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English language preparation

Find out more about English for undergraduate, postgraduate and International Study Centre studies.

Our Pre-Sessional English courses for international students are delivered in the International Study Centre and offered over 6 or 12 weeks, depending on your standard of English and the level required for your University offer. Meanwhile our English Language Preparation programmes are taught fully online and range between 6, 10 and 16-weeks depending on your English level.

Pre-Sessional English

The Pre-Sessional English programme is designed to improve your English for academic study at the same time as developing the skills required for successful undergraduate or postgraduate study at Liverpool John Moores University.

  • Boost your spoken and written English skills to the required level for direct entry to LJMU.
  • Meet fellow international students before you start your degree.
  • Gain the opportunity to familiarise yourself with the city of Liverpool early.

You will be introduced to:

  • teaching and assessment approaches used in the University
  • academic writing conventions
  • listening skills
  • grammar and vocabulary development
  • presentation techniques and seminar skills
  • analytical and problem solving skills.

Your performance will be managed through continual assessment and feedback. This will include monitoring your development through every aspect of the Pre-Sessional English course, from writing, reading and listening, to presentation and analytical skills.

You must have a conditional offer for either an undergraduate or postgraduate programme at Liverpool John Moores University, with one condition being to improve your English score.

  • 12 weeks: 5.0 Academic IELTS for UKVI (4.5 in all skills)
  • 6 weeks: 5.5 Academic IELTS for UKVI (5.0 in all skills)

Please note that some degree options may ask for higher entry requirements, please check with LJMU International Admissions, your offer letter or the LJMU website.

Improve your English language skills

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.

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 Online English Preparation

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.

Key facts

Programme​​English Language Preparation Online for International Year One​​
Duration​​6 weeks​​
10 weeks​​
16 weeks​​
Intakes​​6 weeks: May, September​​
10 weeks: April, July​​
16 weeks: June, October​​ 
Start dates

6 weeks​​:

10 weeks​​:

16 weeks​​:

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) 



6 weeks: £2,100​​
10 weeks: £3,500​​
16 weeks: £5,600​​ 
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Yousef, an international student, leaning on a railing

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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