Presessional for conditional offers

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English language preparation for students with a conditional offer for an undergraduate or postgraduate course at UAL.

Availability

Please note: applications are now closed for 13 week Presessional. Due to the very high demand for places, the course is now fully booked. 19 week Presessional is also now closed to all applicants.

We have full availability for 9 week Presessional for applicants at both undergraduate and postgraduate level.

Contact us at presessional-applications@arts.ac.uk with any queries. 

What is Presessional?

Successful completion of Presessional means that you can progress to your main University course at UAL without having to take another IELTS test.

Progression to your main University course is not guaranteed; you will need to pass all of your assessments on Presessional in order to successfully pass the course. However, the pass rate for Presessional is very high. On average, 97%* of students on the course pass their assessments and are able to progress to their main course at UAL (*based on a 3-year average).

Presessional is also an excellent opportunity to network with other students before you join your main course. Students are from a wide variety of disciplines and hold offers from all 6 of UAL's Colleges, so learning and collaborating with others is a great opportunity to build social and creative relationships.

The maximum number of students on the 19-week, 13-week and 9-week conditional Presessional courses is 20. The first 6 weeks of the 19-week Presessional course have a lower maximum number of just 14 students.

Presessional is not an IELTS course. Although Presessional and IELTS courses both have assessments which test students on speaking, listening, reading and writing skills, Presessional also focuses on preparing students for their University studies. IELTS courses only focus on preparing for a general exam in English. 

Why is Presessional better than an English exam preparation course?

Presessional is a focused English language programme specifically for students studying at UAL. Please read the attached document below for a detailed comparison:

Who can take this course?

The 19 week, 13 week and 9 week courses are for students who have a conditional offer for an undergraduate or postgraduate course at University of the Arts London. 

We offer a separate course for Foundation Diploma and Level 3 Introduction students.

You must take an IELTS for UKVI test if you want to study Presessional under a Tier 4 visa. Other internationally recognised certificates may be accepted if you will not be studying Presessional under a Tier 4 visa. If you have a certificate other than IELTS, please contact the Presessional office well in advance to check whether this can be accepted as proof of English level.

What are the dates, fees and entry requirements for the course?

For students with conditional offers, Presessional has 3 entry points: 19 week Presessional, 13 week Presessional, 9 week Presessional. Your current English level determines which course you should join.

I need to improve my IELTS score by...Course
1.5 IELTS bands19 week Presessional
1.0 IELTS bands13 week Presessional
0.5 IELTS bands9 week Presessional
I have an unconditional offerUnconditional Presessional

19 week Presessional

You can join this course if your current IELTS score (or equivalent) is 1.5 below the requirement. There are also minimum skill score requirements. 

 19 week Presessional entry requirements
University main course entry requirements (IELTS)OverallEach skill (minimum)
7.05.55.0
6.55.04.5
6.04.54.0
5.54.04.0

If your score is below the Presessional entry requirement, we recommend that you take an Academic English course at the Language Centre. For more information about UAL main course entry requirements, visit the UAL English language requirements page.

Dates: 10 April – 30 August 2017 – this course includes a 1 week break (25-31 May) and a bank holiday Monday which is a non-teaching day (28 August)
Course fees: £6,820
Maximum class size: 20 students (classes of 14 maximum for the first 6 weeks)
Location: High Holborn (weeks 1-6); London College of Communication (weeks 7-19)
Application deadline: 27 March 2017
Enrolment deadline: 18 April 2017

Students will not be allowed to join the course after the enrolment deadline.

13 week Presessional

You can join this course if your current IELTS score (or equivalent) is 1.0 below the requirement. There are also minimum skill score requirements. 

 13 week Presessional entry requirements
University main course entry requirements (IELTS)OverallEach skill (minimum)
7.06.05.5
6.55.55.0
6.05.04.5
5.54.54.0

If your score is below the Presessional entry requirement, we recommend that you take an Academic English course at the Language Centre. For more information about UAL main course entry requirements, visit the UAL English language requirements page.

Dates: 31 May – 30 August 2017 - Please note, the university will not be open on Monday 28 August 2017, which is a national bank holiday. 
Course fees: £4,670
Maximum class size: 20 students
Location: London College of Communication
Application deadline: 17 May 2017
Enrolment deadline: 7 June 2017

Students will not be allowed to join the course after the enrolment deadline.

9 week Presessional

You can join this course if your current IELTS score (or equivalent) is 0.5 below the requirement. There are also minimum skill score requirements. 

 9 week Presessional entry requirements
University main course entry requirements (IELTS)OverallEach skill (minimum)
7.06.55.5
6.56.05.0
6.05.55.0
5.55.04.5

If your score is below the Presessional entry requirement, we recommend that you take an Academic English course at the Language Centre. For more information about UAL main course entry requirements, visit the UAL English language requirements page.

Dates: 28 June – 30 August 2017 - Please note, the university will not be open on Monday 28 August 2017, which is a national bank holiday.
Course fees: £3,245
Maximum class size: 20 students
Location: London College of Communication
Application deadline: 14 June 2017
Enrolment deadline: 5 July 2017

Students will not be allowed to join the course after the enrolment deadline.

Winter Presessional (9 weeks)

This course is for students who have an offer for a UAL main course starting in January or February 2018. You can join this course if your current IELTS score (or equivalent) is 0.5 below the requirement. There are also minimum skill score requirements. 

 9 week Winter Presessional entry requirements
University main course entry requirements (IELTS)OverallEach skill (minimum)
7.06.55.5
6.56.05.0

If your score is below the Presessional entry requirement, we recommend that you take an Academic English course at the Language Centre. For more information about UAL main course entry requirements, visit the UAL English language requirements page.

Dates: 9 October – 8 December 2017
Course fees: £3,245
Maximum class size: 20 students
Location: High Holborn
Application deadline: 25 September 2017
Enrolment deadline: 16 October 2017

Students will not be allowed to join the course after the enrolment deadline.

Course content and assessment

The syllabus focuses on the language and skills that you will need in Higher Education, including specific skills for courses at UAL.

You will use a range of materials on the course including core materials compiled by tutors who teach English language support on UAL’s main courses. The materials include a variety of texts from real academic sources, images from fashion, art and design, articles from academic journals and newspapers, academic essays, film, and online materials. Most of the materials we use are specifically for art, design, fashion and communication students.

You will be assessed in academic writing, presentation and discussion, listening and reading. These assessments help you to develop the skills and knowledge you will need for your main course and so will help you to prepare effectively for your studies at the University.

You will have one-to-one tutorials with your tutor to discuss your progress and receive advice on your studies. There will also be workshops to help you adapt to living in the UK and studying at UAL.

Self-study and independent learning
We want to help you to become a confident and independent student so we will regularly give you homework and self-study tasks.

You will be able to use all of the University facilities including the libraries and IT facilities and University staff will be on hand to show you how to use them.  

Induction
In the first few days of the course you will be given induction presentations from a variety of University services. You will be given information on health, housing, banking and Tier 4 visa applications.

As each student has individual needs it is your responsibility to research these areas thoroughly. We suggest that you investigate the UK banking options before arriving. Each bank has different requirements and it is your responsibility to research these before requesting a reference letter from the Presessional Office.

Teaching hours
Presessional lessons take place Monday to Friday for 4 hours per day, in either the morning or afternoon as per the timetable for your course (a total of 20 hours per week). You will be expected to do approximately 8-10 hours of self-study per week. This is likely to increase when you are preparing for your assessment. Please note, the university will not be open on Monday 28 August 2017, which is a national bank holiday.

Extra course costs and materials
You may be required to buy some art materials for the London Project at the end of the course. Students would typically spend around £30-£50 on materials for this project, but the cost may vary depending on your choice of medium.

During the course you will attend various class trips which will require you taking public transport at your own cost. Fare prices are available on the Transport for London website.

We ask that all students bring a tablet or laptop computer for research and assignment work. 

Staff information 
Presessional is taught by experienced English language tutors. They all have a diploma or equivalent level ELT/TESOL qualification and some also have an MA in Linguistics and others an MA in the Visual Arts.

Accreditation
Presessional is accredited by the British Council and BALEAP.

Accommodation for Presessional

Accommodation is available in our halls of residence for Presessional students. If it is your first time studying in the UK, we strongly recommend staying in our halls to get yourself familiar with London. Take a look at our Accommodation opportunities for Presessional. For more information, download our UAL Presessional Guide (PDF 1.1MB).

Additional information

Please note:

  • You can only join Presessional if you have an offer for a UAL main course starting in the academic year 2017/18. You must meet the language entry requirements for the Presessional course you want to join. If you do not meet the entry requirements, please contact the Language Centre for information on alternative courses.

  • If you are currently enrolled on a UAL main course in academic year 2016/17, you are required to provide a new English test result when applying to join Presessional.
  • If you are unable to take up your place on the Presessional programme, the course fee will be refunded to you, minus the booking fee. The booking fee is non-refundable, except where the University considers there are significant extenuating circumstances. Please see the booking terms and conditions for further information.
  • Places on our Presessional courses are limited so we advise you to apply as early as possible in order to secure a place on the course you wish to join.

  • Your class may be in the morning, afternoon or evening. It is therefore important that you do not make other commitments, including accepting work, until you receive your timetable.
  • You are required to attend at least 90% of the course otherwise you may be asked to leave. Do not arrange holidays during the course. If you are absent due to sickness for more than 3 consecutive days you will be asked to provide a certificate from an NHS doctor. 

  • Insurance, provided by the company “Endsleigh”, is included in your tuition fees. The policy starts from the moment we receive your booking and covers medical emergencies, theft and many other things.

How to apply

International students: you will automatically receive an application form in your offer pack. In addition to paying the full Presessional course fee, you must also accept your place on your main University course and pay the non-refundable deposit of £2,000 before you can join Presessional.

EU students: if you have an undergraduate offer through UCAS you will be sent booking instructions automatically once your offer details have been registered on UCAS. If you have a postgraduate offer you will need to contact the Presessional office to request booking instructions. For immediate queries please contact us: presessional-applications@arts.ac.uk

Tier 4 visa information

Students who wish to study under a Tier 4 visa, please note – if you are eligible to study under Tier 4, it may be possible for you to receive a combined CAS which covers study on Presessional and your main University course at UAL. However, this depends on whether you meet all of the following conditions:

  • you have a minimum of 1 skill score at the equivalent of IELTS 5.0 or below
  • your main academic course is at BA level or above (NQF 6 or above)
  • the gap between the end of Presessional and the start of your main academic course at UAL is no more than 1 month in length
  • your only offer condition is to meet the required English level for your main course.

If you are eligible to study under Tier 4 but you do not meet all of the conditions above, you will be issued with a CAS to cover study on Presessional only. After Presessional you will need to make a new visa application for your main academic course at UAL.