Pre-sessional courses


Due to the ongoing COVID-19 crisis, all our summer 2020 Pre-sessional courses will be run online, through a combination of live remote classes and interactive distance learning materials developed by our CELL team. 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 courses allow prospective students to study English with the objective of reaching the language requirements necessary to enrol on their undergraduate or postgraduate course. On a Pre-sessional English course, you will learn and improve your:

  • vocabulary
  • grammar
  • writing
  • listening
  • reading
  • speaking

As well as this, students 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 your English is at a low, pre-intermediate level, such as IELTS 3.0, you are recommended to complete the Intensive General English Course (IGEC).



Use the table below to work out which courses you should take. Each course will raise your English level by the equivalent of 0.5 of an IELTS score.

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.

All students applying for MPhil/PhD study require IELTS 6.5 in order to access their courses. Students applying for undergraduate and postgraduate taught courses should refer to specific course pages for the required IELTS level. 


Which English language courses do you need to take?
Current CEFR Level IGEC
(IELTS 3.0)
Course A
Course B
Course C
Course D
Course E







Fees and dates 

Below are the dates for the intensive general English courses and pre-sessional courses.

Course dates and fees 2019/20
Course (entry IELTS) Exit 
Start and end dateCostDuration
Pre-sessional English Language Course - 25 hours per week
B (IELTS 4.5) 5.0 15 June 2020 - 17 July 2020 £1,700 5 weeks
C (IELTS 5.0) 5.5 20 July 2020 - 14 Aug 2020 £1,416 4 weeks
D (IELTS 5.5) 6.0 17 Aug 2020 - 11 Sept 2020 £1,416 4 weeks

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Course dates and fees 2019/20

Course (entry IELTS)Exit
Start and end dateCostDuration
Intensive General English Course - 21 Hours Per Week
IGEC Autumn (IELTS 3.0) 3.5 14 Oct 2019 - 13 Dec 2019 £3,013 9 weeks
IGEC Spring (IELTS 3.5) 4.0 6 Jan 2020 - 28 Feb 2020 £2,678 8 weeks
Pre Sessional English Language Course - 25 Hours Per Week
C (IELTS 5.0) 5.5 15 June 2020 - 17 July 2020 £1,700 5 weeks
D (IELTS 5.5) 6.0 20 July 2020 - 14 Aug 2020 £1,416 4 weeks
E (IELTS 6.0) 6.5 17 Aug 2020 - 11 Sept 2020 £1,416 4 weeks

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* IELTS Equivalent

Note: All fees are subject to change.



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