Pre-sessional Courses


COVID-19 Update

The safety and wellbeing of our students and staff is our highest priority. To help keep everyone safe, we are now also offering this year's Pre-sessional courses online.  This is in addition to the on-campus options as explained below.

To help plan your studies, we will give you a further update at the end of March 2021.

For now, as part of your application, we ask you to confirm your preference for online or on-campus study. 

We offer 10, 6 and 4 week courses online and on-campus.



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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 meet 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 degree programme at The University of Manchester.

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. We offer 10, 6 and 4 week courses.

If your School requires you to study on our 10-week course you currently have two choices:

  1. Study online for 10 weeks;
  2. Study the first 5 weeks online and the final 5 weeks on-campus in Manchester.

If your School requires you to study on our 6-week course, you currently have 2 choices:

  1. Study online for 6 weeks;
  2. Study on-campus in Manchester for 6 weeks.

If you have achieved your English language requirements, but would like to develop your academic skills, you currently have 2 choices:

  1. Study online for 4 weeks;
  2. Study on-campus in Manchester for 4 weeks.

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. Online and on-campus options follow the same programme.

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.

When do the courses run?

The courses will run on the dates advertised on our website here: course dates and fees.

Which course should I do?

We offer courses for 10 weeks, 6 weeks or 4 weeks. Your academic department will advise you on the length of course they would like you to take. You can find out more on our entry requirements page.

Students requiring longer study will be advised to follow the English for Academic Purposes Pre-sessional pathway. 

What is the class timetable?

A sample class timetable can be found under our Course Content page

What is the class size?

Our online classes are usually of groups of no more than 16 students, while are on campus classes are in groups of no more than 20-22 students. 

What is the minimum enrolment age?

The minimum enrolment age is 18 years old at the start of the course.

Do I need a visa?

Students taking the coure wholly online in 2021 will not require a visa, as students will study in their home country. However, if the situation permits and studets choose to study a portion of their course on campus in Manchester, a visa will be required.  More information can be found on our visa pages.