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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.

Presessional courses prepare you for your main UAL degree course. You will improve your English in London, experience academic life at UAL and learn 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.

Applications for 2019 Presessional courses are now open but please note that courses can fill up quickly, so you should apply as early as possible - don't wait until the application deadline.

Submitting an application does not mean you have booked a place. We will let you know by email whether you have a place.

Important course updates (updated 20/05/19)

  • 19 week Presessional applications are now closed. For advice about alternative English courses at UAL, please email language-centre@arts.ac.uk.
  • 13 week Presessional applications are now closed for all levels. For advice about alternative English courses at UAL, please email language-centre@arts.ac.uk.
  • We are now fully booked for 9 week Presessional applicants with main course requirements of IELTS 6.0, 6.5 or 7.0. The waiting list is also closed. If your main course at UAL requires IELTS 6.0, 6.5 or 7.0 and you would like advice about alternative English courses at UAL, please email language-centre@arts.ac.uk.
  • Availability is very limited for 9 week Presessional applicants with main course requirements of IELTS 5.5. Depending on availability we may offer you the opportunity to join a waiting list. Please note that there is no guarantee that joining the waiting list will result in a place on the course.
  • Availability is very limited for Pre-Foundation English. Early application is advised.
  • We are now fully booked for EPIC 10 weeks. Depending on availability we may offer you the opportunity to join a waiting list. Please note that there is no guarantee that joining the waiting list will result in a place on the course.
  • There is good availability for all other Presessional courses.
  • Please note we have updated the EPIC 6 weeks Additional Entry Criteria (PDF 332KB) to reflect the early closure of 9 week Presessional. Please find amended dates under ‘Reason 2’.

Before you apply

To apply for a place on a Presessional English course, there are a number of steps you must take in the following order:

  1. Look at the language Entry Requirements section of each of the course information pages below to find out which course is right for you.
  2. Accept your UAL main course offer via your UAL online portal (or in your UCAS applicant portal, if you applied through UCAS).
  3. Under 18s will need to submit a completed Parent and Guardian Agreement (PDF 35KB) before applying. We cannot process your application until we receive this.

Please read the documents below for guidance about making your Presessional application:

Additional documents

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

Winter Presessional English (9 weeks)

Open to applicants with a conditional offer for a UAL postgraduate course starting in January 2020, who need to improve their English level by 0.5 IELTS bands.

19 Week Presessional English (conditional offers)

Open to applicants with a conditional offer for a UAL undergraduate or postgraduate course, who need to improve their overall English level by 1.5 IELTS  bands.

13 week Presessional English (conditional offers)

Open to applicants with a conditional offer for a UAL undergraduate or postgraduate course, who need to improve their overall English level by 1.0 IELTS band.

9 week Presessional English (conditional offers)

Open to applicants with a conditional offer for a UAL undergraduate or postgraduate course, who need to improve their overall English level by 0.5 IELTS bands.

Unconditional Presessional

Open to applicants with an unconditional offer for a undergraduate or postgraduate course at UAL.

Pre-foundation English (6 weeks)

Open to applicants with a conditional offer for a Foundation Diploma or Level 3 Introduction course at UAL.

EPIC 10 weeks (Exam Preparation Intensive Course)

Open to applicants with conditional offers for a UAL undergraduate or postgraduate course who cannot join Presessional, and who need to improve their overall English level by 1.0 IELTS bands.

EPIC 6 Week (Exam Preparation Intensive Course)

Open to applicants with conditional offers for a UAL undergraduate or postgraduate course who cannot join Presessional, and who need to improve their overall English level by 0.5 IELTS bands.