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Choosing your Pre-sessional course

Find out about the pre-sessional English (PSE) programme: the courses we offer, their entry points and how to apply.

Pre-sessional students taking a break between classes
Develop your English, academic skills and intercultural competency

Applying for your PSE course

You need to have an offer for your degree programme before you apply for PSE. Which course you apply for depends on the English language requirement for your degree programme. How you apply depends on whether you have a conditional or unconditional offer for your degree programme.

English language requirement

Your offer letter tells you the English language requirements for your degree programme. Alternatively, you can check the English language requirements on individual degree programme pages.

Current IELTS score or equivalent in accepted test Recommended course Dates Cost Apply
No more than 0.5 of a band below required IELTS (or equivalent test) scores (overall and elements) 5 week Pre-sessional English (online) Programme 12 August 2021 £2,300 email The Pre-sessional Team
No more than 1.0 of a band below required IELTS (or equivalent test) scores (overall and elements) 10 week Pre-sessional English (online) Programme 12 July 2021 £4,250 This course is now closed

The application deadline for the five week course is 2 August.

If you have taken a different English language test to IELTS, you can check its IELTS-equivalent. If your test is not listed, please email the Pre-sessional Team and we will advise you.

Standalone offer

If your IELTS has any component scores of 5.0 you can only apply for a Pre-sessional course on a standalone basis. If you cannot show us proof of graduation before the start of the PS course you will also need to apply for a Pre-sessional course via the standalone pathway. This means that your Pre-sessional course is separate from your degree course.

Combined offer

You may be able to get a combined offer if your English language test score is very close to the English language requirement for your degree programme and you meet all the other conditions of your offer. You will need to show proof of graduation before the Pre-sessional course start date in order to be eligible for a combined offer. A combined offer means your PSE course is combined with your degree programme.

Who you apply to for a combined offer depends on your postgraduate taught degree programme. Click on the appropriate link below:

Student experience

Read what some of our students thought about our 2020 online programme:

Information about visas

As an international student, you may need a visa to study in the UK. For further information about visas and how to apply for one, visit our Student Immigration Service pages.