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What you need before you apply

Check if you meet our English language criteria 

Wherever you're from, you can take your pick of our Undergraduate or Postgraduate courses, so long as you can speak a good standard of English.

Undergraduate Courses

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Each course has its own English language requirements, which can be found on individual course pages. You can also search for English language requirements by country.

If you need to improve your English – or just want to further improve your language skills with us – here's how we can help.

English language courses and support

You can join us for a pre-sessional English course before you start your degree, either on campus or through distance learning online. Our English language courses are exempt from further IELTS testing, and guarantee you progression to a degree course.

If your English is good and you want to practice before you start university, sign up for one of our short programmes to refresh your language skills. If your English needs more work, join one of our longer programmes lasting up to 20 weeks.

English for Academic Purposes (EAP)

Once you've started your course, you can still get great support in English. These weekly classes are available to all undergraduate and postgraduate students and can help you with writing essays, improving your grammar and developing your presentation and academic research skills.

You can also choose to do individual workshops, which will help you develop specific skills in data presentation, academic writing and professional communication.

Read more about our English for Academic Purposes courses.

Pathway courses

If you don't currently meet the academic entry requirements for your chosen degree, you can choose from a variety of foundation courses at our pathway provider, International College Portsmouth (ICP).

Undergraduate courses with business communication 

Studying a course in English in an English-speaking environment is an excellent way to prepare you for the world of international business. And if you're interested in studying a business course, you can choose one that combines subject study with English language support.

By choosing one of these courses you will develop your competence in English language to at least IELTS level 6.5:

  • BA (Hons) Business with Business Communication (Top-up)
  • BA (Hons) Communication and English Studies
  • BA (Hons) Finance with Business Communication (Top-up)
  • BA (Hons) International Business Communication
  • BA (Hons) International Trade and Business Communication
  • BA (Hons) International Trade, Logistics and Business Communication (Top-up)