Pre-Sessional Academic English (short course)

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Why study this course?

Our Pre-sessional Academic English course will prepare you for entry on to one of our undergraduate or postgraduate degree courses. We offer a five-week course and a 10-week course depending on your current level of English.

More about this course

This intensive full-time course, which is taught in English, will prepare you for your university studies if you're coming to study from outside the UK.

Successful completion of the course will demonstrate that your language skills meet the Common European Framework of Reference for Languages (CEFRL) B2 level or higher (depending on your course's entry requirements). It can also allow entry to undergraduate or postgraduate study without retaking a secure English language test, such as IELTS.

This course is suitable if you're:

  • holding a conditional offer for an undergraduate or postgraduate degree at London Met and your level of English is a little below the course entry requirements
  • holding an unconditional offer for an undergraduate or postgraduate degree at London Met and you already have the required English level, but you want to feel more confident and prepared for your studies
  • interested in an academic English course to support your studies at any English-speaking university

The course will help you to:

  • develop reading, writing, speaking and listening skills to the levels required for entry to an undergraduate or postgraduate course (at least CEFRL B2)
  • develop language skills and confidence for successful academic study
  • get to know the UK higher education environment and its expectations
  • meet and participate in interactive classes with international students from a range of subject specialisms
  • develop independent learning skills

The course is structured around academic project work to develop your language skills. It will include:

  • skills and language development through academic project work, including reading and responding to academic articles, completing a group research project, or researching and writing a discursive essay
  • supported academic writing tasks, including reports, essays, summaries and reflective writing
  • supported academic speaking tasks, including contributing to seminar discussions and presentations
  • lectures on a variety of subjects including British culture, allowing you to practise academic listening, note-taking and vocabulary development
  • understanding and developing critical thinking and reflective practices
  • a self-study programme, including academic project work, tailored e-learning support and access to our library of language-learning resources
  • preparation for future studies through access to library resources for your subject and with some assignments linked to your subject specialism
  • group work, pair work and reflection on how you work with others
  • one-to-one tutorials for individual support and feedback on your work


Each course includes structured assessments in reading, writing, speaking and listening. You'll also receive individual feedback, helping you stay on track. 

Assessment tasks will include:

  • a written summary of/response to academic articles
  • a group research project and report
  • a discursive essay
  • a presentation
  • reading, writing, listening and language tests (during and at the end of the course)
  • an end-of-course interview
  • a portfolio, including reflection on your learning

Fees and key information

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Short Course
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Entry requirements

In order to obtain the level of English required to study an undergraduate or postgraduate degree at London Met, we require you to have a certain International English Language Testing System (IELTS for UKVI) score. The majority of our courses require a score of 6.0 overall with 5.5 in each component. However, some courses require slightly higher grades of 6.5 overall with 6.0 in each component (please see our English language requirements for details).

Our five-week and 10-week Pre-sessional Academic English courses are specifically designed to help you achieve those grades, depending on your level of English. In order to take a Pre-sessional English course at London Met, you're required to have already achieved the following IELTS scores. Please note, the entry requirements differ depending on the type of study you wish to pursue following the pre-sessional course.

 For entry on to an undergraduate/postgraduate course requiring 6.0 overall and 5.5 in each componentFor entry on to a postgraduate course with entry requirement of 6.5 overall and 6 in each component
Five-week course 6.0 overall with 5.0 in any components or 5.5 overall with a minimum of 5.5 in all components 6.0 with a minimum of 5.5 in all components
10-week course 5.0 overall with 5.0 in any components or 5.5 overall with a minimum of 4.5 in one skill 5.5 overall with a minimum of 5.5 in all components or 6.0 overall with a minimum of 5.0 in one skill 

To join the course as an independent Academic English programme only (without plans for undergraduate or postgraduate study at London Met), a similar level of English (IELTS 5.0 or more) is expected. Please contact us if you would like to discuss your suitability for the course to your level and needs.

Course dates

Five-week pre-sessional course starting in December 2019 (for degree courses starting in January/February 2020):

Latest date to arrive in the UK 1 December 2019
Pre-sessional course dates

2 to 20 December 2019
6 January to 17 January 2020
Christmas break: 21 December to 5 January

Latest enrolment date 5 December 2019
Resits, visa renewal, enrolment and induction 20 to 30 February 2020
Degree course start date 3 February 2020

Five-week and 10-week pre-sessional course starting in July/August 2020 (for degree courses starting in September 2020):

  10-week course Five-week course
Latest date to arrive in the UK 4/5 July 2020 8/9 August 2020
Pre-sessional course dates 6 July to 11 September 2020 10 August to 11 September 2020
Latest enrolment date 14 July 2020 13 August 2020
Resits, visa renewal, enrolment and induction 14 to 25 September 2020 14 to 25 September 2020
Degree course start date 28 September 2020 28 September 2020

Fee information

The fee for the 10-week course covers 200 hours of contact time (£13 per hour) and 100 hours of self-study.

The fee for the five-week course covers 100 hours of contact time (£14 per hour) and 50 hours of self-study.

How to apply

If you wish to apply for this course, you will need to apply online:

For more course information please contact our international team on

When to apply

There is no official closing date for this course. However, if you need to apply for a visa you must allow enough time to do so. You're advised to apply as early as possible as we'll only consider your application if there are places available on the course.