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Improve your English before your course

Our pre-sessional English language pathways are ideal if you need to improve your English before starting one of our courses. We offer various pre-sessional programmes based on your needs and English proficiency.

If you have a conditional offer to study with us, we have three pathways that will enable you to meet our English language entry requirements without the need to retake your IELTS test – PALSS, PELS and subject-specific programmes. If you have an unconditional offer, you may be interested in our Essex Academic Skills Programme.

You can study a pre-sessional pathway before the start of your main course at Essex. The right pathway for you depends on your current IELTS score and the subject you'll be studying afterwards. Our pre-sessional finder will show you the options available to you.

If you plan to join the second year of an undergraduate course and need a pre-sessional pathway, please email for more information on entry requirements.

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If you have any queries about our pre-sessional English courses, please contact us.