Pre-sessional English

Course overview

Our portfolio of Pre-sessional English for Academic Purposes (Pre-sessional EAP) courses in the UK and China supports your English language development and comprehensively prepares you to immerse yourself within the academic context of art, design and media before joining foundation, undergraduate or postgraduate courses to raise your English language level to meet the entry requirements of your main programmes.

What can you expect from the Pre-sessional English (PSE) courses?

The PSE courses help you explore and advance the specialist creative arts vocabulary and communication skills required at university level, quickly and effectively.

In your class, there will be students progressing onto various main courses, but you will follow an individual plan tailored to your subject specialism. You will have a chance to expand your main course subject knowledge via study trips, lectures, seminars and personalized tutorials as well as talks from guest speakers.

Why else take our Pre-sessional English courses?

  • high quality, personalized preparation for your life and studies at university
  • experience university life in a supportive and safe environment before your main course begins
  • learn about UCA academic culture and improve key skills, e.g. critical thinking, collaboration and communication
  • get to know the area and learn more about British and European culture, and help you adjust to UK life
  • become familiar with the facilities and resources available to you and give you the chance to visit other UCA campuses
  • start building social relationships across UCA and make new friends
  • visit museums and galleries in London, Oxford, Brighton and other cities in the area.

Our current Pre-sessional EAP courses

  • 22 week PSE (Beijing) 1 April - 30 August 2019
  • 15 week PSE (Beijing, Shanghai) 20 May - 30 August 2019
  • 10 week PSE (Beijing, Shanghai) 24 June - 30 August 2019
  • 5 week PSE (Beijing, Shanghai) 29 July - 30 August 2019
  • 10 week PSE (Farnham) 1 July - 6 September 2019
  • 5 week PSE (Farnham) 5 August - 6 September 2019

If your Secure English Language Test (SELT) result is below the required standard, you are eligible to study the UCA's pre-sessional courses:

Course

Your overall IELTS

You need IELTS

22 week PSE

Beijing

N/A

5.5

4.0 (no band less than 4.0)

6.0

4.5 (no band less than 4.0)

6.5

15 week PSE

Shanghai
Beijing

4.0 (no band less than 4.0)

5.5

4.5 (no band less than 4.0)

6.0

5.0 (no band less than 4.5)

6.5

10 week PSE

Shanghai
Beijing
Farnham

5.0 (no band less than 4.5)

6.0

5.5 (no band less than 5.0)

6.5

 

 

5 week PSE

Shanghai
Beijing
Farnham

5.5 (no band less than 5.0)

6.0

6.0 (no band less than 5.0)

6.5

 

 

If you have further questions or need more information about our Pre-sessional English, please contact the International Admissions team on internationaladmissions@uca.ac.uk

Pre-sessional courses in Farnham (UK)

Discover more about our 5 & 10 week pre-sessional English courses based at UCA Farnham.

Pre-sessional (5 week)

Pre-sessional (10 week)

UCA English language proficiency test

The UCA English for Creative Industries Proficiency Test is used to assess your English language skills in the four practical English skills of listening, reading, writing and speaking within the context of the creative industries.

The test has been designed in such a way to stimulate the particular language skills you will require to start a course of study at the UCA, and it will confirm on your current skill level.

There is no single pass grade for everyone, different courses will require you to achieve a different level in the test. The test can be used as verification of English language ability for any undergraduate, postgraduate courses as well as study exchange at UCA.

We run the test in China few times a year – the next available dates will be added here shortly.

Contact us

You can contact the International Admissions team on internationaladmissions@uca.ac.uk