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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 skils, 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 2014. 

Table 2 offers Pre-sessional programmes for students starting academic programmes in January 2015.

Table 1: Programme Start Finish
15 week May 27 (Tuesday) 2014 September 8 2014
8 week July 14 2014 September 8 2014
5 week August 4 2014 September 8 2014

Table 2: Programme Start Finish
15 week September 15 2014 January 12 2015
8 week November 3 2014 January 12 2015
5 week November 24 2014 January 12 2015

Please note:

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

Classes finish December 19 2014 and return January 5 2015.


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