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.

Coronavirus update
As a result of the ongoing coronavirus (COVID-19) situation, we are now offering all our pre-sessional courses online. We have also extended the deadlines for all programmes in order to provide greater flexibility for all applicants. You will still need to apply before the pre-sessional start date. If you have already applied for an on-campus English language pre-sessional, our Admissions team will contact you with further details.

Deferring to 2021/22
If you successfully complete your pre-sessional course but defer your degree place to 2021/22 entry, you can still use your pre-sessional course to meet the English Language requirements for your deferred place. 

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Contact us

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

Tailored courses

The courses we offer are tailored by subject area. 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
  • Science, Engineering and Maths

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

Which course should I take?

Our online pre-sessional courses have four length options:

  • 5 weeks
  • 10 weeks
  • 15 weeks
  • 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 for the course you are interested in to find the course IELTS requirement.

Applications for our 2020 pre-sessional courses have now closed.

  • When: 23 April 2020 to 18 September 2020
  • Tuition fee: £6,240
  • Applications are now closed.
  • Payment and registration deadline: 30 April 2020

Main programme overall entry requirements

Pre-sessional entry requirements

IELTS 6.5

  • IELTS: 5.5, with no less than 5.0 in each component
  • PTE Academic: 51, with no less than 46 in each component
  • CAE and CPE (from January 2015): 162, with no less than 154 in each component
  • TOEFL: 72, with a minimum of 15 in Listening, 14 in Reading, 19 in Speaking and 16 in Writing
  • Trinity ISE: level 3 with Pass in all components
  • Duolingo: minimum overall score of 90.

IELTS 6.0

  • IELTS: 5.0, with no less than 4.5 in each component
  • PTE Academic: 46, with no less than 41 in each component
  • CAE and CPE (from January 2015): 154, with no less than 147 in each component
  • TOEFL: 63, with a minimum of 12 in Listening, 9 in Reading, 18 in Speaking and 15 in Writing
  • Trinity ISE: level 3 with Pass in all components
  • Duolingo: minimum overall score of 80.

IELTS 5.5

  • IELTS: 4.5, with no less than 4.0 in each component
  • PTE Academic: 41, with no less than 36 in each component
  • CAE and CPE (from January 2015): 147, with no less than 142 in each component
  • TOEFL: 54, with a minimum of 9 in Listening, 4 in Reading, 16 in Speaking and 13 in Writing
  • Trinity ISE: level 3 with Pass in all components
  • Duolingo: minimum overall score of 70.

Pre-sessional for Postgraduate Management (PG)

Main programme overall entry requirements

Pre-sessional entry requirements

IELTS: 6.0, with a minimum of 6.0 in Writing and no less than 5.5 in all other components

  • IELTS: 5.0, with a minimum of 5.0 in Writing and no less than 4.5 in all other components
  • PTE Academic: 46, with a minimum of 46 in Writing and no less than 41 in all other components
  • CAE and CPE (from January 2015): 154, with a minimum of 154 in Writing and no less than 147 in each component
  • TOEFL: 63, with a minimum of 12 in Listening, 9 in Reading, 18 in Speaking and 16 in Writing
  • Trinity ISE: level 3 with Pass in all components
  • Duolingo: minimum overall score of 85.

Pre-sessional for Postgraduate English Language Teaching (PG)

Main programme overall entry requirements

Pre-sessional entry requirements

IELTS: 6.5, with no less than 5.5 in each component 

  • IELTS: 5.5, with no less than 4.5 in each component
  • PTE Academic: 51, with no less than 41 in each component
  • CAE and CPE (from January 2015): 162, with no less than 147 in each component
  • TOEFL: 72, with a minimum of 12 in Listening, 9 in Reading, 18 in Speaking and 15 in Writing
  • Trinity ISE: level 3 with Pass in all components
  • Duolingo: minimum overall score of 90.
  • When: 4 June 2020 to 18 September 2020
  • Tuition fee: £4,680
  • Applications have now closed.
  • Payment and registration deadline: 11 June 2020

Main programme overall entry requirements

Pre-sessional entry requirements

IELTS 6.5

  • IELTS: 5.5, with no less than 5.5 in each component
  • PTE Academic: 51, with no less than 51 in each component
  • CAE and CPE (from January 2015): 162, with no less than 162 in each component
  • TOEFL: 72, with a minimum of 17 in Listening, 18 in Reading, 20 in Speaking and 17 in Writing
  • Trinity ISE: level 3 with Pass in all components
  • Duolingo: minimum overall score of 100.

IELTS 6.0

  • IELTS: 5.0, with no less than 5.0 in each component
  • PTE Academic: 46, with no less than 46 in each component
  • CAE and CPE (from January 2015): 154, with no less than 154 in each component
  • TOEFL: 63, with a minimum of 15 in Listening, 14 in Reading, 19 in Speaking and 16 in Writing
  • Trinity ISE: level 3 with Pass in all components
  • Duolingo: minimum overall score of 90.

IELTS 5.5

  • IELTS: 4.5, with no less than 4.5 in each component
  • PTE Academic: 41, with no less than 41 in each component
  • CAE and CPE (from January 2015): 147, with no less than 147 in each component
  • TOEFL: 54, with a minimum of 12 in Listening, 9 in Reading, 18 in Speaking and 15 in Writing
  • Trinity ISE: level 3 with Pass in all components
  • Duolingo: minimum overall score of 80.


Pre-sessional for Postgraduate Management (PG)

Main programme overall entry requirements

Pre-sessional entry requirements

IELTS: 6.0, with a minimum of 6.0 in Writing and no less than 5.5 in all other components

  • IELTS: 5.5, with a minimum of 5.0 in Writing and no less than 4.5 in all other components
  • PTE Academic: 51, with a minimum of 46 in Writing and no less than 41 in all other components
  • CAE and CPE (from January 2015): 162, with a minimum of 154 in Writing and no less than 147 in each component
  • TOEFL: 72, with a minimum of 12 in Listening, 9 in Reading, 18 in Speaking and 16 in Writing
  • Trinity ISE: level 3 with Pass in all components
  • Duolingo: minimum overall score of 90.


Pre-sessional for Postgraduate English Language Teaching 
(PG)

Main programme overall entry requirements

Pre-sessional entry requirements

IELTS: 6.5, with no less than 5.5 in each component 

  • IELTS: 5.5, with no less than 5.0 in each component
  • PTE Academic: 51, with no less than 46 in each component
  • CAE and CPE (from January 2015): 162, with no less than 154 in each component
  • TOEFL: 72, with a minimum of 15 in Listening, 14 in Reading, 19 in Speaking and 16 in Writing
  • Trinity ISE: level 3 with Pass in all components
  • Duolingo: minimum overall score of 90.
  • When: 9 July 2020 to 18 September 2020
  • Tuition fee: £3,120
  • Applications are now closed.
  • Payment and registration deadline: 16 July 2020

Main programme overall entry requirements

Pre-sessional entry requirements

IELTS 6.5

  • IELTS: 6.0, with no less than 5.5 in each component
  • PTE Academic: 55, with no less than 51 in each component
  • CAE and CPE (from January 2015): 169, with no less than 162 in each component
  • TOEFL: 79, with a minimum of 17 in Listening, 18 in Reading, 20 in Speaking and 17 in Writing
  • Trinity ISE: level 3 with Pass in all components
  • Duolingo: minimum overall score of 100.

IELTS 6.0

  • IELTS: 5.5, with no less than 5.0 in each component
  • PTE Academic: 51, with no less than 46 in each component
  • CAE and CPE (from January 2015): 162, with no less than 154 in each component
  • TOEFL: 72, with a minimum of 15 in Listening, 14 in Reading, 19 in Speaking and 16 in Writing
  • Trinity ISE: level 3 with Pass in all components
  • Duolingo: minimum overall score of 90.

IELTS 5.5

  • IELTS: 5.0, with no less than 4.5 in each component
  • PTE Academic: 46, with no less than 41 in each component
  • CAE and CPE (from January 2015): 154, with no less than 147 in each component
  • TOEFL: 63, with a minimum of 12 in Listening, 9 in Reading, 18 in Speaking and 15 in Writing
  • Trinity ISE: level 3 with Pass in all components
  • Duolingo: minimum overall score of 80.

Pre-sessional for Postgraduate Management (PG)

Main programme overall entry requirements

Pre-sessional entry requirements

IELTS: 6.0, with a minimum of 6.0 in Writing and no less than 5.5 in all other components

  • IELTS: 5.5, with a minimum of 5.5 in Writing and no less than 5.0 in all other components
  • PTE Academic: 51, with a minimum of 51 in Writing and no less than 46 in all other components
  • CAE and CPE (from January 2015): 162, with a minimum of 162 in Writing and no less than 154 in each component
  • TOEFL: 72, with a minimum of 15 in Listening, 14 in Reading, 19 in Speaking and 17 in Writing
  • Trinity ISE: level 3 with Pass in all components
  • Duolingo: minimum overall score of 95.

Pre-sessional for Postgraduate English Language Teaching (PG)

Main programme overall entry requirements

Pre-sessional entry requirements

IELTS: 6.5, with no less than 5.5 in each component 

  • IELTS: 6.0, with no less than 5.0 in each component
  • PTE Academic: 56, with no less than 46 in each component
  • CAE and CPE (from January 2015): 169, with no less than 154 in each component
  • TOEFL: 79, with a minimum of 15 in Listening, 14 in Reading, 19 in Speaking and 16 in Writing
  • Trinity ISE: level 3 with Pass in all components
  • Duolingo: minimum overall score of 100.
  • When: 13 August 2020 to 18 September 2020
  • Tuition fee: £1,560
  • Applications are now closed
  • Payment and registration deadline: 20 August 2020

You can take our 5-week pre-sessional course to practice your English and learn essential new study skills before you start your degree. This course is only available for unconditional offer holders who have already met the English Language requirement.

10 per cent discount on your degree tuition fee

You will get a 10 per cent tuition fee discount on your degree for each year of study, if you successfully complete an online pre-sessional course. This includes the 10, 15 and 20 week courses.

The 10 per cent tuition fee discount is only applicable if you start your degree in 2020/21 and will not be applicable if you choose to defer your degree to 2021/22. 

Student support

We have a number of ways that you can get support during your studies, including throughout our online pre-sessional courses.

The International Pathway College (IPC) has its own dedicated Student Support Team that will give you advice and guidance during your pre-sessional course. 

You will have access to:

  • IPC Virtual Reception and telephone line (available Monday to Friday, 9.00am to 5.30pm BST)
  • Personal student support tutor, with weekly drop-in sessions and one-to-one sessions on request
  • Online social events to help with wellbeing and more

We also offer other forms of support across the University:

How and when to apply

Applications are now open.

You will be able to apply for a pre-sessional programme once you have accepted your offer to study at York via the pre-sessional tab in your You@York applicant portal.

Accepted tests

As you will not require a visa to study our online pre-sessional programmes, we will accept a range of English language test results to meet the entry requirements for your pre-sessional:

  • International English Language Testing System (IELTS) (Academic)
  • PTE Academic
  • Cambridge Certificate in Advanced English (CAE)
  • Cambridge Proficiency (CPE)
  • TOEFL IBT (internet based and special home edition) (TOEFL MyBest score is not acceptable for meeting the English language requirement)
  • Trinity ISE
  • Duolingo.

We seek formal confirmation of all test results. For the TOEFL test our Designated Institution code is 3065 for your test form.

You must have completed the test within two years of the starting date of your course. You cannot combine scores from more than one sitting of the test or multiple different tests.

Tier 4 Visas for your main degree

If you require a Tier 4 visa to study in the UK, you will need a Confirmation of Acceptance for Studies (CAS). We will let you know when you can request your CAS via the You@York.

If you are joining us in September, we usually start to issue CAS from July. We will only issue your CAS once you have successfully completed your online English Language pre-sessional programme and you hold an unconditional offer.

We appreciate that there may not be a lot of time for you to apply for your main programme visa, but we will try to be flexible during this time and issue you with a CAS as soon as possible. We will be following UKVI guidance as the situation evolves and will regularly update this information.

Applicants that have not applied to study at York

Our pre-sessional courses are also open to applicants that have applied to degree programmes at other UK universities, or who have not yet applied for a degree programme.

If you have applied to another university, you will need to check with them to see if they will accept our pre-sessional course as a way of meeting their English language entry requirements.

Find out more

Cancelling your place

If you have already accepted your place on an on-campus pre-sessional course and paid your fees, you will need to email fees-office@york.ac.uk to cancel your course and organise a refund.

Contact us

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