Pre-sessional English

Academic English development courses for International Students (offer holders and non-offer holders)

The Pre-sessional English programme at Manchester Met is not just a language course. You will continue to study the four skills (reading, writing, speaking, listening), as well as grammar and vocabulary, but you will concentrate on your use of English in an academic environment. We will also introduce you to the academic skills that you will require on your degree course.

You will leave the course feeling more confident about your English language ability and about the expectations of UK academic culture, meaning you are better able to meet the demands of your degree. In addition, you will become familiar with the workings of the University, the city centre campus and Manchester itself ahead of starting your main degree course.

You will have 19 hours of lessons per week on the 40, 30 and 20 week courses and 22 hours of lessons per week on the 10 and 5 week courses, including Conversation Club and Guest Lectures. Our Guest Lectures will give you the opportunity to experience live academic lectures and to practise listening and taking notes in a real life context. You will also have regular tutorials with your Personal Tutor to discuss your progress and to set individual study targets.

There is no end-of-course exam: we will test your readiness for university study with our own internal assessments. We continuously assess and offer feedback on the skills you will need on your degree. For example, one element of your writing assessment is a short Research Project on a topic related to your own subject area, where writing and presentation skills are developed.

Our 5-week pre-sessional course is also a great choice for students who have already met the language conditions of their offer but who would like to familiarise themselves with academic English and develop the study skills essential to university life in the UK.

Course and entry dates


Course Dates
Course Length
Course Fees *
Entry Level for Progression to UG Courses
Entry Level for Progression to PG Courses **

7 October 2019 - 13 December 2019

(Induction: 7th October 2019)

10 week £3,285 5.0 (no skill less than 5.0) 5.5 (no skill less than 5.0)

7 October 2019 - 4 September 2020

(Induction: 7th October 2019)

40 week £12,071 4.0 (no skill less than 4.0) 4.0 (no skill less than 4.0)

6 January 2020 - 4 September 2020

(Induction: 6th January 2020)

30 week £9,143 4.5 (no skill less than 4.0) 4.5 (no skill less than 4.0)

6 April 2020 - 4 September 2020

(Induction: 6-8th April 2020)

20 week £6,214 4.5 (no skill less than 4.5) 5.0 (no skill less than 4.5)

24 June 2020 - 4 September 2020

(Induction: 24-26th June 2020)

10 week £3,285 5.0 (no skill less than 5.0)  5.5 (no skill less than 5.0)

29 July 2020 - 4 September 2020

(Induction: 29-31st July 2020)

5 week £1,643 5.5 (no skill less than 5.5) 6.0 (no skill less than 5.5)

We also accept other English Language qualifications such as PTE (Pearson), TOEFL and Cambidge Certificate. For a full list, view our English Language Requirements.


* Fees include all teaching and learning materials, exams, and a certificate. You also have full access to the University’s facilities, including the Library, IT and Sports Centre. Accommodation is not included.

** The PG entry level is for academic courses requiring 6.5 overall, with no skill less than 5.5, but can be adjusted for progression to academic courses with a higher IELTS requirement. For example, for a course requiring IELTS 6.0 in any individual skill, the Pre-sessional entry requirement for that skill is IELTS 0.5 higher than shown above.

Non teaching dates:

How to apply

Applying for a Pre-sessional course is simple, download the application form below and send it to

Pre-sessional English Course Application Form
For applicants applying to Manchester Met for the first time.

Fast-track Pre-sessional English Course Application Form
For applicants who have already applied for a Manchester Met undergraduate or postgraduate degree.

‌Accommodation‌  ‌

For students on the 10 and 5 week courses, you need to register with the Accommodation Portal. After you have registered on the portal please email the Accommodation Office to say you want to book a room:

For students arriving at other times during the year, please contact the Language Centre on, and we can advise you on the accommodation options available.

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