Pre-sessional Courses

Pre-sessional Update (21 April 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.

We are aware that travel restrictions may prevent some students arriving in Manchester for the 6 week Pre-sessional course. We expect a further update in early May from UK  government with further information.

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. 

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10-week Pre-sessional

If your School requires you to study on our 10-week course, you can study with us online from your home country.

As previously advertised, our 10 week Pre-sessional course is only available to study fully online from home. This is to ensure that you are able to attend our course and meet the requirements of your offer, without having to leave your home country at this time. 

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6-week Pre-sessional

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.

Our 6 week course is currently planned for both an online option, to study from your home country, or if government conditions allow, an on-campus option based in Manchester.

For this on campus option, we are currently planning the majority of tutor-led lessons to be on Zoom, with 4 hours of lessons face-to-face in a classroom. You will also obviously be able to take advantage of the state of the art learning facilities on campus.
Despite any restrictions that may prevent you from travelling or coming to campus on time, all applicants are guaranteed a place on our online course.

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 4-week Pre-sessional

If you have achieved your English language requirements (unconditional offer), 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.
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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.