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.

Pre-Sessional English Courses

If you do not meet the English language requirements for direct entry onto your chosen degree, you may be able to join one of our Pre-sessional English (PSE) programmes. These courses run in the summer and give students an immersive, in person experience at our beautiful Greenwich campus.

Course Contents

The PSE course is an intensive learning experience in which students improve their knowledge of academic English while learning about the culture of the University and life in the UK.

The classes are divided into four areas:

  • Language Skills
  • Reading, Writing and Study Skills
  • Listening, Speaking and Study Skills
  • British Cultural Studies

Student will also receive regular tutorials to ensure that the learning experience is meaningful to their language needs and future degree qualification.

The Advantages of In-person Learning

The PSE course is so much more than a chance to boost your English language skills before you start your university degree. It takes time to adjust to living in a new country and settle into a new academic institution. It is very common for students to experience a degree of culture shock when they arrive in the country. The course is designed with an understanding of this in mind.

Students will be given the chance to develop their understanding of the written and unwritten rules of living and studying in a British Institution. Moreover, because you will be living and interacting in an English-speaking environment, you will give your ears a chance to tune in to the local accents. This will mean that when you start attending your degree course, you will feel ready to learn.

Course Dates and Entry Requirements

Students are required to present an UKVI IELTS* score before entering the course.

*For students not requiring a student visa, we are able to accept a non-UKVI IELTS

Students enrolling on Undergraduate courses requiring IELTS 6.0
Course LengthUKVI IELTS Criteria*Start DateEnd Date
13 Weeks4.53rd June 202430th August 2024
9 Weeks5.01st July 202430th August 2024
5 Weeks5.529th July 202430th August 2024
2 Weeks6.019th August 202430th August 2024
Students enrolling on Postgraduate courses requiring IELTS 6.5
Course LengthUKVI IELTS Criteria*Start DateEnd Date
13 Weeks5.03rd June 202430th August 2024
9 Weeks5.51st July 202430th August 2024
5 Weeks6.029th July 202430th August 2024
2 Weeks6.519th August 202430th August 2024

*This is the overall score required for UKVI IELTS at this entry level. Please note that there is a minimum of 4.0 required in any skill.

Minimum Age for Students

Students must be 18 years of age to join the course.

What is the Maximum Class Size?

The maximum number of students per class is 16.

Sample Timetable

16 hours of teaching per week (Monday to Thursday)

Additional hours on Fridays for library-based research, self-study, and optional class trips.

Week 1



(2 hours)

Academic Induction and campus tour.Introduction to academic reading.Referencing and citations.Grammar for academic writing.Library: research skills induction.


(2 hours)

Expectations at university.Introduction to seminars and tutorials.Academic presentations.Group Tutorials: Wellbeing.Library: research skills induction.

Week 2



(2 hours)

Organising your argument with sources.Identifying arguments.Academic Introductions.Vocabulary for Academic writing.Guided tour: The Painted Hall.


(2 hours)

Listening for main ideas.Academic presentations.Introduction to British Culture.1:1 Tutorials: Assessment focus.Guided tour: The Painted Hall.


Assessments are designed to prepare you for the kinds of experiences and assessments you will need to complete during your degree. You will complete a reading portfolio, deliver an academic presentation and an assessed seminar, complete a listening test and write an extended essay.

To help you better prepare for the assessment tasks, you will complete a range of coursework and practice tasks. You will also receive regular tutor feedback on your work, which should help you better understand and monitor own progress and prepare you for the assessment tasks.

Class Trips

Affordable class trips will take place to places of cultural interest, including (but not limited to):

Entry to the above attractions is free although some transport costs may be incurred if the location is not in Greenwich. Please see the Transport for London website for the cost of Underground, bus, and Riverboat tickets.

Accredited by the British Council

British Council

The course has been accredited by the British Council.

Course Fees

13 Weeks£5,200
9 Weeks£3,700
5 Weeks£2,100
2 Weeks£1,200

Online Pre-Sessional English Course

For students who are unable to travel to Greenwich for their pre-sessional English classes, we can also support them with an online option. Our online pre-sessional English course is run by our partner Oxford International. Find out more about their English classes (ELLT) here: