Coronavirus (COVID-19) Advice for University Applicants (Pre-sessional)

Last updated- 24th April 2020 09:00 GMT

New in this update:

  • Information regarding Online Pre-Sessional English 
  • Update to information for applicants and offer holders

We understand that prospective students and offer holders are justifiably concerned about COVID-19 and the potential impact on their enrolment at the University.

Universities UK, Universities UK International, Universities Scotland and Universities Wales continue to work with the UK Government and local public health authorities to distribute appropriate guidance to UK universities. 

Face-to-face classes for the remainder of the 2019/20 academic year have been cancelled and the Pre-sessional English course will be delivered online. You can apply for the programme via this link.

In response to the situation concerning COIV-19 outbreak, as well as feedback from our students, we are looking to assist our Pre-Sessional English Students by providing a discount on their course fees.

All current offer holders and current Pre-Sessional students will be contacted by email with more information.

However, information can also be found at this link.

Do not book your flights to the UK - or any other travel - as you no longer need to travel to Liverpool to take part in the Pre-sessional English programme.

As this is a rapidly changing situation. Please refer to the University’s latest advice and guidance at

We have collated some FAQs for prospective applicants to our Pre-sessional programmes.

  • What is the Global Community Initiative?


    The University of Liverpool recognises the difficult situation that many students and families are facing, and as a means to combat this we are introducing a reduction on our fees for courses ending in September 2020 as well as widening the range of accepted English Language tests. We hope that by taking these steps we can ensure that as many students as possible are able to pursue their academic goals.

  • I intend to study one of your upcoming Pre-sessional programmes that will run online. What should I do?


    If you are holding an offer for Pre-sessional study, we will contact you with information on how the online study will take place prior to registration. The start date for the programme that you have applied for remains as is.

  • How are the Pre-sessional online programmes structured?


    All students will use Microsoft Teams and have contact with tutors via this platform and there will be set points for each student where they can interact with a tutor in real time.

    There will be daily morning sessions (UK time) and then other 'touch points' with students during the day. The work is completed by students in a semi-flexible schedule depending on students' time zone.

    To follow our online course you will need:

    • A laptop or desktop computer which is audio and video enabled
    • A stable internet connection
    • Access to Microsoft Teams (your university username and password will allow you to login to Microsoft Teams)

    Our current students have reported that trying to follow the course on a mobile telephone or tablet computer is very difficult.

  • My local IELTS testing centre is currently closed due to coronavirus. Can I apply to Pre-sessional without a valid English Language test?


    English Language exams in numerous locations globally have been suspended. If you cannot book an English language test, you might be able to use an older test result to apply for Pre-sessional. The majority of English tests remain valid for 2 years from the test date.

    As the programme is now run online and a Tier 4 visa is not required by students studying Pre-sessional, we can now also accept a number of non-SELTs for entry to the programme. Please see our entry criteria at for further information.

  • I have an IELTS test booked for a future date. Will I be able to participate in the test?


    IELTS advise that if you are concerned or have questions about an upcoming test, please email the test centre directly. Further advice can be found at

  • Will the University accept a non-SELT for entry to Pre-sessional study?


    As the programme is now run online and a Tier 4 visa is not required by students studying Pre-sessional, we can accept a number of non-SELTs for entry to the programme. Please see our entry criteria at for further information.

    We will providing further information soon regarding an updated SELT list.

  • Are the University able to test my English Language instead of having to present an IELTS?


    The University does not offer this service and applicants for Pre-sessional must present an accepted English Language test result for entry to Pre-sessional.  Please see our entry criteria for further information.

  • Are there any in-country Pre-sessional programmes that I can attend?


    Currently the University do not provide this.

  • Additional information for applicants and offer holders.

    • The start date of the programme will be noted in your offer. You must commence the online programme on this date. Late starts will not be permitted.
    • If you are joining the University for academic study in September 2020, we will only issue your CAS once you have successfully completed your online Pre-sessional programme and you hold an unconditional offer.

    We appreciate that you may be concerned that there is not be a lot of time for you to apply for your Tier 4 visa for academic study, but the University will try to be flexible as possible during this time and issue you with a CAS as soon as possible. We will be following UKVI guidance as the situation evolves and will update this information accordingly.