English as a Foreign Language

Courses for students taking postgraduate degree courses starting in January 2015

Location: Faculty of Social Sciences and Humanities, Wells Street

Course details

You will have the option of taking a 6- or 12-week pre-sessional course. The length of course will depend on the English language level you have when you enter the course and the English language entry requirement of the degree course you plan to take. Classes are from Monday to Friday, 10am–1pm and 2–4pm, except Wednessday afternoon.

The cost of your course book is included in the fees.

A deposit towards your degree course fees is required.

The fees for pre-sessional courses are:

Dates for the pre-sessional courses in 2014:

The pre-sessional courses are assessed using a mixture of an externally validated test (Password) and Westminster assessments.

Entry requirements

You must hold a current offer to study a degree course at the University of Westminster and fulfil the necessary English Language criteria to be considered for the pre-sessional course. Please note that IELTS equivalents are accepted (for example TOEFL, Pearson Test of English and Cambridge English Proficiency).

To be admitted onto a pre-sessional course, students must have attained the following level in IELTS or equivalent recognised English language qualification:

Overall IELTS score needed for degree course 12-week pre-sessional requirements 6-week pre-sessional requirements
6 or equivalent
5 overall with a minimum of 5 in all components 5.5 overall with a minimum of 5.5 in three components (to include writing) and 5 in one other component
6.5 or equivalent 5.5 overall with a minimum of 5.5 in all components 6 overall with a minimum of 6 in three components (to include writing) and 5.5 in one other component
7 or equivalent 6 overall with a minimum of 6 in all components 6.5 overall with a minimum of 6.5 in three components (to include writing) and 6 in one other component

How to apply

Admission to the pre-sessional courses is restricted to students who have an offer to study a degree at the University of Westminster. There are two ways of joining the course:

  1. When we make you the offer for the degree course you have applied for and you have not met our English language requirements, we will also make you an offer on the pre-sessional course if you meet the minimum English requirements outline above. If you receive an offer for this course and would like to take up a place, you will have to pay your pre-sessional fees and a deposit for your undergraduate or postgraduate course.
  2. If you have met the English language requirements for your degree course, but would like to study on one of our pre-sessional courses please contact the Admissions officer responsible for your chose degree programme or

Progression from the course

Attending the pre-sessional course does not guarantee that you will automatically progress onto your chosen degree course.

In order to progress you must pass the pre-sessional course at the level required for your degree course.

If you do not meet the requirements of your degree course you will not be able to progress. However, it may be possible for you to defer entry to a later date. Information and guidance will be available to you in these circumstances.

Refund policy

Refunds are given only in exceptional circumstances. We reserve the right to change course arrangements as necessary. Please note that all courses are run subject to demand.

Your visa

For up-to-date information about visas, please visit our international pages or If you are applying for a Tier 4 visa to study with us you will need a Confirmation of Acceptance of Studies (CAS) from the University. Pre-Sessional students can get a joint CAS for a single Tier 4 visa to cover both the Pre-sessional English language course and their main course if;

If you are still awaiting your final certificate or transcript you will get a CAS to cover the Pre-sessional English language course only. On completion of your Pre-sessional course successful applicants will be issued a second CAS for their main course. Students who have been issued a joint CAS for both courses will need to achieve the required scores in their Pre-sessional course in order to progress to their second course. If you do not pass the Pre-sessional and the level required for your course your visa will not be valid to continue to your main course of study.

If your visa application is unsuccessful and you have to cancel, we will refund full course fees when you provide us with your visa refusal letter. Extended absences from class can affect your right to stay and study in the UK.

Contact us

Faculty of Social Sciences and Humanities

If you hold an offer for one of our degree courses please contact the Admission Officer responsible for your course.


For any general enquiries please contact

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