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English Language Preparation Online for International Year One

If you meet the academic entry requirements for our programmes but need help with your English language, you can join our English Language Preparation programme delivered fully online first. The programme is designed to develop your English language skills and introduce you to essential academic and study skills before travelling to the International Study Centre to begin your academic programme.

Depending on your current ability and the level you require for your chosen academic programme at the International Study Centre, you will study a 16, 10 or 6-week English language programme. You will be studying the English programme in a diverse online classroom with international students from all around the world, studying at a range of our International Study Centres.

Our innovative learning platform – Insendi enables you to study more effectively through interactive tasks and activities in addition to live sessions delivered by highly experienced tutors, allowing you to review and challenge yourself at your own pace from the comfort of your own home.

Benefits of studying our English Language Preparation Online Programme

Our English language course is designed to develop your skills in reading, writing, listening and speaking while boosting your confidence in communicating with classmates and tutors ahead of starting your academic programme.

We offer a range of programme lengths available to suit your needs and requirements, with dedicated support and guidance from our expert tuition staff. Whatever your length of study, our preparation courses will make sure you are ready to make the next step onto one of the International Study Centre programmes.

At the end of the online course your English language level will be assessed to ensure that you meet the English language level requirements for your face-to-face academic programme. You are not required to take an additional UKVI Secure English Language Test (SELT) to obtain a student visa before you come to campus.

Duration6, 10 or 16 weeks​​​​

6 weeks: £2,100​​

10 weeks: £3,500​​

16 weeks: £5,600​​ 


6 weeks: June, September​​

10 weeks: May, August

16 weeks: April, July​​ 

Term dates

6 weeks​​:
17/06/2024 - 09/08/2024
23/09/2024 - 15/11/2024

10 weeks​​:
13/05/2024 - 02/08/2024
26/08/2024 - 15/11/2024

16 weeks​​:
08/04/2024 - 09/08/2024
15/07/2024 - 15/11/2024

English language entry requirements

Academic IELTS for UKVI or accepted equivalent

6 weeks: 5.0 overall (5.0 in all other skills)

10 weeks: 5.0 overall (4.5 in all other skills)

16 weeks​: 4.5 overall (4.5 in all other skills) 

English language exit requirements

Academic IELTS for UKVI or accepted equivalent

5.5 overall (minimum 5.5 in writing and all other skill areas)

Accepted tests

English Language Preparation Online for International Year One

Accepted Test Required score 
IELTS Academic UKVI 4.5 overall (4.5 in writing, minimum 4.0 in all other skills)
Trinity Integrated Skills in English UKVIISE I Merit overall (ISE I Merit in writing and ISE I Pass in all other skills)


of students who completed their English Language Preparation Online programme between April and August 2023 progressed to their onward academic programme at their chosen International Study Centre.

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The International Study Centre will provide you with all the support you need to complete your undergraduate studies, it will build your foundation, your confidence in English. It is basically one of the greatest decisions I have made coming here.

Yousef from Saudi Arabia
Studied International Year One in Business
Progressed to BSc (Hons) Accounting and Finance

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How to apply

See how to apply for a course at the International Study Centre and view the documents you need to provide with your application.

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International Study Centre

LJMU International Study Centre offers a range of pathway programmes to progress to undergraduate and postgraduate degrees at LJMU.

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Our student enrolment advisors are available to answer your questions and help you with your application. We can’t wait to meet you.