Andrew Northern and Rebecca White from Imperial College London's Centre for Academic English talk about the 6-week pre-sessional course.

6-week pre-sessional course

If you have an offer to study in October but need to meet the English language requirement, find out more about the 6-week course. Rebecca White and Andrew Northern explain the advantages of taking the 6-week course.

Monday 11 July - Friday 19 August 2022 inclusive

The 6-week course is an online course for prospective Imperial students holding a conditional offer and who need to improve their English language proficiency. 

The aims of the course are to:

  • prepare you for the study of your science-related discipline through English
  • develop your English language skills to the level needed for College entry to begin your degree course
  • advance your academic study skills and independent learning 

Students on the course must complete all course assignments and class work to the required level and pass the three online pre-sessional assessments in the final week of the coursePassing the course means that students have fulfilled the College’s English language entry condition and do not need to re-take IELTS.

The online 6-week pre-sessional is a full-time, intensive course with a weekly schedule Monday-Friday.

There will be daily contact at specified times including taught sessions, lectures, group activities and 1:1 guidance from teachers. Our pre-sessional timetable assumes full-time dedicated study; coursework and guided self-study that will need to be completed in your own time. There will also be at least 4 hours of directed private study each day. In total, there will be a minimum of 7 hours of academic study each day.

In addition to contact with teachers and classmates, coursework and preparation sessions are scheduled, and all work must be completed on time. You are responsible for achieving the study goals of your course, and, depending on your level, you may need to dedicate more time to some of the goals. 

- Check the entry requirements for the 6-week course.

- Find out more about the course by reading through our frequently asked questions.

Hear from our students to find out about their experience on our pre-sessional courses.

Please note that we cannot accept applicants from Imperial College Business School. The Business School no longer offers its own pre-sessional courses, or recognises other pre-sessional courses, as a means of meeting the English language requirement. If you have any questions about this, please contact the Business School directly.