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Presessional Academic English Programme

If you have an offer to study at UAL and need to improve and develop your English language skills, you can apply to study Presessional English before you start your main course.

Spend a few weeks preparing for your main UAL degree course, improving your English in London, experiencing academic life and learning about British culture.

Our Presessional English courses are accredited by the British Council and BALEAP. They are designed to help you to progress onto your main course of study at UAL, once you have successfully passed all of your Presessional assessments.

Please note that applications are now closed for all Presessional courses in 2018. Please check the website for updates - information about new courses for 2019 will be available soon.

There are different types of Presessional course depending on how much English language preparation you need. Find out which course is right for you below.

Before you apply

To apply for a place on a Presessional English course, you must first accept your UAL main course offer via the applicant portal. After this, you can apply for the right Presessional course for you using the links in the portal. Submitting an application does not mean you have booked a place. We will let you know by email whether you have a place. Places on some Presessional courses are limited and fill up quickly, so you should apply as early as possible before the deadline.

Please make sure you read and understand the application guidance:

Winter Presessional English (9 weeks)

For students with conditional offers for courses starting in early 2019, who need to improve their English level by 0.5 IELTS bands.

19 week Presessional English for conditional offers

For students with conditional offers who need to improve their English level by 1.5 IELTS  bands.

13 week Presessional English for conditional offers

For students with conditional offers who need to improve their English level by 1 IELTS band.

9 week Presessional English for conditional offers

For students with conditional offers who need to improve their English level by 0.5 IELTS bands.

Unconditional Presessional

For students with an unconditional offer for an undergraduate or postgraduate course at UAL.

Pre-foundation English

For students beginning a Foundation Diploma or Level 3 Introduction course at UAL.

EPIC

An intensive English exam preparation course for students with conditional offers who cannot join Presessional.

Other English courses

The Language Centre offers several other ways to develop your English skills, for both UAL students and the public.