International Preparation Courses

Academic English

Academic English

Full time: min 3 months, (one term)
Start dates: September, January, April or July


Academic English is an intensive course to develop your language and academic skills. It will prepare you for a pre-university course or university degree.

Our course will help you adjust to the demands and challenges of UK higher education. You will study core elements of the English language and develop knowledge and skills in:

  • academic speaking and listening
  • academic writing
  • note-taking
  • research and project skills
  • report writing
  • presenting

The course will help you become more fluent and confident using English. You'll be able to practice your language skills in a vibrant learning environment. You can use Newcastle's great facilities and mix with students from all over the world.

This course is suitable if you have an IELTS between 4.0 and 5.5 and you want to improve your English language so you can:

  • progress to a degree at Newcastle without needing to take an external IELTS exam*
  • progress to an INTO Newcastle course without needing to take an external IELTS exam*

*Progression is subject to meeting Tier 4 student visa requirements.


Through our range of modules, you will develop your command of written and spoken English. You will also strengthen your academic study skills that are critical for university study.

Depending on your level of English, you will spend more hours each week on different modules. The modules include:

  • language development
  • academic speaking and listening
  • academic writing
  • academic reading and study skills

Course length

The course can run from between one and four terms, all depending on your English language needs. It's important to remember that everyone learns at different speeds. In general, you can expect to improve your score from between 0.5 and 1 IELTS band per term.


This course is brought to you by INTO Newcastle University. We're in partnership with INTO to provide diverse study options for international students. Read more about our partnership.

Choosing this course means that you'll get:

  • a quality-assured university course
  • full Newcastle University status
  • a campus-based course with access to university facilities
  • active learning in your subject areas
  • guidance on appropriate study methods
  • a very supportive study environment

You'll be in class for 20 hours a week, plus an extra module worth 10 learning hours. The extra module is flexible, using both face-to-face and online activities. This means that you can work on this module at a time to suit you. You will be taught by qualified English language professionals. The course includes regular practice tests, preparing you for the end of term exam.


On achieving the IELTS score you need, and satisfying any other academic requirements, you can progress on to your chosen course.

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Fees & Funding

Find out about the fee you’ll pay for this course and other costs.

January 2019 start

Monday 7 January 2019 to Friday 22 March 2019
£4,900 per term

April 2019 start

Monday 4 April 2019 to Friday 14 June 2019
£4,900 per term

June 2019 start

Monday 27 June 2019 to Friday 6 September 2019
£4,900 per term

July 2019 start (16 weeks)

Monday 25 July 2019 to Friday 6 December 2019 

Additional costs

The above tuition fees do not include the following.


The cost of your textbooks varies depending on how many terms you study, 1 term costs approximately £80.


Accommodation is not included in the fees. View your INTO Newcastle accommodation options.

How to pay

You can pay by bank transfer or by credit card. Contact INTO Newcastle for bank transfer details.

Entry Requirements

To study on this course you need to meet the following entry requirements.

English requirements

A minimum of IELTS 3.0 (with 3.0 in writing) or an equivalent score. INTO Newcastle Centre can only accept a UKVI approved IELTS test for this course. The INTO Newcastle website has guidance about UKVI IELTS or contact us for more details.


You need to be 17 years old, or older.

How to Apply

You can apply online through the INTO Newcastle application form.

You will need to create a free account to apply for your chosen course. You can apply for accommodation at the same time as the course.


If you want to find out more, you can contact us in a variety of ways.

INTO Newcastle
Telephone: +44 (0) 1273 876 040 
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