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Pre-sessional courses

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Pre-sessional academic English taught online for 2020

All Pre-sessional programmes in 2020 will be delivered and assessed in a flexible online format with an on-campus transition at the end of the programme, ensuring that you are able to continue your journey to your chosen degree of study in the 2020/21 academic year.

You can find out more about Pre-sessional online study via a recent webinar and book a place on a future webinar to speak with an academic and learn more about how the course will be taught.

The Autumn Term 6-week online Pre-sessional Programmes for students holding offers for postgraduate degrees with a January 2021 start date is now open for enrolment..

COVID-19 Frequently Asked Questions

You can also refer to our Pre-sessional FAQs and King’s general COVID FAQs which will be updated as and when new questions are raised or further information becomes available.

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About our courses 

Do you hold an offer to study at King’s?

Our Pre-sessional courses are for you. They teach you the academic and language skills you need to succeed in your chosen degree. 

Why study a Pre-sessional at King's?

  • Highly respected alternative to retaking an external English exam

  • Over 98% of students met the conditions to progress to their chosen degree at King's in 2019

  • Over 99% of students academic reading and writing improved over the course of the Pre-sessional programme 

  • Over 90% Pre-sessional programme satisfaction 

  • Different course lengths to suit your needs (16, 11 & 6 weeks) 

  • Access to world-class learning

  • Highly qualified and experienced teachers & tutors

3 different course lengths

Depending on how much preparation you need to start your degree at King's, we have Pre-sessional courses to suit you. 

How to choose the length of your Pre-sessional:

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


Pre-sessional calculator



The table gives you an overview of the IELTS increase that each Pre-sessional course aims to help you reach.

IELTS increaseFace-to-face     Pre-sessionalCombined Pre-sessionalTuition Fees

IELTS points


16-week Combined


IELTS points 


11-week Combined


IELTS points


6-week Combined 






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Application deadlines for 2021 entry. 

  • 6-week courses –  currently closed and applications will open in January

  • 16-week courses – currently closed and applications will open in January

  • 11-week courses – currently closed and applications will open in January

How to apply


English language requirements

The Pre-sessional English language requirements differ for each course length. Find out more details on our entry requirements page


The British Council regularly inspects and re-accredits the courses delivered by King's Foundations and awards points of excellence in five general categories. We were recently re-accredited for another 6 months under the Accreditation UK Scheme.

King's Foundations received the highest number of 'strengths' compared to other university language centres in London, an achievement we are very proud of. Visit the British Council website to read the full 2017 inspection report.British Council accreditation logo banner left

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