International Study Centre

Pre-sessional English for international students

Find out more about English for undergraduate and postgraduate studies

Who is this programme for?

If you hold a conditional offer for an undergraduate or postgraduate degree from Liverpool John Moores University and one of the conditions is to improve your English score, then the Pre-Sessional English programme is ideal for you.

Our 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.

Let us know you need English language preparation when you are completing your application form.

Why study Pre-Sessional English?

  • 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.


The 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.

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.

Entry requirements

You must have a conditional offer for either an undergraduate or postgraduate programme, 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.

LJMU Student Yousef

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.

From Saudi Arabia
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