Pre-sessional Online Programme 2020

For Summer 2020, our Pre-sessional English programmes will be offered online only, due to the ongoing restrictions related to the Covid-19 (Coronavirus) pandemic.

Primary page content

We will not be providing any face to face teaching at Goldsmiths for the 12 week, 9 week and 5-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

The programmes all follow a weekly timetable of 21 hours of online learning, consisting of 21 hours of work online (including 3 hours of guided independent study and webinars and tutorials).

There is also a series of 5 lectures which takes place during the final 5 weeks of the programme covering some key themes generic to most Goldsmiths disciplines.

Lessons are every day with some classes accompanied by recorded lectures and flipped classes (this means that you will be able to study input materials such as reading texts, academic language tasks and recorded lectures at times that suit you, using live contact time for discussion and feedback).

Students are expected to engage in a minimum of 10 hours of independent self-study outside of the programme hours each week.

In general, students should expect to be working through directed activities and exercises most mornings (Mon-Fri) to effectively participate in class discussion, followed by a virtual classroom teaching session.

There will also be clear time allocated as self-study time, to allow you to work on reading relevant materials and complete assessments and homework. You will have regularly scheduled meetings with your teacher.

The exact timetable varies on a class by class basis, but we will be taking account of where students are based when setting class times (as far as possible).


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

The end-of-programme summative assessment includes:

  1. An annotated bibliography on 2 sources used in your essay (20%)
  2. A critical analysis of 2 further sources used in your essay (20%)
  3. A skeleton draft of your essay including Thesis statement, topic sentences and use of references (20%)
  4. A self-reflective audio/video recording on your City project based on your learning journal (10%)
  5. A listening comprehension based on a lecture (10 %)
  6. The final essay (responding to feedback) 1,500 words incorporating parts 1,2 and 3 (20%)

Equipment required

You will need:

  • Computer with an internet connection
  • Headset (recommended) or speakers and a microphone;
  • Webcam
  • A modern browser, upgraded to the latest version (Chrome recommended)
  • Fast internet connection. We recommend speeds over 1 Mbps


English language requirement

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

  • Cambridge Certificates (CAE and CPE)
  • PTE Academic
  • Duolingo
  • LanguageCert
  • Pearson Versant

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

If before starting your Pre-sessional Online programme, you sit another language test and become eligible for a shorter programme, you can change to that programme. The balance of fees paid will be transferred to your main programme of study.

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

15 June 2020

1 June 2020

5 June 2020

6 July 2020

22 June 2020

26 June 2020

3 August 2020

20 July 2020

24 July 2020

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

15 June – 4 September 2020: £4,200
6 July – 4 September 2020: £3,500
3 August – 4 September 2020: £2,130

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.

Deferring your main programme of study

If you already have an offer, it is still valid. We will contact you with additional information.

The results of this year’s Pre-sessional online programme will remain valid if you wish to defer your place and commence studies next year.