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 ten 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?

  • CEFR B1
  • IELTS at 5.0, with no skill below 4.5
  • National 4 Group Award (all 3 units) SQA ESOL qualification
  • Cambridge English First (Pass), Preliminary (Distinction)
  • Trinity College London ISE 1 (Merit)
  • ESOL Skills for Life Entry 3 (all 4 skills)
  • TOEFL 60

Fees for 2024/25

Tuition fees

Pre-sessional English

UK (excluding Scotland)
Not available
International (including EU)

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.