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:
The course also introduces students to the study skills needed when starting your main programme with us. They include:
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.
8 week course entry requirements
12 week course entry requirements
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.
Our tutors are highly qualiﬁed and have experience teaching international students, so they understand the kind of personal support you may need.
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.
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.
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.
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!
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.
Small class size
At SCL International College, you'll enjoy our smaller classes for individualised learning, with 5 students average (maximum 12) per class.
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!
Get ready to call London home!
At SCL you’ll find a modern, safe and welcoming atmosphere where students live, study, socialise and enjoy the very best of London.
During your programme, you will live on site and when you finish, you can stay as long as you like! Our campuses are an easy 15-30 minute journey to many universities across the city.
Students progressing on to university in London can easily extend their accommodation at The Stay Club.
Wondering which course is right for you?