Richmond’s Pre-Sessional English Language Courses are designed for Undergraduate and Postgraduate students (International & EU) who need to improve their English language skills prior to enrolment. During the course, students will study in a supportive academic environment at our central London campus located in Kensington. Our Pre-Sessional Course places greater emphasis on academic English and the study skills needed to take full advantage of your undergraduate or postgraduate programme. Unlike many other pre-sessional courses, our English language students have the opportunity to mix with native speakers of English enrolled on our summer programmes.


Pre-Sessional English Language Costs

English Language Tuition Fee:

Accommodation Fee (Room & Meals*):

*Meals include Breakfast and Dinner from Monday to Friday only



Summer 2018 – TBD

English Language Requirements

You must have an offer of a place on one of our degree programmes and the English Language Requirements as listed below for your particular course.

  • A valid IELTS test, taken at a secure UKVI test centre, that is less than 2 years old (at the start of your course of study)
    (Please note: Effective 6 April 2015, the UKVI introduced a new list of approved IELTS test centres. As such, IELTS tests taken after 5 April 2015 at centres other than these approved centres will no longer be considered Secure English Language Tests (SELTs) by the UKVI)

Undergraduate Programmes

IELTS for UKVI with no less than a score of 5.0 in Listening, Reading, Speaking and Writing

Postgraduate Programmes

IELTS for UKVI 6.0 Overall, with no less than a score of 5.0 in Listening, Reading, Speaking and Writing

**As an alternative to the IELTS, we may accept  The Trinity test. Please contact us at if you hold a Trinity certificate. 

Classes and Assessment

The six-week courses consist of 15 hours contact per week and additional 10 hours of preparation and study are required.  At every stage, you will be given the opportunity to reflect on your learning and demonstrate your development of critical thinking, through individual tutorials and independent learning sessions.

Academic English for Undergraduate Study

At Richmond, we apply a multi-disciplinary approach to the development of academic English to prepare students for university study, whatever the future choice of degree subject.

Develop your speaking and listening skills by:

  • Taking part in group discussions
  • Listening and responding to specially prepared lectures
  • Engaging with relevant video footage
  • Undertaking primary research
  • Making and watching academic presentations
  • Following university style classroom procedures

Develop your reading and writing skills by:

  • Applying effective reading strategies to undertake research from a range of selected sources
  • Using effective note-taking techniques
  • Practising academic grammatical structures
  • Applying vocabulary learning strategies
  • Learning to write a range of academic style papers based on research

Academic English for Postgraduate Study

As a recent graduate, you will develop appropriate academic English skills to meet the demands of post-graduate courses with a global outlook, through studying in the following environments:

  • Lectures delivered by a range of experts in their field
  • Seminar sessions aimed to develop presentation and formal discussion skills
  • Independent research sessions, guided by librarians and research method professionals
  • Grammar and vocabulary classes related to the field of study
  • Writing classes for reports and dissertations
  • Employability sessions