Pre-Sessional Course

Programme details

  • Duration: 4 - 44 weeks
  • Fee: £1,665 - £14,525 (depending on course duration)

Pre-Sessional Course Overview

The English Language Centre is open for face-to-face classes from 22 March 2021.

The pre-sessional programme is designed specifically for students who currently hold an offer for a degree programme at Regent’s University London, or any other UK-based institution. It provides an overview of academic culture in the UK, develops general and academic English and explores different types of academic assessment. Upon successful completion of the course, students can progress directly to their chosen degree course at Regent’s provided they have met the course requirements. All students are tested and receive a certificate detailing their CEFR band in each of the skills.

Students on this course have access to extra-curricular activities provided by Regent’s University London (e.g. trips to London sights, English conversation club, sports, taster lectures etc.) as well as the University's facilities (Regent’s library and self-study areas, refectory, café etc.) In spring 2021, extra-curricular activities will be delivered online and access to some parts of the campus may be restricted.

Health and safety on campus

We’ve been working hard to get our campus ready, both to minimise the risk of COVID-19 and to ensure the safety of our students and staff.  

Here's what we're doing: 

  • We’re providing all students and staff with access to rapid COVID tests which will be taken twice a week
  • We’re hosting our placement testing and induction sessions online via Microsoft Teams, rather than in person, before each course begins
  • We’re spreading classes across campus, using larger classrooms and staggering break times to increase separation and maintain social distancing
  • We're increasing ventilation by opening windows frequently, making hand sanitiser widely available, and cleaning classrooms thoroughly before and after each lesson
  • We’re encouraging students and academics to wear a mask at all times while walking around campus, and utilising a new one-way traffic system to maintain distancing
  • We’re reducing paper handouts, encouraging online resources and using online channels (such as email and Microsoft Teams) to communicate where possible

We're also continuing to follow government guidelines closely and make updates to our processes as needed.
If you have any further questions or would simply like to chat through your options, please get in touch via email at [email protected].


Applying to study at Regent's is a quick and easy process. We accept direct applications and have no formal application deadlines.

 2020/21 fees

These fees will apply for courses starting from August 2020.

 Duration  Fees
 4 weeks  £1,760
 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

The fees for 2020/2021 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. 

This course covers academic reading, writing, listening and speaking as well as a number of academic skills (study skills, note-taking, presentation skills etc.) in order to prepare students for a degree level course at Regent’s or another institution in an English speaking country.

All students take a placement test on the first day of the course, followed by regular progress tests and mock exams. Teachers give continuous feedback on students’ progress. There are regular one-to-one tutorials which give students the opportunity to revise their learning goals and discuss their strengths and areas for improvement.

For this course, we have a maximum class size of 15. This allows students to benefit from a personalised and interactive learning environment.

Course Schedule (21 hours per week)

Monday to Thursday

9:15 - 11:00 lessons

11:00 - 11:15 break

11:15 - 12:30 lessons

12:30 - 13:30 lunch break

13:30 - 15:00 lessons


9:15 - 11:00 lessons

11:00 - 11:15 break

11:15 - 12:30 lessons

On Friday afternoons students can choose to have free time or participate in an extra-curricular activity. In autumn 2020, extra-curricular activities may be delivered online.

Please note there are no classes on the following dates:

Christmas 2020: 21 December 2020 – 8 January 2021
Good Friday: 2 April 2021
Easter Monday: 5 April 2021
Early May Bank Holiday: 3 May 2021
Spring Bank Holiday: 31 May 2021
Summer Bank Holiday: 30 August 2021
Christmas 2021: 20 December 2021 – 7 January 2022

Please note that we do not offer any refunds for bank holidays, or other pre-scheduled days when the Centre is closed.

Download the pre-sessional entry criteria.

    Please note the minimum age for students wishing to join these courses is 16 years old.

    Regent's University London entry requirements for degree programmes

    • 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)

    As part of your application, you are required to submit the following supporting documents:

    • A scan or photo of the ID page of your passport
    • Proof of your English proficiency if you have one

      This course aims to help you improve your English as preparation for studying a full degree course at Regent’s University London.

      English is a global language, used in a business context in many parts of the world. Learning how to speak, understand, read and write English may improve your career prospects, not just in majority English-speaking countries, but worldwide. Not only this, but more than one billion people worldwide can speak English. Learning it yourself gives you the ability to communicate with new people across the globe.

      Enrolment Agreement

      •    I understand that I need to supply a passport copy (or ID copy for EU citizens) and colour photograph to [email protected] 
      •    I understand I will not receive a Student ID card on arrival if I do not submit a colour photograph one week prior to course start date
      •    I understand that in order to have my application processed, I need to pay a deposit
      •    I certify that the information I supplied on my application form is correct
      •    I certify that the information I supplied on my level is correct
      •    I have received and understand all of the programme costs. I agree to pay the balance of fees on (or before) the first day of class
      •    I understand that my passport will be checked when I arrive at the school and it is my responsibility to have the right visa
      •    I understand that I will take an English test when I arrive at the school. I will be placed in the best level for my ability based on those tests. There are no classes on test days
      •    I understand the Cancellation Policy as outlined below
      •    I understand it is my responsibility to organize medical and other insurance for my stay in the UK (RILC does not provide this)
      •    I authorise qualified medical diagnosis and treatment of injury to the student and authorise release of medical information for treatment and insurance purposes. I understand that I am responsible for medical expenses outside the limits of any applicable medical insurance and that pre-existing health conditions are not covered by health insurance
      •    I understand that I am responsible for all expenses, including personal expenses whilst attending RILC. I authorise RILC to release information regarding my studies to my sponsoring agency or my guardian. I also authorise any appropriate medical centre or personnel to examine and / or treat me for any illness/injury I incur while a student at the school
      •    I understand that I will be issued a handbook on arrival which outlines the policies and procedures of the school. I will read and follow the procedures as set out in the guidelines

      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
      •    Fees paid are refundable if you cancel two weeks prior to the beginning of the course (with the exception of course deposit and housing application fee)
      •    You may change or cancel your homestay/private home with two weeks’ notice only with bookings of more than 4 weeks. Students who wish to cancel accommodation in student residences will be charged the cancellation rates of the residence. Ask the school for details
      •    Refunds will be sent to the student or guardian normally within thirty (30) days. Post and bank fees will be deducted if applicable
      •    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
      44 weeks £14,525 Apply
      24 weeks £8,025 Apply
      20 weeks £6,910 Apply
      34 weeks £11,275 Apply
      16 weeks £5,625 Apply
      12 weeks £4,295 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
      8 weeks £3,020 Apply
      4 weeks £1,760 Apply

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