Pre-Sessional English

Our Foundation and Pre-Masters programmes include modules to improve your English language and study skills. However, for students who do not quite meet our English language requirements, and who want to increase their confidence about studying abroad  before the start of their main programme, we offer our 1 new message ( Preparation for University Studies course which is a 10-week or 12-week online programme.

Course Structure

The main focus of the pre-sessional is on developing language skills in the four disciplines of reading, writing, speaking and listening. Teaching takes place in small groups and each student is assigned a personal tutor who will meet you at least once per week to discuss your progress. The course balances tutor-led teaching with self-study. There will be a mixture of interactive, class-based discussion and listening tasks set by the teacher, as well as guided reading and written tasks to develop skills. Throughout the course, students will be supported through regular face-to-face online tutorials to discuss progress or ask for  feedback. Formative feedback will be provided throughout the course and assessment will be a mixture of coursework and online tests.

The course will focus on: 

  • Academic culture and transitioning to higher¬†education
  • English for¬†university¬†and language development.
  • Critical reading, writing,¬†speaking¬†and listening.
  • Structure and coherence in academic writing.
  • Extensive reading, note-taking,¬†summarising¬†and referencing.
  • Speaking skills for discussions.
  • Presentation speaking practice.

We emphasise the importance of developing as an independent learner and your individual tutorials will give you the opportunity to reflect on your own strengths and weaknesses as well as getting feedback from your tutor.

Programme Length

10 or 12 weeks

Entry Requirements

12-week course: students will need to have an IELTS score of 4.0 or equivalent in all 4 parts of the test.

10-week course: students will need to have an IELTS score of 5.0 or equivalent in all 4 parts of the test.


‚ā¨2,250 for 10 weeks | ‚ā¨3,200 for 12 weeks

UniHaven Contact Info

UniHaven Office

Devoy Quarter, John Devoy Road, Naas
Co. Kildare

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