Pre-Sessional Course

Programme details

  • Duration: 4 - 44 weeks
  • Fee: £1,760 - £14,525 (depending on course duration)

Pre-Sessional Course Overview

This course is for you if you: 

  • Are looking for an overview of academic culture in the UK 
  • Currently hold an offer for a degree programme at Regent’s or another UK university 
  • Want to develop your general and academic English  
  • Want to explore different types of academic assessment 
  • Want a flexible course, tailored to your individual needs and personal goals 
  • Are interested in joining extra-curricular activities provided by Regent’s* 
  • Want to use the University’s facilities – library, study areas, café 

*In spring and autumn 2021, extra-curricular activities may be delivered online and access to some parts of the campus may be restricted. 

Upon successful completion of the course, you can progress directly to you chosen degree course at Regent’s (provided you have met the course requirements) and you will not need to take IELTS. Students receive a certificate detailing their CEFR band in each of the skills.   

If you have any questions or would simply like to chat through your options, please get in touch via email at [email protected].  


Application process

Apply using the tool below or click ‘apply now’ at the top of this page and submit an online form. You will be asked to provide a copy of your passport and pay a deposit fee. Once we’ve received your deposit fee, you will receive a course acceptance letter (and a visa letter, if applicable). You will be asked to make a full payment at least two weeks prior to the start of the course. 


These fees will apply for courses starting before 31 December 2022.

 Duration  Fees
 4 weeks  £1,760
 6 weeks  £2,340
 8 weeks  £3,020
 10 weeks  £3,670
 12 weeks  £4,295
 16 weeks  £5,625
 20 weeks  £6,910
 24 weeks  £8,025
 34 weeks  £11,275
 44 weeks  £14,525

Fees include:

  • The university induction
  • English language lessons
  • Access to the library and virtual learning environment
  • Access to extra-curricular activities (weekly Conversation Club, Language Doctor sessions, London trips)
  • Access to Student Support services
  • Course materials: 1 coursebook* and supplementary handouts
  • Course certificate and monthly progress reports

*Only one coursebook is included in the course fee, students who move from one level to another will be required to purchase a new coursebook for £35, payable via the online store. 

Teaching and assessment

Practical learning 

To prepare you for a degree level course at Regent’s (or another English-speaking university) this course covers: 

  • Academic reading, writing listening and speaking 
  • Study skills, note-taking, presentation skills 

Classes are practical, fun and engaging with a focus on task-based activities that promote critical thinking, problem-solving and an understanding of British culture.  

You’ll do much more than complete worksheets: you’ll practise your presentation skills, learn to write professional and personal emails and talk to classmates about topics relevant to you. 

Outside the classroom, our weekly Conversation Club offers the chance to improve your fluency   and boost your confidence by mixing with other students. 

Plus, informal class trips take you on walking tours to London’s top sights, like the River Thames, where you’ll test your language skills through mini challenges as you explore the city. 

Personal support 

You’ll learn in a supportive, personalised environment where staff and students get to know each other by name.  

Small class sizes (an average of 8-12 students) ensure you’ll receive the personal attention needed to progress quickly. We adjust our course content to suit your needs, strengths and weaknesses. 

All students take a placement test on their first day, followed by regular progress tests. Staff will give continuous feedback and regular one-to-one tutorials are available. 

If you’re with us for just a short time, book weekly one-to-one language doctor sessions with your tutor – focusing on your specific learning needs. 

If you’re with us for longer, you’ll be able to book language doctor sessions as well as checking-in with your tutor monthly: tracking your progress and revising your learning goals. 

Course Schedule 

Monday to Thursday (21 hours per week) 

09:15-11:00 – lessons 
11:00-11:15 – break 
11:15-12:30 – lessons 
12:30-13:30 – lunch 
13:30-15:00 – lessons 


09:15-11:00 – lessons 
11:00-11:15 – break 
11:15-12:30 – lessons 

On Friday afternoons you can have free time or participate in extra-curricular activities – from walking tours of London’s sights to our informal Conversation Club. 

Sample itinerary


Entry requirements

Please check the entry level criteria for each pre-sessional course. Download the pre-sessional entry criteria.

    To identify your current level of English, we offer a free English proficiency test and an informal interview – book now

    You must also hold an offer for a degree programme at Regent’s or any other UK-based university. The entry requirements for degree programmes at Regent’s are: 

    • Foundation 5.5 (with a min. of 5.5 in each skill) 
    • Undergraduate 6.0 (with a min. of 5.5 in each skill) 
    • Postgraduate 6.5 (with a min. of 5.5 in each skill) 

    Terms and conditions

    Payment, Cancellation and Refund Policy

    • All fees must be paid two weeks prior to course start date  
    • The course deposit and housing fee is non-refundable  
    • All other fees are refundable if you cancel two weeks prior to your start date  
    • You can change or cancel your homestay with two weeks’ notice for bookings over four weeks  
    • If you cancel your accommodation on campus, you’ll be charged a cancellation rate  
    • Refunds will be sent to the student within 30 days. Post and bank fees will be deducted   
    • No refunds will be given once the course has started 

    Other related policies

    Class information 

    •    Please note all our classes have a maximum of 15 students

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    When would you like to begin studying?

    Start date Duration Fees Apply
    10 weeks £3,670 Apply
    24 weeks £8,025 Apply
    8 weeks £3,020 Apply
    20 weeks £6,910 Apply
    4 weeks £1,760 Apply
    16 weeks £5,625 Apply
    12 weeks £4,295 Apply
    10 weeks £3,670 Apply
    44 weeks £14,525 Apply
    8 weeks £3,020 Apply
    4 weeks £1,760 Apply
    34 weeks £11,275 Apply
    24 weeks £8,025 Apply
    20 weeks £6,910 Apply
    16 weeks £5,625 Apply
    12 weeks £4,295 Apply
    10 weeks £3,670 Apply
    8 weeks £3,020 Apply
    6 weeks £2,340 Apply

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