English Pre-Sessional



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University of Bedfordshire International College

St Mary’s University London International College

University of Worcester International College

University for the Creative Arts International College



Depending on your location, course
duration varies
between 2–24 weeks.


Holmes Institute Pathways accepts a range of English language qualifications from around the world. If your English level is lower than required we have a range of

Pre-Sessional English courses you can choose from. Enrol in our Pre-Sessional English programme and develop your language skills before your University studies begin. With multiple start dates each year, you can ensure you are confident in your English skills and ready to succeed in your degree.

Proficient English language skills are essential to success during your University studies and beyond. Our Pre-Sessional programmes help provide a solid foundation in English language principles and prepare you to progress to more complex academic studies. A range of course lengths are on offer to suit your needs.

Programme Details

Discover the essential elements of our Pre-Sessional English programmes.

Who is this course for?

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This course is perfect for students who need to work on their English language skills before beginning their pathway course studies. If students do not meet the entry requirements for their chosen course, Pre-Sessional English may be a great entryway.

Why study Pre-Sessional English through Holmes Institute Pathways?

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Studying Pre-Sessional English through HI:P allows students to remain on the one visa throughout the entire duration of their studies. There’s no need to reapply for another visa after this course.

This course will also help students build their confidence and understanding of the English language so they can succeed in their further academic studies.

How will you be assessed?

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You will be assessed in multiple ways, including:

- An open book exam
- A reading task
- A listening task

Will you need another visa after you finish your pathway programme?

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No—when you undertake an English Pre-Sessional programme with Holmes Institute Pathways, you will be on the same visa for all four years of study! No need to reapply at the end of your pathway programme.

What are the technical requirements for this course?

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- A laptop or a desktop computer with a stable Internet connection. Note—mobile devices are not appropriate devices for this course.
- A webcam, speakers, and a microphone.
- Google Chrome installed.

Your Study Pathway

High School

Stage 1

English Pre-Sessional

Stage 2

Further University studies

Stage 3

Additional University Studies
(if applicable)


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  • You must have successfully completed an Australian Year 12 (or equivalent senior secondary school qualification).
  • Victorian Certificate of Education (VCE) units 3 and 4: a study score of at least 30 in any English, or equivalent studies.
  • Rankings and adjustment factors Entry to this program is competitive. Eligible applicants are ranked and selected in order of merit based on their academic achievement plus any adjustment factors.
  • Adjustment factors include equity access schemes and/or subject adjustments.
  • We will consider your entire academic record to determine your eligibility for entry. The highest level of education you have previously completed will usually determine how you are ranked.

Selection Task

If you are not currently studying year 12 you must submit a personal statement by 30 September 2020 (VTAC Early round) or 6 November 2020 (VTAC Main round) outlining:

  • Your reasons for wanting to study this program
  • Your awareness of significant trends in contemporary media
  • Details of any professional or community media production experience.

Some applicants may be required to attend an interview.

Interviews will be held in November (VTAC Early round) and November/December (VTAC main round). For all subsequent rounds and direct applicants, interviews will be arranged after you have submitted your application.

Interstate or overseas applicants may be interviewed via telephone or video call.

Advisory emails will be sent to interviewed applicants in late December (VTAC Main round).

Applicants who do not submit the personal statement will be considered on the basis of academic achievement only, e.g. ATAR.

Universities offering English Pre-Sessional



University of Bedfordshire International College

University of Bedfordshire



University of Creative Arts


St Mary's University London International College

St Mary's University of London


University of Worcester International College

University of Worcester

Jenny Lind

Studying at University of Bedfordshire International College

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