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.
PFP1 (20 hours)
PFP2 (26 hours)
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 1: 09.00 -11.00 Break: 11.00 -11.30 Class 2 : 11.30 -13.30
(26-hr programme) Tuesday – Thursday 14.15– 16.15
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.
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