Pre-sessional English courses

Our pre-sessional courses are the best way to bring your English up to entry level for university study.

The courses are run by the English for Academic Study (EAS) unit, part of the School of Modern Languages and Cultures at the University.

Our courses give you:

  • Direct entry to your university programme for successful students (no need to take IELTS after the pre-sessional course)
  • Essential academic skills to help you study effectively at University
  • Flexible entry dates so you can join the right course for your level

Who are the pre-sessional courses accredited by?

Our summer pre-sessional course is accredited by BALEAP, the professional association for academic English teaching.

BALEAP guarantees that you will be joining a high quality course.

What are the advantages of the pre-sessional course?

There are many advantages to taking a pre-sessional course at Glasgow:

  • Continuous assessment of progress that removes the need to take IELTS
  • Experienced tutors trained in academic English teaching
  • Real lectures from subject lecturers
  • Practical research projects in your subject area
  • Interactive classroom teaching with a personal tutor to guide you through the course
  • Virtual learning environment supporting the course

You will also benefit from:

  • Our own welfare support advisers and social programme to help you live and study at Glasgow
  • Supported independent study
  • Access to University facilities: library, sports & other student services
  • Continuing support with our in-sessional classes during your degree 

Which pre-sessional course should I take?

This depends on your starting level. For students aiming for the standard requirement of IELTS 6.5 and starting a degree programme in September we recommend:

IELTS (Academic) at entry

for more details see
overall 4.5, with 4.5 in Writing and no less than 4.0 in any skill Year-Round Pre-sessional
4.5 in all skills
overall 5.0, with 5.0 in Writing and no less than 4.5 in any skill

5.0 in all skills

overall 5.5, with 5.5 in Writing and no less than 5.0 in any skill
5.5 in all skills Pre-sessional Summer A
overall 6.0, with 6.0 in Writing with no less than 5.5 in any skill Pre-sessional Summer B
overall 6.5, with no less than 6.0 in any skill Pre-sessional Summer C


What if I have different start dates or need a higher level?
If your academic programme begins at a different time or you need to achieve a higher score, you should adjust the timing of your English course. Please contact us for advice.

What if my scores are slightly below the recommended level for the pre-sessional course?

Please send us any other previous test scores you have to help us make a decision.

Who is the pre-sessional Summer C course for? 

Direct entry to this course is intended for students who already have or are very near their required English level, and who need to become familiar with the academic skills and language within their own subject area.

How do I apply for a pre-sessional course?

Please see: applying for the pre-sessional courses.

Which English language tests are valid?

All applications must be accompanied by an accepted secure English Language test. View a full list of UKVI approved English Language Tests 

Applicants should be aware that we will refuse their application if we have evidence that a false document has been submitted - even if the false document is not relevant to the application and even if the applicant is unaware that the document is false. A false document includes:

  • a genuine document which has been altered or tampered with
  • a counterfeit document (one that is completely false)
  • a genuine document that is being used by an impostor
  • a genuine document which has been fraudulently obtained or issued
  • a genuine document which contains a falsified or counterfeit visa / endorsement.

Information about applications refused because of false documentation may be shared by us with other University of Glasgow departments or with UKVI and could jeopardise future applications to study in the UK. If a student has supplied false information they will not be permitted to study at the University of Glasgow indefinitely. 

Further information