English as a Foreign Language

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About the course

English as a Foreign Language (UHELP) is designed for students who do not currently meet the English language requirements for their degree. You’ll focus on English for academic purposes as well as general language skills development. At the end of the course, you’ll have the skills you need to listen to lectures, participate in seminars, give presentations, write academic essays and communicate effectively. You’ll be fully supported throughout the course, with help available through our specially trained language advisers. You will also have access to all of our facilities including the library and dedicated Language Learning Centre.

Depending on your current level of English, and what you need for your degree, will determine which course you need to apply for. The course is divided into three 12-week semesters. There are also two summer study programmes, an 8 week programme starting in July, and a 4 week programme starting in August. 

Which course should I apply for?

If you know what your English level is, you can use the tables below to help you decide how long you might want, or need, to study English with us.

The table below provides further guidance to help you decide when to start and how long to study. It’s always a good idea to allow yourself more time than you should need and aim for a higher level of English at the end of your course.

Which course should I apply for?
 If you need to achieve and your level is nowyou should start in  and complete
 IELTS 5.0  4.5  June  1 semester
 IELTS 5.5  4.5  January  2 semesters
 IELTS 5.5  5.0  June  1 semester
 IELTS 6.0  4.5  September  3 semesters
 IELTS 6.0  5.0  January  2 semesters
 IELTS 6.0  5.5  June  1 semester
 IELTS 6.5  5.0  September   3 semesters
 IELTS 6.5  5.5  January  2 semesters
 IELTS 6.5  6.0  June  1 semester
 IELTS 7.0  5.5  September  3 semesters
 IELTS 7.0  6.0  January  2 semesters
 IELTS 7.0  6.5  June  1 semester

The most common requirement is the equivalent of IELTS 6.0 with a 5.5 in each skill (listening, speaking, reading and writing) by September. If this is the case, use these guidelines.

  • If you now have an IELTS 4.5, you should start in September and complete three semesters from September to September. This is only an approximate guide and if you make rapid progress, you will require less time.
  • If you now have an IELTS 5.0, you should start in January/February and complete two semesters from January/February to September.
  • If you now have an IELTS 5.5, you should start in June and complete one semester from June to September.

However, if any of your skills are particularly weak, please allow extra time. For example, if you have an overall score of IELTS 5.0, but you have a 4.0 in writing, you would be advised to start in September and complete three semesters from September to September. Please contact us if you need further advice. 


The course is divided into four stages. These correspond to your language level at entry and a semester’s worth of study.  You will progress onto the next level on successful completion of each stage.  If you start at stage 1 in semester 1, and are attending a two semester version of the course, you will progress to stage 2 in the next semester. 

The course materials for each stage are integrated to reflect the kind of language you will need when studying full-time at the university.  These will focus on specific themes (like the world of work, energy and the environment, and multi-cultural communication) and will develop your language skills in listening to lectures, seminar discussions, academic reading, and writing assignments.  At the end of each stage you will be tested on the progress you have made in your language skills and your ability to perform in an academic setting.

Stages and what they mean

  • Stage 1 – IELTS 4.5 – 5.0
  • Stage 2 – IELTS 5.0 – 5.5
  • Stage 3 – IELTS 5.5 – 6.0
  • Stage 4 – IELTS 6.0 – 6.5  

Entry requirements

3 semester course
  • IELTS 4.5 (nothing below 4.5)

2 semester courses

  • IELTS 5.0 (nothing below 4.5)

1 semester course

  • IELTS 5.5 (nothing below 4.5)

1 semester fast track course

  • IELTS 5.0 (reading and writing to at least 5.0 and listening and speaking to at least 4.5)

Mainland Chinese applicants with reading and writing scores below 5.0, can apply for the 12 week Summer China Pre-sessional English Language Programme running in Shanghai, China.

July 8 week summer study programme

  • TBC

August 4 week summer study programme

  • TBC

How to apply

You need to complete and return the application form. If you are being sponsored, include a financial guarantee from your sponsor which states that the fees for this course will be paid for you.

Once we have received everything from you, we will send you an offer letter. You must then inform us whether you wish to accept the offer or not. We will supply you with a CAS number (Certificate of Acceptance to Study) which you may need in order to obtain a visa.

Self-financing overseas students who continue their studies at Hull may be eligible for a bursary towards the cost of tuition fees. You must be self-financing (not sponsored) and you must pay the fee for your course upon arrival. If you are eligible for a bursary, the relevant fee will be deducted from the fee of your main degree when you register.


3 semester course

  • Home/EU: £9,170
  • International: £11,465

2 semester courses

  • Home/EU: £6,115
  • International: £7,640

1 semester courses

  • Home/EU: £3,060
  • International: £3,825

8 week summer study programme

  • Home/EU: £2,040
  • International: £2,550

4 week summer study programme

  • Home/EU: £1,020
  • International: £1,275

Start dates

3 semester course (September to September)

  • 26 September 2016 to 8 September 2017

2 Semester courses

  • 26 September 2016 to 9 June 2017
  • 30 January 2017 to 8 September 2017

1 Semester courses

  • 15 June 2017 to 8 September 2017

Summer study programmes

  • 8 week programme - 13 July to 8 September 2017 (closing date for applications is 22 June 2017)
  • 4 week programme - 10 August to 8 September 2017 (closing date for applications is 20 July 2017)