Our pre-sessional English language courses are for international students who need to meet an English language condition for entry to degree-level study at York. We also offer courses that are open to international applicants to other UK universities.

Our pre-sessional courses

The courses we offer are tailored to the specialism that you are aiming to progress into for your degree course. They are designed to help you improve your language, communication and study skills and prepare you for your degree at York. 

The main course specialisms are:

  • Arts and Humanities
  • Social Sciences
  • Sciences, Engineering and Maths

We also offer subject-specific courses for postgraduate Management degrees, and postgraduate Language Teaching.

Contact us

International Pathway College
ipc-presessional@york.ac.uk
+44 (0) 1904 321500

Which course should I take?

All our pre-sessional courses have three length options: 10 weeks, 15 weeks and 20 weeks. The length of course you need to take depends on your current IELTS scores and how much you need to improve to reach the English language requirements for the degree you wish to study. Check the entry requirements listed on the web page of the course you are interested in to find the course IELTS requirement.

If you have already met your English language requirements but wish to practice or develop your English language skills, you can take a 5-week pre-sessional course.

After you've accepted your offer to study at York, we'll confirm which pre-sessional course you should apply to via You@York.

If you require a visa: If you're applying for a pre-sessional English course and require a Tier 4 visa you must first take a UK government approved Secure English Language Test (gov.uk). Only IELTS for UKVI (Academic) or Trinity ISE can be accepted for entry to pre-sessional programmes. For more information about visas and English language requirements see Tier 4 (General) student visas (gov.uk).

10-week pre-sessional
  • Course dates: 4 July - 13 September 2019
  • Deadline to apply: 27 May 2019
  • Course fee: £3,920
  • You must have met any conditions of your offer and accepted and paid the pre-sessional tuition fees by Friday, 14 June 2019.
  • Accommodation guarantee deadline: Thursday 23 May 2019.

You should take this pre-sessional if your course's IELTS requirement and your current IELTS score are listed below.

Course IELTS requirement

Your current IELTS score

IELTS 7.0

IELTS 6.5 with 5.5 in each skill

IELTS 6.5

IELTS 6.0 with 5.5 in each skill

IELTS 6.0

IELTS 5.5 with 5.0 in each skill

10-week Pre-sessional for postgraduate Language Teaching

 

IELTS 7.0

IELTS 6.5 with 5.5 in each skill

10-week Pre-Sessional for York Management School postgraduate taught courses

 

IELTS 6.5

IELTS 6.0 with 6.0 in writing and 5.5 in all other skills
15-week pre-sessional
  • Course dates: 30 May to 13 September 2019
  • Accommodation guarantee deadline: 12 April 2019
  • Deadline to apply: Closed for applications
  • Course fee: £5,880
  • You must have met any conditions of your offer and accepted and paid the pre-sessional tuition fees by Friday, 10 May 2019.

You should take this pre-sessional if your course's IELTS requirement and your current IELTS score are listed below.

Course IELTS requirement

Your current IELTS score

IELTS 7.0

IELTS 6.0 with 5.5 in each skill

IELTS 6.5

IELTS 5.5 with 5.5 in each skill

IELTS 6.0

IELTS 5.0 with 5.0 in each skill

15-week Pre-sessional for postgraduate Language Teaching

 

IELTS 7.0

IELTS 6.0 with 5.5 in each skill

15-week Pre-Sessional for York Management School postgraduate taught courses

 

IELTS 6.5

IELTS 5.5 with 6.0 in writing and 5.0 in all other skills

20-week pre-sessional
  • Course dates: 18 April - 13 September 2019
  • Accommodation guarantee deadline: 1 March 2019
  • Deadline to apply: Closed for applications
  • Course fee: £7,840
  • You must have met any conditions of your offer and accepted and paid the pre-sessional tuition fees by Friday, 29 March 2019.

You should take this pre-sessional if your course's IELTS requirement and your current IELTS score are listed below.

Course IELTS requirement

Your current IELTS score

IELTS 7.0

IELTS 6.0 with 5.0 in each skill

IELTS 6.5

IELTS 5.5 with 5.0 in each skill

IELTS 6.0

IELTS 5.0 with 4.5 in each skill

20-week Pre-sessional for postgraduate Language Teaching

 

IELTS 7.0

IELTS 6.0 with 5.0 in each skill

20-week Pre-Sessional for York Management School postgraduate taught courses

 

IELTS 6.5

IELTS 5.5 with 5.5 in writing and 5.0 in all other skills

Already met your language requirement?

You can take our 5-week pre-sessional course to practice your English, learn essential new study skills, meet other students, and get to know the University before you start your degree.

5 week pre-sessional
  • Course dates: 8 August - 13 September
  • Deadline to apply: 12 July 2019
  • Course fee: £1,960
  • You must have met any conditions of your offer and accepted and paid the pre-sessional tuition fees by Friday, 19 July 2019.

Accommodation

We guarantee you a room on or near to campus for the duration of your pre-sessional course over the summer. We'll allocate you a room and confirm the details by email about a month before you're due to start your course.

Find out more about accommodation for pre-sessional students.

Welcome and social programme

To help you get settled in we offer a series of welcome and orientation events including social activities within your department, so there are lots of opportunities to meet staff and your fellow students. We offer talks about university life and we'll help you through the enrolment process and various compliance checks to get you fully registered as a student here.

You might also be interested in getting involved with YUSU, our Students' Union. They offer support and advice and organise a varied social programme for students.

Contact us

International Pathway College
ipc-presessional@york.ac.uk
+44 (0) 1904 321500