How do I know the LSI Portsmouth Pre-Sessional Course is right for me?
You can apply for our Pre-Sessional programmes if:
✅ You are over 18 years of age
✅ You have an offer from one of our partners:
✅ Your offer letter is for one of the following programmes:
✅ You have a valid IELTS certificate or other Secure English Language Test with at least 4.0 overall and no element below 3.5
For a list of approved Secure English Language Tests and test centres, please click here
Before making an application, please read our Terms and Conditions carefully.
Visas requirements for the University Preparation Course
For all Pre-Sessional courses, unless you are exempt, you will require a valid visa.
You must apply for your visa at your local UK Embassy visa office in your home country. You may apply for a Student Visitor Visa or a Tier 4 visa. Tier 4 visas will either be sponsored by LSI Portsmouth or by your university. Student Visitor Visas and Tier 4 visas sponsored by LSI Portsmouth will cover your Pre-Sessional course only and you will need to return home at the end of the Pre-Sessional course in order to apply for a Tier 4 visa to cover your degree programme. This will be sponsored by your university.
If you are on an 11, 7 or 4 week course and have an offer for the University of Portsmouth, you may apply for a Tier 4 visa which is sponsored by the University of Portsmouth. This covers both your Pre-Sessional course and your degree programme. In this case, you do not need to return home to renew your visa at the end of your Pre-Sessional.
All students applying for a Tier 4 visa will need a CAS Number (Confirmation of Acceptance of Studies Number). If you are applying for a visa which covers your Pre-Sessional and your degree programme, you will get this number from your university.
If you are applying for a visa which covers the LSI Portsmouth Pre-Sessional only, you will receive your CAS number from LSI Portsmouth. In order to get a CAS number, you will need to send the following:
If you are applying for a Student Visitor Visa (not a Tier 4 visa) and would like advice on which English language qualifications can be accepted, please contact us ([email protected]).
If you are applying for a Tier 4 visa, you will need to have a minimum of IELTS 4.0 overall and for each individual element. If you are applying for a Student Visitor Visa, you will need a minimum of IELTS 4.0 overall with no element below 3.5.
Language Level Requirements
The levels required for each course are as follows:
|Level required in offer letter||Course length||IELTS required to start the course|
|6.5 with nothing less than 6.0||20 weeks||4.5 with nothing less than 4.0|
|16 weeks||5.0 with nothing less than 4.5|
|11 weeks||5.5 with nothing less than 5.0|
|7 weeks||6.0 with nothing less than 5.5|
|6.0 with nothing less than 5.5||20 weeks||4.0 with nothing less than 3.5|
|16 weeks||4.5 with nothing less than 4.0|
|11 weeks||5.0 with nothing less than 4.5|
|7 weeks||5.5 with nothing less than 5.0|
|5.5 with nothing less than 5.5||20 weeks||4.0 with nothing less than 3.5|
|16 weeks||4.0 with nothing less than 4.0|
|11 weeks||4.5 with nothing less than 4.5|
|7 weeks||5.0 with nothing less than 5.0|
|Unconditional||4 weeks||No further level requirement|
In some exceptional circumstances, students with uneven profiles which do not meet standard entry requirements may be accepted. Admission under these circumstances is entirely at the discretion of LSI Portsmouth.