Online Microcredential

Pre-sessional English Online Award

Develop your academic English language skills for successful study at university.

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Coventry UniversityCoventry University

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Develop your academic English language skills for study at university.

The Pre-sessional English Online Award from Coventry University is a series of short online courses, delivered over 14 weeks. The award aims to equip you with the English language skills required for success at university in the UK.

You’ll have the opportunity to explore the language specific to higher education in the UK and develop an understanding of what is expected of you as a student in the UK.

You’ll also have the opportunity to build on your writing, reading and listening skills, move beyond IELTS to develop your critical thinking skills, and produce work that reflects the standard required for your destination course.

At the end of the Award you will take assessments that allow you to demonstrate you have the English language ability and academic skills required for your destination course.

This award costs £1,500 and on successful completion you will be able to apply for your desired course to continue your university journey.

It is recommended that you use a laptop or desktop computer to complete the interactive activities (exercise steps) on this PSE Online Award. Whilst some activities will work on a mobile or tablet device, it is recommended that you switch to a computer if you encounter any issues. For pronunciation activities you will be required to use Google Chrome web browser in order for the activity to work correctly.

If you have not yet made an application for the Award and would like to do so, please visit: Coventry University Online - Pre-sessional English.

Please click here to view the Regulations which apply to Pre-sessional English (PSE) courses delivered by Coventry University College Limited, supported by Coventry University Online Limited, with the qualification being awarded by Coventry University Group.

What skills will you learn?

  • Critical thinking
  • Creating written academic texts
  • Critical approach to reading
  • Formal academic style
  • Developing academic vocabulary
  • Presentation skills
  • Seminar skills
  • Listening skills for academic settings
  • Note-taking skills
  • Using source material appropriately
  • Referencing source material correctly
  • Reflecting on learning

What you will achieve

By the end of the microcredential, you’ll be able to...

  • Recognise the features of academic culture and the expectations of UK higher education
  • Communicate effectively in a diverse range of situations and operate in an intercultural environment through effective use of academic English in speech and writing
  • Analyse and engage with different types of text and be able to develop your own texts
  • Listen to and take notes from a variety of spoken texts to complete authentic academic tasks
  • Exploit digital technologies to support study on your academic course and beyond
  • Work both collaboratively and independently and to critically reflect on learning
  • Take a critical approach when engaging with and producing texts
  • Recognise the skills you have developed which are transferable to the workplace and have strategies for communicating this to potential employers

Are you eligible for this microcredential?

Learners will need to provide evidence of their current language level in order to be accepted onto the Online Award. Learners should be half an IELTS point or equivalent below the English language level required to apply for their destination degree programme.

Learners will need to have a laptop or PC, a webcam, and a headset with microphone, as well as a strong internet connection.

Is this microcredential right for you?

The PSE Online Award is suitable for learners who are looking to improve their English language skills by 0.5 IELTs equivalent in order to apply for their destination degree programme.

The PSE Online Award is also suitable for learners who have already met the entry requirements of their chosen degree programme, but who would like to prepare for their future studies by exploring and practising language and skills used in an academic context.


What happens before, during, and after your microcredential

  • Course 1

    From 18 Jan 2021

    Preparing for Academic Study

    Prepare to study at university, explore the qualities of a successful student, and learn key vocabulary in an academic context.

    2 weeks

    3 hours per week

  • Course 2

    From 1 Feb 2021

    Exploring Academic Writing

    Explore what your tutors are expecting from your writing at university and learn strategies to help you approach any writing task.

    1 week

    7 hours per week

  • Course 3

    From 8 Feb 2021

    Listening for Success at University

    Develop strategies to deal with the wide array of listening tasks at university.

    1 week

    7 hours per week

  • Course 4

    From 15 Feb 2021

    Using Sources in your Work at University

    Find out why we use sources to support our work at university and how to do it successfully.

    1 week

    7 hours per week

  • Course 5

    From 22 Feb 2021

    Developing Critical Thinking Skills at University

    Demonstrate a critical approach that reflects common practise in your field.

    1 week

    7 hours per week

  • Course 6

    From 1 Mar 2021

    Finding an Appropriate Style

    Discuss the formality of different situations and develop your own academic style.

    1 week

    7 hours per week

  • Course 7

    From 8 Mar 2021

    Improving your Presentation Skills

    Identify ways to refine your presentations at university or in your field of expertise.

    1 week

    7 hours per week

  • Course 8

    From 15 Mar 2021

    Developing a Critical Approach to Reading and Writing

    Apply your knowledge of sources, assessing their validity and usefulness in your writing.

    1 week

    7 hours per week

  • Course 9

    From 22 Mar 2021

    Report Writing at University

    Explore the structure, content and purpose of different types of academic reports.

    1 week

    7 hours per week

  • Course 10

    From 29 Mar 2021

    Preparing for Assessment

    Investigate the most common types of assessments you may encounter at university.

    1 week

    7 hours per week

  • Course 11

    From 5 Apr 2021

    Demonstrating Academic Language and Skills

    Prepare for and take the final assessments of the PSE Online Award.

    3 weeks

    10 hours per week

  • After learning

    Learners will be able to use their newly developed skills and language to participate and engage with their destination degree programme.

What is a microcredential?

Microcredentials are designed to upskill you for work in rapidly-growing industries, without the time and cost commitment of a full degree. Your microcredential can stand alone as an independent credential, and some also offer academic credit to use towards a degree.

Learn online with expert instructors

Complete online courses led by experts over multiple weeks with a dedicated group of professionals.

Complete project-based assessments

Test your understanding with online tutor-marked assessments and exercises.

Earn a professional credential

Finish your learning and pass your assessments to gain an accredited credential.

Advance further in your career

Use your microcredential as evidence of your specialised skills and progress further in your industry.

Career-focused learning by Coventry University

Coventry secured 5 QS Stars for Teaching and Online Learning in the QS World University Ranking 2020 and has received No. 1 in the world for Massive Open Online Courses in MoocLab’s World University Ranking 2021.

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Delivered by experts

I have taught English as a Foreign Language for more than thirty years in Egypt, Japan and at universities in the UK. I am now Director of Pre-sessional English Courses at Coventry University.

Teaching international learners for over 15 years, helping hundreds of students progress to university study in the UK. Passionate online learning advocate bringing the classroom to your browser.

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