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Pre-sessional Pathway Programme

Accredited by the British CouncilThe Pre-sessional Programme is intended for International Students who are planning to undertake undergraduate or postgraduate study at York St John University. The aim of the course is to give you the best possible start in your academic studies by equipping you with the language and study skills essential for success.

The course is accredited by the British Council, guaranteeing you quality in teaching, study facilities and accommodation. We offer state-of-the-art teaching facilities, including an excellent multi-media Language Support Centre, where a qualified teacher will give you individual attention to assist you in meeting your personal study goals.

General Information How to Apply Payment of Fees Accommodation


Main themes

The three main themes of the course:

Academic Language Development - you will practise listening, speaking, reading and writing skills for communication in academic contexts, and develop your language fluency, accuracy, pronunciation and vocabulary.

Academic Language and Study Skills - you will work on items such as seminar skills, listening and note-taking, writing essays, approaches to extended reading and delivering oral presentations. You will also cover strategies for studying, library and IT skills and using the Internet for research.

Orientation to York St John University and the Campus - an introduction and integration into British academic culture and student life in York.

There are 3 stages of the Pre-sessional Programme:

  • 15 week
  • 8 week
  • 5 week

Age Limit: Normally 18+


Entry Requirements

To join our pre-sessional Pathway Programmes you will need:

  • 15 week - IELTS 4.5 with no skill lower than 4
  • 8 week - IELTS 5.0 with no skill lower than 4.5
  • 5 week - IELTS 5.5 with no skill lower than 5.0


Course Dates

Please note: Your enrolment and induction will take place the week before the start of the programme. Further details will be provided in your offer.  

Table 1 offers Pre-sessional programmes for students starting academic programmes in September 2015. 

Table 2 offers Pre-sessional programmes for students starting academic programmes in January 2016.

Table 1: Programme Start Finish
15 week                           May    26th (Tuesday) 2015      September 7th 2015
8 week July    13th (Monday)  2015 September 7th 2015
5 week August 3rd  (Monday)  2015 September 7th 2015

Table 2: Programme Start Finish
15 week                            September 14th  (Monday) 2015 January 11th 2016
8 week November  2nd   (Monday) 2015 January 11th 2016   
5 week November  23rd  (Monday) 2015 January 11th 2016

Please note:

There will be a 2 week break from classes for Christmas and New Year.

Classes finish December 18th 2015 and return January 4th 2016.


Sample Timetable: 18 hours per week, Monday to Fridays with breaks for coffee and lunch as follows:







9:00 – 10:30


Academic Study Skills

10:30 – 11:00

Coffee Break

11:00 – 12:30

Academic Study Skills

12:30 – 1:30

Lunch Break

1:30 – 3:00

Academic Study Skills

Academic Study Skills


Academic Study Skills


E: ysjinternational@yorksj.ac.uk

T: +44 1904 876678
F: +44 1904 876929