21 August 2011. If you are applying to study in the UK under Tier 4 of the points-based system, you can also apply to study an intensive English language course, or any other short course of up to 3 months, to prepare you for your main course of study in the UK. This is known as a pre-sessional course. Foreign students can undertake a pre-sessional course of study immediately before they start their main course of study in the UK.
The pre-sessional course can be applied for on the basis of an unconditional offer of a place on your main course of study or a conditional offer.
If you have an unconditional offer of a place on your main course of study, you may apply for a pre-sessional course if the course is provided by:
• the same education provider as your main course; or
• a partner institution named on your education provider's sponsor licence.
Your education provider will need to assign you a single confirmation of acceptance for studies (CAS) that covers both the pre-sessional course and the main course.
The pre-sessional course must end no more than two months before the main course starts.
If you only have a conditional offer of a place on your main course of study, or if your pre-sessional course provider is separate from your main course provider, you will need to apply for permission to do the pre-sessional course first.
You will need to apply for a student visitor visa, that allows you to stay in the UK for up to 6 months and gives you no work entitlement.
If you successfully complete the pre-sessional course, you can apply from inside the UK to extend your stay under Tier 4 and do your main course.
Pre-Sessional Courses for English Proficiency
If you have an unconditional offer to study a degree-level course at a HEI (higher education institute), but you have failed to meet the minimum scores for level B2 of English – a mandatory requisite for degree-level studies – you may be able to enter the UK for a pre-sessional course to bring your level of English up to B2 level.
The HEI will need to vouch on the CAS that you have attained B1 level on the CEFR in all 4 components (speaking; listening; reading; and writing) and on that basis issue a single CAS for both the pre-sessional and the main course.
If accepted, a single grant of leave will be issued to cover the pre-sessional and the main course.
Edited by Federica Gaida
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