12 best pre-sessional programmes at UK universities

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12 best pre-sessional programmes at UK universities

What are pre-sessional programmes and is it suitable for me?

A Pre-sessional English Programme at a UK university is a course designed for international students who plan to come to the UK to study at either undergraduate or postgraduate level. It focuses on a student's ability to use English for academic purposes.

The course lasts for 2 weeks to 12 weeks. Students should choose the pre-sessional course based on the required English level. They can only apply for a pre-sessional course if they have been sent an academic offer.

You may want to consider applying if you:

  • need to level up your English ability in order to meet the requirements that is listed on your conditional offer, or

  • have met all the requirements but still want to gain an understanding of UK culture and get familiar with UK academic environment before attending any degree courses.

12 pre-sessional programmes offered by top UK universities

1University of Warwick

 

12 best pre-sessional programmes at UK universities

 

Course LengthIELTS Requrement for Degree CourseEntrance Requirement (IELTS)PriceStarting Date
10 weeks6.5, with at least 6.0 in every section6.0 (5.5 only permitted for two sections)£2,82013th June
7 (6 or 6.5 only permitted for two sections, the rest above 7)6.5 (5.5 only permitted for two sections)
6 weeks7 (6 or 6.5 only permitted for two sections, the rest above 7)6.5 (5.5 only permitted for one section)£1,41010th August
7 (6 or 6.5 only permitted for two sections, the rest above 7)7 (5.5 only permitted for one section)
*6 weeks at WMG (Warwick Manufacturing Group)7 (6 or 6.5 only permitted for two sections, the rest above 7)6 (5.5 only permitted for one section)

*All applicants need to prepay £880 deposit.

*WMG only has 6-week long pre-sessional course.

2University of Surrey

 

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Course Length

IELTS Requirement for Degree Course Entrance Requirement (IELTS)PriceStarting Date
12 weeks6.5, with at least 6.0 in every section5.5, with at least 5.0 in every section

£3,850

(£385 deposit)

22nd June
7, with at least 6.5 in every section6, with at least 5.5 in every section
8 weeks6.5, with at least 6.0 in every section6, with at least 5.5 in every section

£2,650

(£265 deposit)

10th July
7, with at least 6.5 in every section6.5, with at least 6.0 in every section
5 weeks6.5, with at least 6.0 in every section6.5 (5.5 only permitted for one section)

£1,700 (£170 deposit)

10th August
7, with at least 6.5 in every section7 (6 only permitted for one section)
5 weeks at Surry Business School6.5, with at least 6.0 in every section6.5 (5.5 only permitted for one section)
7, with at least 6.5 in every section7 (6 only permitted for one section)

 

3University of Leeds

 

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Course LengthIELTS Requrement for Degree CourseEntrance RequirementPriceStarting DateApplication Deadline
10 weeks at Leeds University Business School6.5, with at least 6.0 in every section

6 (5.5 only permitted for one section)

You must attend this course if you have 5.5 in either reading or writing.

£2,8006th July29th May
10 weeks6.5, with at least 6.0 in every section

6 (5.5 only permitted for two section)

6 weeks at Leeds University Business School6.5, with at least 6.0 in every section

6.5 (5.5 only permitted for either listening or speaking)

£1,6803rd August26th June
6 weeks6.5, with at least 6.0 in every section

6 (5.5 only permitted for one section)

*Entrance requirements may vary depending on the degree requirements.

4University of Leicester

 

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Course LengthEntrance RequirementPriceStarting DateApplication Deadline
10 weeks5.5 (6 for law students ), with at least 4.0 in every section£3,3506th July8th June
6 weeks6, with at least 4.0 in every section£2,0103rd August15th June
2 weeks learning skill trainingFor students who've met the degree requirement£37514th September10th August

5University of East Anglia - UEA

 

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Course LengthIELTS Requrement for Degree CourseEntrance RequirementPriceStarting Date
16 weeks6.5, with at least 6.0 in every section5.5 (4.5 only permitted for one section)£5,95026th May
12 weeks6.5, with at least 6.0 in every sectionIELTS overall5.5,with at least 5.0 in every section£4,46022nd June
8 Weeks6.5, with at least 6.0 in every sectionIELTS overall6,with at least 5.5 in every section£2,98020th July
6 weeks6.5, with at least 6.0 in every section6 (5.5 only permitted for one section)£2,2303rd August
4 weeks6.5, with at least 6.0 in every sectionFor students who've met the degree requirement£1,49017th August

6Newcastle University

 

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Course LengthIELTS Requrement for Degree CourseEntrance RequirementPriceStarting Date
10 weeks6.5, with at least 6.0 in every section6, with at least 5.5 in writing£4,50025th June
6 weeks6.5, with at least 6.0 in every section6, with at least 6.5 in writing£2,70023rd July

*All requirements listed above are from Newcastle University Business School.

7University of Southampton

 

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Course LengthIELTS Requrement for Degree CourseEntrance RequirementPriceStarting Date
11 weeks6.5, with at least 6.0 in every section5.5, with at least 5.0 in every section£3,40525th June
11 weeks at Southampton Business School5.5, with at least 5.5 in reading and writing, 5 in listening and speaking
6 weeks6.5, with at least 6.0 in every section6, with at least 5.0 in every section£1,86023th July
6 weeks at Southampton Business School6,with at least 6 in reading and writing, 5.5 in listening and speaking

8Loughborough University

 

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Course LengthEntrance RequirementPriceStarting DateApplication Deadline
10 weeks5.5, with at least 5.0 in every section£3,3008th July6月17日
5 weeks6, with at least 5.5 in every section£1,65012th August7月22日
2 weeks learning skill training6.5, with at least 6.0 in every section£6007th August8月17日

*The above information applies to most schools at Loughborough University.

9University of Nottingham

 

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Course LengthIELTS Requrement for Degree CourseEntrance RequirementPriceStarting Date
10 weeks6.5, with at least 6.0 in every section6, with 5.5 in writing and the rest above 5£3,3709th July
5 weeks6.5, with at least 6.0 in every section6, with at least 5.5 in every section£1,68513th August

10University of Glasgow

 

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Course LengthIELTS Requrement for Degree CourseEntrance RequirementPriceStarting DateApplication Deadline
10 weeks6.5, with at least 6.0 in every section*6, with 6 in writing£2,78529th June22nd May
5 weeks6.5, with at least 6.0 in every section*6, with at least 6.0 in every section£1,4503rd August26th June

*Entrance requirements may vary depending on the degree requirements.

11Cardiff University

 

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Course LengthIELTS Requrement for Degree CourseEntrance RequirementPriceStarting Date
*10 Weeks7, with at least 6.0 in every section6.5, with at least 4.0 in every section£2,65029th June

*There's no more space left for 8-week long and 12-week long programme.

12Royal Holloway, University of London

 

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Course LengthIELTS Requrement for Degree CourseEntrance RequirementPriceStarting DateApplication Deadline
12 weeks6.5, with at least 6.5 in writing and 6 in the rest sections 5.5, with at least 5.5 in writing and 5 in the rest sections £3,50018th June17th June
8 weeks6.5, with at least 6.5 in writing and 6 in the rest sections6, with at least 6 in writing and 5.5 in the rest sections £2,40016th July22th July
4 weeks6.5, with at least 6.5 in writing and 6 in the rest sections6, with at least 6 in writing and 5.5 in the rest sections £1,25013th August17th August

*Entrance requirements may vary depending on the degree requirements.

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