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English Language Courses

Our English courses enable you to improve your language skills and feel more confident when studying in English. Our courses give you the opportunity to improve your English language skills in a supportive learning environment whilst developing your academic study skills.

Pre-sessional English Language Course

Who is the course for?

Our course is for students who need to improve their English language ability to meet the language entry requirements for their chosen degree course. The course is designed to help students reach the required English language level for their degree studies.

What will I learn?

  • How to use academic English in essay and report writing
  • Applied study skills such as note taking and referencing (for example OSCOLA and Harvard)
  • Develop your academic study skills when writing academic assignments, preparing for exams, giving presentations, reading research articles and participating in seminars.

Through taking part in this course, you will get to meet your future course leaders and tutors for your main degree course, be introduced to the facilities and resources specific to your degree and develop an understanding of our systems, services and facilities.

How long is the course?

Each course ends shortly before your main induction and enrolment period, so that you can be immersed in university life with us straight away. You can either attend our 7 week or 12 week course.

Seven week course: Recommended for students whose IELTS score is half a band below the level that is required for their chosen degree course.

For example, if your main degree programme requires an IELTS 6.5 and you currently have a level of 6.0, you could join our seven week pre-sessional English programme.

Students will be admitted to the pre-sessional programme with IELTS 6.0 overall and no less than 5.5 in any sub-component.

12 week course: Recommended for students whose IELTS score is one band below the level that is required for their chosen degree course.

For example, if your main degree programme requires an IELTS 6.5 and you currently have a level of 5.5, you could join our 12 week pre-sessional English programme.

Students will be admitted to the pre-sessional programme with IELTS 5.5 overall and no less than 5.0 in any-sub component.

Please check the IELTS requirements for your main degree programme. If you have any questions, or if you are unsure which pre-sessional English course is right for you, please email our international team.

Pre-sessional course students will need to achieve the equivalent of IELTS 6.5 overall and 6.0 in each component by the start of their degree course.

Please note: Students requiring a visa who provide IELTS for admission must ensure that they provide the IELTS for UKVI test. The non-UKVI IELTS Academic is not acceptable for Pre-Sessional English programmes.

Course information

Pre-sessional English course leading to Autumn 2020 intakes*
12 week course: Monday 15 June to Friday 4 September 2020
7 week course: Monday 20 July to Friday 4 September 2020

Pre-sessional English course leading to January 2021 intakes*
12 weeks: Monday 28 September to Wednesday 30 December
7 weeks: Monday 2 November to Wednesday 30 December

*Please note these dates are subject to confirmation.

Location: All our pre-sessional English language courses are held at our London Bloomsbury campus.

Seven week course: £1,400

12 week course: £2,400

This non-refundable fee includes all learning materials and test fees.

Please note: Students taking our pre-sessional course who need a Confirmation of Acceptance for Studies (CAS) will only have to make a pre-payment of the full course fee rather than the usual price of £3,000.

How to apply

Apply to your chosen degree course as normal. We will contact students who do not meet our English language requirements if they are eligible to take part in our pre-sessional English language course.

Applications close before the start of the pre-sessional course. You can apply to be on the course right up until the start of the course itself. Students who require a Tier 4 visa should begin their application process three months before the start of their course.

No late starts are permitted on our pre-sessional courses.

In-Sessional English Language Course

Access English language support whilst studying with our in-sessional English language course.

We offer free classes, for two hours each week, during the autumn and spring terms for our students. These classes cover subjects such as critical reading, paraphrasing, legal and business vocabulary and oral communication skills.

Student Services will be able to provide you with more information about this course once you’re on campus.

Contact us

For more information on our English language courses, please email our international team.