Pre-sessional English

Course overview

Our portfolio of Pre-sessional English for Academic Purposes (PSE) courses in the UK and China* supports your English language development and comprehensively prepares you to immerse yourself within the academic context of art, design and media before joining your foundation, undergraduate or postgraduate course. Our PSE courses will help you to raise your English language level to meet the entry requirements of your main course.

*Please note that due to COVID-19 the summer pre-sessional courses in both the UK and China will be undertaken online rather than face-to-face. For more information about this please contact our International studies team: international@uca.ac.uk

What can you expect from the Pre-sessional English (PSE) courses?

Our PSE courses help you explore and advance the specialist creative arts vocabulary and communication skills required at university level, quickly and effectively.

In your group, there will be students progressing onto various main courses, but you will follow an individual plan tailored to your subject specialism. You will have a chance to expand your main course subject knowledge via lectures, seminars and personalised tutorials as well as talks from guest speakers.

Why else take our Pre-sessional English courses?

  • high quality, personalized preparation for your life and studies at university
  • experience university life in a supportive and safe environment before your main course begins
  • learn about UCA academic culture and improve key skills, e.g. critical thinking, collaboration and communication
  • get to know the area and learn more about British and European culture, and help you adjust to UK life
  • become familiar with the facilities and resources available to you and give you the chance to visit other UCA campuses
  • start building social relationships across UCA and make new friends
  • visit museums and galleries in London, Oxford, Brighton and other cities in the area.

If your Secure English Language Test (SELT) result is below the required standard, you are eligible to study the UCA's pre-sessional courses:

Course

Your overall IELTS

You need IELTS

28-week English for Creative Arts

UK

4.0 (no band less than 4.0)

6.0

4.5 (no band less than 4.0)

6.5

15-week PSE

China

4.0 (no band less than 4.0)

5.5

4.5 (no band less than 4.0)

6.0

5.0 (no band less than 4.5)

6.5

10-week PSE

UK
China

5.0 (no band less than 4.5)

6.0

5.5 (no band less than 4.5)

6.5

5 week PSE

UK
China

5.5 (no band less than 5.0)

6.0

6.0 (no band less than 5.0)

6.5

Pre-sessional courses in Farnham (UK)*

*Please note: these courses will be delivered online due to COVID-19

Summer Pre-sessional (5 week)

Summer Pre-sessional (10 week)

Autumn Pre-sessional English (5 week)

English for Creative Arts (Sept start)

English for Creative Arts (Jan start)

Pre-sessional courses in China*

*Please note: these courses will be delivered online due to COVID-19

Pre-sessional English: 5 weeks

17/08/2020 - 18/09/2020

Pre-sessional English: 10 weeks

13/07/2020 - 18/09/2020

Pre sessional English: 15 weeks

08/06/2020 - 18/09/2020

How to apply

You must apply for your chosen main course at UCA before you applying for a Pre-sessional English course. We recommend that you book your place on a PSE course as soon as possible as places are limited.

If you already have an offer for one of our courses, you can apply for a Pre-sessional English course by contacting the International Admissions team on internationaladmissions@uca.ac.uk with your full name, student number, date of birth, chosen Pre-sessional course and a scanned copy of your IELTS certificate.

If you have further questions about our Pre-sessional English courses, please contact the International Admissions team:

Email: internationaladmissions@uca.ac.uk
Phone: +44 (0) 1252 892838

Contact us

You can contact the International Admissions team on internationaladmissions@uca.ac.uk