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English Course Pre-sessional


Our Pre-Sessional English courses have been specifically designed to improve your confidence in communicating effectively and to prepare you for academic study and the workplace.

Over a short period of time this course will enhance your language and study skills in order to successfully improve your level of English.

We offer Pre-Sessional English courses of 5 and 8 weeks duration and you will be taught by experienced and qualified staff who enjoy working with our international students.

Student profile

This course is for you if:

  • you plan to continue your studies at degree level in the UK
  • English is your second language
  • you are holding an offer for an LSBU degree programme for the forthcoming academic year

Fees and dates

DateDurationUndergraduate (UG)Postgraduate (PG)Price
12/08/20195 weeksUKVI IELTS 5.5 overall
Only one skill at 5.0
UKVI IELTS 6.0 overall
No skill below 5.5

8 weeksUKVI IELTS 5.5 overall
Two skills at 5.0
Only one skill at 5.0

Dates for January 2019 intake to be confirmed.

How to apply

Our Pre-sessional English courses are designed to support current applicants who are holding offers for degree programmes at LSBU but are slightly below the required level of English.

You will need to be holding a conditional offer for an LSBU degree programme to receive an offer for a place on one of our Pre-sessional courses, dependent on your current English level.

To apply for an academic programme, please visit the International applications page.

You should apply as early as possible to ensure your place on the course. Once your application has been processed you will be contacted by International Admissions with further information.


Students should apply for accommodation at London South Bank University (LSBU) as soon as possible, once we have made an offer of a place on one of our academic courses. Read more about applying for accommodation at LSBU.


It's strongly recommended you plan and prepare your finances in order to pay university tuition and maintenance costs while you're still applying for a place to study. Remember – you don't need to wait for a confirmed place on a course to start applying for student finance. Read how to pay your fees as an undergraduate student.

Visas and Immigration

The International Office will be able to support you with any questions you have about visas or immigration.

We may be able to help you to apply for a single visa to cover both your Pre-sessional course and your degree programme if you meet the relevant requirements.

  • A. Where you have English language ability equivalent to CEFR B1:
  1. You have an academic offer meeting all non-language conditions for the main programme with only a condition of meeting LSBU’s English language requirement and UK Visas and Immigration (UKVI) requirement of CEFR B2 in all four components of English (speaking, listening, reading writing); and
  2. You have a UKVI Secure English Language Test (SELT) with B1 score (for example, IELTS UKVI Consortium Test - Writing 5.5, Reading 5.0, Listening 5.5, Speaking 6.5); and
  3. LSBU is satisfied that on completion of the Pre-sessional course you will pass our English language exit test to reach LSBU’s English language requirement and also UKVI’s requirement of B2 in all four components of English (speaking, listening, reading writing).
  • B. You already have an English test result that meets LSBU entry criteria and UKVI visa requirements:
  1. You have an unconditional offer for the main programme, and
  2. You have an English language test result, such as IELTS, that meets LSBU’s entry criteria and the UKVI visa English requirements
  • We can’t issue a single CAS in the following circumstance:
    We cannot issue a single CAS where you have a UKVI SELT that meets the UKVI English requirement for degree level study (B2 in each language component) but does not meet LSBU English entry criteria. In this case, you can only be assigned a CAS to study the Pre-Sessional English course. If you pass the LSBU exit test to meet the English conditions of the main course, we can assign a new CAS for you to apply for a new visa for the main degree programme from inside the UK.
  • Can a combined Confirmation of Acceptance for Studies (CAS) be issued to cover both the Pre-Sessional English and main course?
    Yes. In certain circumstances you may be eligible to apply for a single Tier 4 (General) visa covering both the Pre-sessional English and main course. This means if you pass the Pre-sessional programme you will automatically progress onto the main course without having to apply for another visa.Useful links:About the Common European Framework of Reference for Languages (CEFR)Tier 4 Policy Guidance.

Please contact the International Office if you have specific questions about this:
Tel: +44 (0) 20 7815 6189


  • Academic Project – Develops your ability and academic study skills for effectively reading and critically evaluating extended academic texts so that you are equipped and prepared for studying at a UK university
  • Academic Reading and Writing – Develops your academic reading and writing skills at micro-level to achieve higher language accuracy and fluency
  • Academic Listening and Speaking – Develops your skills for engaging actively in lectures and seminar discussions by effective note-taking and making contribution as a confident speaker


There will be both formative and summative assessments of various learning tasks as follows:

  • A timed writing test
  • Two submissions of academic projects
  • Oral presentations
  • Weekly learning reflection journals
  • A password skills test at the end of the course

Learning outcomes

The course offers you opportunities to:

  • be familiar with what is required of you to study at LSBU
  • develop critical thinking skills for studying on a degree course at a UK university
  • develop analytical reading and writing skills for university assessments
  • develop oral presentation and seminar discussion skills for academic study
  • further improve and advance your academic language skills
  • learn generic research and enquiry skills for academic study
  • become an independent and confident learner
  • be familiar with UK academic culture

Course structure

Your will attend a combination of classes, lectures and one-to-one tutorials for a total of 19 hours per week, plus independent learning hours with assigned skills tasks.  Lessons are highly interactive and you are expected to participate fully, both individually and within work groups.

Course assessment

Weekly in-class assessments are mandatory and will include:

  • reading comprehension tests
  • short essays
  • oral presentations
  • seminar papers
  • submission of a longer research essay and group project in the final week of the course.
  • Periodic and final English tests to assess progress and English competency


LSBU Employability Services

LSBU is committed to supporting you develop your employability and succeed in getting a job after you have graduated. Your qualification will certainly help, but in a competitive market you also need to work on your employability, and on your career search. Our Employability Service will support you in developing your skills, finding a job, interview techniques, work experience or an internship, and will help you assess what you need to do to get the job you want at the end of your course. LSBU offers a comprehensive Employability Service, with a range of initiatives to complement your studies, including:

  • direct engagement from employers who come in to interview and talk to students
  • Job Shop and on-campus recruitment agencies to help your job search
  • mentoring and work shadowing schemes.



Teaching and learning

Our team of professional and friendly teachers and student support staff all work together to help you adapt to life and study in the UK.

Entry requirements

Overseas students need Tier 4 entry clearance to enter the UK and must comply with the minimum English language criteria stated by the Home Office.

DateDurationUndergraduate (UG)Postgraduate (PG)Price
12/08/20195 weeksUKVI IELTS 5.5 overall
Only one skill at 5.0
UKVI IELTS 6.0 overall
No skill below 5.5

8 weeksUKVI IELTS 5.5 overall
Two skills at 5.0
Only one skill at 5.0

Dates for January 2019 intake to be confirmed.

How to apply

International students

International (non Home/EU) applicants should follow our international how to apply guide.

Fees and funding


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