Academic Skills Centre

Entry requirements

You will need to meet the entry requirements for your Pre-sessional course. Scores given are minimum scores required to join a Pre-sessional course, not your actual degree programme.

If you have applied for a degree with the English requirement Academic IELTS 6.5 (at least 6.0 in each of the four components)

Pre-sessional Courses Course dates Course duration Entry requirements
Pre-sessional Course A and B (Jan-Jun) January - June 20 weeks At least Academic IELTS 5.5 overall with at least 5.0 in each skill
Pre-sessional Course B and C (Apr-Sep) April - September 20 weeks At least Academic IELTS 5.0 overall with at least 5.0 in each skill
Pre-sessional Course C (Jul-Sep) July - September 10 weeks At least Academic IELTS 5.5 overall with at least 5.0 in each skill
Pre-sessional Course D (Aug-Sep) August - September 5 weeks At least Academic IELTS 6.0 overall with at least 5.5 in each skill

If you have applied for a degree in the School of Management (including MSc Innovation & Technology Management) with the English requirement Academic IELTS 6.5 (at least 6.0 in each of the four components)

Pre-sessional Courses Course dates Course duration Entry requirements
Pre-sessional Course A and B (Jan-Jun) January - June 20 weeks At least Academic IELTS 5.5 overall with at least 5.0 in each skill
Pre-sessional Course B and C (Management) (Apr-Sep) April - September 20 weeks At least Academic IELTS 5.0 overall with at least 5.0 in each skill
Pre-sessional Course C (Management) (Jul-Sep) July - September 10 weeks At least Academic IELTS 5.5 overall with at least 5.0 in each skill
Pre-sessional Course D (Management) (Aug-Sep) August - September 5 weeks At least Academic IELTS 6.0 overall with at least 5.5 in each skill

If you have applied for a degree with the English requirement Academic IELTS 7.0 (at least 6.5 in each of the four components)

Pre-sessional Courses Course dates Course duration Entry requirements
Pre-sessional Course A and B (Jan-Jun) January - June 20 weeks At least Academic IELTS 6.0 overall with at least 5.5 in each skill
Pre-sessional Course A, B and C (Jan-Sep) January - September 30 weeks At least Academic IELTS 5.0 overall with at least 5.0 in each skill
Pre-sessional Course B and C (Apr-Sep) April - September 20 weeks At least Academic IELTS 5.5 overall with at least 5.0 in each skill
Pre-sessional Course C (Jul-Sep) July - September 10 weeks At least Academic IELTS 6.0 overall with at least 5.5 in each skill
Pre-sessional Course D (Aug-Sep) August - September 5 weeks At least Academic IELTS 6.5 overall with at least 6.0 in each skill

If you have applied for a degree in the School of Management with the English requirement Academic IELTS 7.0 (at least 6.5 in each of the four components)

Pre-sessional Courses Course dates Course duration Entry requirements
Pre-sessional Course A and B (Jan-Jun) January - June 20 weeks At least Academic IELTS 6.0 overall with at least 5.5 in each skill
Pre-sessional Course A, B and C (Management) (Jan-Sep) January - September 30 weeks At least Academic IELTS 5.0 overall with at least 5.0 in each skill
Pre-sessional Course B and C (Management) (Apr-Sep) April - September 20 weeks At least Academic IELTS 5.5 overall with at least 5.0 in each skill
Pre-sessional Course C (Management) (Jul-Sep) July - September 10 weeks At least Academic IELTS 6.0 overall with at least 5.5 in each skill
Pre-sessional Course D (Management) (Aug-Sep) August - September 5 weeks At least Academic IELTS 6.5 overall with at least 6.0 in each skill

If you have applied for a degree with the English requirement Academic IELTS 7.0 (at least 7.0 in each of the four components)

Pre-sessional Courses Course dates Course duration Entry requirements
Pre-sessional Course A and B (Jan-Jun) January - June 20 weeks At least Academic IELTS 6.0 overall with at least 6.0 in each skill
Pre-sessional Course A, B and C (Jan-Sep) January - September 30 weeks At least Academic IELTS 5.0 overall with at least 5.0 in each skill
Pre-sessional Course B and C (Apr-Sep) April - September 20 weeks At least Academic IELTS 5.5 overall with at least 5.5 in each skill
Pre-sessional Course C (Jul-Sep) July - September 10 weeks At least Academic IELTS 6.0 overall with at least 6.0 in each skill
Pre-sessional Course D (Aug-Sep) August - September 5 weeks At least Academic IELTS 6.5 overall with at least 6.5 in each skill

You must provide confirmation of all test results by uploading them to your online application form. Only English language tests taken in the past two years before the date you are due to start your studies are valid for entry purposes.

If you are from a country where you need a visa to study in the UK, you can study in the Academic Skills Centre on either a Tier 4 General Student Visa or a Short-term Study Visa. You can find more information on what test levels are required for visa purposes on the University's International Students web pages.

On the 6 April 2015, UKVI changed its list of approved Secure English Language Tests (SELTs) and providers. This means that if you need a Tier 4 visa to study in the UK and are intending to study on a pre-sessional English course, you will now need to take an IELTS Academic English test for UKVI purposes (IELTS SELT), at one of the new UKVI approved test centres.