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Unconditional Pre-sessional On Campus

Unconditional Pre-sessional On Campus

A 5 week intensive English course on campus for UAL offer holders who already meet their language requirement..

2022 applications

2023 applications are open

  • Application deadline: 5 June 2023, or when the course is full.

Apply for Unconditional Pre-sessional On Campus if you:

  • already meet your language condition, but want to improve your English and prepare for your main course,
  • have an unconditional offer form UAL for the 2023/24 academic year.

This course is delivered entirely on campus at UAL. Students are expected to study from London, not from their home country.

Unsure which Pre-sessional course is right for you? Read our Eligibility information. For advice, use our Eligibility Questionnaire.

Course description

Unconditional Pre-sessional On Campus is an intensive English language course designed to prepare you for your UAL main course.

Join Unconditional Pre-sessional On Campus to:

  • improve your English language skills in the context of art, design, fashion and communication,
  • learn vital academic skills to succeed as a UAL student, including critical thinking, writing reports and essays, presentations and research,
  • study on an engaging course taught by supportive, experienced tutors,
  • take part in social activities and events for Pre-sessional students and the wider UAL community.

Unconditional Pre-sessional was taught online in 2020, 2021 and 2022. Prior to the pandemic it was was delivered on campus with high progression rates and positive student feedback.

View work created by students as part of their courses.

Hours and timetable

Hours per week: 20 hours, plus up to 5 hours of homework.

Live Classes



There will be 4 hours each day of live lectures or seminars with the tutor and the whole class.

Classroom activities will also include: 1 to 1 tutorials with your tutor; working with video, audio, and written content and group tasks.

20 hours per week (4 hours per day)

Monday to Friday

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




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

Approximately 5 hours per week (60 minutes per day)

Homework is usually assigned daily in preparation for the following day’s classes.

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

Attendance and materials

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.

You will need a laptop of tablet for classes, research and assignments. Learn more about studying on campus.


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

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

Dates and fees


Course dates: 24 July 2023 - 29 August 2023

Enrolment day: 24 July 2023

Teaching start day: 24 July 2023

Enrolment deadline: 26 July 2023


Fee: £2,500.

Additional costs: You may need to buy some art materials for the end-of-course project: The Climate Crisis. Students usually spend around £30 to £50 on these.

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

Additional information


Unconditional Pre-sessional On Campus is delivered entirely on campus in London. To travel to the UK, most students will need a visa.

Pre-sessional visa and immigration guidance

Age requirement

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, please to do this in your Pre-sessional application. You can select the option which best describes your condition.

We will contact you to ask 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 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 UAL sites and routes are accessible to you, read the guidance from AccessAble.

How 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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