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Pre-Foundation English

Pre-Foundation English

English language preparation for students beginning a Foundation Diploma or Level 3 Introduction course at UAL.

What is Pre-Foundation English?

For enquiries about Presessional English, please email Please note that Pre-Foundation English applications are now closed. The course is very popular and has become oversubscribed before the application deadline.

This course is for students beginning a Foundation Diploma or Level 3 Introduction course at UAL. It is an English language preparation programme for students who want to improve their language level in order to progress onto Foundation Diploma in Art and Design or Level 3 Introduction courses at University of the Arts London.

Successful completion of this course means you can progress onto your Foundation Diploma or Level 3 course without having to take another IELTS test.

Pre-Foundation English will develop your English language and study skills in a creative arts context. You will have the opportunity to visit several of UAL’s colleges to become familiar with their resources. You will also gain experience of the teaching and learning methods at UAL, which is great preparation for your main course.

Learners will be using English in everyday situations, in real-life contexts. At the end of the course students will take an assessment in order to achieve the equivalent IELTS entry score needed for their course.

The class size on this course is a maximum of 18 students.

Who can take this course?

Pre-Foundation English is only for students who have a conditional offer for a Foundation Diploma or Level 3 Introduction course at University of the Arts London.

We offer separate Presessional courses for students joining undergraduate and postgraduate courses.

You must take an IELTS for UKVI test if you want to study Pre-Foundation English under a Tier 4 visa. Other internationally recognised certificates may be accepted if you will not be studying Pre-Foundation English under a Tier 4 visa.

If you have a certificate other than IELTS, please contact the Presessional office well in advance to check whether this can be accepted as proof of English level. You can do this by emailing

What is the difference between Pre-Foundation English and other English exam preparation courses?

Pre-Foundation English is a focused English language programme specifically for students studying at UAL.

You can read a detailed Comparison of Pre-Foundation English with other Exam Preparation Courses (PDF 98KB).

Course content

The syllabus focuses on the development of language competence and fluency, and the skills that you will need in Further Education, including specific skills for courses at UAL.

You will use a course book and a range of other materials reflective of the art and design focus of UAL.


You will be assessed in academic writing, presentation and discussion, listening and reading. These assessments will help you to develop the skills and knowledge you will need for your Foundation or Level 3 introduction course.

You will have one-to-one tutorials with your tutor to discuss your progress and receive advice on your studies. There will also be visits to various UAL sites to help prepare you for the year ahead.

Self-study and independent learning

We want to help you to become a confident and independent student, so we will regularly give you homework and self-study tasks. You will be expected to do approximately 8-10 hours of self-study per week. This is likely to increase when you are preparing for your assessment.

You will be able to use all of the university facilities including the libraries and IT facilities, and university staff will be on hand to show you how to use them.

Location and class size

This course is taught at Camberwell College of Arts, with a maximum class size of 18 students.

Teaching hours

Pre-Foundation English lessons take place Monday to Friday for 4 hours per day, in either the morning or afternoon as per the timetable for your course (a total of 20 hours per week). You will be expected to do approximately 8-10 hours of self-study per week. This is likely to increase when you are preparing for your assessment.

Extra course costs and materials

You may be required to buy some art materials for the London Project at the end of the course. Students typically spend around £30-£50 on materials for this project, but the cost may vary depending on your choice of medium.

During the course you will attend various class trips which will require you taking public transport at your own cost. Fare prices are available on the Transport for London website.

We ask that all students bring a tablet or laptop computer for research and assignment work.

Staff information and accreditation

Pre-Foundation English is taught by experienced English language tutors. They all have a diploma or equivalent level ELT/TESOL qualification and some also have an MA in Linguistics or Visual Arts.

Presessional English courses at UAL are accredited by the British Council and BALEAP.

Entry Requirements, Fees and Dates

Entry requirements

Please note: Pre-Foundation English is now closed for applications. The course has been very popular and became oversubscribed before the application deadline.

You can join the Pre-Foundation English course at University of the Arts London if your current IELTS score (or equivalent) is 0.5 below the requirement for your university main course entry requirements. There are also minimum skill score requirements.


Pre-Foundation English

Entry Requirements


Foundation Diploma / Level 3 Introduction course entry requirements (IELTS)

Overall ScoreEach skill (minimum)

If your score is below the Pre-Foundation English entry requirement, we recommend that you take an Academic English course at the Language Centre. For more information about UAL main course entry requirements, visit the UAL English language requirements page.


2 July – 17 August 2018

Application deadline: 18 June 2018

Enrolment deadline: 5 July 2018

Students will not be allowed to join the course after the enrolment deadline.

Course fees

The fee for this course is £2,680.

How to apply

Bookings for Pre-Foundation English will open from mid-February 2019. Please check our Presessional pages from mid-January 2019 for further updates and for our new booking Terms and Conditions.

Any questions? Please email us at:

Additional information


Accommodation is available in our halls of residence for Presessional students. If it is your first time studying in the UK, we strongly recommend staying in our halls to get yourself familiar with London. Take a look at our page on accommodation options for Presessional.

Tier 4 visas

If you are eligible to study under Tier 4, you will be issued with a CAS to cover study on Pre-Foundation English only. After you successfully complete Pre-Foundation English, you will need to make a new visa application for your Foundation Diploma or Level 3 Introduction course at UAL.

Please note: we strongly advise all students to take an IELTS for UKVI test before applying to Pre-Foundation English. Upon successful completion of the Pre-Foundation English course, you will need an IELTS for UKVI test result with a minimum of 4.5 in each skill in order to make a Tier 4 visa application for your Foundation Diploma or Level 3 Introduction course at UAL. If you require further information or have any questions about this please contact us: