Pre-Sessional English courses University of Greenwich

Our Pre Sessional English and Extended Pre Sessional English courses are designed for international and EU students planning to study at the university who need to improve their language skills. The wide range available means that you can take a course that corresponds to your current level of language skills and the level you need to attain.

You will develop your language skills in a supportive academic environment while studying in the beautiful and historic Royal Borough of Greenwich, south-east London. You will have access to our extensive facilities, such as our modern library and well-equipped language labs.

Your course will emphasise academic rather than colloquial English, and you will acquire the study skills needed to meet the English language entry requirements for our programmes.

Course content

The course covers a variety of topics:

  • Presentation skills: organising and structuring a presentation; using visuals and vocabulary
  • Seminar skills: presenting, developing and supporting an argument; taking your turn
  • Academic encounters: reading and writing summaries; vocabulary; discussion
  • Academic writing (paraphrasing, coherence, etc.); grammar
  • Listening: note taking; understanding organisation
  • Project work: using the library; extended reading
  • The media and current affairs.

During the course, you will carry out a number of tasks in class time as well as producing a portfolio of your work. Maximum class size is 20 students.

Entry requirements

You must have an offer of a place on one of our degree programmes and the UKVI IELTS score (or equivalent) required for the particular course. 

Summer 2017

Courses leading to an IELTS score of 6.0 (minimum 5.5 in each skill)

Two-week Pre-Sessional English course

To apply, you must have a minimum UKVI approved IELTS score of 6.0 (with a minimum of 5.5 in three skills and 5.0 in one) or equivalent.

21 August to 4 September

Five-week Pre-Sessional English course

To apply, you must have a minimum UKVI approved IELTS score of 5.5 (with a minimum of 4.0 in each skill) or equivalent.

24 July to 25 August 2017

31 July to 4 September 2017

Nine-week Pre-Sessional English course

To apply, you must have a minimum UKVI approved IELTS score of 5.0 (with a minimum of 4.0 in each skill) or equivalent.

3 July to 4 September 2017

Thirteen-week Pre-Sessional English course

To apply, you must have a minimum UKVI approved IELTS score of 4.5 (with a minimum of 4.0 in each skill) or equivalent.

5 June to 4 September August 2017

Courses leading to an IELTS 6.5 (minimum 5.5 in each skill)

Two-week Pre-Sessional English course

To apply, you must have a minimum UKVI approved IELTS score of 6.5 (with a minimum of 5.5 in three skills and 5.0 in one) or equivalent.

21 August to 4 September

Five-week Pre-Sessional English course

To apply, you must have a minimum UKVI approved IELTS score of 6.0 (with a minimum of 4.0 in each skill) or equivalent.

24 July to 25 August 2017

31 July to 4 September 2017

Nine-week Pre-Sessional English course

To apply, you must have a minimum UKVI approved IELTS score of 5.5 (with a minimum of 4.0 in each skill) or equivalent.

3 July to 4 September 2017

Tuition fees

Two-week course £520

Five-week courses £1,450

Nine-week course £2,425

Thirteen-week course £3,100

How to apply

If you have already applied for a programme of study and have received a conditional offer and your current UKVI approved IELTS or equivalent score does not fulfil the minimum UKVI approved IELTS requirement, please e-mail the International Office.

You should include a copy of your UKVI approved IELTS certificate (or equivalent). We can then update your offer to include the most suitable pre-sessional English programme prior to you commencing your degree studies.

If you have not previously applied for a programme of study and are applying for the first time, please include a copy of your UKVI approved IELTS certificate (or equivalent) with your application. When applying for the first time, please apply online.

Further Information

Pre-Sessional English course leaflet

Please download a pdf version of the leaflet