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Pre-sessional English Courses, English Course

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    Application Deadline
  • 21 days
University rank #29 (QS) ,
The Pre-sessional English Courses offered by The University of Manchester are designed to help you develop the academic skills you need to progress to a university foundation, undergraduate or postgraduate programme. 


If you have applied for a Pre-sessional English courses course at The University of Manchester but have not yet fully met the English language requirement for your academic course you may be eligible to study a pre-sessional course in order to meet those requirements.

We offer courses for 10 weeks, 6 weeks or 3 weeks. Your academic department will advise you on the length of course they would like you to take, and whether you need to take an IELTS/TOEFL exam at the end of your course.

Course description

Pre-sessional courses last for between 3 - 10 weeks and focus on improving your academic English. All our courses cover areas such as academic writing, note-taking and presentation skills. The length of course you will be required to take will be determined by the academic School to which you have applied, with advice from the ULC.

For students who do not have a conditional offer from the University of Manchester or who need a longer period of study, our English for Academic Purposes course would be more appropriate.


The Pre-sessional courses aim to:

  • develop students’ confidence and competence in using English in an academic environment
  • encourage independent learning
  • help students to be confident users of English in the wider environment beyond the University

Programme Structure

  • Students on our Pre-sessional courses will be continuously assessed throughout the course. 
  • You will complete written assignments and oral presentations. Unconditional offer holders will also be tested formally in their reading and listening skills. All assessment will contribute to your final ULC assessment band. 

Detailed Programme Facts

  • Programme intensity Full-time
    • Full-time duration 21 days
    • Duration description
      3-10 weeks
  • Languages
    • English
  • Delivery mode
    On Campus

English Language Requirements

You need the following IELTS score:

  • Minimum required score:


    The IELTS – or the International English Language Test System – tests your English-language abilities (writing, listening, speaking, and reading) on a scale of 1.00–9.00. The minimum IELTS score requirement refers to which Overall Band Score you received, which is your combined average score. Read more about IELTS.

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Academic Requirements

  • The minimum enrolment age is 18.
  • The decision to allow you to study on a pre-sessional course and evidence your English language proficiency using ULC bands at the end of the course lies with your academic school. However, your school may ask you to take a recognised English language qualification such as IELTS.
  • You should contact your School or refer to your main course offer letter before applying for the pre-sessional course to check the details of your conditional offer. See the main University study pages for more information.

Tuition Fee

  • International

    1140 GBP/full
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the original amount of 1140 GBP for the full programme and a duration of 21 days.
  • EU/EEA

    1140 GBP/full
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the original amount of 1140 GBP for the full programme and a duration of 21 days.
We've labeled the tuition fee that applies to you because we think you are from and prefer over other currencies.
  • 3 weeks - £1140
  • 6 weeks - £2280
  • 10 weeks - £3800

Living costs for Manchester

  • 645 - 1200 GBP/month
    Living Costs

The living costs include the total expenses per month, covering accommodation, public transportation, utilities (electricity, internet), books and groceries.


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