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Pre-sessional English course: How to apply

Before applying, please seek our advice about family, study, work or travel commitments that may affect you during your time on the Pre-sessional English course. It is important that you start your course on Day 1: later arrivals disadvantage both you and your fellow students. Attendance is monitored from Day 1 of each course, so absence will be accrued if you arrive late.

2020 summer courses Course dates Application deadlineAction
Extended 6 April – 4 September
Latest start: 9 am, 9 April
11 am, 25 March Apply now
Long course 18 May – 4 September
Latest start: 9 am, 21 May
11 am, 6 May  Apply now
Medium course 22 June – 4 September
Latest start: 9 am, 25 June
11 am, 10 June Apply now
Short course 27 July – 4 September
Latest start: 9 am, 27 July
11 am, 15 July 2020 Apply now
2020 autumn courses Course dates Application deadlineCourse fees
Medium course 28 September – 11 December 2020
Latest start: 9 am, 1 October
11 am, 18 September Applications open in May 2020
Short course 2 November – 11 December 2020
Latest start: 9 am, 4 November
11 am, 23 October Applications open in May 2020

Apply online

  1. To avoid disappointment please read the PSE guidance notes (PDF) carefully, before you make your application.
  2. Submit the online application (via the links in the course table on this page). You should apply for your pre-sessional English course as early as possible (at least eight weeks before the start date) – particularly if you require a visa to study in the UK. Please consider visa processing times in your country before you apply. We reserve the right not to process late applications if you are unlikely to be able to start the course on day one.
  3. After you submit your application, we will send you an email confirmation.
  4. We will ask you for further information if necessary, and then send you your offer letter.

Payment details

The simplest way to pay is via online payments, though bank drafts/transfers are also acceptable:

  • Secure online payment
    When making your payment please select 'pre-sessional fees' – remember to tell us which course you are applying for. There are no additional charges when making your payment online.
    Important: Please remember to quote your student ID, name and/or invoice reference.
  • International Transfer
    International bank transfers can be made using Kingston University's payments platform powered by our partner Western Union Business Solutions. This allows you, your parents and sponsors to pay GBP student fees in the currency of your choice and provides you with a simple and secure way to make your payment.

You must pay the balance of course fees directly to Kingston University on or before the first day of the course.

Withdrawal/cancellation policy

You will be withdrawn from the Pre-sessional English course in cases where:

  • You have not arrived and enrolled by the latest start date.
  • Your attendance falls below 80% from day one of your course.

Please note: Students with a Tier 4 Student Visa sponsored by Kingston University will also be reported to UK Visas and Immigration.

If you wish to cancel your place on a Pre-sessional English course, send an email detailing your reasons for withdrawing to

  • If you cancel your place before day one of your course we will refund all monies paid (less the registration fee).
  • If you cancel your place during the course, we will refund all monies paid, less the registration fee and the course fees for full or partial course blocks attended (extended, long and medium course blocks are five weeks long; short course block is 6 weeks long).

Please note: Refunds will be made after the end of the pre-sessional course.

Contact us

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

Contact us

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

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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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