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Pre-sessional English courses

Our Pre-sessionals improve your academic English language for study at King’s

Our innovative Pre-sessional programmes teach you the academic and language skills you need to succeed in your chosen degree and are an alternative to retaking an external English test.

Over 98% of students met the conditions to progress to their chosen degree at King's in 2019. In 2020, we offered an Online Pre-sessional and 93% of students would recommend online study to a friend. In the last three years, our Pre-sessional programme satisfaction has been at least 90%.

There are different course lengths to help you meet your offer conditions (16, 11 and 6 weeks). In addition, our tutors are experienced, highly qualified and can give you access to world-class learning.


Pre-sessional 2021

Pre-sessional programmes in 2021 will be delivered in a range of formats:

  • Blended On-campus - students are required to be in London to attend small group sessions on our London campus. In addition, large group teaching and some learning activities will be undertaken online. 6-week option only.

  • Online - students can be anywhere in the world and will complete the Pre-sessional online. 16-, 11-, and 6-week options.

  • Combined - bringing together Blended On-campus and Online options; this option starts online for the first ten (16-week) or five (11-week) weeks of study. Students are required to be in London for the final six weeks of the programme and will complete the programme following the Blended On-campus model. 16- and 11-week options.

Regardless of which Pre-sessional you choose, our aim is to ensure that you acquire the English language requirements and academic skills you need to continue your journey to your degree at King's. You can find out more about Pre-sessional online study via a webinar recorded in 2020. 

All Pre-sessional students studying the Combined or Blended On-campus programme will arrive in London in time for teaching from 26 July 2021. Arriving on campus is subject to the latest government advice around the COVID-19 situation. Safety of our students and staff is paramount; we will keep you up to date if there are changes to how we teach your chosen programme or on-campus study. We will confirm whether or not you can come to campus in the week commencing 24 May 2021. If you are unable to come to campus then your programme will be delivered entirely online.

Online Pre-sessional

The shift to online learning accelerated in 2020. Positive results and feedback on our Online Pre-sessional have led to us offering it as an additional option for students in 2021. 

95% felt better prepared for their degree studies
93% would recommend online study at King's to a friend
98% would review and replay the lessons in the future to support their studies 

11-week Online

11-week Online

Get ready for your degree and boost your English by 1.0 IELTS or equivalent

6-week Online

6-week Online

Get ready for your degree and boost your English by 0.5 IELTS or equivalent

16-week Online

16-week Online

Get ready for your degree and boost your English by 1.5 IELTS or equivalent

Combined Pre-sessional

Our innovative Combined Pre-sessional, nominated for a British Council award for its online elements, offers the best of both worlds. You commence your studies online, before joining us on our London campus for the final six weeks of the programme.

Blended On-campus Pre-sessional

The Blended On-campus Pre-sessional provides six weeks of intensive academic English preparation if you need to meet the English language requirements of your offer at King’s or want extra academic preparation before you begin your degree. It will help you to settle into life at King's and is a great alternative to re-taking external English language tests.



Pre-sessional calculator

Our Pre-sessional calculator can help you decide which course is right for you.

Find out which Pre-sessional you should take