How to apply  Information for agents

Find out about the application process, entry requirements and supporting documents needed for our pre-sessional and General English courses.  

Contacting us

When we receive a complete application, we aim to make a decision within five working days. This increases to ten working days during peak times.

If you have questions about an application, please email We respond to emails in the order we receive them. Sending repeat emails about an application will delay the decision process. Please provide all relevant information in your initial email.

We can only process complete applications which include all supporting documents. Incomplete applications will delay the process.

Making an application 2021/22

Apply for a pre-sessional course (undergraduate or postgraduate).

To apply for the English for Life online course or General English courses, use the following guidance on this page and please include your student's personal email address.

Apply for General English courses.

Check the course details

Please ensure that:

  • Your student meets the entry requirements for the course (entry requirements can be found by following the relevant link to your course from the Language Centre homepage). 
  • You enter the course start and end dates, as shown on the course page.

Supporting documents

We can only process complete applications which include all supporting documents. To avoid delays, please include:

  • A copy of your student’s English language certificate (International English Language Testing System (IELTS) certificate where possible, or high school certificate). This should be no more than two years old at the start of the Language Centre course. Your student must hold a UK Visas and Immigration (UKVI) IELTS if they wish to apply for a Student visa. Read more about visas and immigration.
  • A clear copy of your student’s passport pages which show name, nationality and passport number.

If applicable, also include:

  • A copy of the offer letter from the institution where they will study after completing our English language course.
  • A copy of your student’s current visa, if they are already in the UK.
  • A copy of any previous UK visas and any previous Confirmation of Acceptance for Studies (CAS) statements issued to your student.

Please note, for semesters one and two we may have a maximum number of places per course. Therefore, we can't guarantee an offer to all eligible applicants, including those who apply before the deadline. We prioritise early and complete applications, so we encourage you to apply as early as possible.

Students under 18

If a student will be under 18 years old when their undergraduate pre-sessional English course starts, we must complete a risk assessment before making a decision. Therefore, it may take longer to review their application. If this is relevant, we will send additional information to your student by email. 

For more information, download our guidance for applicants under 18 (PDF).