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Unconditional Pre-sessional

Unconditional Pre-sessional

A 5-week intensive English course for students with an unconditional offer for an undergraduate or postgraduate course at University of the Arts London (UAL)

2021 applications

Suitable for students who already meet UAL main course language requirements.

  • 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 Unconditional Pre-sessional if:

  • you have an unconditional offer for a UAL undergraduate or postgraduate course for the 2021/22 academic year.
  • you have a UAL main course offer at RQF level 6 and above (BA level and above).
  • you already meet your language condition but want to improve your English level and prepare for your UAL main course.

If you have a conditional offer for a UAL main course and do not meet your language entry requirements, 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 description

Unconditional 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

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).


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.


Unconditional Pre-sessional students are not assessed formally at the end of the course. This means you can focus on improving your language, without the pressure of preparing for an exam at the end of the course.

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

Dates and fees

Course dates

29 July 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 July 2021

Teaching start day: 29 July 2021

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

Course fees

The fee for this course is £2,150

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 from our student advisers about costs of studying at UAL.

Additional information


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.

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 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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