Pre-sessional English

A short intensive English course for students starting a degree course at City University London in September.

If you already have an offer for a place at City University London but need to raise your English language level, this course will prepare you for your studies.

Students with an offer for Cass Business School should apply for the Pre-sessional English for Cass Business School course. 

Why should I take the Pre-sessional English course?

We offer tailor-made Pre-sessional English courses to prepare students for the academic demands of studying in the UK. If you have already been accepted by City University London and fulfil the academic requirements, taking the Pre-sessional course will develop important English language and study skills to prepare you for the learning style of UK universities. Our courses offer the following advantages:

  • teaching tailored to the requirements of your study at City University
  • learning with students from all over the world
  • various course lengths to suit your needs
  • a short period of time to adapt to living and studying in the UK prior to beginning your academic studies.
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What will I study?

This course concentrates on academic English to develop your skills within a university context.

This course is designed to:

  • improve your English language proficiency in the core skills of listening, speaking, reading and writing
  • focus on subject-related work in your chosen area of study including a written project
  • help you to study independently using our extensive online materials
  • teach you how to give presentations on different areas of academic interest
  • provide contextual study skills that acclimatise you to the culture and expectations of a UK university.

You will also focus on subject-related work in your chosen area of study to help you learn how to effectively study independently using online and self-access materials.

On average, the course is comprised of two hour lessons (allowing time for class changeover), totalling 20 hours per week.


You will be assessed to determine whether you have reached the appropriate level for your degree course. Methods of assessment will include short essays, an extended essay, an oral presentation and end-of-course exams. Acceptance on a degree course is at the discretion of City University London.

Where will it take me?

Course outcomes

As long as you have met the University's academic entry requirements, achieving the level of performance required in the Pre-Sessional English course to fulfill the conditions of your offer will allow you to progress to your University course without needing to retake the IELTS test.

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