We have been collaborating with the University of Portsmouth (UoP) and International College Portsmouth (ICP) on a variety if university programmes since 2001 and offer direct progression from our Pre-Sessional courses. If you have a conditional offer from the University of Portsmouth but don’t quite have the IELTS score that you need for that course then a Pre-Sessional course could be the best option for you. Not only can our Pre-Sessional courses offer a direct progression route but they also prepare you for what to expect at a British University.

Our Teaching Approach
Throughout the course you will be regularly assessed on a range of language and study skills. Assessed tasks will include in-class tests, written assignments, homework and presentations of project work or case studies both individually and in a group.
At the end of your Pre-Sessional course you will not need to re-take an IELTS exam provided you successfully complete all elements of the programme. To successfully complete the course you must attend all components of the programme, successfully complete all homework and assigned tasks and pass the final assessment.

We offer courses of various lengths ranging from 25 weeks long to 4 weeks long. The course that you’ll need will depend on your current English level (based on a recent IELTS score) and the English requirements needed for your chosen University course (as outlined in your offer letter). We will help and advise you based on these documents.

  • Fact Check

    Minimum age: 18
    Average age: 23
    Maximum class size: 12
    22.5 hours (60 minutes) per week, plus 5-10 hours self-access
    Fixed dates depending on the length course needed

  • The Preparation Courses

    Our university preparation courses will help prepare you for all aspects of your academic journey in the UK. Read more about the course content here.

  • Who Can Apply

    Not sure if the course is suitable for you? Click here to find out more.

  • University Partnerships

    Working closely with the University of Portsmouth and International College Portsmouth we can help you achieve your goals.


During your stay in Portsmouth, you may want to live with a local homestay family or choose to find your own accommodation. We will do everything we can to give you the best option to suit your needs and to help and support you with your living arrangements.

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Social Programme

The social programme we offer is full and varied, and includes weekly sporting events, parties and nights out, and cultural and educational activities.  Just some of the after school activities we offer include football with our teachers, volleyball, conversation club, afternoon tea, karaoke nights, international parties and visits to local restaurants and pubs. Our social programme is always changing, and is tailored to meet the needs of all students.

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"My course is such hard work, but I really enjoy the challenge. I have felt really supported by my teachers throughout the entire course."

Jao Aonnum, Thailand