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International Students
Postgraduate course

Pre-Sessional Courses

Pre-Sessional Courses

Pre-Sessional Courses


This course is ideal if you need to improve your English language before starting your chosen degree. It is designed for international and EU students who already hold a conditional offer for an undergraduate or postgraduate course. We have three entry points to the course depending on your level of English.

We understand that full-time study does not suit everyone. That’s why we offer courses which give you the opportunity to decide where, when and how you can get involved in learning. Studying a distance learning course offers the convenience and flexibility to make education work for you. Whether you’d like to fit your studies around childcare, develop your skills while working or, quite simply, want to learn from the comfort of your own home, we can help you gain a qualification at a time and pace that suits your lifestyle.

Like our students on campus, you will have the same excellent teaching and learning resources, however you’ll find these online instead of in a lecture theatre. Not only are all the modules taught online, but you will also have access to an online community and more than 140,000 books and journals in our online library.

To study this course, you will require broadband internet connection with a speed of 2mbps and working speakers. You will need Windows 7 / Mac OSX 10.8 or above and have access to Chrome v63 or higher (recommended), Edge v42+, Firefox v57+ or Safari v6+. Java and Adobe Acrobat Reader will need to be enabled and you will need a minimum screen resolution of 1024 x 768.

Visit our distance learning guide for a complete list of technical requirements.

Visit our Distance Learning Website
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Yoko Murata


Yoko Murata
General Manager and English language teacher From Zero International Language School

MA English Language Teaching

“I chose my course to improve my English and gain a masters qualification so I could teach English back home in Japan. My lecturers were really supportive and really helped me improve my confidence. There was a great community feel with fellow classmates and we encouraged each other to do our best work.

Postgraduate Study - Application Steps

Once you've decided what course to study, here is a step-by-step guide of what to do next.

  • 1
    Explore your full range of options on our Online Prospectus at
    Call us on +44(0)113 812 3113 or email if you have any questions. International students can phone +44(0)113 812 1111 or email
  • 2
    Visit us for a Postgraduate and Research Open Day to speak to teaching staff and students, see our facilities and find out more about your chosen course.
  • 3

    Apply directly to us via our online application site *.

    * Exceptions to this are:

    • Teacher Training (PGCE & EYTS)
    • PG Dip Legal Practice PG Dip Law
    • Chartered Institute of PR (CIPR): Advanced Certificate & Advanced Diploma
    • MA Social Work
    • MA Art Psychotherapy
    • PGCert/PGDip/MA Play Therapy
  • 4
    Receive your offer - remember, the sooner you apply the sooner an offer can be made. Please note that certain courses do have set application deadlines so you should check before applying. Some courses may require you to attend an interview or submit a portfolio before an offer can be made.
  • 5
    If we make you a conditional offer, send us your results as soon as you have these so we can confirm your place.
  • 6
    Apply for our university accommodation if you need it.
  • 7
    Check visa regulations and apply for your CAS number if necessary.
  • 8
    Discover more about your funding options and set up your fee payments.
  • 9
    Receive your online registration and enrolment information.
  • 10
    Attend Welcome Week and begin your course.
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