English Language Courses

Presessional English Language students
Presessional English Language students

Pre-sessional English

GCU London offers Pre-sessional English language courses for students who do not meet the minimum English Language requirements for direct entry to their chosen postgraduate programme. Our courses help students improve their English language skills and provide expert preparation for students who are already academically qualified to start a Master’s programme at GCU London.

Course description:

The Pre-sessional English courses run in both the summer (June to August) and in the autumn (October to January). You will be required to take either a 10-week Intensive course (30 hours per week) or a 10-week Standard course (21 hours per week), depending on your current language level and requirements.

Course aims:

These high quality Academic English courses prepare international students for academic study at a UK university. The Pre-sessional English course will enable you to improve your English language proficiency in the core skills of listening, speaking, reading and writing, and to develop the academic study skills required for Master’s studies.

Why take a Pre-sessional English Course?

Students who successfully complete the course and meet the minimum English language requirements for entry to their chosen Master’s course, are guaranteed an unconditional offer and entry to GCU London.

Loyalty Scholarships

Students who complete a GCU London Pre-sessional English course and progress onto their chosen GCU London Master's programme will receive up to £2,000 Loyalty Scholarships.

This Scholarship is awarded as a discount on the relevant standard tuition fee. 

Please note: this scholarship is only available to self-funded international students and only applies to September 2017 course intake and will not be available from January 2017 onwards.

Key Course facts

Summer 2017

  • 10-week Intensive and Standard Courses: Monday 26th June 2017 – Friday 1st September 2017

Winter 2017

  • 10-week Intensive and Standard Courses: Monday 30th October 2017 – Friday 12th January 2018

English language entry requirement & Tuition fee 2017/18:

Pre-sessional English Course Entry requirement Tuition fee 2017/18
10 week intensive (30 hours per week) You already have an overall UKVI IELTS score of 5.0 (no element below 4.5) £4245
10 week standard (20 hours per week) You already have an overall UKVI IELTS score of 5.5 (no element below 5.0) £2830

MSc Public Health (IELTS 6.5 with no element below 6.0)

Pre-sessional English Course Entry requirement Tuition fee 2017/18
10 week intensive (30 hours per week) You already have an overall UKVI IELTS score of 5.5 (no element below 5.0) £4245
10 week standard (20 hours per week) You already have an overall UKVI IELTS score of 6.0 (no element below 5.5) £2830

How to apply

To apply for a Pre-sessional English course you must have a valid IELTS test result (or other language qualification which is recognised by the University), and hold a conditional offer to study on a Master's programme at GCU London. Students can apply by ticking the box on page 2 of the GCU London postgraduate application form, under section 7.

In line with the most recent changes from the 8th November 2015 to the UKVI rules affecting Tier 4 visas for pre-sessional courses, all students wishing to receive a joint offer/ CAS for both the Pre-sessional English and degree programme would need to take the IELTS Academic for UKVI test. The IELTS Academic for UKVI test will have the unique UKVI reference number and would need to be taken at one of the approved IELTS test centres. The approved IELTS test centres can be found on the Government website.

The admissions team will consider your application for a joint offer with your chosen Master’s programme and will process a joint CAS letter once a deposit has been paid. If you have any further questions, please contact the admissions team on admissions@gculondon.ac.uk.