Pre-Sessional English:

Our International Foundation Programmes require a minimum English language entry level to enrol, and they include modules to improve your English language and study skills in preparation for university. However, for students who do not quite meet our English language requirements, and who want to increase their confidence when studying in the UK before the start of their main programme, we offer pre-sessional programmes of 8 or 12 weeks.


The main focus of the SCL International College pre-sessional programme is on developing language skills in the four disciplines of reading, writing, speaking and listening. Students study for 23 hours per week and are also expected to complete homework assignments each day. Teaching takes place in small groups and each student is assigned a personal tutor who they will meet with at least once per week to discuss their progress.

The course is a great way to acclimatise to living and studying in the UK, learning about British culture, places to go and see in London, how to make the best use of public transport and so on. It’s also a great way to make friends with fellow students before the main course begins.

Students will be taught different language techniques which include:

  • improving grammatical skills
  • increasing the range of general and specialised vocabulary
  • enhancing sentence and paragraph structure
  • improving reading skills and identifying key information and arguments
  • interpreting tables and graphs
  • tackling multiple choice questions
  • speaking in a coherent and logical manner

The course also introduces students to the study skills needed when starting your main programme with us. They include:

  • note taking in lectures and classes
  • writing summaries
  • writing extended pieces of work
  • making presentations


Students who enrol on our Pre-Sessional English Programmes are expected to have the respected minimum requirements in all four disciplines: reading, writing, speaking and listening.

Stay Campus London The International Students Guide English Test
Stay Campus London Pre-Sessional English

8 week course entry requirements

  • 5.0 in IELTS
  • 35 on TOEFL
  • 154 on Cambridge English
  • B1 CEFR (Common European Framework of Reference)

12 week course entry requirements

  • 4.0 in IELTS
  • 31 on TOEFL
  • 142 on Cambridge English
  • A2 CEFR (Common European Framework of Reference)

All the help you need to succeed

Personalised Support

At SCL International College, we are committed to ensuring you gain the necessary English language qualifications and study skills to advance to a British or international university. Your academic tutor will take a personal interest in your progress and help you develop your study plan accordingly.

Entry requirements will vary from country to country, so it's best to contact us to discuss your individual education background and goals.



SCL International College offers an all-inclusive campus experience within a big city.

Everything you need is here in one place – from the classrooms to the café and everything in between!

The benefits of SCL

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    One-to-one support

    Our tutors are highly qualified and have experience teaching international students, so they understand the kind of personal support you may need.

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    University application assistance

    We support each individual student through the process of applying to your chosen universities. Our partner universities guarantee you a place on passing your course. 

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    Preparation for British academic life

    A vital part of our programme involves training students to adapt their skills and knowledge to the specific context and environment they will encounter when they are enrolled in undergraduate courses.

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    Top notch facilities

    SCL’s modern classrooms have the latest hardware and software and our libraries offer a flexible space for you to work alone or in groups. Students also have 24/7 access to online resources, study tools and materials.

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    An international environment

    Our team of academic professionals comes from all over the world and will help you develop the social and learning skills required for studying at a UK higher education institution.

    Plus, when you stay with us you’ll enjoy a ready-made community of international students from over 50 nationalities!

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    On-site accommodation

    Whether you're attending this course on your own or with friends, we'll always have space for you. All rooms come with an en-suite bathroom, kitchenette and optional weekly cleaning and linen service.

    We also have an in-house events team who hosts regular activities free of charge.

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    Small class size

    At SCL International College, you'll enjoy our smaller classes for individualised learning, with 5 students average (maximum 12) per class.

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    Great location in London

    We're located in the student capital of the world – London! You'll have easy access to the entire city, major airports and railway stations. Stay with us and you’ll even get discounts to local restaurants, cafés and shops!

A smooth transition to a UK uni


Everyone has been so friendly, helping me with the application process and giving guidance at each stage of applying to university. Teachers have also been really helpful, explaining topics clearly and making us understand the assessment tasks.


-- Agigi from Taiwan

received offers from Royal Holloway, Brunel and Sussex University

This programme provided a great foundation, giving me the skills I needed for studying at university and helping me step by step with the process of choosing the right university.


-- Sammy from Canada

is currently studying at Reading University

As an international student my biggest concern was the language barrier. Whenever I asked a question, the teacher always answered patiently, which really increased my confidence. And when I made my applications to universities, my mentor always coordinated everything smoothly and swiftly.


-- Lijia from China

is currently enrolled at the University of Birmingham

I thought the first year in Britain would be a very difficult time, but the school days were fantastic for me. My teachers answered all my questions, gave advice and helped me with college applications. I also met friends from different countries on campus. Dormitories and schools are conveniently located in the same building so I didn’t have to worry about traffic jams. Overall, my English level has been greatly improved during the school year and I have been more integrated into life in the UK.

-- Kaylie from China

received offers from University of Westminster, University of Manchester, University for the Creative Arts, and University of Birmingham

Wondering which course is right for you?