Our Pre-sessional English for Academic Purposes (EAP) courses are open to international students, who do not already meet the English language entry requirement for their Cranfield School of Management course and wish to gain an insight into academic life before beginning their postgraduate study.

Working with a team of well qualified and experienced tutors we will help you:

  • Improve your English language skills to satisfy our English language entry requirement.
  • Develop and improve your knowledge and use of academic English.
  • Prepare for the kinds of assignments you will complete on your postgraduate course.
  • Develop the confidence and skills needed to succeed in your academic studies.
  • Introduce you to life in the UK and to UK culture.

Course content and assessment criteria

Entry requirements

Please refer to each course section below, but note some of our master's courses have higher English language requirements, and you may be required to attend a longer Pre-sessional EAP course to achieve the required level for entry. We assess each application individually against the course requirements, please check the course page or your offer letter.

You must hold an offer for a postgraduate course to be considered for Pre-sessional courses.

Course content

  • Understanding the process approach to academic writing.
  • Developing critical thinking skills.
  • Developing effective reading strategies.
  • Extending writing and research skills.
  • Improving English grammar to support clear communication.
  • Delivering a variety of effective presentations.
  • Developing academic vocabulary.
  • Improving listening and speaking skills.
  • Using online materials to support essential independent learning.

Course structure

We are offer courses delivered live online, face-to -face on campus and through blended learning; a combination of the two. All delivery modes will require participants to be available at set times daily within a standard working week.

Assessment criteria 

You will be assessed throughout, and at the end of, the course. You will only be able to progress to postgraduate study if you successfully complete the course.

The results from your Pre-sessional English course will be valid for entry to Cranfield postgraduate courses for two years.

10 week course - online

Course delivery

Online learning delivery via live online classes and weekly tutorials.

Course dates and fee

Start date Monday, 7 June 2021
End date Friday, 13 August 2021
Course fee £2,750

Entry requirements

  • IELTS Academic - minimum 5.5 overall (minimum 5.5 in all skill components).
  • TOEFL iBT - minimum 72 total (minimum 18 reading, 17 listening, 20 speaking and 17 writing).
  • PTE Academic - minimum 59 total (minimum 59 in all skill components).
  • Cambridge English Scale - minimum score 165.
  • Trinity Integrated Skills in English - ISE II test with Merit.

Some of our master's courses have higher English language requirements, and you may be required to attend a longer Pre-sessional EAP course to achieve the required level for entry. We assess each application individually against the course requirements, please check the course page or your offer letter.

10 week course - on campus

Course delivery

Face-to-face classes delivered on campus.

Course dates and fee

Start date Monday, 12 July 2021
End date Friday, 17 September 2021
Course fee £2,750

Entry requirements

  • IELTS Academic UKVI - minimum 5.5 overall (minimum 5.5 in all skill components).
  • PTE Academic UKVI - minimum 59 total (minimum 59 in all skill components).

Some of our master's courses have higher English language requirements, and you may be required to attend a longer Pre-sessional EAP course to achieve the required level for entry. We assess each application individually against the course requirements, please check the course page or your offer letter.

5 week course - online

Course delivery

Online learning delivery via live online classes and weekly tutorials.

Course dates and fee

Start date Monday, 12 July 2021
End date Friday, 13 August 2021
Course fee £1,375

Entry requirements

  • IELTS Academic - minimum 6.5 (minimum 5.5 in all skill components).
  • TOEFL iBT - minimum 92 total (minimum 18 reading, 17 listening, 20 speaking and 17 writing).
  • PTE Academic - minimum 65 total (59 in all skill components).
  • Cambridge English Scale - minimum score 180.
  • Trinity Integrated Skills in English - ISE II test with Distinction.

Some of our master's courses have higher English language requirements, and you may be required to attend a longer Pre-sessional EAP course to achieve the required level for entry. We assess each application individually against the course requirements, please check the course page or your offer letter.

5 week course - on campus

Course delivery

Face-to-face classes delivered on campus.

Course dates and fee

Start date Monday, 16 August 2021
End date Friday, 17 September 2021
Course fee £1,375

Entry requirements

  • IELTS Academic UKVI - minimum 6.5 (minimum 5.5 in all skill components).
  • PTE Academic UKVI - minimum 65 total (minimum 59 in all skill components).

Some of our master's courses have higher English language requirements, and you may be required to attend a longer Pre-sessional EAP course to achieve the required level for entry. We assess each application individually against the course requirements, please check the course page or your offer letter.

3 week course - on campus

Course delivery

Face-to-face classes delivered on campus.

Course dates and fee

Start date Monday, 30 August 2021
End date Friday, 17 September 2021
Course fee £825

Entry requirements

This course is for candidates that have already met the English requirement of their postgraduate course offer, please check the course page or your offer letter.

How to apply

We are no longer accepting applications for our Pre-sessional EAP courses leading onto the 2021-22 course intake. Once dates have been confirmed for courses leading to 2022-23 study we will begin accepting applications.