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Pre-sessional courses

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 degree.

Why King’s Pre-sessional?

  • Great alternative to retaking an external English exam

  • 94% met the conditions of their Pre-sessional course in 2017

  • Different course lengths and types to suit your needs

  • Guaranteed accommodation

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6 Courses. Many possibilities.

  • Access to world-class facilities

  • Small class sizes

  • Highly qualified tutors

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


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 15-week, 10-week, or 6-week course to improve your English and academic skills for King’s, with tutors supporting you all the way. 

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

Combined (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 15-week, 10-week, or 6-week course, with tutors supporting you every step of the way.

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

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

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-sessional*Tuition Fees

IELTS points


21 May - 7 September 2018


15-week Combined

21 May - 7 September 2018

(online induction to be completed
14 - 20 May 2018)


IELTS points 


21 June - 7 September 2018


 10-week Combined

25 June - 7 September 2018

(online induction to be completed
 18 - 24 June 2018)


IELTS points


26 July - 7 September 2018


6-week Combined 

30 July - 7 September 2018

(online induction to be completed
 23 - 29 July 2018)


*The Combined Pre-sessional courses are equivalent to the 15-week, 10-week and 6-week face-to-face courses. Please see the course detail section of the Combined Pre-sessional course page for online and face-to-face learning start dates.

Students need to be available for their induction before the course starts.

How to apply


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

The King's English Language Centre 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.

Face-to-face Pre-sessional terms and conditions.

Combined Pre-sessional terms and conditions.

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