Pre-sessional English Language (undergraduate and IFC)

  • UCAS
  • Length
    See table below
  • Department
    English Language Centre

Course overview

This intensive programme is for international students about to start full-time undergraduate study at a UK university.

This programme is more than just a language course, which is why it is longer than other pre-sessional courses you might find elsewhere. 

It will also familiarise you with the British education system, and will develop your study skills. And it is  tailored to the arts and social sciences, so it's ideal if you're planning on studying these subjects in the future. 

The course covers:

  • English language
  • academic study skills
  • cultural background studies
  • critical analysis

There is continuous assessment through regular assignments, especially listening exercises, presentations and essays. At the end of the programme, you receive a profile of your performance and progress, and recommendations for your future language development. There is an opportunity to take the IELTS exam.

Dates, fees and entry requirements for 2017

Length Dates Entry requirements Fees
14 weeks full-time May 2017 5.5 UKVI IELTS or equivalent £4,640 (£300 deposit when you accept our offer of a place)
9 weeks full-time July 2017

IFC entrants: 4.5 UKVI IELTS
Undergraduate entrants: 6.0 UKVI IELTS

£3,300 (£300 deposit when you accept our offer of a place)
5 weeks full-time August 2017 6.0 UKVI IELTS (with a minimum of 6.0 in the written component) £2,010 (£300 deposit when you accept our offer of a place)

Social programmes

During your time in London, there will be opportunities to visit theatres and galleries. A party is organised at the end of the programme.

Entry points

The programme consists of several entry points, ranging from five weeks long to 18 weeks long depending on your existing level of English language.

Contact the department

If you have specific questions about the degree, contact Programme Convenor, Marl'ene Edwin

Modules & structure

This programme consists of several entry points: you start the programme in either May, July or August, and finish in September. 

Students who start the programme in May are provided with more general EAP (English for Academic Purposes) modules. This is especially important for students whose previous experience of English learning has focused on IELTS or general English only. However, you will receive classes in critical studies and cultural background.

What you study

May to June

  • Modernity I
  • Modernity II
  • Modernity III
  • Integrated Skills
  • Reading into Writing
  • Grammar Development
  • London Project: Integrated skills
  • London Project: Mapping the City
  • Pronunciation
  • Cultural Studies I
  • Cultural Studies II 

July to September

  • Postmodernity I
  • Postmodernity II
  • Postmodernity III
  • Postmodernities Lecture
  • Art History Lecture/Film Lecture
  • Writing Skills I
  • Writing Skills II
  • Writing Skills III
  • Textual Analysis
  • Seminar Skills

August to September

  • Globalisation I
  • Globalisation II
  • Postmodernities Lecture
  • Art History Lecture/Film Lecture
  • Lecture Feedback
  • Writing Skills I
  • Writing Skills II
  • Writing Skills III
  • Textual Analysis
  • Seminar Skills

Please note that due to staff research commitments not all of these modules may be available every year.

Entry requirements

You must be at least 18 years old when you start the programme. Please see the table above for details of the IELTS requirements for each course. 

Equivalent qualifications
We accept a wide range of qualifications equivalent to the ones listed above.

If your qualifications are from another country, find out more about the qualifications we accept from around the world

English language requirements
If English isn’t your first language, you’ll need to meet our English language requirements to study with us. 

For this programme we require:

If you need assistance with your English language, we offer a range of courses that can help prepare you for degree-level study.

Read more about our general entrance requirements


The English Language Centre
specialises in teaching English language and academic writing

English Language Centre

Come and learn from a dedicated team of specialists. Some of our team have worked in this area for over 20 years.

We offer courses for:

  • students with English as a second language
  • native English speakers who are keen to develop their skills in academic writing

These courses range from standalone foundation years and pre-sessional courses right through to in-sessional courses that you complete during your degree programme.

It’s also possible to book an appointment with our resident Royal Literary Fund Fellows – professional writers who can help you improve your essay-writing skills.

Find out more about the English Language Centre.

Fees & funding

Find out about our undergraduate tuition fees and funding opportunities.

Please note that the deposit will not be returned but will count towards your tuition fee when you begin the programme. 

How to apply

To apply for the Pre-sessional programme, please download an English Language Centre application form.

Once completed, please send this to:

English Language Centre
Goldsmiths, University of London
New Cross
London SE14 6NW
United Kingdom

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