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Durham Centre for Academic Development

Which English Language Course can I take?

Q I am a current student at Durham University, what is available to me?

A You can receive In-sessional tuition. These courses are available for all international students currently studying at Durham University and are free of charge.

Q I would like to study at Durham but do not have the necessary IELTS (or equivalent) score. What can I do?

You can take a Pre-sessional programme. We offer Year-round Pre-sessional courses (32 or 22 weeks) and Summer Pre-sessional courses (12, 8 or 4 weeks). 

Q What level do I need to be to take a Pre-Sessional programme?

Entry levels depend on the Durham department and course of study that you are applying to. Please see your department's English language requirements here and the entry levels for different Pre-sessional programmes here.

Q What will I study on a Pre-sessional course?

A Our Pre-sessional courses will help you develop the academic language and literacy skills you need to suceed in your department. Please see more information for longer Pre-sessionals here and for the 4-week PARSE programme here.

Q I do not want to study at Durham University but I would like to develop my academic English language skills

A You can take the Year-round Pre-sessional course starting in September, January or April.

Q I have an offer from Durham University and I have met my language condition but I would like to develop my academic writing and academic literacy skills

A You can take PARSE on the Summer Pre-sessional programme or you can take a term of the Year-round Pre-sessional programme