King's College London

Course Introduction

The Combined Pre'sessional course offers preparation for international and EU students who have an offer with King’s and need to meet their English language requirements before starting their degree.

The Combined Pre'sessional course offers a modern way of studying, blending online and on'campus learning. It provides you flexibility by allowing you to start the course online, from the comfort of your own home.

If you'd rather start your studies in London, you still have the option of applying to our face'to'face Pre'sessional course, which is taught on'campus. The combined and face'to'face courses are equivalent, both of them aiming to provide you with the skills you need on your main degree courses.

The Combined Pre'sessional course includes online and face'to'face learning, offering you flexibility in the way you study. The first four weeks of the Combined Pre'sessional course take place online. You will then come to King’s to study the remaining part of the course on campus, meeting your tutors and classmates face'to'face.

There are three course lengths to choose from, depending on your current level of English and the English language requirements you need to meet for your degree offer:




Use our Pre'sessional English calculator to see what English language score is required for your degree and which Combined Pre'sessional course you should take.

During the course you’ll focus on reading, writing, listening and speaking English in an academic setting, and develop useful academic skills like notetaking, library'based research, essay writing, discussion, presenting, critical reading and active listening.

For the final stage of the course, students progressing to King's Business School will be grouped together and follow materials specific to Business (please note: this does not apply to the 6'Week Combined Pre'sessional).

You’ll also have regular tutorials where you’ll receive feedback on your progress.

During the online component of the course, you will be exposed to:

E'lessons made up of high quality bespoke videos, interactive exercises, and collaborative tasks

Live classes with your tutor & classmates (using a video conferencing tool)

Live tutorials with your tutor (using a video conferencing tool)

Lectures (recorded from the on'campus course)

Social forums to interact with your classmates.

Introduction to the UK academic culture

Improved ability to use academic English appropriately and effectively at university level

Focus on improving your linguistic and skills required for successful study at King's

Great alternative to retaking external English tests as it teaches both the academic and English language skills needed to succeed at King’s

Develop your academic language and confidence online before joining the on'campus part of the course

Access to online course materials for the duration of your studies at King's, so you can refer back to lessons over and over again

All the benefits of using an online platform and face'to'face learning

Flexible learning ' participate online at your own pace

On'campus learning in an unrivalled location in the heart of London

Duration & Attendance Qualification Tuition fees Fee type
Short Course
Full Time
Certificate - Cert

Qualifications required:

  • Before you can enrol for the Combined Pre-sessional course, you need to have a conditional or unconditional offer to study at King's.
  • The 6 week Combined Pre-sessional course also requires you to have the ability to obtain an integrated CAS (Confirmation of Acceptance of Studies) visa, covering your Combined Pre-sessional course and your main degree.