English Language Courses

Pre-sessional English

GCU London offers Pre-sessional English language courses for students who do not meet the minimum English Language requirements for direct entry to their chosen postgraduate programme.

Our courses help students improve their English language skills and provide expert preparation for students who are already academically qualified to start a Master’s programme at GCU London.

Course description:

The Pre-sessional English courses run in both the summer (June to August) and in the autumn (October to January). You will be required to take either a 10-week Intensive course (30 hours per week) or a 10-week Standard course (21 hours per week), depending on your current language level and requirements.

Course aims:

These high quality Academic English courses prepare international students for academic study at a UK university. The Pre-sessional English course will enable you to improve your English language proficiency in the core skills of listening, speaking, reading and writing, and to develop the academic study skills required for Master’s studies.

Why take a Pre-sessional English Course?

Students who successfully complete the course and meet the minimum English language requirements for entry to their chosen Master’s course, are guaranteed an unconditional offer and entry to GCU London.

Loyalty Scholarships

International students who complete a GCU London Pre-sessional English course and progress onto their chosen GCU London Master's programme may receive up to £2,000 Loyalty Scholarships which will be subtracted from your tuition fees.

This Scholarship is awarded as a discount on the relevant standard tuition fee. 

Key Course facts

Summer 2020

  • 10-week Intensive and Standard Courses: 22 June to 28 Aug 2020

English language entry requirement & Tuition fee 2020:

Pre-sessional English Course Entry requirement Tuition fee 2020
10 week intensive (30 hours per week) You already have an overall UKVI IELTS score of 5.0 (no element below 4.5) £6115
10 week standard (20 hours per week) You already have an overall UKVI IELTS score of 5.5 (no element below 5.0) £4115

Masters of Public Health (IELTS 6.5 with no element below 6.0)

Pre-sessional English Course Entry requirement Tuition fee 2020
10 week intensive (30 hours per week) You already have an overall UKVI IELTS score of 5.5 (no element below 5.0) £6115
10 week standard (20 hours per week) You already have an overall UKVI IELTS score of 6.0 (no element below 5.5) £4115

Additional fees

Students will need insurance to study on our pre-sessional English course. INTO GCU provide insurance which can be added to your fee invoice (£121.99). Alternatively, if students have their own insurance, they will need to provide a copy of this to the University and the fee will be waived.

How to apply

To apply for a Pre-sessional English course you must have a valid UKVI IELTS test result (or other language qualification which is recognised by the University), and hold a conditional offer to study on a Master's programme at GCU London.

If you are applying to GCU London for the first time, you can apply for Pre-Sessional English by ticking the box on the postgraduate application form. If you have already received a Conditional Offer and require an improved IELTS score, please email our admissions team on admissions@gculondon.ac.uk.

In line with the most recent changes from the 8th November 2015 to the UKVI rules affecting Tier 4 visas for pre-sessional courses, all students wishing to receive a joint offer/ CAS for both the Pre-sessional English and degree programme would need to take the IELTS Academic for UKVI test. The IELTS Academic for UKVI test will have the unique UKVI reference number and would need to be taken at one of the approved IELTS test centres. The approved IELTS test centres can be found on the Government website.

The admissions team will consider your application for a joint offer with your chosen Master’s programme and will process a joint CAS letter once a deposit has been paid. If you have any further questions, please contact the admissions team on admissions@gculondon.ac.uk.