UCL Pre-sessional English Courses

2014 Pre-Sessional Courses - important update

We have now stopped taking applications for the Extended 19-week and 11-week Pre-sessional Courses. There is currently good availability on the 8-week and 5-week Pre-sessionals.

These English for Academic Purposes courses are designed for international students who are planning to study on a degree programme at either University College London or at another UK institution.

For the 8 and 5 week Pre-sessional Courses only applicants already holding a conditional offer for a UCL degree programme will be considered. Students holding offers for a degree programme at UCL or other universities, and students who have not yet received an offer for a UK degree programme are welcome to apply for the Extended Pre-sessional Course.

Entrance Requirements

Listed below are levels (standard, good or advanced) required to satisfy UCL’s English language requirement for a degree programme. Choose the level required for your intended degree programme to check UCL's pre-sessional requirements and recommended course.

The level of English language proficiency required for each programme is shown on the relevant programme page of the UCL Graduate Prospectus.

Standard Level

UCL's standard level of English is:

  • UCL English for Academic Purposes: Overall mark of 65%, with at least 60% in each of the four subtests.
  • IELTS: Overall mark of 6.5, with at least 6.0 in each of the four subtests.
  • TOEFL: Score of 92, plus 24/30 in the reading and writing subtests and 20/30 in the listening and speaking subtests.

Students who need to achieve a standard level of English are recommended to take the following pre-sessional courses as a minimum depending on their current level of English.

Your current English language score
(minimum score required in all subtests - listening (l), Reading (r), speaking (s) and writing (w)
The minimum length of pre-sessional course you can apply for*
IELTS
TOEFL
 
Minimum 4.5 in each subtest
Minimum 15 in l & s
Minimum 17 in r & w
Extended
(19-week)
Minimum 5.0 in each subtest Minimum 17 in l & s
Minimum 19 in r & w
11-week
Minimum 5.5 in each subtest Minimum 18 in l & s
Minimum 20 in r & w
8-week
Minimum 6.0 in each subtest Minimum 19 in l & s
Minimum 21 in r & w
5-week

Good Level

UCL's good level of English is:

  • UCL English for Academic Purposes: Overall mark of 70%, with at least 60% in each of the four subtests.
  • IELTS: Overall mark of 7.0, with at least 6.0 in each of the four subtests.
  • TOEFL: Score of 100, plus 24/30 in the reading and writing subtests and 20/30 in the listening and speaking subtests.

Students who need to achieve a good level of English are recommended to take the following pre-sessional courses as a minimum depending on their current level of English.

Your current English language score
(minimum score required in all subtests - listening (l), Reading (r), speaking (s) and writing (w)
The minimum length of pre-sessional course you can apply for*
IELTS
TOEFL
 
Minimum 5.0 in each subtest
Minimum 17 in l & s
Minimum 19 in r & w
Extended
(19-week)
Minimum 5.5 in each subtest Minimum 18 in l & s
Minimum 20 in r & w
11-week
Minimum 6.0 in each subtest Minimum 19 in l & s
Minimum 21 in r & w
8-week
Minimum 6.5 in each subtest Minimum 20 in l & s
Minimum 22 in r & w
5-week

Advanced Level

UCL's advanced level of English is:

  • UCL English for Academic Purposes: Overall mark of 75%, with at least 65% in each of the four subtests.
  • IELTS: Overall mark of 7.5, with at least 6.5 in each of the four subtests.
  • TOEFL: Score of 109, plus 24/30 in the reading and writing subtests and 20/30 in the listening and speaking subtests.

Students who need to achieve an advanced level of English are recommended to take the following pre-sessional courses as a minimum depending on their current level of English.

Your current English language score
(minimum score required in all subtests - listening (l), Reading (r), speaking (s) and writing (w)
The minimum length of pre-sessional course you can apply for*
IELTS
TOEFL
 
Minimum 5.5 in each subtest Minimum 18 in l & s
Minimum 20 in r & w
Extended
(19-week)
Minimum 6.0 in each subtest Minimum 19 in l & s
Minimum 21 in r & w
11-week
Minimum 6.5 in each subtest Minimum 20 in l & s
Minimum 22 in r & w
8-week
Minimum 7.0 in each subtest Minimum 22 in l & s
Minimum 24 in r & w
5-week

*The information above is for guidance only. Each application is considered on an individual basis taking into account the applicant’s existing level of English (including subtests), academic history and final score needed.


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Students come from a wide range of academic subject areas and from a broad range of cultural and educational backgrounds. Students on the Extended Pre-sessional enter UCL and other U.K. Masters programmes in London and across the U.K.

Apart from UCL, our graduate students go on to other UK master's programmes in London and across the UK. The Degree Progression page gives more details of our students’ destinations.

The links on the menu above will allow you to find out much more about the Pre-sessional courses at UCL, and will tell you about studying the course and also about course assessment. In addition, you can also find out about UCL student accommodation options.

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