Our Autumn Pre-Sessional English Programmes (PSP) will help you to develop your English language and study skills for your chosen degree programme. In January 2021.

You will have the choice to either study these programmes completely online from your home country or come to the UK and study them through a combination of online and face to face teaching (blended mode), before starting your degree programme.

Following successful completion of the PSP you will be able to use your results to start your chosen degree programme here at Huddersfield in the UK. You will not need to take an IELTS test. This applies if you study in the UK or in your home country.

To deliver these programmes either fully online or blended we will use our Virtual Learning Environment (VLE). Every year our 20,000 students use this to support their studies. It is based around Brightspace and Zoom software. You will need to make sure you have a good internet connection to complete your studies.

PSP Courses run between 4 and 12 weeks depending on your current level of English. You would need to demonstrate this using one of the tests in the table below.

You can use any test result you have from the last two years to secure your place.

Pre-Sessional English Programme – Distance Learning

To study one of our Pre-Sessional Programmes in your home country, you will require one of the following qualifications.

 English Language Qualification Levels



University of Huddersfield English Test
Cambridge Languaskill
Cambridge ESOL
Password Knowledge Test
1 Term (12 Weeks) 4.5 35 4.5  65 150 450 400 30 FCE Grade C   4.5
8 Weeks 5 45 5.0   75 160     36 FCE Grade B Grade E 5.0
6 Weeks 5.5 60 5.5  85 170     42 FCE Grade A Grade D 5.5

Pre-Sessional English Language Programme – Campus Based

For the campus based Pre-sessional English Programmes you will be required to have a Secure English Language Test (SELT). This is a UKVI IELTS or Pearson Academic English qualification.

The length of Pre-Sessional Programme you are required to take is determined by the level of English you have achieved in the IELTS or Pearson tests. This must have been taken within the last two years.

Please see full details below.

IELTS Requirements

This must be a UKVI IELTS.

Overall ScoreLowest Component ScorePSP Duration
6.5 6.5 No PSP
6.0 No PSP
5.5 No PSP
5.0 8 Weeks
4.5 1 Term

6.0 No PSP
5.5 No PSP
5.0 6 Weeks

8 Weeks

4.0 1 Term
5.5 5.5 4 Weeks
5.0 6 Weeks
4.5 8 Weeks
4.0 1 Term
5.0 5.0 8 Weeks
4.5 1 Term
4.0 1 Term
4.5 4.5 1 Term
4.0 1 Term
4.0 4.0 2 Terms


Length of PSP4 Weeks6 Weeks8 Weeks1 Term
PTE Minimum Average 42 42 36 30
Listening 42 36 36 25
Reading 42 36 36 25
Speaking 42 36 36 25
Writing 42 36 36 25

Please note – in order to enter your degree programme directly you will need to have either successfully completed the Pre-Sessional course to the right level of English required by your degree programme or a qualification recognised by the University. Please see our information for applicants for more information.

Start dates

Courses for January 2021 entry start in September. Details of the dates are below:


DurationStart dateFee
12 weeks 14 September 2020 £3,600
8 weeks 12 October 2020 £2,400
6 weeks 26 October 2020 £1,800
4 weeks 09 November 2020 £1,200

Important Information

  • In order to secure a place on our online or blended pre-sessional programme you will need to pay the tuition fees in full for the pre-sessional programme, you will also need to pay a tuition fee deposit for your chosen degree course as detailed in your offer letter.
  • If, for any reason relating to the Covid-19 outbreak, it is deemed not safe to travel to the UK for your degree course in January 2021, we will offer you a later start date in September 2021 if the course is available. if your chosen course is not available in September 2021 we will refund your deposit.
  • If we have to delay our January 2021 degree course start dates until September, we will either amend your offer and issue a new CAS automatically unless you inform us that you do not wish to delay your course start date. in this situation we would refund your tuition fee deposit for your degree course.
  • Any refunds will be nett of bank charges and currency fluctuations and will be made in sterling only to the bank account from which the deposit was received.
  • The university accepts no liability for currency fluctuations between the time of the receipt of deposit and the time at which any subsequent refund is made.
  • You must pre-enrol before you can be enrolled onto your course. Please use your unique username and password to log in. Once you have completed pre-enrolment online, we will be able to enrol you on your course and you will receive instructions on how to activate your University IT account.