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Language Academy

We offer a range of academic and professional English courses for non-native speakers of English. We also offer training for those seeking to teach English to speakers of other languages.

All courses are designed and delivered by our team of experienced English language specialists to support the development of all learners. The courses are designed for adult learners and students must be 18 years or older prior to the start of any course.

If you are an international student hoping to study on an undergraduate or postgraduate course in the UK, a Pre-sessional English for Academic Purposes course will help you:

  • To improve your English language, including grammar, vocabulary and pronunciation
  • To improve your academic English skills
  • To develop the study skills you need to succeed
  • To understand UK academic conventions so you know how to do well in your studies
  • To improve your social English and understanding of British culture

Students who successfully complete the Pre-sessional English course at the required level for their chosen degree programme will be deemed to have met the English language requirements for their course at UCLan and do not need to take an additional IELTS test.

For further information and details of how to apply, please download the course brochure and application form or visit our course page.

Immerse yourself in university life on a 12 or 30-week English programme taught by specialist academic staff.

On the programme you will:

  • Develop your academic language skills
  • Develop awareness of UK academic culture and practices
  • Learn about UK society and culture
  • Develop knowledge in your chosen discipline (subject to availability)

For more information, including the latest fees, and an application form, please email:

Our Summer and winter Schools are designed to offer students the opportunity to join an active English language learning programme.

Themed classes are designed to focus on improving student’s speaking and listening skills and develop their confidence in English. We also focus on vocabulary, grammar, reading and writing. Using contemporary teaching methods, our approach is to study and learn English in an interactive and inclusive environment. All study weeks include midweek trips and activities, with classroom work, tasks and projects linked together to maximize language and cultural learning. Students will receive both a placement and progress tests and will be assessed through report writing and presentation.

English Plus+

We also offer English Plus+ summer schools as a way to learn English alongside a specific subject area. English Plus+ runs for three or four weeks, and you will participate in one or two weeks’ specialised English with two weeks specific content-based study.

We offer a range of professional development courses for teachers. You are welcome to take part in one of our established courses or contact us direct to arrange a bespoke course for you or your team.

  • Trinity CertTESOL
  • Teacher development programme

"It’s really fantastic that we can learn and practice English with British people in the UK. Studying at the Language Academy will be one of the most rewarding experiences of your life."

Pre-sessional student, now studying for a PhD

English language support services

If English is not your first language and you are looking to improve your English language skills, the Language Academy offers two year-long modules. These modules are also open to members of the public for a fee, and students can take a module as a credit-bearing elective, or as an additional class for a discounted fee. Whichever option you choose there is no difference in the course content.

Year-long modules are available in Upper-Intermediate English (CEFR Level B2) and Advanced English (CEFR Level C1).

  • Two hours of class per week over the academic year*
  • Access to Rosetta Stone language learning software to support your studies
  • Available to UCLan students as an Elective module
  • Certificate route also available (separate to your degree and fees apply)

*These are academic hours. Each academic hour lasts for 50 minutes.

Taught English Language modules are only available for September start and you are required to enrol by the University’s enrolment deadline.

For information about the English Language modules, please contact: 

Timetable 2021/22

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9.00 - 11.00am

Online (MS Teams)



11.00am - 1.00pm

On campus

Elective (UCLan students only)

Enrol for your elective online at under Student Services>Online Electives Registration or by contacting the Academic Registry via email:


Registration and enrolment will take place online. Please register and apply here.

Members of the public must provide photographic identification (driving licence, passport, etc.) upon request.

Members of staff must provide their staff card upon request.


If you are an undergraduate studying a language as an elective, this is counted as part of your course. Therefore, there is no additional payment.


Students taking a certificate

This is the option for postgraduate or undergraduate students with a full profile or without the option to choose an elective. The certificate is taken in addition to your main programme of study and the discounted fee is £259.

Members of the public

The full fee for all levels is £495. Those in receipt of the state pension and UCLan Alumni are entitled to a discount on the full fee. The discounted fee for 2021-22 is £259.

University staff

UCLan staff members are entitled to a discount on the full fee on completion of a staff tuition fee discount form. The discounted fee for 2021-22 is £259.

Payment of fees

Payment must be made at the start of the course. Before completing your enrolment please be sure that you do wish to pursue the course, as the following fees will apply should you withdraw from the course:

  • Withdrawal within 4 weeks of course start date: refund applies
  • Withdrawal after 4 weeks of course start date: no refund applies

If, after registration, you wish to withdraw, please contact

English language testing

We have designed and facilitated quality language tests for the University as well as for external organisations, including Ofqual-recognised organisations.

Tests include:

  • General English at levels A1, A2, B1, B2, C1 and C2 of the CEFR);
  • English for Academic Purposes: UCLan B1,
  • Test of English Language (TELL) B2 and C1

We can also provide language tests for students who hold an offer with the University that may be subject to meeting a certain English language requirement.

These results are officially recognised and accepted by the University's Home and International Admissions teams. The language test is used to measure candidates' abilities in listening, reading, writing and speaking. Tests normally last around 3 hours.

For more information, including the latest test fees, please email:

How to apply

Candidates can register and purchase a test via the online store.

Commercial testing

We have extensive experience of working with external organisations to develop bespoke English languages tests; whether you need placement testing, achievement, proficiency or progress tests, we can develop a test for you. As well as expertise in large-scale assessment, we can also provide practice-based assessments for specific purposes.

We can also provide bespoke training in language assessment development. As an institution we use a range of innovative assessment methods on different language programmes and degree programmes (including presentations, seminars and simulations) so we have a great deal of expertise of large and small-scale assessment. Our trainers are experienced TESOL practitioners who ensure that sessions are both informative and very interactional with participants learning by doing and we have the facility to follow-up programmes with online support in the form of guided tasks. We can provide courses on assessing language skills, assessment for teacher trainees and introductory courses to the area of language assessment.

Contact us

T: +44 (0)1772 894248