Pre-sessional Online Programme

Our Pre-sessional English programmes are currently being offered online only, due to ongoing restrictions related to the Covid-19.

Primary page content

We will not be providing any face-to-face teaching at Goldsmiths for the 12-week, 9-week and 6-week Pre-sessional programmes.

The programme content remains the same as is described on our programme page. It will be delivered by the same highly qualified, experienced teachers who would have been delivering the face-to-face programme.

Our main goal is to ensure you receive an excellent pre-sessional experience that prepares you for your Goldsmiths programme.

Teaching and provision

How teaching will work

Our pre-sessional programmes are intensive and you will have to commit to studying full-time. The programmes all follow a weekly timetable of 21 hours of online learning, consisting of:

  • Teacher-led lessons in groups of up to 16 students
  • A series of lectures which take place during the programme covering some key themes generic to most Goldsmiths disciplines
  • Interactive tasks to be completed either in study groups or individually online
  • A weekly meeting with your teacher either in small groups or on an individual basis







Teacher-led lessons 9.30-10.30 (BST)

Weekly Review


Academic Reading


Group Tutorials



Academic Writing


Academic Reading and Writing

10.30-11.00 (BST)






Teacher-led lessons 11.00-12.00 (BST)

Reflective Journal


Academic Listening


Group Tutorials


Academic Listening


Academic Listening and Speaking

As this programme takes place online, please consider the time difference between your timezone and BST before applying.



Students are required to complete formative written assignments throughout the programme.

The end-of-programme summative assessment includes:

  1. An analysis of sources (including a library source being one)
  2. Annotated notes on sources
  3. A draft of an argumentative essay including a thesis statement
  4. A final essay based around feedback as well as other criteria
  5. A joint presentation on the theme of sustainability
  6. A listening to summary assessment.

Equipment required

You will need the following:

  • Computer with an internet connection
  • Headset (recommended), or speakers and a microphone
  • Webcam


English language requirement

See the programme page for entry requirements. As these programmes will be taught online, we can accept the following:

  • IELTS One Skill Retake
  • Cambridge Certificates (CAE and CPE)
  • PTE Academic
  • Duolingo English Test

For IELTS and alternative English language requirements for Pre-sessional Programmes, please see the alternative requirements page.

Immigration requirement (CAS)

As students will not be attending in the UK, a CAS is not required and will not be issued for the programme.

Tuition fees

Entry date

Application deadline

Payment deadline

10 June 2024

20 May 2024

27 May 2024

1 July 2024

10 June 2024

17 June 2024

22 July 2024

1 July 2024

8 July 2024

As the programmes remain the same and are delivered by the same highly qualified, experienced teachers, the fees are the same.

  • 10 June – 30 August 2024: £4,870
  • 1 July – 30 August 2024: £4,050
  • 22 July – 1 September 2024: £2,970

Tuition fees should be paid in full once you have accepted your offer. If you withdraw from the programme before it has started your fee will be refunded.

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