We will add a pre-sessional English course to your offer if your English language skills are not strong enough to go straight into an academic course at the College. We offer English tuition from an approximate equivalent of IELTS level 4.0 upwards.
We offer two kinds of English preparation: pre-sessional English preparation for pre-masters courses, and integrated English for foundation certificate courses.
When you apply: proving your English ability
Even if you choose to take one of our Pre-sessional English courses, you will need to show proof of your English language ability when you apply to study at the College. This usually takes the form of an IELTS test (or equivalent). Prospective students are reccommended to sit the PTE Academic test (Pearson’s test of English academic). It’s fast, reliable and secure and consists of just a single three-hour session that covers all four skills. Available around the world, the test can be arranged with just 48 hours notice and results are typically available within five business days.
Pre-masters pre-Sessional English
Glasgow International College is now offering pre-sessional English courses to potential pre-masters students. These English courses are highly intensive and have one goal – to help you achieve the required level of English to study at postgraduate level in the UK!
In accordance with Tier 4 visa regulations, pre-masters students will need to have a minimum IELTS level of 5.5 (or Equivalent SELT score) with a minimum of 5.5 in each component. A full list of UKBA-approved secure English language yests are available here.
What is involved in a pre-sessional English course for pre-masters students?
This is a specialised, intensive English course with a strong focus on exam preparation and individual attention. You will receive 24 hours tuition per week, plus self-study and access to online exam practice. The mock exams will identify any skills weaknesses you may have, and these will be addressed in tutorials.
Integrated English studies for foundation students – what is covered?
Integrated English courses provide 20 hours per week of interactive classroom-based foundation English tuition, plus a further 20 hours per week of guided self-study. Assignments include English language project work in the local community and online activities, as well as foundation English preparation for classes.
You will also be assigned a personal learning support tutor who you will meet at regular intervals to discuss your progress and provide extra help with any areas that you find difficult.
Watch a video of Kenyan student Marcella Kitur talking about the benefits of having a learning support tutor:
When can I start?
Integrated English courses have intakes throughout the year. This means you will be able to start your academic studies as soon as possible. Contact us for more information.