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9 Week Pre-sessional

A 9-week intensive English course for students with a conditional offer for an undergraduate or postgraduate course at University of the Arts London (UAL)

2021 applications

Suitable for students who need to improve their English level by 0.5 IELTS bands

  • In 2021, the course will be taught online. Courses were taught online in 2020 with high progression rates and positive student feedback.
  • Applications are open.

You can apply for 9 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 0.5 IELTS bands (or equivalent).

Language entry requirements

The 9 Week Pre-sessional course is suitable for you if you need to improve your English level by 0.5 IELTS bands.

UAL main course entry requirements (IELTS or equivalent) Language entry requirements for 9 Week Pre-sessional (IELTS or equivalent)
7.5 7.0 with a minimum of 6.0 in all skills
7.0 6.5 with a minimum of 5.5 in all skills
6.5 6.0 with a minimum of 5.0 in all skills
6.0 5.5 with a minimum of 5.0 in all skills
5.5 5.0 with a minimum of 4.5 in all skills

We accept other English tests, including PTE, TOEFL iBT and iBT Special Home Edition, Trinity and LanguageCert: Entry Requirements for Other Tests (PDF 235KB).

Pre-sessional English level entry requirements are published as a guide. Applications will be assessed based on the specific entry requirements of your main course.

Unsure which of our Pre-sessional courses is appropriate for you? Please email

If your course starts in January, February or March 2022, and you need to improve your English level by 0.5 IELTS bands, the best course for you is Winter 9 Week Pre-sessional.

Course Description

9 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 tutors.

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.

View work created by students in 2020 as part of their courses.

Your tutors

You will be taught by experienced English language tutors. All tutors have a higher level teaching qualification in teaching English language and some also have an MA in Linguistics or Visual Arts.

Hours and timetable

9 Week Pre-sessional summer course

Pre-sessional courses are 20 hours per week.  Homework will be assigned daily in preparation for the following day's classes.

Live Classes

Hours per week


A minimum 2 hours each day will be live lectures or seminars with the tutor and the whole class.  

Other activities include: 1 to 1 tutorials with your tutor; working with video, audio and written content; group tasks. The tutor will oversee these activities.

20 (4 hours day)

Plus daily homework of approximately 60 minutes.

Monday to Friday

9:00 to 13:30 UK time, with a 30-minute break at 11:00.




Assignments set for you by your tutor. This may include academic reading and writing, preparing presentations and research.

5 (or as directed)

You will be given a deadline for completing this work. You may receive feedback on your work.

Total hours per week

20 plus up to 5 hours homework


See a Pre-sessional Sample Timetable (PDF 429KB).

Winter 9 Week Pre-sessional

Classes may be taught online or at 272 High Holborn, London WC1V 7EY. Further details will be added as the COVID situation develops.

Learn more about access to UAL sites and buildings.

You will be given your timetable when you enrol.


Students must attend and participate in attend all classes. If your attendance is below 90%, you will fail the course. In addition to classes, you will be set daily self-directed study.


Your English language skills will be assessed through academic tasks. Speaking and writing skills will be assessed through seminars, presentations and essays. Reading and listening skills will be assessed by end-of-course tests. These assessments are designed to prepare you with the skills and knowledge you will need for work on your main course.

Pre-sessional students will be given feedback throughout the course so that strengths and areas for improvement are clear.

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.

In the last 3 years, an average of 99% of students passed 9 Week Pre-sessional.

Dates and fees


Course dates: 29 June 2021 - 1 September 2021

Applications open: January 2021

Application deadline: We will close applications when we reach full capacity for the course. Please submit your application as early as possible.

Enrolment day: 29 June 2021

Teaching start day: 1 July 2021

Enrolment deadline: 2 July 2021 (You will not be able to join the course after this date.)

Course fee: £3,870


Course dates: 4 October 2021 to 9 December 2021

Applications open: January 2021

Application deadline: We will close applications when we reach full capacity for the course. Please submit your application as early as possible.

Enrolment day: 4 October 2021

Teaching start day: 4 October 2021

Enrolment deadline: 6 October 2021 (You can’t join the course after this date.)

Course fee: £3,960

Extra costs

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

Additional information


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.

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.


For Winter Pre-sessional, 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.

Age requirements

You must be at least 18 years old on the start date of 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 UAL 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.

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:

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