We highly recommend the Pre-sessional English courses for any international or EU student planning to study at a UK university; it is excellent preparation for study even if you have already fulfilled the English language requirement for your main course.
Students who have not chosen their main academic programme should contact the course administrators for advice about which course to choose.
If you have not fulfilled the English language requirement for your main course your offer letter should tell you which course to apply for. If it does not, the Pre-sessional team will advise you on which course is suitable for you. You can also download the Which Pre-sessional English course is right for me? (PDF) guide.
The minimum English language entry requirements for our pre-sessional courses are set out below.
Where academic programmes have entry requirements lower than IELTS 5.5 (eg foundation courses), students will be placed on a pre-sessional that allows them to achieve minimum exit grades of 5.5. equivalent in all skills.
The Pre-sessional English courses are highly effective and rewarding, but are highly intensive and need a full-time commitment from participants. If you have other commitments during the course such as work, university or family obligations, please let us know before you apply. We will be able to advise you.
*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 qualifications the ask course administrator for advice.
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:
Please note: postgraduate students may also have to pay a deposit for their main course.
Please be aware if you do not successfully complete the Pre-sessional English course and have a joint CAS:
If you are intending to use a short-term study visa for the Pre-sessional English course, you must check that you will have enough time to return home to apply for a Tier 4 visa before the start of your intended main course. Please seek advice from the International Student Advice Centre before you start the Pre-sessional English course.
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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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