ELCOS Pre-sessional courses

The Pre-Sessional courses at ELCOS are intensive academic English programmes suitable for international students who wish to study undergraduate or postgraduate degree courses at Bangor University.  ELCOS aims to facilitate students’ improvement of their academic English language skills, including writing in appropriate academic styles, lecture listening, reading, note-taking and speaking & presentation skills. 

Students applying for any pre-sessional course must have been offered an undergraduate or postgraduate course at Bangor University and have either successfully completed an ELCOS 'Pathway to Study' course or submit an IELTS or equivalent test score appropriate for the pre-sessional course being applied for.

ELCOS pre-sessional courses are designed to help you to improve your English language ability to at least IELTS 6.0 (CEFR B2) and you must reach this level by the end of your course in order to progress onto your chosen degree course. To reach this level, it is important that you attend every class, complete all homework assignments in good time and take every opportunity to practise your English skills both inside and outside the classroom.

Please note: Text books are used on most ELCOS courses, which students need to buy (normally 1 book per course but this can vary)

N.B. Students joining a department whose requirement is an IELTS score of 6.5. or equivalent, will need:
a) At least 0.5 higher than the levels specified above for the particular course you are applying for.
AND
b) To attain 65% or over in their final course assessment (and also in any individual skill as required by receiving departments).

(The above applies to all Pre-Sessional courses, but not the 4-Week Orientation Course).

Bangor University offers an Airport Pick-Up Service (from Manchester International Airport) for students attending ELCOS summer courses. For times and dates, click here.

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Course Details

September - June Pre-sessional Course*(PLEASE NOTE: THIS COURSE WILL NOT RUN FROM YEAR 2019-20)

A minimum IELTS score of 4.5* (no element below 4.0) or equivalent is required to apply for this course.
Course Dates: 24th September 2018 to 31st May 2019
Course fee: £7,650
Download an application form. To apply, please return the completed form to elcos@bangor.ac.uk.

* If your school requires a 6.5 IELTS score, or equivalent, this entry requirement increases to IELTS 5.0, or equivalent - see N.B. above.

January - June Pre-sessional Course*(PLEASE NOTE: THIS COURSE WILL NOT RUN FROM YEAR 2019-20)

A minimum IELTS score of 5.0* (no element below 4.0) or equivalent is required to apply for this course.
Course Dates: 07th January 2018 to 31st May 2019
Course fee: £4,850
Download an application form. To apply, please return the completed form to elcos@bangor.ac.uk.

* If your school requires a 6.5 IELTS score, or equivalent, this entry requirement increases to IELTS 5.5, or equivalent - see N.B. above.

February - September Pre-sessional Course

A minimum IELTS score of 4.0* (no element below 4.0) or equivalent is required to apply for this course.
Course Dates: 18th February 2019 to 6th September 2019
Course fee: £6,100
Download an application form. To apply, please return the completed form to elcos@bangor.ac.uk.

* If your school requires a 6.5 IELTS score, or equivalent, this entry requirement increases to IELTS 4.5, or equivalent - see N.B. above.

April - September Pre-sessional Course

A minimum IELTS score of 4.5* (no element below 4.0) or equivalent is required to apply for this course.
Course Dates: 29th April 2019 to 6th September 2019
Course fee: £4,950
Download an application form. To apply, please return the completed form to elcos@bangor.ac.uk.

* If your school requires a 6.5 IELTS score, or equivalent, this entry requirement increases to IELTS 5.0, or equivalent - see N.B. above.

June – September Pre-sessional Course

A minimum IELTS score of 5.0 (no element below 4.0) or equivalent is required to apply for this course
Course Dates: 24th June 2019 to 6th September 2019
Course Fee: £3,200
Download an application form To apply, please return the completed form to elcos@bangor.ac.uk.

* If your school requires a 6.5 IELTS score, or equivalent, this entry requirement increases to IELTS 5.5, or equivalent - see N.B. above.

July - September Pre-sessional Course

A minimum IELTS score of 5.5 (no element below 4.0) or equivalent is required to apply for this course.

Course Dates: 29th July 2019 to 6th September 2019
Course fee: £2,200
Download an application form. To apply, please return the completed form to elcos@bangor.ac.uk.

* If your school requires a 6.5 IELTS score, or equivalent, this entry requirement increases to IELTS 6.0, or equivalent. See N.B. above.

August - September Pre-Sessional Course

A minimum IELTS score of 6.0* or equivalent, with only 1 element allowed below IELTS 5.5, is required to apply for this course.
Course Dates: 12th August 2019 to 6th September 2019
Course fee: £1,200
Download an application form. To apply, please return the completed form to elcos@bangor.ac.uk.

* If your school requires a 6.5 IELTS score, or equivalent, this entry requirement increases to IELTS 6.5, or equivalent, with no element allowed below IELTS 5.5 and only 1 element below 6.0 (unless otherwise stipulated by receiving department). See N.B. above.

4 week Orientation Course (August to September)

This course is designed for students who have already met the requirements of their receiving departments. It gives students the opportunity to familiarise themselves with the UK higher education system in general and Bangor University in particular. The course will include guided project work which will involve full use of all University facilities.
12th August 2019 to 6th September 2019
Course fee: £1,200
Download an application form. To apply, please return the completed form to elcos@bangor.ac.uk.

ELCOS reserves the right to cancel courses or change their dates and prices without notice.

September - December Pre-sessional Course

A minimum IELTS score of 5.5 (no element below 4.0) or equivalent is required to apply for this course.

Course Dates: 24th September 2018 to 14th December 2018
Course fee: £3,200
Download an application form. To apply, please return the completed form to elcos@bangor.ac.uk.

* If your school requires a 6.5 IELTS score, or equivalent, this entry requirement increases to IELTS 6.0, or equivalent. See N.B. above.

October - December Pre-sessional Course

A minimum IELTS score of 5.5* or equivalent, with reading and writing no lower than IELTS 5.5, is required to apply for this course.
Course Dates: 22nd October 2018 to 14th December 2018
Course fee: £2,200
Download an application form. To apply, please return the completed form to elcos@bangor.ac.uk.

* If your school requires a 6.5 IELTS score, or equivalent, this entry requirement increases to IELTS 6.0, or equivalent, with neither reading nor writing lower than IELTS 6.0 (or equivalent). See N.B. above.

November - December Pre-Sessional Course

A minimum IELTS score of 6.0* or equivalent, with only 1 element allowed below IELTS 5.5, is required to apply for this course.
Course Dates: 19th November 2018 to 14th December 2018
Course fee: £1,200
Download an application form. To apply, please return the completed form to elcos@bangor.ac.uk.

* If your school requires a 6.5 IELTS score, or equivalent, this entry requirement increases to IELTS 6.5, or equivalent, with no element allowed below IELTS 5.5 and only 1 element below 6.0 (unless otherwise stipulated by receiving department). See N.B. above.