Frequently asked questions
The decision on whether to allow you to study on a pre-sessional course rather than take a recognised English language qualification lies with your academic school.
You should contact your School or refer to your main course offer letter before applying for the pre-sessional course to check if you are eligible. See the University study pages for further information.
In order to apply for a pre-sessional course you must have a valid IELTS certificate. Please see our entry requirements page for further information.
In order to apply for a pre-sessional course you must have an offer for an undergraduate or postgraduate course at the University of Manchester.
Students who have an unconditional offer for an undergraduate or postgraduate course at the University of Manchester are eligible for the three week pre-sessional course.
Places on our other courses are limited and priority must be given to those who need to attend a pre-sessional course to meet their offer conditions.
You must submit an application online - remember to use the same email address and password as the one on your main course offer letter and apply as a returning applicant.
More information can be found on our how to apply pages.
This is indicated on your main course offer letter. Your pre-sessional ID number should be the same ID number. Please check and inform us if it is different so we can merge the records and process your application.
Undergraduate applicants should check with their admissions contact at the main school for confirmation of their University of Manchester ID number which is different from a UCAS ID.
Yes, you are welcome to apply via an agent. You must ensure that the preferred email address in your application is the agent’s email address, and all communications to us are sent from your agent. You should submit a letter with your application to confirm that you are happy for us to discuss your application with your agent.
If you have hired an agent to apply on your behalf you should always contact your agent in the first instance as we will only deal directly with your agent. Please note that if you have an agent acting on your behalf you should speak directly to your agent and request that they contact us with any query.
You will receive an automatic acknowledgment email which confirms your application has been received.
If you have any queries you can contact firstname.lastname@example.org and quote your University of Manchester ID number.
The application deadlines are available on our dates and fees page. For an application to be considered, you must submit a complete application including your English Language test score. You must also have checked that you are eligible for the Pre-sessional with the Admissions Office of the school you will be going on to study with.
Please note that you may also have a deadline to accept your offer with your academic school. Failure to accept your place by the deadline may lead to your academic offer and pre-sessional offer being withdrawn.
We aim to process your application within three working days. During busy times, or in the event that further information is required from your academic school it can take up to ten working days. If you have not received a reply after ten working days please contact us.
Once we have considered your application we will contact you with information on how to make payment via our secure on-line shop.
Once we have considered your application we will contact you by email. Please reply and indicate that you are a sponsored student. We will email you a conditional offer letter. Once we receive your official sponsor letter we can send you an unconditional offer. You must provide us with a valid financial guarantee 20 days before the start of the course.
More information is available on the My Manchester sponsorship pages.
The letter must include the following information:
- must be addressed to The University of Manchester
- must be produced on official company letter headed paper from the sponsoring organisation/embassy and must state clearly:
- contact telephone numbers / fax / email
- the full name of the student to be sponsored
- the title of the student's programme of study
- the student's year of study or years of study that the sponsorship will apply to
- a statement that the student's tuition fees (£ amount) or proportion of their fees (£ amount) will be paid upon receipt of an invoice from the University
- if you have government funding you should also provide a letter from the appropriate London Embassy
More information is available on the My Manchester sponsorship pages.
No, you do not need to email us. We receive an automatic notification once your payment is received. You should receive your unconditional offer letter within three working days of making payment.
Unless you are a sponsored student you do not need an unconditional offer letter. You will receive an email from us to confirm your offer is unconditional.
For international students, the Certificate of Acceptance to Study (CAS) you receive will confirm you hold an unconditional offer and this is sufficient for immigration purposes.
In order to receive your CAS you must have accepted your unconditional offer and have completed the Pre-CAS survey, which you will receive with your unconditional offer email.
A CAS will only be issued three months before the course start date. If you are eligible for a joint CAS, the academic school which you are studying with will issue your CAS. If you are eligible for a CAS to cover the Pre-sessional course only, this will be issued by the University Language Centre
We aim to start issuing CASs as follows:
PS10b - from 8 April onwards
PS6 - from 6 May onwards
PS3 - Issued by the main school; please contact your academic school for timescales.
Please note that we experience a very high number of applications and enquiries from April to September. We will endeavour to provide you with a CAS in a timely manner. Your patience is appreciated during this busy period.
You will not receive your CAS until you have confirmed the Draft CAS.
Students who have a place on the three week pre-sessional course will be issued with a Joint CAS for both the pre-sessional course and the degree level course.
If you still have outstanding academic offer conditions for your degree level course or your degree level course requires you to “successfully complete the pre-sessional course” you will be issued with two separate CAS’s – one for the pre-sessional course and one for the degree level course.
Students who are issued with two separate CAS’s will be required to have UKVI IELTS. Students who are issued with a joint CAS to cover both the pre-sessional and the degree-level course can apply for pre-sessional using UKVI IELTS, Non-UKVI IELTS, TOEFL IBT and Pearson PTE. Further information can be found on our entry requirements page.
If you have outstanding academic offer conditions, we recommend that you take UKVI IELTS to ensure you can obtain a visa for the pre-sessional course.
Once you receive an unconditional offer for a pre-sessional course you can book your pre-sessional accommodation directly with the accommodation office.
This is the school’s decision and often they will include this in their offer letter. If you’re not sure please contact the main school.
Applications to transfer to a shorter Pre-sessional course will not be considered after the application deadline of the course to which you originally applied. Should ULC agree to a transfer to a shorter Pre-sessional course, any remaining balance of tuition fees can be transferred to the balance of your new undergraduate or postgraduate degree programme, less an administration fee of £210.
For full details please refer to the pre-sessional booking conditions.
You will need to let us know in writing that you wish to cancel, and state the reason why you wish to cancel. Our booking conditions would apply.
Attendance on the Pre-sessional course is compulsory to successfully complete the course. You must therefore arrive by the specified Pre-sessional course start date. Only in exceptional circumstances (and upon receipt of satisfactory documentary evidence) will ULC consider a later start date. Arriving late for your course can affect your immigration status and your main course application.