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.

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
  • Science, 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.

When do I apply?

After you've accepted your offer to study at York, we'll confirm which pre-sessional course you should apply to via You@York. Applications will open from 10am on Monday 25 November 2019.

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).

  • Course dates: 9 July 2020 - 18 September 2020
  • Deadline to apply: 4 June 2020 or until places are filled
  • Course fee: £4,160
  • Accept and pay deadline: You must meet any conditions of your offer, accept your offer and pay the pre-sessional tuition fee by 11 June 2020.

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

Entry requirements

Current minimum IELTS score

  • IELTS: 7.0 with a minimum of 7.0 in writing and no less than 6.5 in all other components or
  • IELTS: 7.0 with a minimum of 6.5 in each component

IELTS: 6.5 with a minimum of 6.0 in each component

  • IELTS: 6.5 with a minimum of 6.5 in writing and no less than 6.0 in all other components or
  • IELTS: 6.5 with a minimum of 6.0 in each component

IELTS 6.0 with 5.5 in each component

  • IELTS: 6.0 with 6.0 in writing and no less than 5.5 in all other components or
  • IELTS: 6.0 with a minimum of 5.5 in each component

IELTS 5.5 with 5.0 in each component

10-week Pre-sessional for postgraduate Language Teaching

 

IELTS: 7.0 with a minimum of 6.0 in each component

IELTS 6.5 with 5.5 in each component

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

 

IELTS: 6.5 with a minimum of 6.5 in writing and no less than 6.0 in all other components

IELTS 6.0 with 6.0 in writing and 5.5 in all other components

  • Course dates: 4 June 2020 to 18 September 2020
  • Deadline to apply: 30 April 2020 or until places are filled
  • Course fee: £6,240
  • Accept and pay deadline: You must meet any conditions of your offer, accept your offer and pay the pre-sessional tuition fee by 7 May 2020.

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

Entry requirements

Current minimum IELTS score

  • IELTS: 7.0 with a minimum of 7.0 in writing and no less than 6.5 in all other components or
  • IELTS: 7.0 with a minimum of 6.5 each component

IELTS: 6.0 with a minimum of 6.0 in each component

  • IELTS: 6.5 with a minimum of 6.5 in writing and no less than 6.0 in all other components or
  • IELTS: 6.5 with a minimum of 6.0 in each component

IELTS 5.5 with 5.5 in each component

  • IELTS: 6.0 with 6.0 in writing and no less than 5.5 in all other components or
  • IELTS: 6.0 with a minimum of 5.5 in each component

IELTS 5.0 with 5.0 in each component

15-week Pre-sessional for postgraduate Language Teaching

 

IELTS: 7.0 with a minimum of 6.0 in each component

IELTS 6.0 with 5.5 in each component

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

 

IELTS: 6.5 with a minimum of 6.5 in writing and 6.0 in all other components

IELTS: 6.0 with a minimum of 5.5 in writing and 5.0 in all other components

  • Course dates: 23 April 2020 to 18 September 2020
  • Deadline to apply: 19 March 2020 or until places are filled
  • Course fee: £8,320
  • Accept and pay deadline: You must meet any conditions of your offer, accept your offer and pay the pre-sessional tuition fee by 26 March 2020.

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

Entry requirements

Current minimum IELTS score

  • IELTS: 7.0 with a minimum of 7.0 in writing and no less than 6.5 in all other components or
  • IELTS: 7.0 with 6.5 in in each component

IELTS 6.0 with 5.5 in each component

  • IELTS: 6.5 with a minimum of 6.5 in writing and no less than 6.0 in all other components or
  • IELTS: 6.5 with a minimum of 6.0 in each component

IELTS 5.5 with 5.0 in each component

  • IELTS: 6.0 with 6.0 in writing and no less than 5.5 in all other components or
  • IELTS: 6.0 with a minimum of 5.5 in each component

IELTS 5.0 with 4.5 in each component

20-week Pre-sessional for postgraduate Language Teaching

 

IELTS: 7.0 with a minimum of 6.0 in each component

IELTS 6.0 with 5.0 in each component

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

 

IELTS: 6.5 with a minimum of 6.5 in writing and no less than 6.0 in all other components

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

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.

  • Course dates: 13 August 2020 to 18 September
  • Deadline to apply: 9 July 2020 or until places are filled
  • Course fee: £2,080
  • Accept and pay deadline: You must meet any conditions of your offer, accept your offer and pay the pre-sessional tuition fee by 16 July 2020

Applying for accommodation

We aim to provide on-campus accommodation for all English language pre-sessional students. If we can't house you on campus we'll help you find private accommodation.

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, 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 can also get involved with our student unions - The University of York Students' Union and our Graduate Students' Association. 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