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Pre-sessional English

Pre-sessional English is an intensive English language course designed for students want to improve their English language communication and study skills prior to enrolling on your chosen undergraduate degree at the University of the West of Scotland.

Lasting five or ten weeks depending on your existing English language skills, the course will improve your English language skills to the minimum level required for enrolment on UWS degree courses (IELTS 6.0 with no skill lower than 5.5).

If you hold a conditional offer of study from UWS, the Pre-sessional English course is likely to help you to meet the English language condition of your offer.

UWS London campus students in class

About this course

This course is delivered by experienced and expert tutors from our School of Education. The focus of the course is to build on your existing English language skills to prepare you for all aspects of academic study, including:

  • communicative seminars
  • discussion groups
  • presentations
  • lectures and talks from outside speakers
  • developing skills in note-taking and writing practice

The course lasts for ten weeks, with 21 hours of instruction and four hours of directed independent study per week.

Our taught classes are interactive and task-based to build your confidence when communicating in English.

Directed study will be agreed between you and your tutor, focusing on areas where you feel you need to improve. Independent learning is an essential part of our degree programmes and the hours of directed study will help you to develop this skill. You will also attend focused one-to-one tutorials to discuss your progress and identify any additional support you might need.


There are opportunities to participate in a vibrant social programme with events both on and off campus and excursions to explore Scotland. This will enable you to meet new people, broaden your horizons and practise English outside the university Campus environment.

The course will introduce you to living in the UK and give you an insight into studying in a UK university.

In most cases, classes are small. And never more than 20 students to ensure that each student receives the support they need from our experienced staff.


During the ten week course you will develop a portfolio of work including assignments, presentations, homework and project work which evidence your progression.

Your academic English development will be assessed through regular English language tests. To pass the final assignment in each skill and achieve an overall result comparable to IELTS 6.0, with no less than 5.5 in any skill, to proceed to the main degree programme. You are also required to meet the minimum attendance requirement.

Entry requirements

Ten week Pre-sessional English

International English Language Test System (IELTS): 5.0, with no single test score below 4.5

Five week Pre-sessional English

International English Language Test System (IELTS): 5.5, with no single test score below 5.5.

Course Fees

Ten week Pre-sessional English

The cost of the ten-week course is £2,500.

Five week Pre-sessional

English The cost of the five week course is £1,250.

Additional Costs

The course fee does not include course materials, which you will need to purchase on arrival. The cost is approximately £45. All other materials will be supplied as part of the course.

Social activities are normally free of charge. However sometimes there may be a small fee of between £5 and £20.


If you require a visa to study in the UK please visit our Student Immigration and Tier 4 Visas section.

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Last updated: 07/08/2017