Pre-Sessional Pathway Programme

This course is designed for international students needing to improve their English language level to progress to any of our university partners for both bachelor's and master's degrees. Successful completion allows you to proceed to any of these universities with no IELTS needed. The course fully prepares you with the English language and study skills required by our UK university partners for their degree programmes.

This programme will help you to:

  • Develop your academic English language and study skills necessary for UK universities
  • Develop learning strategies required for university life
  • Develop the functional skills needed for both inside and outside the classroom
  • Settle into an academic environment before starting your studies
  • Meet the English language requirements for your chosen degree programme


  • For students who are preparing to go to university and study in English
  • For students who want to progress to one of our partner universities without taking the IELTS exam 

You can start your pre-sessional course with us whatever your current level of English and study with us for as long as you need to reach the level required by your university.

  • Start your course at any of our three centres
  • Use our advisors to assist you in selecting and applying for the university courses
  • Receive your university offer letter
  • Study General English and Academic English until you are 0.5 IELTS equivalent below your TLG partner university offer letter
  • Begin an 8-week intensive course studying further Academic English and skills, critical thinking and UK academic culture
  • Complete coursework and prepare for the final examinations
  • Progress to university

Pre-Sessional Pathway Programme course structure

Our Pre-Sessional Pathway Programme is designed to prepare you for university life in the UK by helping you to:

  • Improve your reading and writing skills, including how to write in the correct academic style using references and sources
  • Develop your speaking and listening skills, including presentations and seminar discussions
  • Develop academic skills such as reading effectively, note making, summarising and synthesizing texts, critical thinking, and research methods
  • Develop the skills necessary for autonomous learning
  • Settle into an academic environment before starting your studies
  • Integrate into the UK

  • No IELTS test. University partners accept our assessment of your level 
  • Successful completion of the course guarantees you acceptance to one of our partner universities 
  • Different course durations to ensure you achieve the English language required by your chosen university 
  • Quality teaching by dedicated teachers 
  • Teachers pay attention to you as an individual, monitoring your strengths and weaknesses, to help you progress every day. 
  • Practical lessons to give you all the skills and language required for you university studies 
  • Your development of key academic and research skills 
  • Final grades are given through university-style exams and coursework  

  • Full time course of 21 hours per week contact time 
  • Assistance in applying to any of our partner universities 
  • Regular assessment and testing to check progress 
  • Regular personal tutorials 
  • Free Academic Writing and Academic Presentations handbooks 
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Key Facts

Start dates: 23 January – 17 March 2023, 17 April - 9 June 2023, 26 June - 21 Aug 2023
Level: B1+ (General English available for A1 to B1 levels)
Lessons: 21 hours per week
Duration: 8+ weeks*
Maximum class size: 20
Minimum age: 16 (Birmingham & London centres), 18 (Nottingham centre)
Locations: Birmingham, Nottingham, London
Study modes: face-to-face
Book required for each level. Buy £35 -£45. Rent: £35 - £45 (£25-£30 refundable).

*The programme duration is dependent on your level. To determine the required number of weeks needed for the University Pre-Sessional Pathway, you will be required to take an assessment test or provide evidence of your level of English (i.e. an IELTS certificate). Lower-level students will start with General English before moving on to Academic English before completing the 8 week Pre-sessional coursework and exams. 

Our Pre-sessional Pathway Programme partners

The Language Gallery works closely with these university partners and our Pre-Sessional Pathway Programme reflects the academic language and skills you will need for your chosen course.


UWE Bristol
Ulster University
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Student Testimonials


“The school is absolutely fantastic! The teaching process is definitely the best I’ve ever seen and the teachers are true professionals at their jobs. I recommend everyone study at this school!”

Turar, Kazakhstan

“The Pathway Programme from my perspective is the best programme I have ever studied.”

Mohammed, Saudi Arabia

“It was wonderful to be in the school and all the teachers really supported me, I really appreciated it. I am looking forward to my studies now with The University of Greenwich”

Aseel, Iraq

“TLG team makes you feel welcome the first day you arrive. Everybody is so nice and helpful! And I likes coming to school, which I don’t like at home!”

Anna, Switzerland

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