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Pre-Sessional English for a University of York degree

Improve your English language level and gain valuable skills and knowledge ahead of your degree at the University of York, with a Pre-Sessional English (PSE) course.

All of our Pre-Sessional courses are taught at the University of York International Pathway College, located on the University campus.

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Why might I need to take a PSE course?

The University of York International Pathway College offers a range of Pre-Sessional English (PSE) courses for postgraduate students who have accepted a conditional offer to study at the University of York.

This comprehensive course will focus on developing your English language level and academic writing skills, helping you prepare for master’s degree-level study.  You will also have the opportunity to experience university life before you start your degree.

If you have applied for an undergraduate degree or have an unconditional offer for a degree at a UK university, Pre-Sessional English courses are also available at the International Pathway College.

Courses for postgraduate students

  • Pre-Sessional English (PSE)

    You can choose from 5 different subject areas to suit your degree:

    • Arts and Humanities
    • Sciences, Engineering and Maths
    • Social Sciences
    • Postgraduate Language Teaching
    • Postgraduate Management

    Courses are taught over 10, 15, or 20 weeks, depending on your current English language level, and the entry requirements for your university degree. The 15 and 20-week options include additional study of general academic and English language skills.

Other options

Reasons to study Pre-Sessional English

while studying in the historic city of York

including the library, IT suites and sports facilities

Guaranteed accommodation on or close to campus

for the duration of your PSE course

Progressing to the University of York

When you successfully complete your programme, providing you meet the entry requirements for your degree, you’re guaranteed progression to the University of York.

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Any questions?

If you have any questions about Pre-Sessional courses at the University of York International College, please get in touch.