Sussex Centre for Language Studies

Pre-sessional English

If English is not your first language, you may need to improve your skills on a pre-sessional language course before starting your degree at Sussex. Pre-sessional courses are specialist courses to prepare international and overseas students for study in UK Higher Education.

There are several different lengths of pre-sessional course and which course is the right one for you will depend on your incoming language level, and the level you need to achieve for your chosen degree. The table below shows the length of pre-sessional study you need, based on the gap between your current IELTS level and the English language requirement for your course at Sussex.

16-, 28- and 40-week Pre-sessional Courses

Course requirementsPre-sessional course length

IELTS 4.5 overall, with no less than 4.0 in all sections (or equivalent)

40-week (from September)

IELTS 5.0 overall, with no less than 4.5 in Writing and 4.0 in all other sections (or equivalent)

28-week (from January)

For conditional degree offers of IELTS 6.0 or 6.5:
Pre-sessional requirement is IELTS 5.0 overall, with no less than 5.0 in Writing and 4.5 in all other sections (or equivalent)

For conditional degree offers of IELTS 7.0:
Pre-sessional requirement is IELTS 5.5 overall, with no less than 5.0 in Writing and 4.5 in all other sections (or equivalent)

16-week (from April)

5- and 10-week Pre-sessional Courses

Course requirementsPre-sessional course length

For conditional degree offers of IELTS 6.0 or 6.5: Pre-sessional requirement is IELTS 5.0 overall, with at least 5.0 in every section (or equivalent)

10-week (from June)

For conditional degree offers of IELTS 7.0:
Pre-sessional requirement is IELTS 5.5 overall, with at least 5.5 in every section (or equivalent)

10-week (from June)

For conditional degree offers of IELTS 6.0:
Pre-sessional requirement is IELTS 5.5 overall, with at least 5.0 in every section

For conditional degree offers of IELTS 6.5:
Pre-sessional requirement is IELTS 6.0 overall, with at least 5.5 in every section (or equivalent)

For conditional degree offers of IELTS 7.0:
Pre-sessional requirement is IELTS 6.5 overall, with at least 6.0 in every section (or equivalent)

Five-week (from July)

You can apply for an integrated CAS for the 5- and 10-week Pre-sessional courses only, if your offer is conditional on IELTS. If you have an academic condition, you cannot apply for an integrated CAS. You cannot have an integrated CAS if you have a conditional offer of IELTS 7.0.

Please note SCLS accepts all SELTs (Secure English Language Tests) recognised by UKVI for Tier 4 visas. We also accept a wider range of English tests for Short-term Study Visas or students who do not require a visa. Please contact us for more details.

If you do not meet the requirements stated above, please enquire about our Intensive English courses.

Application forms, dates and prices