English Language courses

Whether you need to learn English before starting your degree or just practice your language skills, apply for one of our Pre-Sessional English (PSE) language courses. (If you're looking for our BA English degree courses, visit our undergraduate courses page.)

All our PSE programmes are accredited by the British Association of Lecturers in English for Academic Purposes (BALEAP) and designed for university use. You'll get excellent support and advice from experienced academic staff, international officers and Learning Development Tutors too.

You will study for 25 hours a week, Monday to Friday, in classes of no more than 14. Most of your study will be in Park Building, and you'll have the same tutor throughout your programme.

Course dates and costs

  • Minimum IELTS for Pre-Sessional admittance (overall) 4.5/4
  • IELTS required for degree course (overall) 6.5/6
  • Cost of tuition £6000
  • Tuition deposit required £2000

  • Minimum IELTS for Pre-Sessional admittance (overall) 5/4.5
  • IELTS required for degree course (overall) 6.5/6
  • Cost of tuition £4635
  • Tuition deposit required £1500

  • Minimum IELTS for Pre-Sessional admittance (overall) 5.5/5
  • IELTS required for degree course (overall) 6.5/6
  • Cost of tuition £3555
  • Tuition deposit required £1380

  • Minimum IELTS for Pre-Sessional admittance (overall) 6/5.5
  • IELTS required for degree course (overall) 6.5/6
  • Cost of tuition £2132
  • Tuition deposit required £1380

  • Minimum IELTS for Pre-Sessional admittance (overall) This programme is for students who have already met their degree requirements and would like to practise their English.
  • Cost of tuition £1380
  • Full payment required in advance £1380

  • For January and February starting courses only
  • Minimum IELTS for Pre-Sessional admittance (overall) 5.5/5
  • IELTS required for degree course (overall) 6.5/6
  • Cost of tuition £3555
  • Tuition deposit required £1380

  • For January and February starting courses only
  • Minimum IELTS for Pre-Sessional admittance (overall) 6/5.5
  • IELTS required for degree course (overall) 6.5/6
  • Cost of tuition £2070
  • Deposit required in advance £1380

(University is closed Friday 14th December 2018 - Monday 7th January 2019)

To apply for the Pre-Sessional English programme, you must have received a degree offer letter from us. Your degree offer letter will include a link to make your application.

Apply now

Please select ‘Pre-Sessional English’ as your subject area on the application form.

Once you have applied and submitted your application, you'll be sent a Pre-Sessional English programme offer email, which will advise you on the next steps, including how to make payments, what documents to send us, and what our contractual terms are.

If you have met your degree language requirements and would like to practise your English before beginning your degree course, you can apply for our 4 week programme here

Please note that we can only accept students on the Pre-sessional English programmes if they have a valid UKVI-for-IELTS result taken from an approved centre, dated no more than 2 years before the start of your Pre-Sessional programme.

EU students can take the standard IELTS test, while non-EU students who need a Tier-4 Visa must take the UKVI-for-IELTS test to meet their visa requirements. Non-EU students who do not need a Tier-4 Visa can take the standard IELTS test.

Teaching and assessment

Teaching will include:

  • Classroom-based learning
  • Lectures
  • Seminars
  • Workshops
  • eLearning
  • Self-directed study and homework

You will have regular assessments and feedback will be provided to you by your tutor. Your final assessments will include written coursework, oral presentations, in-class tests and examinations.

Our assessments are designed to test your reading, writing, speaking and listening skills, and you must pass all assessments to meet your degree language requirements and progress to your chosen degree.

Living in Portsmouth

All Pre-Sessional students can apply for university accommodation in our halls of residence, which is just 250 metres from the Park Building where you'll study.

You'll live in self-contained, self-catered private flats, each of which has five standard bedrooms, a shower room (or en-suite bathroom depending on programme and location) and kitchen. A Pre-Sessional Accommodation form will be included with your degree offer email.

Private renting

If you'd prefer to find your own accommodation, our Student Housing team can advise you on private housing, find suitable landlords for you, and provide you with advice. Email student.housing@port.ac.uk for more information.

Getting here

All our buildings are easily accessible by all the main forms of travel, with 2 train stations located near campus. All university buildings are in walking distance of each other too, and we run a free bus service for students to help you get around campus.

Airport collection service

We offer an airport pick-up service from London Heathrow airport. See here for details.

Contact us

Please email pse@port.ac.uk