Pre-sessional English


Prepare your English language skills before you start your academic programme.

English Test

If your English language skills are not at the required level, we have a range of courses for you before you start your academic programme. A pre-sessional English course will help you:

  • Improve your general and academic English skills
  • Improve your confidence in English
  • Get to know the University and experience British study styles before you start your programme
  • Make friends with other international students
  • Get opportunities to explore the local area

To take a pre-sessional English course under Tier 4 visa, your minimum band score must be UKVI IELTS 4.0 in each band. If you do not have UKVI IELTS 4.0, you will need to take English classes in your own country to improve your UKVI IELTS score.

What course do I need?

Current Level UKVI IELTS You need UKVI IELTS 5.5 or 6 You need UKVI IELTS 6.5
IELTS 4 28 weeks  
IELTS 4.5 18 weeks 28 weeks
IELTS 5 10 weeks 18 weeks
IELTS 5.5 5 weeks 10 weeks
IELTS 6   5 weeks

Now that you know which course you need, find out more about it.
Pre-sessional English course content
Pre-sessional English course dates and fees
Applying for a pre-sessional English course
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In-sessional English courses
Even students who meet the minimum English language requirement to get admission to the university sometimes require extra support with academic English and study skills. We offer free classes to students who need extra help.
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The Presessional English programmes are accredited by the British Council which guarantees high standards in teaching, study facilities and accommodation.