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Pre-sessional English Course

DGHE Pre-sessional English Course is designed to improve your academic English in readiness for your studies. It is intended for students who are planning to study for an HND or degree at DGHE but do not meet the English language requirement of their conditional offer.

Taking a Pre-Sessional English course will not only help you improve your language skills, but it will also help you with your studies and research, and give you more confidence as you prepare to start your course.

Dates for the 24/25 Pre-sessional course
Intakes for Main Courses Pre-Sessional Dates
September/October 2024 12 Aug 2024 to 13 Sep 2024
January 2025 02 Dec 2024 to 17 Jan 2025
(with Break for Xmas from 23 Dec to 03 Jan 2025)
March 2025 20 Jan 2025 to 21 Feb 2025
May 2025 24 Mar 2025  to 02 May 2025
(with Break for Easter from 18 to 25 Apr 2025)
How to apply

You do not need to apply directly for the Pre-sessional English Programme. When you apply to study at DGHE, we will automatically assess your eligibility for the programme if you do not meet the English language requirements for your chosen course.

To apply to our courses visit our Apply page or any of our course pages.

Technical Requirements

Please note the following technical requirements for the online Pre-sessional course:

  • access to a laptop or desktop computer with an internet connection. Mobile devices are not appropriate;
  • a headset/headphones or speakers and a microphone;
  • a webcam;
  • Zoom installed;
  • a good internet connection. As with all online platforms, the higher the bandwidth of your internet connection, the smoother your experience of our platforms will be.

To get the most out of the Pre-sessional course you should contribute to every session. Attendance is monitored each week and if it falls below acceptable levels then you may be withdrawn from your course.

Course assessment

At the end of the course, you will be required to pass an online assessment under exam conditions in order to progress to your chosen programme. Upon successful completion of the course, you can progress directly to your chosen course at DGHE (provided you have met the course requirements).



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