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Academic English

Our enhanced Academic English is an intensive preparation course. It will develop your language and academic skills ready for university study. This course is full time for a minimum of 3 months.

Your course during COVID-19

Please rest assured we make all reasonable efforts to provide you with the programmes, services and facilities described. However, it may be necessary to make changes due to significant disruption.

Given the changing nature of the COVID-19 pandemic, the commitments outlined are subject to guidelines that may be in place from time to time.

View our COVID-19 Study page, which gives information about your Newcastle University study experience for the academic year 2021-22.

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Course benefits

Online 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 online learning environment.

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.

About the course

This specially designed Online Academic English course offers a convenient route to reaching your required English language level. A blend of live classroom learning and interactive online materials, you get the same standards and quality of teaching but in the comfort of your own home.

If you are looking to study on-campus Academic English at INTO Newcastle University from September 2020, visit our course page here.

Course features

  • As a highly engaged and hard-working student, you can expect to make progress of between 0.5 and 1.0 IELTS point per term through this intensive online course.
  • 25 learning hours a week, with 10 hours of live virtual classroom lessons and 15 hours of pre-recorded lectures and online interactive materials.
  • No visa or UKVI IELTS needed to enrol, other language English language qualifications accepted including Duolingo and Password.
  • Gain free access to our online academic preparation course, INTO Get Ready for English, once you confirm your place, to help improve your English language skills and get used to online learning before you start your programme.

You will:

  • develop your reading, writing, speaking and listening skills, and learn to communicate effectively in English
  • grow your vocabulary through discussion on current affairs
  • study real-world subjects to make learning come alive
  • learn to express your opinions and challenge the ideas of others
  • learn how to give presentations and write academic essays
  • access dedicated teaching and online resources through the MyINTO platform to support your learning and prepare you for your exams

Key facts

Course length: 1 Term
Start dates: 2020: June
Fees: From: £4,500
English language requirements: From: From IELTS 4.0.
Course options: 10 weeks of online teaching

Class information

Maximum class size (for English language teaching): 18
Class duration: Live classrooms delivered between 8:30am-1:00pm BST* *For students in the Western Hemisphere, separate arrangements will be made on a case-by-case basis to arrange alternative delivery of these classes.


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Fees and additional costs

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

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

How to apply

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.

Apply now

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.

Further information

Contact us

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