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English language courses and testing

Our courses are designed to give you a positive learning experience and help you improve your English for academic study.

This page provides details of the Pre-sessional English courses we offer international students, which are designed to improve your English language skills. You can also find out whether you are eligible to take our internal English language test.

Courses to improve your English

Study at home

We offer on-campus and online Pre-sessional English courses, allowing international students the chance to develop degree-ready English language skills with us in person or via a combination of live and interactive webinars and recorded lectures. 

Online Pre-sessional English Courses

Our Pre-sessional English (PSE) courses are for students who need to improve their English level before starting a degree programme at the university.

We will help you develop a range of skills needed for study, including academic writing, speaking skills for seminars, presentation skills, academic vocabulary, grammar and pronunciation. There are assessments at the end of each course that you need to pass in order to progress onto your chosen degree programme.

Our online courses run in the Summer for 6 or 10 or 15 weeks and provide 30 hours of study per week. Courses are taught online using live webinars (15 hours per week), pre-recorded lectures (5 hours per week) and guided, independent learning (10 hours per week). Our live sessions will be delivered both in the am and the pm UK time to accommodate students from different time zones. 

Our on-campus courses run at our Francis Close Hall campus in Cheltenham in the Summer for 6 or 10 weeks and have 30 hours of study per week. There are 20 hours of in-person classes and 10 hours of guided, independent learning per week.

2022 course fees and dates for Pre-sessional English courses*

CourseFeesOnline datesOn Campus Dates
6 week£2,0404 Jul 2022 – 12 Aug 202225 Jul 2022 – 2 Sept 2022
10 week£3,4006 Jun 2022 – 12 Aug 202227 Jun 2022 – 2 Sept 2022
15 week£5,1003 May 2022 – 12 Aug 2022No on-campus option

* Courses are subject to minimum numbers

Do I need to take the 6 or 10 or 15 week Pre-sessional course?

Depending on the degree programme you want to apply for and your current English language level, you will either need to take a 6, 10 or 15 weeks Pre-sessional English course:

Note: Our on-campus Pre-sessional English courses require a Secure English Language Test (SELT), e.g. UKVI IELTS (Academic) for entry.

Our online Pre-sessional English courses do not require a Secure English Language Test (SELT), e.g. UKVI IELTS (Academic), for entry, and students may take our placement examination (see English Language Testing section) to determine which course is most suitable. If you have taken a test (whether an IELTS test or another alternative English language qualification) over 2 months ago and have scored 0.5 lower than needed in one component you will also be able to take our placement test.

Note: there is no charge for the placement test for online Pre-sessional English courses, it is included in the online course fee.

If you do not have the required IELTS or equivalent and would like to take our English Placement Test to determine which of our online Pre-sessional English courses is right for you, please email and we will arrange an online test before you are offered a place on any Pre-sessional English courses.

What can I expect on a Pre-sessional English language course?

English language courses usually include:

How do I apply for a Pre-sessional English course?

To apply, please complete the relevant application form from the options listed below.

On-campus Pre-sessional English
Online Pre-sessional English

What visa do I need?

You can access information and guidance on applying for the right type of visa by following the link below:

Find out more about visas and immigration

How do I apply for accommodation?

You can access information and guidance on applying for student accommodation by following the link below:

Find out more about our student accommodation

English language testing

There’s no need to worry if you aren’t sure whether you have the correct English language level or certificate. We conduct online English language tests for applicants who hold offers to one of our degrees which are conditional on English language. 

You may need to take this test if: 

The test consists of the following components: 

Applicants complete the reading and writing tests before the interview, in which speaking and listening are assessed. Online interviews take place at a mutually agreeable time. 

To apply for a test, you need to have a student ID number and have a conditional offer ‘subject to CEFR B2 level in English Language’. Tests cost £80 and take place throughout the year. Visit our How to pay page for more about paying online.

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How to pay






For more information or to apply, please email the admissions team: