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Presessional Programme

For the best possible start to your studies in the UK, join our presessional programme.

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Our presessional English language programme is suitable for you if you are planning to undertake degree-level study. The course provides the ideal introduction to UK academic studies by equipping you with the language and study skills essential for success. You will develop your knowledge of academic English, learn how to manage tasks more effectively in your future university studies and find out more about the university and UK academic convention.

York campus

Course Fees

    £1,600 10 week course (Online)

Course Fees

    £1,200 5 week course (Online)

Course overview

York St John University offers online pre-sessional study, with course durations of 10 weeks (online) or 5 weeks (online), for a September 2024 university entry. 

Main themes of study

The main themes of the course are:

Academic Language Development  You will practice listening, speaking, reading and writing skills for communication in academic contexts and develop your language fluency, accuracy and vocabulary.

Academic Language and Study Skills You will study areas including seminar skills, listening and note-taking, writing essays, approaches to extended reading and delivering oral presentations. You will also learn practical skills for assignments, such as referencing, searching for sources and applying academic style.

York St John University and the campus  The course will also spend time focusing on introducing you to the university and guiding you on integrating into British academic culture and student life in York. 

The skills you will practice include:

Listening and note-taking 

Speaking and seminar skills

Reading for assignments

Academic Writing

Referencing and paraphrasing

Applying an academic style

Presentation skills

Entry requirements

Students must be over 18 when they join the programme.

If you are undertaking an Undergraduate or Postgraduate degree requiring you to achieve IELTS 6.0 to join, you will need to complete either:

  • 5 week programme  -  requires IELTS for UKVI 5.5 overall, with no skill lower than 5.0
  • 10 week programme - requires IELTS for UKVI 5.0 overall, with no skill lower than 4.5 

If your course requires a higher IELTS you will need a higher score to enter the pre-sessional programme.


You must have an approved English Language Test to apply for the online pre-sessional. Examples are:

  • IELTS Academic or IELTS Indicator Test
  • Pearson
  • Cambridge English Tests
  • LangCert
  • SELT

You will not need a visa to study the online course.

Course dates and prices


Summer 2024

For students starting an Undergraduate or Postgraduate programme in September 2024 the course dates are as follows:

5-week online

Application Deadline: 22 July 2024

Start: 29 July 2024

Finish: 02 September 2024

10-week online

Application Deadline: 17 June 2024

Start: 24 June 2024

Finish: 02 September 2024

Your enrolment and induction will take place the week before the start of the programme. Further details will be provided within your offer confirmation. 

Applying and payment

For further information or to apply please complete the YSJ Pre-Sessional Interest form

You are able to choose any of the following forms of payment: 

Online Payment System

If you wish to pay via our Online Payment System please follow the instructions on our Online Payment System (please note you will need the first nine digits of your Student ID number which can be found in your acceptance letter).

International Bank Transfer

If you wish to pay by bank transfer please follow the instructions on our International Bank Transfer page.

Direct transfer from your bank account

You can transfer your payment directly to the University bank account. If you choose this option please make sure you include the first nine digits of your Student ID number (which can be found in your acceptance letter) in the payment reference so we can identify your payment.

Barclays Bank PLC
York Branch
PO Box 24
York St John University

Sort Code: 20-99-15
Account no: 70936324
Name: York St John University
I Ban: GB 75 BARC 2099/1570/9363/24
Swift Number: BARC GB 22