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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.

Prepare for your main academic course at UAL

Studying a Pre-sessional course will enable you to improve your language skills and learn about academic life at UAL. 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 BALEAP.

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Join a UAL community wherever you are

In 2021, all Pre-sessional courses will be taught online.

You will join engaging courses taught by supportive, experienced tutors. Pre-sessional and EPIC courses were successfully taught online in 2020 with high progression rates and positive feedback.

Online Pre-sessional and EPIC courses will deliver live lessons combined with directed study.

You may be asked to:

  • Join a live lecture or seminar.
  • Take part in one-to-one tutorials with your teacher.
  • Read, watch or listen to other online materials to prepare for your classes.
  • Join a chat forum to ask questions or discuss your group’s work.
  • You will also need to submit your work online for assessment.

For online courses, you do not need to travel to London. You do not need a visa.

We can accept a variety of English language tests with applications. Entry requirements can be found on our courses pages.

Applications

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.

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    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.

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    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).

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    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.

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    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.

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    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).

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