English language pre-sessional courses

Our pre-sessional courses will help you achieve the English language requirements for your degree course, as well as introduce you to our academic culture and life in Edinburgh.

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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 (not applicable to our 4-week academic skills induction programme)
Features:
  • 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

All pre-sessional courses in 2022

Long-term English Courses – progressing onto ENU in September 2022

Course 

Dates

Entry requirements

End-of-course Outcome

Fees

5 Month English Course

28 March –

19 August 2022

IELTS 5.0, with no skill below 4.5             

IELTS 6.0

£4,675

Summer Pre-sessional Courses – progressing onto ENU in September 2022

Course 

Dates

Entry requirements

End-of-course Outcome

Fees

11-week

summer pre-sessional

06 June – 19 August 2022

IELTS for UKVI 5.0, with no skill below 4.5

IELTS 6.0

£3,440

6-week

summer pre-sessional

11 July - 19 August 2022

IELTS for UKVI 5.5, with no skill below 5.0

IELTS 6.0

£1,590

4-week academic skills induction programme

25 July - 19 August 2022

Unconditional offer for degree course plus
IELTS 6.0, with no skill below 5.5

N/A

£780

PG/Research

10-week summer pre-sessional

13 June – 19 August 2022 

IELTS for UKVI 6.0, with no skill below 5.5

IELTS 7.0

£3,130

PG/Research

6-week summer pre-sessional

11 July –

19 August 2022

IELTS for UKVI 6.5, with no skill below 6.0

IELTS 7.0

£1,590


Winter Pre-sessional Courses – progressing onto ENU in January 2023

Course 

Dates

Entry requirements

End-of-course Outcome

Fees

12-week

winter

pre-sessional

19 September –

9 December 2022    

IELTS for UKVI 5.0, with no skill below 4.5

IELTS 6.0

£3,750

6-week

winter

pre-sessional

31 October –

9 December 2022

IELTS for UKVI 5.5, with no skill below 5.0

IELTS 6.0

£1,590


Long-term English Courses – progressing onto ENU in September 2023

Course

Dates

Entry requirements

End-of-course Outcome

Fees

Year-long English course

19 September 2022 – 18 August 2023   

IELTS 4.0, with no skill below 4.0    

IELTS 6.0

£9,940

9-month English Course

31 October 2022 – 18 August 2023

IELTS 4.5, with no skill below 4.0             

IELTS 6.0

£8,445

8-month English Course

9 January –

18 August 2023

IELTS 4.5, with no skill below 4.5             

IELTS 6.0

£7,015

5-month English Course

27 March –

18 August 2023

IELTS 5.0, with no skill below 4.5             

IELTS 6.0

£4,815

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

**We aim to run all our courses face-to-face on campus in 2022. However, we reserve the right to make the final decision on whether a course will be online or on campus depending on the circumstances of the Covid-19 pandemic at that time.

How to apply

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

Contact our undergraduate team if you are considering studying an undergraduate course with us after your English pre-sessional.

Contact our postgraduate team if you are considering studying a postgraduate course with us after your English pre-sessional.

Find out about our degree courses

If you need any help throughout any stage of your application, please do not hesitate to contact us directly on EAP.Enquiries@napier.ac.uk

Visa and immigration requirements

If you are coming to study a pre-sessional English language course before your degree course, and you require a Tier 4 (General) student visa to study in the UK, you will need to undertake an English language test, which has been approved by the United Kingdom Visa and Immigration Service (UKVI), at a UKVI-approved test centre.

There are two approved tests;

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. 

Ongoing language and academic support

 IELTS for UKVI 4.0, with no skill below 4.0

£4,675

£4,675

£4,675

Contact us

Contact our EAP programme coordinator April Tsai by telephone on +44 (0)131 455 4445 or get in touch by email.

Our English for Academic Purposes 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.”