Pre-sessional entry requirements

The following guidelines* apply. For other language qualifications, please contact for advice.

PSE entry requirements

Overall IELTS Score needed for your degree course 15-week Pre-sessional requirements 12-week Pre-sessional requirements 7-week Pre-sessional requirements
6 or equivalent Overall = 4.5 (UG students) Overall = 5.0 Overall = 5.5
Writing = 4.5* and no lower than 4.0 in all the other three components(Reading, Listening and Speaking) Writing = 5.0* and no lower than 4.5 in all the other three components(Reading, Listening and Speaking) Writing = 5.5* and no lower than 5.0 in all the other three components(Reading, Listening and Speaking)
6.5 or equivalent Overall = 5.0 (PG students) Overall = 5.5 Overall = 6.0
Writing = 5.0* and no lower than 5.0 in all the other three components(Reading, Listening and Speaking) Writing = 5.5* and no lower than 5.0 in other three components(Reading, Listening and Speaking) Writing = 6.0* and no lower than 5.5 in the other three components(Reading, Listening and Speaking)
7 or equivalent   Overall = 6.0 Overall = 6.5
  Writing  = 6.0* * and no lower than 5.5 in other three components(Reading, Listening and Speaking) Writing  = 6.5* and no lower than 6.0 in other three components(Reading, Listening and Speaking)


(*) All other scores should be reasonably consistent with the entry requirements specified in this table.

*Please note that each application is considered on an individual basis, taking into account the student’s overall academic history and the scores needed for their chosen course.

You may be aware that the Home Office recently announced major changes to the Secure English Language Tests (SELTs) which will be acceptable for use in UK visa applications.

Course dates 2020-21

A pre-sessional course is either seven weeks, 12 weeks or 15 weeks long. The length of your 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.

For courses starting in September 2020 (UG and PG students)

Course length Dates Price
15 weeks 1 June 2020 - 7 September 2020 £5,300
12 weeks 22 June 2020 – 7 September 2020 £4,200
7 weeks 27 July 2020 – 7 September 2020 £2,700

For courses starting in January 2021 (PG students)

Course length Dates Price
12 weeks 21 September 2020 – 11 December 2020 £4,200
7 weeks 26 October 2020 – 11 December 2020 £2,700