Pre-sessional English - Writtle University College

Pre-sessional English

Pre-sessional English

Pre-Sessional English Language (PSEL) courses at Writtle University College

Our English courses are designed to build your confidence and skills so you can successfully start your studies in UK Higher Education. You will need to pass your PSEL course in order to continue onto your main programme of study. Our well-qualified and dedicated teaching staff are experienced in raising standards of English with students from many different nations.

Our courses can offer you:

  • Tuition in all English language skills in preparation for academic studies in UK Higher Education
  • Introduction to styles of teaching in the UK, academic teaching staff and departments
  • Use of University College facilities: library, computing services, sports and other recreational facilities
  • Orientation to living in England and British culture
  • Visits programme to important cultural locations such as London and Cambridge
  • Accommodation on campus which includes a meal allowance, cleaning, Wi-Fi, access to a laundry room and a safe
  • A chance to make friends before you commence your degree course
  • Small class sizes of 10 to 12 people so you will receive a high level of support

Download PSEL Application Form

Please email your completed form to

Alternatively you can post your completed Application Form to:

International Admissions
Writtle University College
Lordship Road
United Kingdom

We run two PSEL courses:

Duration: 12 weeks (14 weeks in total with breaks)
4 June to 31 August 2018
(includes one mid-course break from 16 to 20 July and one break at the end of course from 3 to 7 Sept)

Duration: 6 weeks (7 weeks in total with a break)
23 July to 31 August 2018
(one break at the end of course from 3 to 7 Sept)

Which course is right for me?

Look for your current overall IELTS score in the table below to identify the relevant PSEL course for you.

Intended course of study PSEL 1 PSEL 2
Further Education 4.5 5.0
Foundation Degree, Higher Education Certificate or Diploma 4.5 5.0
Bachelor's Degree 5.0 5.5
Master's Degree or PhD 5.5 6.0

The scores detailed above for Further Education and Foundation courses are determined by UKVI and refer to scores defined by the Common European Framework of Reference (CEFR) B1. This is the minimum English proficiency required by UKVI for students coming to the UK to study pre-sessional courses.

2018 Tuition fees and Accommodation costs:

Course Tuition Fee Accommodation Costs
PSEL 1 (12 weeks) £3,500 From £144 per week
PSEL 2 (6 weeks) £1,750 From £144 per week

Visa requirements:

If you are coming to study on a PSEL course to meet a condition of your offer on your main course you can apply for a Tier 4 (general) visa for PSEL but this may not cover your main programme. This is also the case for all students whose main course is below NQF Level 6. You will be granted a visa until the end of PSEL plus one month.

What our students say about our PSEL course:

"Great teachers and nice classmates. I always enjoy my class! Thank you for all the Writtle staff helping me and all the international students a lot. Really appreciate it!"
Sae Young from South Korea

"Tutors and students are very kind"
Ye Eun from South Korea

PSEL Class of 2017
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