Pre-Sessional Programme

Our Pre-Sessional Programme consists of intensive English language tuition and study skills support for international students who need to improve their English before enrolling on our GCSE, A Level and NCUK International Foundation Year courses.

Dependent on your level of English language and academic ability, the Pre-Sessional Programme can be taught for one, two or three terms. As well as improving your English language skills, we will prepare you to learn in a typical British classroom environment. This includes study skills development (including project work), independent reading, discussion work and team building.

Alongside English as an Additional Language, you will study Mathematics, Science and Business Studies to ensure that you are ready for the next stage of your education. Sports and Personal Health and Social Education (PHSE) also form part of the pre-sessional curriculum.

Timetable and Curriculum

Courses start at the beginning of each term in September, January and April and can be one, two or three terms in length.

There are two different levels of pre-sessional course – Level 1 and Level 2 – depending on the students’ level of English on entry and the English language entry requirements of the academic programme to be pursued (GCSE, A Level or Foundation).

Number of lessons per week:

English Maths Science Business Studies
Level 1 24 6 3 3
Level 2 18 6 6 6


IELTS entry requirements:

September January April
Level 1 4.0 4.5 5.0
Level 2 4.5 5.0 5.5


It is possible for students to move from Level 1 to Level 2, depending on their progress.



Students sit IELTS examinations each term to ensure progress.  They are regularly assessed by their teachers and receive certification at the end of the course.

Extra-Curricular Activities

The Programme also includes a wide range of social, cultural and physical activities to broaden your learning and experience.