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25 Week Pre-sessional

25 Week Pre-sessional

A 25-week intensive English course for students with a conditional offer for an undergraduate or postgraduate course at University of the Arts London (UAL).

Course overview

25 Week Pre-sessional is suitable for students who need to improve their English level by 2.0 IELTS bands (or equivalent).

  • In 2021, all summer Pre-sessional courses will be taught online.
  • Improve your English and join a community of UAL students wherever you are!
  • Applications for 25 Week Pre-sessional are open.

Entry requirements

You can apply for 25 Week Pre-sessional if:

  • you have an offer for a UAL undergraduate or postgraduate course for the 2021/22 academic year
  • you need to improve your English level by 2.0 IELTS bands (or equivalent)
  • your overall score is 4.0 or 4.5 with a minimum of 4.0 in all skills
UAL main course entry requirements (IELTS or equivalent) Language entry requirements for 25 week Pre-sessional (IELTS or equivalent)
6.5 4.5 with a minimum of 4.0 in all skills
6.0 4.0 with a minimum of 4.0 in all skills

See the latest Entry Requirements (PDF 170KB) for the other tests we accept, including PTE, TOEFL iBT and iBT Special Home Edition, Trinity and LanguageCert.

If you have an offer for a different UAL main course or do not meet the language entry requirements for 25 Week Pre-sessional, please see our other Pre-sessional courses.

If you can’t find a suitable Pre-sessional course for your level, please email for information on other English courses.

Course content

25 Week Pre-sessional is an intensive English language course designed to prepare you for your UAL undergraduate or postgraduate course.

You will join an engaging course taught by supportive, experienced teachers. 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.

Your course will improve your English language skills in the context of art, design, fashion and communication. You will learn academic skills including thinking critically, presenting your work, researching and writing assignments.

Our tutors

Pre-sessional English is taught by experienced English language tutors. They all have a diploma level qualification in teaching English language and some also have an MA in Linguistics or Visual Arts.

Location and timetable

Teaching in London will likely be at 272 High Holborn, London WC1V 7EY between April and May. Teaching likely moves to the Foundation Centre, 1 Wilson Road, London SE5 8LU in June (to be confirmed).

Learn more about access to UAL sites and buildings.

Online, usual class times are: Monday to Friday, 9am to 12.20pm UK time. You will have 3 hours of classes a day. There will be a 20-minute break during the time.

In London, usual hours are: Monday to Friday: 9am - 1.30pm or Monday to Friday: 1.45pm - 6.15pm. You will have 4 hours of classes a day and breaks between lessons.

Hours and locations can change. You will be given your class timetable when you enrol.


You must attend a minimum of 90% of your course, both online and face to face. If you don’t attend 90% you will fail your course.

Do not book holidays during your course. If you are absent because you are ill for more than 3 consecutive days, you must provide a certificate from an NHS doctor.


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

Pre-sessional students will be given formative assessments and feedback to understand areas for improvement throughout their course. Speaking and writing skills will assessed through seminars, presentations and essays. Reading and listening skills will be assessed by end-of-course tests.

To complete your course successfully, you must pass your assignments and end of course exams and attend a minimum of 90% of the course.

If you pass your course, you can progress to your main course at UAL without having to take another IELTS (or equivalent English test).

Dates, fees and additional costs

Course dates

4 March 2021 – 1 September 2021 (This course includes a break from 27 May 2021 to 2 June 2021.)

Applications Open: January 2021

Application deadline: TBC

Enrolment date: 4 March 2021

Enrolment deadline: 8 March 2021 (You will not be able to join the course after this date.)

Course fees

The fee for this course is £10,750.

You may need to buy some art materials for the London Project at the end of your course. Students usually spend around £30 to £50 on these.

Please bring a laptop or tablet with you. You will need this for research and assignments.

You will also go on class trips during your course and you will have to pay for public transport. Read the guidance from Transport for London (TfL) about fare prices.

You can also read useful information from our student advisers about costs of studying at UAL.

Addtional information

Age requirement

You must be at least 18 years old on the start date of the course to be eligible for the Pre-sessional course.


We aim for an inclusive learning environment where disabled and dyslexic students can succeed.

If you want to tell us about a disability or additional needs, please to do this in your Pre-sessional or EPIC application in the applicant portal. In the application form, select the option which best describes your condition.

We will contact you and ask you for medical documentation, in English, about your disability. The documentation must be issued to you by a medical professional who is able to detail what disability or additional needs you have. This documentation is used to identify what adjustments UAL can make to support you on your course.

We strongly recommend that you give us full information about any disability or additional needs you have as soon as possible. If you don’t give us enough time, we may not be able to support you from the first day of your course.

Find more information from UAL Disability Service about the support available to students with disabilities.

To learn which places at UAL and which routes to UAL are accessible to you, read the guidance from AccessAble about access to UAL sites and buildings.


These are possible visas for your 25 Week Pre-sessional course:

  • Student visa
  • Standard Visitor visa

Read our helpful Visas and Immigration guidance for more information.

Because visa rules change, it’s very important that you also read UK government information on visas for studying.

Online courses: Students joining courses delivered entirely online are not required to travel to the UK for their course. No visa is required for students to enrol on courses delivered entirely online.


Accommodation is available in our halls of residence. If it is your first time studying in the UK, we strongly recommend staying in UAL halls while you get to know London.

See all our accommodation options for Pre-sessional and EPIC students.

How to apply

Ready to apply?

Read our guidance on how to apply for UAL Pre-sessional courses.

If you have any questions, please email: