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Pre-Foundation English Online

Pre-Foundation English Online

Pre-Foundation English is a 7-week intensive English course for students with a conditional offer for a Foundation Diploma or Level 3 Introduction course at University of the Arts London (UAL)

2022 applications

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

  • Applications for Pre-Foundation English Online are closed.
  • In 2022, the course will be taught online. Courses were taught online in 2021 with high progression rates and positive student feedback.
  • We look forward to welcoming applications for our engaging courses taught by supportive, experienced tutors.

You can apply for Pre-Foundation English Online if:

  • you have an offer for a UAL Foundation or Level 3 Introduction course for the 2022/23 academic year
  • you need to improve your English level by 0.5 IELTS bands (or equivalent)
  • you have an overall IELTS (or equivalent) score of 4.5, with a minimum score of 4.0 in each skill.

Language entry requirements

The Pre-Foundation English Online 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 Pre-Foundation English Online (IELTS or equivalent)

5.04.5 with a minimum of 4.0 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 188KB).

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 you can’t find a suitable Pre-sessional course, please read about the other English courses offered by the Language Centre.

Course description

Pre-Foundation English Online is an intensive English language course designed to prepare you for your UAL Foundation Diploma or Level 3 Introduction 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

Online 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 directed by the tutor with the whole class.


Tutor-directed study activities. The tutor will oversee these activities but you may be working independently or in groups with other students. Activities could include: 1 to 1 tutorials with your tutor; working with video, audio and written content; group tasks; researching language (grammar/vocabulary); and test practice.

20 (4 hours day)

Plus daily homework of approximately 60 minutes.

Monday to Friday

9am - 1.30pm UK time, with a 30-minute break at 11am.




Assignments set for you by your tutor. Some work may relate to the following day's class; some may involve individual feedback from the tutor; and some may involve instant feedback.

5 (or as directed)

You will be given a deadline for completing this work.

Total hours per week

20 plus up to 5 hours homework

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

Studying online

You will study in a Virtual Learning Environment (VLE). Read about the platforms we use and tools to help you study online.

Attendance and Assessment

Students must attend and participate in 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.

Last year, 90% of students passed their Pre-sessional course.

Dates and fees

Course dates

27 June 2022 - 12 August 2022

Applications open: January 2022

Application deadline: closed

Enrolment day: 27 June 2022

Teaching start day: 27 June 2022

Enrolment deadline: 29 June 2022. (You will not be able to join the course after this date.)

Course fees

The fee for this course is £3,100.

You may need to buy some art materials for the Art 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


Pre-Foundation English Online will be delivered entirely online. Students joining this course 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.

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.

Age requirements

You must be at least 18 years old on the start date to join 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.

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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