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Business and Humanities Graduate Diploma with Pre-Sessional English

Study one term of English language followed by academic study in business and humanities. This will prepare you to progress to a range of master’s degrees at Newcastle.

Course overview

This course will focus on developing your language and academic abilities. It includes a Pre-Sessional English language module to help prepare you for studying in the UK. If you successfully complete the course you can progress onto a selected master's degree at Newcastle University.

You'll learn about local businesses that have an international focus. The business and management module links with these businesses through lectures and site visits.

This course is suitable if you:

  • need to upgrade your undergraduate degree ready for postgraduate study in the UK
  • want to increase your subject knowledge
  • need intensive language preparation to equip you with the English language skills required for international study

If you pass this course you'll receive an International Graduate Diploma in Higher Education (FHEQ Level 6). You'll be able to progress to one of our internationally-focused master's degrees in:

  • agriculture
  • business
  • communication
  • heritage
  • law
  • media
  • social sciences
  • transport

Find out which degrees you can progress to

What you'll learn

Compulsory modules (90 credits)

Optional modules (30 credits)

You'll select modules based on the master's degree you have chosen to progress to.

How you'll learn

This course is brought to you by INTO Newcastle University.

We work in partnership with INTO to provide diverse study options for international students.

Choosing this course means that you'll get:

  • a quality-assured university course
  • full Newcastle University status
  • a conditional offer on a designated master's degree at Newcastle
  • a campus-based course with access to INTO and University facilities (subject to COVID-19 restrictions)
  • active learning in your subject areas with guidance on appropriate study methods
  • a very supportive study environment

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For more information see our International Preparation Courses website

Progression degrees and requirements

To progress onto your chosen master's degree at Newcastle, you need to pass this course with:

  • a minimum of 65 (IELTS 6.5) in English for Academic Purposes
  • no less than 6.0 in some or all IELTS subskills, depending on your chosen master's degree
  • an average mark of 60% overall in your academic modules

For progression into the School of Law, you'll need:

  • a minimum of 65 (IELTS 6.5) in English for Academic Purposes
  • a minimum of IELTS 6.0 in writing
  • an average mark of 65% overall in your academic modules
  • no less than 60% in any module

Find out which master's degrees you can progress to below:

Fees and costs

2021-2022 tuition fees

June 2022 (4 terms) £25,695

Term dates:

  • 30 June 2022 - 9 September 2022
  • 26 September 2022 - 16 December 2022
  • 9 January 2023 - 31 March 2023
  • 17 April 2023 - 16 June 2023

2022-2023 tuition fees

September 2022 (4 terms) £25,695

Term dates:

  • 26 September 2022 - 16 December 2022
  • 9 January 2023 - 31 March 2023
  • 17 April 2023 - 9 June 2023
  • 12 June 2023 - 8 September 2023


June 2023 (4 terms)* 

Term dates:

  • 29 June 2023 - 8 September 2023
  • 25 September 2023 - 15 December 2023
  • 8 January 2024 - 28 March 2024
  • 15 April 2024 - 14 June 2024

*Tuition fees to be confirmed.

Entry requirements

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

Academic requirements

You need a:

  • an undergraduate degree with suitable grades, OR
  • diploma (3-5 years) with good grades

English requirements

A minimum of IELTS 5.0 (with a minimum of 5.0 in all subskills) or an equivalent score.

The INTO Newcastle Centre also accepts other Secure English Language Tests (SELTS). The INTO Newcastle website has guidance about UKVI IELTS. You can contact us for more details.

Don't meet the English language requirements? You might be interested in our Academic English course.


You need to be 17 years old, or older. If you want to start this course in September then you must be 17 by the 31 December.

For all other start dates, you must be 17 years old by the time the course starts.

Contact us

Visit the INTO Newcastle University website

Telephone: +44 (0) 1273 876 040 

Enquire online

How to apply

You can apply online through the INTO Newcastle application form.

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