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Pre-Sessional English Courses

Please note that due to the current worldwide public health emergency (COVID-19), there may be alterations to the course to ensure the safety of staff and students. All applicants will be informed of any significant change to their course in good time. You can find the most up-to-date information below, or you are welcome to contact us directly.

Our Pre-Sessional English courses are designed for international students who wish to enter an undergraduate or postgraduate degree programme at a British university, or who are holding an offer of study at the University of Liverpool and who need support in meeting the English language requirements.

Our Pre-Sessional English course normally has six entry stages; you can join us for a 40-week, 30-week, 20-week, 12-week, 10-week or 6-week course. In order to join the course, you must meet the minimum entry requirements for that stage. The length of the course you need to attend is determined by your current level of English and the entry requirements of your academic programme.

Successful completion of the course at the required level will allow you to progress to academic study at the University of Liverpool, whether you study online or on campus.

Course dates for the 2021/22 academic year are now available here.

Face-to-face teaching will take place in a COVID-secure manner, including socially distanced classrooms and will only go ahead if allowed under UK government guidelines at the time at which it is scheduled.

If you are making a new application for a 40 or 30-week course, your classes will be taught via blended learning. If you want to know more about blended learning, you are welcome to contact us.

Protecting Students from COVID-19

The safety of students is of paramount importance to the ELC, and when we return to face-to-face teaching, a number of measures will be put in place to protect students from the risk of COVID-19. These measures follow UK Government and University policies and include the following:

  • You will be taught in a COVID-secure building with social distancing and limits to the number of people in each room.
  • The University of Liverpool strongly recommends that all students and staff wear face coverings in classrooms and when moving around campus.
  • We will ask you to comply with the University's own Test and Trace system, known as CAMPUS Shield, which offers on-campus COVID-19 testing.

For more information about the changes the University has put in place as a result of the worldwide COVID-19 crisis, please visit our advice and guidance page.

You will find all the information you need here, including information about University of Liverpool accommodation, visas, and travel to the UK, including arrangements for quarantine depending on where your country is on the restricted travel list.