Pre-sessional English Courses

English UKAccredited by the British Council for the teaching of English in the UK

Students who do not meet the English language entry requirements can take a pre-sessional course to develop their language skills before starting a degree. These courses improve your English level to prepare for your undergraduate or post graduate degree. The Pre-sessional English Course is delivered at Luton campus.

  • Teaching hours per week: 24
  • Students are sent timetables prior to induction - Timetable Sample [DOCX]
  • Maximum class size: 25
  • Course books: Average course book price is £25 - £30
  • Minimum enrolment age: The ƹƵ is committed to equal opportunities in its admissions. All applications are considered on individual academic merit, occasionally the ƹƵ admits students who are under the age of 18.

Current Entry Requirements for Pre-sessional Courses

16 Weeks Course
Qualification Entry requirements
IELTS 5.0 overall, with minimum 2 skills at 4.5 and 2 skills at 5.0
12 Weeks Course
Qualification Overall
IELTS 5.0 overall, with minimum 4 skills at 5.0
8 Weeks Course
Qualification Overall
IELTS 5.5 overall, with minimum 2 skills at 5.0 and 2 skills at 5.5
4 Weeks Course
Qualification Overall
IELTS 5.5 overall, with minimum 4 skills at 5.5
2 Weeks Course
Qualification Overall
IELTS 5.5 overall, with minimum 3 skills at 5.5 and 1 skill at 6.0


Dates for Pre-Sessional Courses leading to a 2023-24 Main Course intake

Entry Requirements Main Course start Pre-sessional start Duration Fee
5.0 overall, 2 bands at 5.0 and 2 bands at 4.5 September 2023 8th May 2023 16 weeks
£4,125
November 2023 26th June 2023
February 2024 21st August 2023
5.0 overall, all bands at minimum 5.0 September 2023 5th June 2023 12 weeks
£3,300
November 2023 24th July 2023
February 2024 18th September 2023
April 2024 20th November 2023
June 2024 29th January 2024
August 2024 8th April 2024
5.5 overall, bands 5.0 x 2, and 5.5 x 2 September 2023 3rd July 2023 8 weeks
£2,200
November 2023 29th August 2023
February 2024 16th October 2023
April 2024 2nd January 2024
June 2024 26th February 2024
August 2024 6th May 2024
5.5 overall, all bands at minimum 5.5
September 2023 7th August 2023 4 weeks £1,100
November 2023 25th September 2023
February 2024 13th November 2023
April 2024 29th January 2024
June 2024 8th April 2024
August 2024 3rd June 2024
5.5 overall, bands 5.5 x3, and 1 band minimum 6.0
September 2023 21st August 2023 2 weeks
£550
November 2023 9th October 2023
February 2024 27th November 2023
April 2024 12th February 2024
June 2024 22nd April 2024
August 2024 17th June 2024

Students who reach the required level of English can start their degree. Those who are not successful are offered a short programme of remedial study focussing on the skills they need to improve

Students who reach the required level of English after the remedial course can start their degree.

Those who are not successful after the remedial will be deferred to the next academic programme intake and will need to apply for a different visa. The ƹƵ offers support throughout this process.