Pre-sessional Courses

Pre-sessional Update (28 May 2021)

As the government’s roadmap out of lockdown brings us all some optimism for the coming months, it is not currently clear whether social distancing or any other COVID safety measures, including travel restrictions, will still be in operation in the UK as we begin our 6 week Pre-sessional course at the start of August.

Therefore we have made the decision that all of our Pre-sessional courses will be taught online only.  If you are on the 6-week or the 4-week course, you will have the opportunity to live in Manchester whilst studying online, should you wish to.

If you have made an application to The University of Manchester, but do not have the English language requirements for your degree programme, a Pre-sessional course may be appropriate in helping you achieve the level you need. 

Our Pre-sessional courses are intensive and academically challenging. They have been designed to help you develop the language and academic skills you need to progress onto your course at The University of Manchester.

We offer 10, 6 and 4 week courses. The length of the course you study on will depend on your current English language level, and the level required for the degree programme you are applying to. 

Course dates

Online course dates        
Pre-course welcome days    


  28th 5th  12th 19th 26th 2nd  9th  16th  23rd 30th 6th 


August  Sept.


Even if you passed the language exams, you can still participate in Pre-sessional courses. It is a good place for you to make new friends and will of course help you take a further step in your English skills.

Junjie Wang from China / studying on the online 10-week Pre-sessional course in 2020.

On all of our courses there are tutor-led lessons with interactive tasks. You will complete these interactive tasks outside of class in both small study groups and individually. 

All University of Manchester courses are taught by enthusiastic, qualified and experienced tutors. Our courses are accredited by The British Council and BALEAP and we are proud we are recognised as the number one University Language Centre in the UK*

*according to the EL Gazette University Language Centre ranking 2019 & 2020.