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Pre-Sessional Foundation Programme

About this course

If you need to improve your English to go to your ideal university, then our Pre-Sessional Foundation Preparation Programme is the right course for you. It is designed specially for students with a High School Diploma who want to go to an English speaking university or Higher Education Institute but need additional help to develop their English.

You have many choices to improve your English, but the best option is to use an officially recognised learning pathway. This means your chosen university or institution has approved your language programme and will provide a Conditional Offer on a Foundation Programme before you even start.

Our programmes offer you a proven pathway to the Foundation Programmes in our Partner universities, including Trinity College Dublin and NCUK partner universities in Ireland and the UK.

Your programme is designed to get you to a minimum score of IELTS 5.0 or equivalent and ensure that you are fully prepared to start your university journey.

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Location
Dublin, Ireland
Age
16+
Duration
3, 6 or 9 months
Class Size
Morning classes - Maximum 14, Average 9
Afternoon classes - Maximum 9, Average 6
Tuition
20 x 60 minutes of group tuition per week
OR 20 x 60 minutes of group tuition per week + 6 X 60 minute of small group electives.
Levels
Levels: A2 or minimum IELTS 3.5 (or equivalent).
Course Code

PFP1 (20 hours)
PFP2 (26 hours)

Start Dates

Every Monday

Sample study paths:

Starting level: 4.5 IELTS (or equivalent)
12 weeks Pre-sessional foundation Programme 2 (PFP2), June - August
+ Trinity College Foundation Programme, September – May

Starting level: 4.0 IELTS (or equivalent)
25 weeks Pre-sessional foundation Programme 2 (PFP1) March -August
+ DIFC/NCUK Foundation Programme, September - May

Starting level 3.5 IELTS (or equivalent)
35 weeks Pre-sessional foundation Programme 2 (PFP2), January - August
+ Trinity College Foundation Programme, September - May

Class Times

Morning classes
Class 1: 09.00 -11.00 Break: 11.00 -11.30 Class 2 : 11.30 -13.30

Afternoon Electives
(26-hr programme) Tuesday – Thursday 14.15– 16.15

Please Note

Your Options and Entry Requirements*

The length of your PRE-SESSIONAL English course will be determined by:

• Your current level of English (the lower your level, the more time you need)
• The entry level you require for your chosen programme

To decide how long you need to study with us (3, 6 or 9 months) you will take
our pre-course written and oral assessment test with our Academic team.

You can then join the programme with a minimum level of A2 or 3.5 IELTS and can attend an Intensive English (GEN1) or Examination preparation courses (Gen 5 A or B). If your level is lower, you will start with a General English course before moving on to your pre-sessional programme.

Paul, teacher and mentor

I have been a teacher in Emerald since 2012. The first thing I noticed when I started here was how kind and welcoming the staff were, many go beyond their job in helping their students. Emerald is a school that is not afraid to innovate. We are persistently looking to improve the quality of our teaching, add to our courses, and better our services for students.

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  • Integrated-approach syllabus created by our academic team, all of our Pre-Sessional students at B1 or above will study Essay Writing, Critical Thinking, Note-taking, Presentations and Seminar discussions, Creativity, Time management, Problem Solving.
  • 20-hour programme or more intensive 26-hour programmes. Our 26-hour programmes include afternoon options for extra lessons for your listening and speaking skills as well as IELTS preparation, English for Academic purposes or Business English.
  • Officially recognised learning pathway. This means your chosen university or institution has approved your language programme and will provide a Conditional Offer on a Foundation Programme before you even start.
  • Personal Academic Mentor
  • Examination Practice Workshops and Seminars and career guidance (CV Preparation, Interview Techniques and Further Study options).
  • Access to Emerald Leaning Platform