International

Pre-Sessional English courses

For some international students a pre-sessional programme at University of Greenwich is suggested. Learn how this preparation course assists your study.

Our Pre-Sessional English courses are designed for international and EU students planning to study at the university who need to improve their language skills. The wide range available means that you can take a course that corresponds to your current level of language skills and the level you need to attain.

You will develop your language skills in a supportive academic environment while studying in the beautiful and historic Royal Borough of Greenwich, at our Greenwich Maritime campus.

You will have access to our extensive facilities, such as our new state-of-the-art library and well-equipped language labs. Our new student hub in The Dreadnought building houses a university gym, student services, the Students' Union bar, cafes, coffee shops and flexible social spaces.

Your course will emphasise academic rather than colloquial English, and you will acquire the study skills needed to meet the English language entry requirements for our programmes.

Course content

The course covers a variety of topics:

  • Presentation skills: organising and structuring a presentation; using visuals and vocabulary
  • Seminar skills: presenting, developing and supporting an argument; taking your turn
  • Academic Encounters: reading and writing summaries; vocabulary; discussion
  • Academic writing (paraphrasing, coherence, etc.); grammar
  • Listening: note taking; understanding organisation
  • Project work: using the library; extended reading
  • The media and current affairs

During the course, you will carry out a number of tasks in class time and produce a portfolio of your work.
Classes are taught 15 hours per week, four days per week. Typically, Friday is a non-teaching day and there is no teaching on UK Bank Holidays.

Maximum class size is 20 students. You should expect to pay £30–£50 for course books which will aid your study. Course books will be indicated during the induction.

Entry requirements

You must have an offer of a place on one of our degree programmes, be at least 18 years old and have the UKVI IELTS score (or equivalent) required for the particular course. 

Summer 2019

Courses leading to an IELTS score of 6.0 

Two-week Pre-Sessional English course

To apply, you must have a minimum UKVI approved IELTS score of 6.0 (with a minimum of 5.5 in three skills and 5.0 in one) or equivalent.

19 August to 2 September 2019

Five-week Pre-Sessional English course

To apply, you must have a minimum UKVI approved IELTS score of 5.5 (with a minimum of 4.0 in each skill) or equivalent.

22 July to 23 August 2019 

29 July to 2 September 2019

Nine-week Pre-Sessional English course

To apply, you must have a minimum UKVI approved IELTS score of 5.0 (with a minimum of 4.0 in each skill) or equivalent.

1 July to 2 September 2019

Thirteen-week Pre-Sessional English course

To apply, you must have a minimum UKVI approved IELTS score of 4.5 (with a minimum of 4.0 in each skill) or equivalent.

3 June to 2 September 2019

Autumn 2019

Courses leading to an IELTS score of 6.0 

Five-week Pre-Sessional English course

To apply, you must have a minimum UKVI approved IELTS score of 5.5 (with a minimum of 4.0 in each skill) or equivalent.

4 November to 9 December 2019

Nine-week Pre-Sessional English course

To apply, you must have a minimum UKVI approved IELTS score of 5.0 (with a minimum of 4.0 in each skill) or equivalent.

7 October to 9 December 2019

Tuition fees

Two-week course £540

Five-week courses £1,500

Nine-week course £2,500

Thirteen-week course £3,200

If you require a Tier 4 visa, for programmes that are based on our three campuses, a pre-registration deposit of £3,000 is required for all pre-degree, undergraduate and postgraduate programmes at the time of accepting an offer. The deposit acts as part of the tuition fees and reduces the tuition fees payable on registration. See our Paying your Fees pages for information and guidance.

How to apply

If you have already applied for a programme of study and have received a conditional offer and your current UKVI approved IELTS or equivalent score does not fulfil the minimum UKVI approved IELTS requirement, please e-mail the International Office.

You should include a copy of your UKVI approved IELTS certificate (or equivalent). We can then update your offer to include the most suitable pre-sessional English programme prior to you commencing your degree studies.

If you have not previously applied for a programme of study and are applying for the first time, please include a copy of your UKVI approved IELTS certificate (or equivalent) with your application. When applying for the first time, please apply online.