Pre-sessional English

Our Pre-sessional English courses are designed to prepare you for UK Higher Education and to help you succeed in your studies at the University of Hull.

Choosing a Pre-sessional English course

“The Pre-sessional English course at Hull University really helped me improve my academic English. The teachers who supported us with a variety of teaching methods were great and made the course enjoyable and successful.”
- Said Al-Badi, former PSE student

Pre-sessional English courses are for students who hold an offer to study on a main programme at the University of Hull, but who do not currently meet the University’s English language requirements. We offer six and ten week courses. The course you take will depend on the entry requirements of your main programme of study and your current level of English.

Students who have met the University’s English language requirements, but want to learn more about UK academic culture before starting their main programme are encouraged to enrol on Bridging the Gap, our two week, summer programme to help international students transition to studying at the University of Hull.

Course dates and fees 2024/25

  Ten week course

Six week course

Start date TBC June TBC July
End date TBC September TBC September
Course fees £4,000 £2,4000
Application deadline TBC May TBC June
Payment deadline TBC June TBC July
On campus enrolment date TBC June TBC July

 Course fees do not include accommodation costs.

You will need to arrive and check into your accommodation in Hull the week before your course starts so that you are present for the enrolment day. 

The application deadlines are the very latest we can accept applications if places are still available. If you would like to join one of our courses, we recommend applying as soon as possible to secure a place and to ensure you obtain a visa in time.

Apply now.

Entry requirements

To gain entry onto our on-campus Pre-Sessional English course you will need to provide evidence of your English proficiency level by taking a Secure English Language Test (SELT) approved by UK Visas and Immigration (UKVI).


Main course requirement

6 week course

10 week course

IELTS (UKVI) Academic

(min. 5.5*)

(min. 5.0*)

(min. 4.5*)

IELTS (UKVI) Academic

(min. 6.0*)

(min. 5.5*)

(min. 5.0*)

LanguageCert ESOL


B2 High Pass

B1 Pass

*Minimum grade in each skill area. A maximum of two sub skills at the minimum grade.

You can find out more about the English language qualifications we accept here.

Course overview

Our Pre-sessional English courses help international students achieve two objectives:

  • Demonstrate the level of English required for their main programme of study.
  • Develop key academic skills in English such as essay writing, referencing sources, critical thinking, delivering presentations, and participating in seminars.

The courses are structured so that the majority of classes take place in the morning, so you'll have time in the afternoon to focus on extended learning and assignments. The 6 and the 10 week courses follow the same format:

  • Daily teacher led group classes

  • Weekly one-to one tutorial with their class tutor

  • Extended group tasks with other students.

  • Access to additional practice and self-study resources.

  • Regular feedback on their progress and personalised guidance from their tutor.

During the course, you will be evaluated on how well you perform in the following areas:

  • Researching and writing an essay on an assigned academic topic including planning and draft submissions.
  • Responding to questions in a face to face interview.
  • Contributing to a group seminar discussion on an assigned academic topic.
  • Participating in the course, identifying appropriate learning goals, and reflecting on the progress you have made.

Our on-campus Pre-sessional English courses are a great way to discover and experience life in the UK, meet new people and make new friends.

As part of the on-campus experience, students get:

  • A varied social programme.
  • Visits to local places of interest including the historic city of York.
  • Unlimited access to the Allam Sports Centre gym.
  • Full access to library and computing facilities.
  • Free enrolment on Bridging the Gap.


For our on-campus, you can book bed and breakfast accommodation at £175 a week in Taylor Court. View a virtual tour here.

Pre-Sessional accommodation is offered in ensuite rooms with shared kitchens. Bedding is not provided (duvet & pillow), but bedding packs ( duvet, pillow, fitted sheet) can be purchased for £35 from the accommodation office.

Book on-campus accommodation here

If you require more information about accommodation, please get in touch with our Accommodation Team at 

How to apply

Apply for our Pre-Sessional English Language courses by completing our online application form.

If you would like any guidance on which course is most suitable for you or have any queries about our Pre-Sessional English entry requirements, fees or course dates contact our team. Email or call +44 (0)1482 465099