Pre-sessional English courses - MC Academy

FAQ’s (Pre-Sessional)

How long can I study this course for?

We offer this course in below hours:

25 hours

How can I study this course?

You can study this course online or in-person.

What levels of English can study this course?

Intermediate to Advanced

How long can I study for?

You can study as long as you like. We have a 1 week minimum policy.

When does the course start?

The course starts every Monday.

What is the price for this course?

We currently have discounts on this course!

Our prices change often so please check this information with a member of our teams!

Alternatively, sign up to receive the latest offers!

How to apply?

To Apply, simply complete the Application form and send a copy of your passport to the relevant branch.

Once you have completed the above, we will contact you with further details.

Where are the test centres?

University of Manchester

Centre: University Centre for Academic English – The University of Manchester

British Council: Book Your IELTS Exam With the British Council | Take IELTS

University of Liverpool


British Council:

The following website will help you find a test centre outside of Manchester and Liverpool:

IELTS | Test centres

Can the teachers support me with my exams?

You can ask your teachers for advice about when to take your test and try to book it as early as possible. Test centres can become fully booked, specifically in June and July, so leaving it to the last minute may mean that you have to travel to another city or even take it in your home country.  There are over 4000 test centres and locations in over 140 countries where you can take the IELTS exam.

What branch can I study this course in?

We currently have availability in both our Liverpool Branch and our Manchester Branch.

When time in the day will this course be on?

The time the course is on, is dependant on the amount of hours you do and what level of English you have!

How long should I study this course?

This course is very much dependant on your level of English, so if you think you have a lower level of English that we advise our students to study between 16 and 24+ weeks.

What's the current discount on this course?

We currently have a 40% discount on this course!

What is Moodle?

Moodle is our Student Portal where students can go and do some after class studying as well as do coursework

Do you offer accommodation?

Yes we do, please email our accommodation team to check for availability!

Do you have a referral programme?

Yes we do!

Referral Programme

REFER A FRIEND To participate in the Program, you must be a current student enrolled in an MC Academy course. The amount of the referral fee you earn will depend on how long it takes the referred student to complete the course after enrolment, as outlined below:

1-2 weeks 2-4 weeks 4-8 weeks 9-12 weeks 13-15 weeks 15-24 weeks 25+ weeks
+£25 +£50 +£100 +£150 +£200 +£250 +£300

What If I come and I don't speak English?

99% of our staff speak another language, so you don’t have to worry! We will make sure you get settled in well!

When does the current discount offer end?

Our current discount ends on the 31st of May 2024!

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What is the minimum age for this course?

16 years old

Do you have any ladies only activities?

Yes we do! We have weekly ladies only social activities. And we also have a ladies only breakroom

What can I do on my break?

On your break you can either go out and have a coffee, walk around the town, sit in our garden, or you can go to the break room and play table tennis, rest or even play some board games

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What is it?

MC Academy is delighted to have teamed up with De Montfort University, Coventry University, Greenwich University, and Bangor University, who have all agreed to accept our certificates as evidence of a student’s English proficiency level. This means that anyone applying to any of the aforementioned universities will not need to take a pre-sessional course or language test to meet the language requirement for entry.

A student would like to apply for a Mechanical Engineering course at either one of the aforementioned universities. The minimum language requirement is IELTS 6.0 with a minimum of 5.5 in each band or equivalent.

– The Student takes a placement test at MC Academy and is shown to be a good Intermediate level. Approximately equivalent to band 5 in IELTS overall. The student then studies in the Higher Intermediate (B1+) level. 

– After a period of study, the teacher decides the student should take the level test. The student passes the test and moves to Upper-Intermediate (B2).

– After in-class tests and assessment by the teacher finds the student is at a level of band 6.5 in reading, 6 in listening, 6 in speaking and 5.5 in writing, thus meeting the requirements of the course at the partnered universities. 

– The student receives a certificate and report outlining their level and submits this to the university. 

– The student is accepted on to the Mechanical Engineering course.

    Everybody’s journey is different, but this gives you an idea of a typical route to success.

    How does it work in practice?

    When you join MC Academy, let us know if you are interested in, or have applied to, either De Montfort University, Coventry University, Greenwich University, or Bangor University. We can then help you map your English progress to reach the level required for acceptance onto your course. Once you have achieved the level required, we will give you a certificate with a report that shows your specific language level and this will be accepted by the universities mentioned above.

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