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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).

Unconditional Pre-sessional is suitable for students who already meet UAL main course language requirements.

Important course updates (updated 30 October 2020)

  • The 2020 Unconditional Pre-sessional course is now closed.
  • Applications for 2021 Unconditional Pre-sessional open in December 2020.

Entry requirements

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. Please note that this course is only available to students with 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 study and life at UAL. This course helps you make an easier transition to your main course and to living in London.

Because of the coronavirus situation, we started the 2020 course online. The course continued in London for face to face teaching and assessment from September. Currently, we are carefully monitoring the COVID situation to determine the course delivery mode(s) for 2021.

While the course is online, you will have:

  • 10 hours a week of tutor contact
  • 2 hours a day of online teaching from your tutor through Collaborate and the UAL Moodle learning platform
  • Access to the same materials and resources we use in face to face classes

In London, you will have 20 hours of classroom teaching a week. You will also have about 10 hours of homework and self-study tasks.

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.

You will get to know UAL facilities and resources as well as London and will learn about British culture and UK life. During your course you will make new friends and social networks.

You will have one-to-one tutorials with your tutor to discuss your progress and get advice on your studies. There will also be workshops to help you adapt to living in the UK and studying at UAL.

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 be at 272 High Holborn, London WC1V 7EY or the Foundation Centre, 1 Wilson Road, London SE5 8LU.

Learn more about access to UAL sites and buildings.

Online, usual class times are: Monday to Friday, 9.00am to 11.20pm UK time. You will have 2 hours of classes a day. There will be a 20-minute break during the time.

In London, usual class times are: Monday to Friday: 12.45pm - 5.15pm. 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. If you don’t attend 90% you will be withdrawn from your course. This could affect future visa applications or your ability to join your main course at UAL.

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.


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 complete all of your assignments and attend a minimum of 90% of the course.


In 2019 we had these nationalities on Unconditional Pre-sessional:

  • Chinese: 62%
  • Taiwanese: 16%
  • South Korean: 10%
  • Canadian: 3%
  • Japanese: 3%
  • Mexican: 3%
  • Thai: 3%

Dates, fees and extra costs

Course dates: 29 July 2021 - 1 September 2021

Applications open: December 2020

Application deadline: TBC

Enrolment day: 29 July 2021

Enrolment deadline: 31 July 2021. (You will not be able to join the course after this date.)

Course fee: £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 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.

Additional information


Insurance, provided by the company Endsleigh, is included in your fee. The policy starts 6 days before your course start date and ends 6 days after the last day of your course. The policy covers medical emergencies, theft and other events.

For further information, please see:

If you have any questions about your insurance cover, please contact

Students under 18

You must be over 16 years old to join a Pre-sessional course.

If you will be under 18 years old when you start your course you must send us a completed and signed Parent and Guardian Agreement (PDF 101KB) with your application. We will not give you a course offer without this agreement.

When you get your course offer you must book Hosts International Homestay accommodation and upload evidence of your booking to your applicant portal within 2 working days. We will not confirm your place without this evidence.

When your course place is confirmed and you have your flight details, you must book an airport transfer with Hosts International and send us evidence of this booking.


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.

The Language Centre’s Welfare Manager 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 Unconditional Pre-sessional course:

  • To Be Confirmed
  • To Be Confirmed

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 student visas.


Accommodation is available in our halls of residence for students aged 18 years and over. 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.

Students under the age of 18 must book Hosts International Homestay accommodation.

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: