Coventry University program

Pre-sessional English Online Award

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

This program is part of the Pre-sessional English Online Award degree offered by Coventry University

Develop your academic English language skills for entry to your destination course 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, build your own strategies for dealing with new vocabulary 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 continue your university journey.

It is recommended that you use a laptop or desktop computer to complete the interactive activities (exercise steps) on the 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.

“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.”

For more information about the award, entry requirements, payment methods and to submit an application, please visit: Coventry University Online - Pre-sessional English.


11 courses

Delivered by the UK's top modern 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.

Please note that the staff described in the 'Who will you learn with?' section below may be subject to change.

  • Coventry University

Who will you learn with?

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.

Course Leader on the PSE Programmes with over 10 years' experience in UK Further and Higher Education. Research interests include technology-enhanced language learning and the student experience.

Learning outcomes

The Pre-sessional English Online Award gives you the opportunity to develop your English language and academic skills to the level required for your destination course at Coventry University.

By completing this award you should 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

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