main teachers
- asynchronous (guided self-study) work, created by our experienced in-house staff, to prepare you for the live face-to-face online sessions
- a series of guided tasks to complete during the courses, e.g., essay, presentation, research, seminar preparation, discussion preparation, depending on the course
Frequently asked questions
Why haven’t you published dates and fees yet?
Due to the shifting nature of the Covid-19 pandemic, we do not want to put out fixed decisions on dates and fees for 2021 too far in advance, only to have to make repeated changes to those decisions as the pandemic situation changes. Such actions are known as U-turns and we have tried to avoid these as far as possible. U-turns will mean students have to change their plans based on changing information from us, which we hope to avoid.
Therefore, when we do put out 2021 dates and fees, hopefully by the end of January to early February, it should minimise any future changes and allow you to make your specific decisions for 2021 with fewer changes in the future.
What will I get out of doing a 2021 pre-sessional course at CELL?
Our pre-sessional English courses allow you to study English with the aim of reaching the language requirements that you need to start your chosen DMU undergraduate or postgraduate course.
During our pre-sessional English courses, you will learn and improve your:
- vocabulary and grammar
- academic reading and writing skills
- lecture listening, identifying key information in all listening activities
- speaking – seminar and discussion skills, presentations
- researching information and note-taking
- critical skills when reading, writing, listening & speaking
- paraphrasing, summarising, referencing, avoiding plagiarism
- how to check & proofread your own work
- independent learning
- UK academic culture – what is expected of you when doing a DMU degree
All of these skills are vital for successful study at both undergraduate and postgraduate level at DMU.
What experience does CELL have of online teaching?
In 2020, we successfully taught over 600 pre-sessional students, all online. We have a pool of highly experienced staff and have external recognition for our own creative and relevant in-house materials.
We were the first section of DMU to offer full face-to-face online teaching sessions when the pandemic first hit the UK early last year. Our pre-sessional materials are developed in-house, and CELL colleagues have created numerous asynchronous (guided self-study) materials to support our live face-to-face online teaching.
CELL at DMU has been shortlisted as a Finalist in the Green Gown Awards 2020 specifically for the quality and relevance of that material, focusing on sustainability issues.
Learning English through sustainability: Teaching international students English for academic purposes using the SDGs
What are pre-sessional entry levels?
You will need a good level of English language ability to start your DMU degree. This is usually found in your offer letter. Most DMU degrees ask for an IELTS equivalent level of 6.0, while some postgraduate degrees and MPhil/PhD study need 6.5 IELTS equivalent. This is your degree entry level
You should then determine what your current IELTS or IELTS equivalent level is. This is your pre-sessional entry level. For each half point below your degree entry level, you do one of our pre-sessional courses.
We have three 3 different pre-sessional courses. Each of our courses is intended to raise your English level by an IELTS equivalent of 0.5. So, your final exit level of our pre-sessionals should be your degree entry level.
Sammy needs degree entry level 6.0 to do an Interior Design (BA) degree but is currently at 5.0. This will be his pre-sessional entry level and so, he will have to do the our last two pre-sessionals. If he passes in August he will exit at IELTS equivalent 6.0 and be able to start his degree.
Mona needs degree entry level 6.5 to do Education Studies (MA) but is currently 5.0, so this is her pre-sessional entry level. She will have to do all three of our 2021 pre-sessionals, increasing her level by 0.5 IELTS equivalent for each course. If she passes all three courses, in August she will exit at IELTS equivalent 6.5 and be able to start her degree.
I'm an international student and worried about all this uncertainty.
We understand that this can be a difficult and worrying time for everyone. For information about DMU's response to the pandemic, please visit the Your DMU Future pages
, which include all the latest information on how DMU is working to ensure students get the experience they deserve. We particularly recommend reading our information for international students page
We hope that the above information has been helpful for you. If you have any specific queries about our 2021 courses or would like further information, you are welcome to contact our admin team: firstname.lastname@example.org
Note: When we do finalise 2021 course dates and fees, it may take up to 2 weeks to fully process your application. Please therefore apply as early as possible to maximise the chance of starting your pre-sessional courses on time.
View the Centre for English Language Learning (CELL) brochure.