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Pre-sessional courses

Applications for 2019 entry will open in January 2019.

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

  • 98% of students progressed 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

Please note: if applying for accommodation in a King’s Residence, please check that applications are open for your Pre-sessional course on the Pre-sessional Accommodation page first.

If applications are open and you can’t see your Pre-sessional course option in the list, choose your main degree instead. The King’s Residences team will ensure you receive accommodation to cover both your
Pre-sessional course and the first year of your main degree.

Contact King’s Residences on +44 (0)207 848 5959 or resiallocations@kcl.ac.uk if you have any questions.

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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. 

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 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. 

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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 15-week, 10-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.

Please note: Start dates for 2019 will be updated once confirmed.

IELTS increaseFace-to-face     
Pre-sessional
Combined Pre-sessional*Tuition Fees

1.5 
IELTS points

15-week 

May - September 2019

15-week Combined

May - September 2019

  £7,000

1.0 
IELTS points 

10-week

June - September 2019

10-week Combined

June - September 2019

£5,650

0.5 
IELTS points

6-week 

July - September 2019

6-week Combined 

June or August - September 2019

£3,600



*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.

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.


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