Pre-sessional courses

If you have applied for undergraduate or postgraduate study at The University of Manchester, but do not have the English language requirements for your degree course, a Pre-sessional course may help you achieve the level you need.

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Our Pre-sessional courses are intensive and academically challenging. They have been designed to help you develop the language and academic skills you need to progress onto your academic course at The University of Manchester.

Students on these courses must have access to a laptop, computer or tablet to access materials and undertake assessments during the course.

We offer 10, 6, and 4-week courses - the length of the course you study will depend on your current English language level, and the level required for the degree course you are applying to.

Even if you have met the language conditions on your academic course, you can still participate in a pre-sessional course. Not only will it help improve your language skills and spoken English, but it’s a good opportunity to make new friends.

Junjie Wang From China / Online 10-week pre-sessional course, 2020.

Course dates

On campus course dates      
Online course dates  
Welcome Days (optional)  



Spring pre-sessional courses

  1st  8th 15th  22th 29th  6th 13th 20th  27th  3rd  10th 
    April May June
10-week (online)                      

Please note the April pre-sessional course will start on Monday 8th April

There is a minimum number of students required for this course to run. 

Summer pre-sessional courses

  24th 1st  8th  15th 22nd 29th  5th  12th 19th 26th 2nd 
  June July August September
10-week (on campus)                      
10-week (online)                      
6-week (on campus)                      
6-week (online)                      

There will be no classes on public holidays. These include:

  • 6 May 2024
  • 27 May 2024
  • 26 August 2024

Each course starts with optional welcome days, designed to prepare you for studying with us. During your course, you will have tutor-led sessions, individual and group tutorial meetings with your tutor and interactive tasks to be completed individually and collaboratively in your study group.

All University of Manchester courses are taught by enthusiastic, qualified and experienced tutors. Our Pre-sessional courses are accredited by The British Council and BALEAP and we are proud to be recognised as the number one university language centre in the UK*

*According to the EL Gazette University Language Centre ranking 2019-2023.

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