Summer Pre-sessional English: 10 weeks

UCA Farnham - 2021

Length of study:

10 weeks full-time


UCA Farnham

Entry requirements:

An offer for a UCA course

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Course entry options:

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Course overview

Our Pre-Sessional English language course is specifically designed to prepare you to study art and design at UCA. The 10 week course will improve your IELTS by 1.0 which can help you to meet the language requirement for your main course of study. 

If you don't require less of an improvement in your English language skills more we also offer a 6 week course which will improve your IELTS score by up to 0.5.

We welcome students who speak English as second language, and those who are simply new to a university environment. Our tutors can help you to communicate effectively and creatively in your chosen field as well as develop intercultural skills.

By undertaking a Pre-Sessional English course you will not only improve your IELTS score, but also improve your academic English, expand your art and design vocabulary, develop your research skills, boost your confidence as a creative arts student in the  UK and help you to understand more about living and studying here.

Our Pre-Sessional English courses are available if you are progressing onto an undergraduate or postgraduate course, or the Graduate Diploma: Art & Design course with us.

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Dates & fees




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Ten-week course

5 July 2021 - 10 Sept 2021



 The course fee includes:

  • Tuition fee for the Pre-sessional English course
  • Educational visits
  • Airport pick-up service, including transport from Heathrow airport (student only)
  • Transport from the Pre-sessional course to the campus of your main course of study.

Entry requirements

To be able to study one of our Pre-sessional English courses, you must:

  • Have an offer for a UCA course
  • Meet the minimum English language requirement for the Pre-Sessional English course (based on the main course you intend to progress onto).


Minimum English language requirements

The level of English language you need depends on the course you are progressing onto. You can find more information about this on our English language requirements page.

For example, studying a Graduate Diploma: Art & Design course, you need to have an minimum overall IELTS* score of 5.5 with a minimum of 5.5 in each component. By taking a ten-week Pre-sessional English course (which improves your score by 1.0), the minimum IELTS* score you need is 4.5 overall with 4.5 in each component.

The following table explains the minimum requirements you need for different courses, if you take a Pre-sessional English course.


Main course of study 

Minimum English language requirement – 10 week course

Foundation Diploma in Art, Design and Media 

Overall IELTS 5.0* with 4.5 in each component

Graduate Diploma: Art, Design and Media

Overall IELTS 4.5 with 4.5 in each component

BA / BSc courses

Overall IELTS 5.0 with 4.5 in each component 

MA / MSc / MArch courses

Overall IELTS 5.0 with 4.5 in each component

MFA Photography

Overall IELTS 5.0 with 4.5 in each component

MBA courses

Overall IELTS 5.5 with 4.5 in each component

 *Test must be IELTS for UK Visas & Immigration, taken at an approved test centre.

If you already meet the English language requirement

Studying for IELTS is a different experience to taking part in a creative arts class in English. Even if you already meet the English language requirement for your main course, you may still benefit from the specialist content on the Pre-sessional English course.

How to apply

You must apply for your chosen UCA course before you apply for a Pre-sessional English course. We recommend that you book your place on a Pre-sessional English course as soon as possible as places are limited.

If you already have an offer for one of our courses, please apply by emailing our international admissions team with the following information.

  • Your name
  • Your student number or date of birth
  • If you want to attend the six-week pre-sessional course (IELTS increase of 0.5) or the ten-week course (IELTS increase of 1.0)
  • Scanned copy of your IELTS certificate, if available.

To apply please email:

Additional information

While you study the Pre-sessional English course you will stay at our Farnham campus. You can find out more about the types of rooms at the Farnham campus and costs on our Farnham accommodation page.

To help you settle in, we will also give you a welcome pack, which includes the essential bedding and kitchen items you will need.

Please make sure you apply for your accommodation as soon as possible, otherwise we cannot guarantee that you will get a place in halls.

Please note, course content indicated is provided as a guide. The content of the course may be subject to change in line with our Student Terms and Conditions for example, as required by external professional bodies or to improve the quality of the course.

Contact us

For more information about our pre-sessional English courses, please contact our international admissions team: