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Language Centre:

UAL's Language Centre offers a variety of courses and tutorials to students who wish to improve their English and academic skills. We also offer foreign language courses in a creative arts context. You'll find us at High Holborn in central London.

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Sophie Brook and Tamzin Howard, UAL Social Representatives

See below for a summary of the courses and support offered by our Language Centre. For full details see the Language Centre section of our website.

Pre‑sessional English

These courses are open to students who speak English as an additional language and who have a conditional or unconditional offer on a pre‑degree, undergraduate or postgraduate course at UAL.

Pre‑sessional English will prepare you for your degree course by developing your academic skills and helping you achieve the English language requirement. Passing Pre‑sessional English allows you to progress to your degree course without taking another International English Language Testing System (IELTS) test.

English Language Development

If you’re a speaker of English as an additional language, our Language Development programme can help you with your studies through tailored course-specific classes, one-to-one tutorials and speaking and writing workshops. We also offer self-access study materials online.

Intercultural Competences and Communication Skills Workshops

UAL students on some degree courses can join intercultural and communication skills workshops, supporting your studies at UAL and your future working life.

In addition, there are online guides and self-study resources available for all students to develop their knowledge and understanding of this area.

English courses at UAL

If you want to improve your English before applying to one of our degree or pre-degree programmes, or you simply want to study English in a creative setting, our English courses could be right for you. English for the Creative Industries is a 12 week term-time course which combines studying general and academic English with art and design topics. The Language Centre also offers an intensive 4 week IELTS course and an English Summer School.

Modern languages

If you’d like to learn a new language during your time at UAL, you can join one of our Languages, Arts and Culture evening classes. The classes combine learning a new language with the country’s art and culture. We offer classes in Arabic, French, German, Italian, Japanese, Mandarin Chinese and Spanish.