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Pre-sessional English

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Pre-sessional English is a specialist course designed to help you gain the English language and academic skills necessary to progress onto a degree at UEL.

  • excellent location

                  30 minutes by train to central London 

  • diverse

    Over 135 nationalities have come to study at UEL
  • Live on campus

    Our stunning riverside accommodation cost is more affordable than you think!

What is it about?

    How to apply

    You do not need to apply directly for the Pre-sessional English Programme. When you apply to study at UEL, we will automatically assess your eligibility for the programme if you do not meet the English language requirements for your chosen degree. Please visit our website to apply for a course at UEL:

    5 week Pre-sessional
    Entry requirements: IELTS for UKVI 5.0 (with no less than 4.5 in any component)
    Fee: £1,500
    Start dates: August, November

    11 week Pre-sessional
    Entry requirements: IELTS for UKVI 4.5 (with no less than 4.0 in any component)
    Fee: £3,080
    Start dates: July, October

    How to apply

    Who is it for

    If you do not meet the academic English language requirements for your course, you may be eligible to enrol onto a pre-sessional English programme. The length of the course will depend on your current level of English and the requirements for your degree programme. We offer a 5-week and an 11-week pre-sessional course.


    Who is it for

    What you will learn

    Course Content

    The Pre-sessional course closely mirrors what you will need to do on your main course and will include a mixture of lectures, seminars, one-to-one and independent study. The exact content depends on your strengths and weaknesses, but will cover the following areas:
    • Developing research skills through library assignments
    • Planning and structuring your writing
    • Expanding grammar and vocabulary to academic standards
    • Cultivating your independent voice through forming effective arguments, critical thinking and drawing conclusions from information
    • Developing your listening skills through regular lectures, seminars and note taking
    • Develop your ability to extract information by using  content from lectures, seminars and readings in your writing
    • Presentation skills

    A typical week
    The course is made up of 20 hours of contact time a week, classes run Monday to Friday with two hours in the morning and two hours in the afternoon each day. An important part of the course is a one-to-one weekly meeting between yourself and your personal tutor. This is a time when you can talk through individual concerns, assess the progress you are making and get individual help on any particular areas of difficulty.


    What you will learn

    Admissions deadlines

    11 week pre-sessional deadlines

    Application submission – 3rd May 2019
    Deadline to meet conditions – 10th May 2019
    Deposit deadline – 17th May 2019
    Latest date to issue a CAS – 31st May 2019
    Course start date – 1st July 2019

    5 week pre-sessional deadlines

    Application submission – 14th June 2019
    Deadline to meet conditions – 21st June 2019
    Deposit deadline – 28th June 2019
    Latest date to issue a CAS – 12th July 2019
    Course start date – 12th August 2019

    Admissions deadlines

    Attendance and Assessment Regulations
    To get the most out of the Pre-sessional programme you should come to every session. Attendance is measured each week and if it falls below acceptable levels then you may be withdrawn from your course and may not be eligible for a refund.
    UEL has a legal duty to monitor and record the attendance of students on Tier 4 student visas. We are required to report students to UKVI who are withdrawn for not meeting our attendance requirements. For students on a student visa, withdrawal from your course will have significant impact on your immigration status in the UK.


    Course assessment
    At the end of each five week block you will be tested on your listening, speaking, reading and writing abilities, this will be followed by a progress report which will allow you to see areas that you are strong in and areas in which you need to do more work. A final course report is also written for the admissions tutors so they know what level each student has reached. All successful students receive a certificate of completion.

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    What our students say

    • great learning experience

      "I have learnt more in two months on this course than I have in 2 years of living in UK."

    • GREAT course design

      "Assignments and tutorials were well planned according to the needs of the students."
    • making you welcome

      "Teachers are very friendly, efficient and helpful."