Pre-sessional English is an intensive English language course for students who need to improve their English language and study skills prior to enrolling on their chosen degree programme at UWS.

It is designed to help you achieve the University’s English language entry requirement for degree level study (IELTS 6.0 overall, with no component lower than 5.5).

About the course

Pre-sessional courses are held during the summer, and at various times during the academic year. Courses last for 5 or 10 weeks, and comprise 21 hours of instruction and four hours of directed independent study per week. The pre-sessional English course is a UWS School of Education & Social Sciences programme, delivered by qualified and experienced lecturers overseen by the School.

The focus of the courses is to build on your existing English language skills to prepare you for all aspects of academic study, including:

  • Participating in seminars and discussion groups
  • Delivering effective presentations
  • Understanding lectures and note-taking
  • Academic reading and writing
  • Study and independent learning skills

Pre-sessional English courses will also develop your cultural awareness and introduce you to living in the UK.

Our taught classes are interactive and communicative to build your confidence when using English.

Classes are small, usually with no more than 20 students per group. Independent learning is an essential part of university study, and the hours of directed study will help you develop this skill. You will also attend focused one-to-one tutorials to discuss your progress and any additional support you may need.

What qualifications do you need?

English Test10 week pre-sessional5 week pre-sessional
IELTS for UKVIOverall score 5.0 with no elemenent below 4.5Overall score 5.5 with no elemenent below 5.0
PTE Academic UKVIOverall score 50 with no element below 50Overall score 58 with no element below 54
LanguageCert Academic SELTOverall score 54 with no element below 47Overall score 60 with no element below 54
LanguageCert General SELTOverall score 54 with no element below 47Overall score 60 with no element below 54
PSI Skills for English SELTPass with Merit with nothing below Pass in each componentPass in all elements
Trinity (ISEI) only if applying from UKB1 Pass in all elementsB2 Pass in all elements

Fees for 2024/25

Tuition fees

Pre-sessional English

5 week course
10 week course
UK (excluding Scotland)
Not available
Not available
International (including EU)
£1,990 (starts 18th November 2024)
£3,440 (starts 7th October 2024)

Both courses will end on 20th December 2024 for main course start in January 2025.

Enquire now

All students should apply directly to the University through our online application system. Before you apply, you should check that you meet our entry requirements and you should have all your supporting documents ready.

The first stage of the process is to create a profile; you don’t have to complete the application in one session – you can complete it in stages by saving each section and return to complete it at a later date.

You will need to upload documents with your applications, which may include transcripts and degree certificates.

Most courses don’t have a formal closing date, but they will close when they are full; apply early to avoid disappointment. There may also be funding deadlines that apply to you.

Before you begin your application, it is important to read the application step-by-step guide for a smooth process.