Our Pre-sessional courses at King's are a great alternative to IELTS tests because they teach you both academic and language skills you'll need during your degree. Our Pre-sessional courses are designed to not only help you meet the English language requirements of your degree offer, but also to familiarise you with the challenges and expectations of UK higher education.

To be eligible for the Pre-sessional courses, applicants must have received an offer to study an academic programme at King’s. If you have not submitted an application to study either an undergraduate or postgraduate award programme at King’s you will not be eligible for these courses.

Those students who require a Student visa to study in the UK will need to provide a UKVI-approved IELTS as evidence of their English proficiency to gain entry to these courses.

How to apply

  • All applications should be made through our online application system, King's ApplyYou can find a guide to making your application online.
  • You can determine which Pre-sessional intake you are eligible for based on your most recent IELTS test result using our Pre-sessional English Calculator.
  • In order to successfully gain a place please be mindful of the different deadlines for each pre-sessional course. Please also be advised that places in the Pre-sessional courses are offered on a first-come, first-served basis, meaning all places in an available intake may be filled prior to the formal application deadline.

After you've applied

You can track your application using King’s ApplyThrough the portal, you’ll be able to send messages directly to your Admissions team, upload any additional documents or materials and check if a decision has been made on your application.


For advice on accommodation, please visit our Accommodation webpages.

Important to know: 
If you would like to find further information about the Pre-sessional courses, please visit the King's Foundations webpages.