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Pre-sessional courses

Applications for 2020 entry are currently closed and will not open until January. 

Do you hold an offer to study at King’s and need help to meet the English language requirements? 

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

Why study a Pre-sessional at King's?

  • Great alternative to retaking an external English exam

  • Over 95% of students met the conditions to progress to their chosen degree at King's in 2018

  • Different course lengths and types to suit your needs

  • Guaranteed accommodation during Pre-sessional and first-year of your main degree


 See what our students say about their study experience.

Six Programmes. Many possibilities.

  • Access to world-class facilities

  • Different course lengths to meet you needs

  • High-quality tutors

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

Face-to-face Pre-sessional

The King’s Pre-sessional course provides intensive academic English preparation if you need to meet the English language requirements of your offer at King’s or want extra 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.

Take a 16-week, 11-week, or 6-week course to improve your English and academic skills for King’s, with tutors supporting you all the way. 

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Please contact us if you have any questions or see our frequently asked questions page.

Combined Pre-sessional (online and face-to-face)

The Combined Pre-sessional course offers the best of both worlds, by blending face-to-face and online learning. Providing you with all of the same benefits as the face-to-face Pre-sessional, our Combined Pre-sessional course also gives you the flexibility to begin the course online.

You can take a 16-week, 11-week, or 6-week course, with tutors supporting you every step of the way.

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Please contact us if you have any questions or see our frequently asked questions page.

Watch this video to preview the Combined Pre-sessional course.


Which Pre-sessional should I take?

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     
Combined Pre-sessionalTuition Fees

IELTS points


16-week Combined


IELTS points 


11-week Combined


IELTS points


6-week Combined 






English language requirements

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



How to apply


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The British Council regularly inspects and re-accredits the courses delivered by King's Foundtions and awards points of excellence in five general categories. They recently re-accredited us 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.

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Next steps

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Learn more about the degree programmes on offer at King's. Download or view a prospectus in PDF format.

Undergraduate prospectus

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