English language pre-sessional courses

As well as helping you meet the English requirements for your degree programme, our pre-sessional courses will introduce you to life in Edinburgh and UK academic culture.

If you’re thinking of studying at Edinburgh Napier, you have the option of attending pre-sessional English courses that will not only strengthen your English significantly, but will also equip you with useful academic skills to ensure success on your degree course. 

Why study a pre-sessional English course? 

Our pre-sessional courses are designed for students joining undergraduate or postgraduate courses at Edinburgh Napier University. Whether you need to increase your English language scores for entry or you have reached the required English level but would like to learn more about studying in a UK university before starting your degree, we have a course suitable for you. 

Courses include 20 hours of classes per week covering: 
  • academic writing, reading, listening and speaking skills
  • research and presentation skills
  • UK academic culture
  • Scottish and UK culture
  • practical English
  • Edinburgh Napier University Language Test preparation 
  • 20 hours of class per week
  • Small class sizes and ongoing academic support
  • Dedicated practical support with all aspects of life in Edinburgh
  • Conversation Club and social activities

January 2018 courses

Study one of our pre-sessional course before starting your degree course in January 2018. Choose from our year-long, 12-week or 6-week courses.

Course  Dates Entry requirements Fees
Year-long English course** 25 September 2017 - 24 August 
IELTS for UKVI 4.0, with no skill below 4.0    

12-week winter pre-sessional     25 September - 15 December 2017     IELTS for UKVI 5.0, with no skill below 4.5
6-week winter pre-sessional 6 November - 15 December 2017 IELTS for UKVI 5.5, with on skill below 5.0 £1,320

** Minimum class size of 8 students applies - we reserve the right to cancel the course if the minimum class size is not met. 

September 2018 courses

Study one of our pre-sessional course before starting your degree course in September 2018. Choose from our 8-month, 12-week or 6-week courses or get ready for studying in Scotland with our 4-week academic skills programme.

Course  Dates Entry requirements Fees
8-month English course 8 January - 24 August 2018 IELTS for UKVI 4.5, with no skill below 4.5              £5,885
12-week summer pre-sessional 11 June - 31 August 2018   IELTS for UKVI 5.0, with no skill below 4.5
6-week summer pre-sessional 16 July - 24 August 2018 IELTS for UKVI 5.5, with no skill below 5.0
4-week academic skills induction programme* 30 July - 24 August 2018 Unconditional offer for degree course plus
IELTS 6.0, with no skill below 5.5

* Suitable for students who have the University's required English level. Highly recommended as preparation for study in the United Kingdom. 

How to apply

Year-long English course

Apply for our year-long course, starting in January 2018, online.

Apply online

8-month English course

Apply for our 8-month English course, starting in September 2018, online.

Apply online

4, 6 and 12 week courses

Get in touch with our Admissions Teams to apply to study these pre-sessional courses.

If you are considering studying an undergraduate course with us after your English course, contact ugadmissions@napier.ac.uk

If you are considering studying a postgraduate course with us after your English course, please contact pgadmissions@napier.ac.uk

Find out about our degree courses

Ongoing study support

During the first trimester of your degree, you will continue to be supported in your transition to UK academic culture by your pre-sessional tutors. Weekly workshops will help you understand the expectations on your course of study and introduce you to the following support services: 

Contact us

If you have any questions regarding our English courses, please email efl.enquiries@napier.ac.uk or phone +44 (0)131 455 4455. 

Our English as a Foreign Language programme 

What our students say

“I enjoyed being taught by professional teachers who enhanced my knowledge and my skills during the course. I really appreciate your time, expertise and patience.”

“The happiest memory is to study with teachers, and I have made many friends here. I indeed like it. My personal tutor was really very helpful and great.”

“I learned a lot in the pre-sessional programme. I think this programme is perfect.”

“The quality is absolutely high. My listening, speaking, academic reading and writing skills were all improved through these classes.”

“I DO love my teachers! They explain the content very clearly and they support my learning. They are the best!”

“I think everything in Napier is really very good, so we can learn very happily and easily. I believe I can improve myself in the future in Napier!”

“If someone asked me about overseas university the first university that I would like to recommend is Napier.”