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Pre-sessional English course: Entry requirements

We highly recommend the Pre-sessional English courses for any international or EU student planning to study at a UK university; even if you have already fulfilled the English language requirement for your main course.

Students who do not have the sufficient English Language requirements for the main course: the offer letter should tell you which Pre-sessional course to apply for. If it does not, the Pre-sessional team will advise you on which course is suitable for you.

Pre-sessional courses have the following minimum English Language entry requirements. Please note some academic programmes may require students to enter the Pre-sessional English course with higher English language levels.

Long Pre-sessional English course

Your IELTS Academic* scores are no more than 1.5 below your academic programme's English language entry requirements overall and / or in one or more skills: reading, writing, listening and / or speaking.

Medium Pre-sessional English course

Your IELTS Academic* scores are no more than 1.0 below your academic programme's English language entry requirements overall and/or in one or more skills: reading, writing, listening and / or speaking.

Short Pre-sessional English course

Your IELTS Academic* scores are no more 0.5 below your academic programme's English language entry requirements overall and/or in one or more skills: reading, writing, listening and or speaking.

Please note: Academic programmes with entry requirements lower than IELTS 5.5 (e.g Foundation Courses: valid Pre-sessional exit grades must be at minimum equivalent to IELTS 5.5 overall and in each skill even if main course language requirements are lower.  Therefore, Level 3 students will be assigned the length of pre-sessional course that will enable them to achieve exit grades equivalent to IELTS 5.5 overall and in each skill at minimum.

Accepted Tests and Visa Information

*Students who need a Tier 4 Visa to study on the Pre-sessional English course: You need IELTS Academic for UKVI test results to apply for the Pre-sessional English course.  Please make sure you take the right test.

For all other students, we accept a number of other English language qualifications including IELTS Academic and PTE Academic. For details of equivalent scores in other acceptable qualification visit the link above.

IMPORTANT: Joint CAS- 2016 update Students needing a Tier 4 Visa to study at Kingston University

You may be able to apply for a joint CAS which will enable you to apply for one Tier 4 visa to cover both the Pre-sessional English course and your main degree course if:

  • You have been offered the medium or short Pre-sessional English course, and
  • English language is the only condition on your main course offer, and your current English language level is at CEFR B1 level; or you already have an unconditional offer for your main course, and
  • You can meet the financial conditions as laid out by the Home Office - please view these requirements.
  • Please note: postgraduate students may also have to pay a deposit for their main course.

Students on a joint CAS please be aware:

  • If you do not successfully complete the Pre-sessional English course, you will not be able to commence your studies on your main course.
  • The University's compliance officer will inform the Home Office and your Tier 4 visa will be curtailed.

Contact us

Pre-sessional administrator
Tel: +44 (0)20 8417 7042
Tel: +44 (0)20 8417 7790

Contact us

Pre-sessional administrator
Tel: +44 (0)20 8417 7042
Tel: +44 (0)20 8417 7790

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Pre-sessional course accreditation

Our pre-sessional English course is accredited by the British Association of Lecturers in English for Academic Purposes (BALEAP). This organisation sets rigorous criteria to ensure that courses in English language and study skills for speakers of other languages are of a high standard and provide an excellent quality of service.

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