Follow these step-by-step instructions on how to apply for a Pre-sessional course at UAL.
Before you apply
1. Accept your main course offer
You must choose and accept 1 UAL main course offer (pre-degree, undergraduate or postgraduate) before you apply for a Pre-sessional course.
2. Remember your main course name and level
Course name: BA (Hons) Illustration at Camberwell College of Arts
Course level: Level 6 Degree
UAL Main Course
Level 3 Introduction courses
Certificate of Higher Education
Bachelor Degree, Graduate Diploma
Master’s Degree, Postgraduate Certificate, Postgraduate Diploma
3. Check your main course English language requirements
You can find this information in your main course offer email or in your UAL Applicant Portal.
IELTS (or equivalent) level 6.0 or above, with at least 5.5 in reading, writing, listening and speaking
Look at your valid English test result (IELTS or equivalent 4-skills test) and decide how many IELTS bands (or equivalent) you need to improve: 0.5, 1.0, 1.5 or 2.0.
4. Choose a Pre-sessional course
Use the grid below to choose a Pre-sessional course. On the left, find out how much you need to improve your English level. On the right, find the best Pre-sessional course for you. Check the course page link for entry requirements, dates, fees and other useful information.
I need to improve my English level by…
The best course for me is...
2.0 IELTS bands or equivalent
25 Week Pre-sessiona
(this course will not run this year)l
1.5 IELTS bands or equivalent
1.0 IELTS bands or equivalent
0.5 IELTS bands or equivalent
0.5 IELTS bands or equivalent (Undergraduate/Postgraduate course starts in January 2023)
0.5 IELTS bands or equivalent (for Pre-degree level course)
I have an unconditional offer from UAL
1.0 IELTS bands or equivalent (wasn't able to get a place on 13 Week Pre-sessional)
0.5 IELTS bands or equivalent (wasn't able to get a place on 9 Week Pre-sessional)
You can't combine scores from different tests. You must meet entry requirements with 1 test result.
If you are waiting for a new test result, do not apply for a Pre-sessional course until you have your certificate. You can't change to a different course after you have sent us your application.
5. Read our Terms and Conditions
6. Choose your visa type
There are 2 types of visas available for our Pre-sessional courses: the Student visa and the Standard Visitor visa.
Online courses: Students joining courses delivered entirely online are not required to travel to the UK, nor to have a visa, for their course. UAL will not issue visas for students to enrol on courses delivered entirely online.
We’ve provided some useful Visas and Immigration guidance to help you choose the right visa. It’s very important that you understand the rules for your visa.
Check you have the right English language test result for your visa. You need an official test result which is less than 2 years old.
Type of English Language Test
Standard Visitor visa
IELTS Academic for UKVI
Pearson Test of English Academic (PTE)
Pearson Test of English Academic (PTE) for UKVI
UAL Progress Test
TOEFL iBT / TOEFL iBT Special Home Edition
Please note that you need IELTS Academic for UKVI for Level 3 Introduction and Foundation courses.
7. Check your immigration history
Your immigration history includes:
- Previous UK study
- Previous Tier 4 or Student visa study
- Previous Pre-sessional or EPIC study
- Current UAL study
You gave immigration history when you applied for your main course at UAL. If your immigration history has changed since your main course application, please email us. You may also need to send supporting documents. It’s very important that we have complete, accurate and up-to-date information about your immigration history. Find more information about supporting documents in our Visas and Immigration guidance.
If you studied Pre-sessional or EPIC course last year and did not pass, and you want to apply for a new Pre-sessional or EPIC course this year, we strongly advise you to study English before you start your new Pre-sessional or EPIC course. This will increase your chances of passing Pre-sessional.
If you do not study between the 2 courses, your level of English will probably drop because you won’t practice the language.
Please contact us if you want more advice: email@example.com.
8. Prepare documents for your Pre-sessional application
Check you are ready for your application:
- You have accepted 1 UAL main course offer and have withdrawn any other applications.
- You know the name and level of the UAL main course you accepted.
- You know your main course English language requirements.
- You have chosen and read about your Pre-sessional course.
- You have an official English test result less than 2 years old.
- You have chosen a suitable visa type.
- You have the right English test for your visa and main course.
- You will be at least 18 years old on the start date of the course. Students under the age of 18 are not be eligible for this course.
- You have given accurate information about your immigration history.
- You have documents supporting your immigration history.
- You have a valid passport.
Apply online and upload documents
Log into the UAL Applicant Portal.
Submit complete information about your final IELTS (or equivalent) result. If you don’t enter complete information, we can’t process your application.
If you are an international student and you are currently studying in the UK, you must submit a new IELTS (or equivalent) test result.
If your immigration history has changed since you applied for your UAL main course, please email us.
Important - If your application is not complete, we can’t process it and you may not get a place on a course.
Watch our How to apply for Pre-sessional video.
After you apply
1. Accept your offer within 5 days
When you have sent us your application, we will review it and make a decision. This usually takes 10 working days. We will email you our decision on your application. Please check your email regularly. We offer places to students who have sent us complete applications and meet entry requirements.
When you receive your offer you must accept your offer in the Pre-sessional section of the UAL Applicant Portal under ‘my applications’.
2. Pay and send proof of payment within 5 days
How to pay
Please use Flywire. Flywire is a quick, easy and secure way to pay.
Main course fees
The Pre-sessional course fee is in addition to your main course pre-payment.
If you want a Student visa with combined CAS, you need to pay your main course pre-payment and your Pre-sessional fee before we send you a CAS.
We will email you a booking confirmation when:
- You have accepted your offer
- You have paid
Our booking confirmation email guarantees your place on the course and is also a booking receipt.
Please do not book flights or accommodation until you get our booking confirmation email.
Cancellations and refunds
If you decide you don’t want to do a Pre-sessional course, please email firstname.lastname@example.org immediately so we can give your place to another student.
If you decide to cancel before we have made you an offer, you must withdraw under the ‘my applications’ tab on the UAL Applicant Portal.
If we have sent you an offer but you have not accepted it, you must decline under the ‘my applications’ tab on the UAL Applicant Portal.
If you cancel your Pre-sessional course after your booking is confirmed, you cannot get another CAS for UAL Pre-sessional. If you want to study at another institution, you will need a new CAS and a new visa.
Please check our Terms and Conditions to see if you can ask for a refund.
3. Apply for your visa
You must not apply for a Short-term study visa. The Short-term study visa is only for students who come to the UK to do an English language course between 6 and 11 months long.
Read our helpful Visas and Immigration guidance before you apply for a visa.
After we have sent you your booking confirmation email, we will send you a CAS or letter you can use to apply for your visa.
Please start preparing your visa application (documents and finances) as soon as you apply for Pre-sessional. Don’t wait until your place on the course is confirmed to think about the visa application!
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. We cannot issue CAS or visa letters for courses delivered entirely online.
4. Book accommodation in London
When you receive your Pre-sessional Onsite offer, you can apply for Accommodation.
5. Pre-register online
About 3 weeks before the enrolment date for your course, we will email you to ask you to pre-register on the UAL Applicant Portal. You must pre-register before you can enrol.
When you pre-register, you need to give this information:
- Home address - permanent address in home country.
- Term-time address - address where you will live during your Pre-sessional course (including flat or room number).
- Emergency contact details.
- Personal details including passport number and visa details.
- Passport-sized photo - JPEG, 2 MB max file size (for student ID card).
We will also email you instructions for how to activate your UAL email account.
After you complete your online pre-registration, we will email you your personal enrolment appointment. Students will not be allowed to join the course after the enrolment deadline.
Please make sure you also read our Visas and immigration information for Pre-sessional and our Terms and Conditions.