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Pre-sessional courses

Our pre-sessional courses 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 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.

For further information please see our course description.

Update: Applications have now closed for the Pre-sessional courses for 2019.

Which course should I do?

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.

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

What is the class timetable?

You will study for a minimum of 20 hours per week. Classes will usually take place Monday - Thursday from around 9:30am - 3.30pm and on Friday 9:30am - 1pm. You will be expected to do some homework and self-study. You will be taught in classes of no more than 18 students. 

What is the maximum class size?

You will be taught in small classes of no more than 18 students per class. 

What is the minimum enrolment age?

The minimum enrolment age is 18.

Do I need a visa?

International students from outside the EU/EAA will require a Tier 4 General Student Visa.

More information can be found on the visa guidance page of the main University of Manchester website.

How do I apply?

Please see our how to apply page.

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