All About The 12 Week Academic Pre-sessional (Level 1)


Our 12 Week Academic Pre-sessional (Level 1) is a full-time programme which is perfect for you if:

  • You need to develop your academic skills and academic English language ability as a condition of entry to Swansea University
  • You have an IELTS 5.0 (or equivalent) with a minimum of 4.5 in all components and need a 6.0 ONLY at the end of the courseWe strongly recommend that you enter the programme with a minimum of 5.0 in Reading and Writing as this will give you the best chance of success.
  • See Apply Now for more details of our entry requirements for this course and our recommendations for your reading and writing scores.

Course Information

The intensive 12 Week Academic Pre-sessional (Level 1) will build your confidence and enable you to begin your degree at Swansea University with a good understanding of the expectations of academic study in a UK university. The course will help you to develop the following:

  • Language Skills for Academic Studies
  • Subject-Related Academic Reading and Writing
  • Subject-Related Listening and Note-taking Skills for Academic Lectures
  • Academic Speaking Skills for Presentations, Seminars, and Tutorials
  • Use of Academic Sources and Referencing Skills
  • Critical Thinking
  • Individual Subject-Related Project

We aim to make your pre-sessional study with us as relevant as possible to your future degree programme by providing subject-related course content. Each week includes 23 hours of organised tuition. In addition, you will be required to carry out a programme of self-study and complete a number of individual assignments. Download a Sample 12-Week Academic Pre-sessional Timetable to find out more about a typical week.  The morning sessions of this course will be run as part of the Academic Pre-sessional programme; the academic lectures and project parts of the course are subject related. The maximum class size is 18.

During the course, you will build a portfolio of coursework which will be used as part of your final assessment. You will have a personal tutor who will meet you regularly to help you to develop individual targets to help you achieve your academic goals and to write your individual project.

The 12 Week Academic Pre-sessional (Level 1) gives you everything you need to maximise your confidence and improve your skills before you begin your degree at the start of the academic year.

Non-teaching dates 

The University will be closed for all UK public and statutory holidays and ELTS classes will not be taught on these days. For a full list of ELTS non-teaching dates, please visit the Dates and Fees section of the ELTS web site. 


You will be assessed using a combination of

  • a portfolio of the work you do during your course (70%)
  • an end of course exam (30%).

The portfolio provides detailed evidence of your language level and skills, your academic skills, and whether you are ready to begin academic study at a UK university.

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2018 Dates, Entry Requirements and Fees

DatesEntry RequirementsFees

12 weeks (Level 1)

18 June - 07 September 2018

IELTS 5.0 (or equivalent)

Minimum 4.5 in all components.

We strongly recommend that you enter the programme with a minimum of 5.0 in Reading and Writing as this will give you the best chance of success.

Exit this pre-sessional for degree programmes requiring a 6.0 ONLY


Course fees include books and course material.

There is a small charge (approx. £10 per person) for the social events to cover the cost of food, refreshments, and bowling. The attendance at these social events is optional.  

Please note that details on how to pay your fees can be found here and the Swansea University Refunds Policy can be found here.

The minimum age to attend all ELTS summer academic pre-sessional programmes is 18 years. There is no maximum age. 


For details about summer accommodation in university halls of residence, please check the university's summer accommodation page which will be updated throughout 2018.

Information about other accommodation options can be found on ELTS' accommodation page.


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To apply please download and complete the ELTS Application Form 2019 and return it to:

Admissions Office
Swansea University
Singleton Park

Or email your application form to:

For admission queries, please phone: +44 (0)1792 295111

If you are an agent or are applying via an agent, please make sure that you complete the agent contact details at the top of this form.


For more information regarding this course or any others we run at ELTS please contact us.