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Pre-sessional English course

2023 summer coursesCourse datesApplication deadline*Latest start
Extended course 6 March – 4 August (online) 11am, 3 March 9am, 13 March
Long course 11 April* – 4 August 
(online) Holiday: 15–19 May
11am, 17 April 9am, 20 April
Medium course 22 May – 4 August (online) 11am, 15 May 9am, 25 May
Short course 26 June – 4 August (online) 11am, 19 June 9am, 26 June

*Please note, the Long Course starts on Tuesday 11 April because Monday 10 April is a Bank Holiday in the UK.

Pre-sessional course information

All Summer 2023 pre-sessional courses will be taught online.

All Autumn 2023 pre-sessional courses will be face-to-face (see below)

Students taking part in online Summer pre-sessional courses are not required to travel to Kingston upon Thames. Visas are not required to enrol and we can accept a variety of English language tests with applications (please see Entry Requirements page).

Please check the national government guidance before travelling to or within in the UK and please contact the course administrators if you wish to come to the UK and/or stay in Kingston University halls accommodation.

To complete the Summer online course, students will need:

  • a laptop or PC with at least 8GB of RAM
  • a webcam and headset
  • a stable and reliable internet connection: internet speeds with a minimum bandwidth of 600kbps (up/down), with a recommended speed of 1.5 Mbps (up/down)
  • a suitable quiet place to study alone
  • a detachable webcam for assessments.

Please see How to apply for more guidance on application times.

2023 autumn coursesCourse datesApplication deadline*Latest start
Medium course 25 September – 8 December 2023 (face-to-face) 11am, 8 September 28 September
Short course 30 October - 8 December 2023 (face-to-face) 11am, 6 October 2 November

Why choose this course?

Our Reviews: 2022 Online Summer students reported a 97% satisfaction rate for the course.

Kingston University's Pre-sessional English course will develop your English language and study skills to prepare you for your main course at university. Students who choose this course are ambitious and motivated. They come from a wide range of countries and go on to study on a wide range of degree programmes. Our teaching and administrative team are highly skilled and experienced in working with international students and we are committed to helping you successfully complete the course. Together this makes for a varied and stimulating academic experience.

Our courses will:

  • develop your English language skills so that you become more confident in your use of English and can participate fully on your chosen university programme
  • develop the study skills you need at university
  • develop your independence as a learner, which is an important skill for studying at British universities
  • introduce you to the University, helping you know what to expect when you arrive and meet other students.

Student Arwa talks about the Pre-sessional English course in the following video:

Who are the courses for?

The courses are designed for international and European Union students who want to improve their English language skills and familiarise themselves with studying at university before starting studies at Kingston or another university.

This includes:

  • students who wish to prepare for university study and have met their English language requirement for their main course at Kingston University;
  • students who do not meet the English language entry requirements for their chosen university course;
  • students joining Kingston University as part of an exchange programme (eg Erasmus or Study Abroad); and
  • students planning to study at another British university.

Contact us

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

Please note: administrators are best contacted by email.

Contact us

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

Please note: administrators are best contacted by email.

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Pre-sessional course accreditation

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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