Pre-Sessional Pathway Programmes

Pre-Sessional Pathway Programmes

Talented students from all over the world are attending ACET Pre-Sessional Pathway Programmes to achieve their educational goals and help them gain entry to top universities and colleges in Ireland, the UK and Europe.

ACET Pre-Sessional Programmes provide in-depth, academically focused preparation courses for students who need to improve their English in order to enrol at university. Teachers focus on language skills, academic reading, writing, listening, speaking and academic vocabulary.


ACET:  The Complete Learning Experience

Teaching:  ACET has a professional Academic Team as well as freelance specialists.  The teachers review progress and provide individual counselling and support.  Students receive a personal timetable with lesson times and study periods detailed.

Accommodation:  ACET offers homestay and residential accommodation.

Social Life:  ACET has a selection of leisure, sports and social activities.

Student Welfare:  The ACET team have experience and understanding of the very different welfare and cultural needs of international students.

Programmes Objectives

  • To develop productive skills (spoken & written) for academic communication
  • To develop receptive skills (listening & reading) with confidence and accuracy
  • To develop and improve academic study skills
  • To prepare thoroughly for the IELTS examination
  • To enhance skills to develop as independent learners
  • To prepare for academic presentations and assessment
  • To provide an introduction to culture and life in Ireland


English Speaking universities favour IELTS as an English Language assessment.  The Pre-Sessional Pathway programme includes extensive IELTS examination preparation. Our IELTS preparation team are experienced, dedicated and focused on ensuring our students achieve the necessary IELTS score.

ACET has an International Studies Consultant who gives regular talks to students enrolling in a university.

Students are counselled on:

  • Choosing the best programme based on individual goals and academic background
  • Applying to a university or college
  • Receiving a conditional letter of acceptance
  • What to expect from university life and cross cultural preparation

Your options and Entry Requirements:

The length of your PRE-Sessional English course will be determined by:


  • Current level of English 
  • The entry level required for the chosen programme

To decide how long is needed to study at ACET (3, 6 or 9 months), a pre-course written and oral assessment test is taken with our Academic team.  Students can then join the programme with a minimum level of A2 or 3.5 IELTS and can attend the Standard English and IELTS (Academic English) course.  (24 hours per week)

If the level is lower, students will start with a Standard English course before moving on to the pre-sessional programme.