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Pre-sessional English

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If you have a conditional or unconditional offer to study at University of the Arts London (UAL) and need to improve your English, our Pre-sessional courses can help you.

Pre-sessional English prepares you for your main academic course at UAL. You will improve your language skills in London, experience academic life at UAL and learn about British culture.

If you complete your Pre-sessional course and pass your assessments, you can progress to your main academic course at UAL.

Our Pre-sessional courses are accredited by the British Council and BALEAP.

Important course updates (updated 18 September 2020)

Due to the outbreak of coronavirus (COVID-19), Pre-sessional courses start online. Students choose how they want to continue their course in late August and September. You can come to London for face-to-face teaching or stay in your home country for online teaching. See our London Start Dates (PDF 160KB).

We will email applicants and offer holders with information about these course mode options. We will also email you to ask which option you choose.

Read UAL’s response to the coronavirus outbreak.

Applications

To see our updated entry requirements (10 June 2020), click on a course below. We accept IELTS and other exams, including PTE, TOEFL iBT and iBT Special Home Edition, Trinity and LanguageCert.

IELTS exams in several countries are currently cancelled. If you cannot take a new IELTS exam, you might be able to use an older IELTS result (or equivalent English language test) to apply for Pre-sessional. Read our guidance on How to apply.

We are accepting applications on the basis that our courses will run when it is safe to do so. We are processing applications, however, please note our response time may be longer than normal.

Availability

  • 19, 13, and 9 Week Pre-sessional (Summer & Winter), Pre-Foundation English, EPIC 10 and 6 Weeks, and Unconditional Pre-sessional are closed.
  • Check back in December 2020 for information on 2021 Pre-sessional courses.

If you need advice about your Pre-sessional application, please get in touch with us at presessional-admissions@arts.ac.uk.

Which Pre-sessional course is best for me?

There are different types of Pre-sessional course that you can choose from, based on the English language preparation you need. Find out which course is right for you.

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    25 Week Pre-sessional

    Choose our 25 week Pre-sessional course if you have a conditional offer for a UAL undergraduate or postgraduate course and you need to improve your overall English level by 2.0 IELTS bands (or equivalent).

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    19 Week Pre-sessional

    If you have a conditional offer for a UAL undergraduate or postgraduate course and you need to improve your overall English level by 1.5 IELTS bands (or equivalent), choose our 19 Week Pre-sessional course.

  • Presessional English 13 Weeks
    13 Week Pre-sessional

    If your conditional offer for a UAL undergraduate or postgraduate course requires you to improve your overall English level by 1.0 IELTS bands (or equivalent), 13 Week Pre-sessional is the course for you.

  • Presessional English 9 Weeks
    9 Week Pre-sessional

    Open to applicants who have a conditional offer for a UAL undergraduate or postgraduate course. 9 Week Pre-sessional or Winter 9 Week Pre-sessional will help you to improve your overall English level by 0.5 IELTS bands (or equivalent).

  • Unconditional Presessional
    Unconditional Pre-sessional

    Even if you have an unconditional offer for a UAL undergraduate or postgraduate course, you can become more confident and prepared before your main course begins. Choose our Unconditional Pre-sessional course.

  • Pre-Foundation Presessional
    Pre-Foundation English

    If you have a conditional offer for a UAL Foundation Diploma or Level 3 Introduction course and you need to improve your English level by 0.5 IELTS bands (or equivalent), our Pre-Foundation English course is for you.

  • EPIC course
    EPIC 10 Weeks

    You might have a conditional offer for a UAL undergraduate or postgraduate course but are not able to join Pre-sessional. EPIC 10 Weeks (Exam Preparation Intensive Course) is suitable for you if you need to improve your overall English level by 1.0 IELTS bands (or equivalent).

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    EPIC 6 Weeks

    You might have a conditional offer for a UAL undergraduate or postgraduate course but are not able to join Pre-sessional. If you also need to improve your overall English level by 0.5 IELTS bands (or equivalent), you should choose EPIC 6 Weeks (Exam Preparation Intensive Course).

Download

Pre-sessional English Leaflet 2020 (PDF 445 KB)

Pre-sessional English leaflet 2021 (PDF 835 KB)

Contact us

Get in touch with us: presessional-admissions@arts.ac.uk

Ready to apply?

Read our How to apply and visas and immigration information for Pre-sessional applicants.