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Pre-sessional English courses

Pre-sessional courses are a way to develop your English for academic purposes before starting a degree. Passing one means that you will not need to take an English language test to enrol. 

They also give you the opportunity to: 

  • develop your study skills 
  • meet students and staff at social and educational events 
  • experience university life in the UK before you begin your degree course (if you enrol in an on-campus pre-sessional course)

Read more about what the courses cover and how they are assessed.

You can take any of the courses online or in person on our campus in Southampton. To study in person you’ll need a student visa, unless you are a UK resident.   

Choosing the right course 

We offer pre-sessional courses of 16, 11 or 6 weeks. A longer course will give you more opportunities for learning and feedback.

The right course for you will depend on:

  • your current English language level 
  • the language entry requirement for your degree programme, as stated in your conditional offer letter 

Course dates, entry requirements and fees

  Start date End date Application deadline Minimum overall IELTS score to enrol Fee
16 week course 18 May 2023 7 September 2023 20 April 2023 5.0 £7,200
11 week course 22 June 2023 7 September 2023 25 May 2023 5.5 £5,225
6 week course 13 July 2023 24 August 2023 15 June 2023 6.0 £2,970

Apply for a pre-sessional course 

You will need to fill in an application form to apply for your chosen course.  

To secure your place, you will need to pay a £500 deposit. We will email you information on how to make the deposit after we get your application. The deposit is non-refundable and will go towards paying the total fee of your chosen course.  

Apply for a pre-sessional course

Changing or cancelling your course  

You may be able to change your course from online to on campus, or vice versa, if you let us know before the application deadline.  

You may be able to change from a longer course to a shorter one after you have enrolled if you: 

  • meet the language requirement for the shorter course
  • let us know before the longer one starts

Choosing your accommodation    

If you are studying on campus, you are guaranteed a place in university accommodation throughout your pre-sessional courses. You will be able to book accommodation in one of 7 halls of residence run by the University.    

Compare halls of residence  

If you do not want to live on campus you can look for private accommodation. 

Learn more about accommodation options for pre-sessional students. We also have a meet and greet option for students arriving at Heathrow. 

Contact the University 

If you would like advice or more information before applying, or if you want to change or cancel your course, contact our Admissions Team:  

If you need help with visas, contact our Visa and Immigration Student Advice Service (VISAS). 

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