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“We run online pre-sessional courses before programmes begin and offer in-sessional support during the academic year.”

EAP pre-sessional courses

Eight-week course

If you haven't reached the required English language requirements for your programme, we offer an eight-week intensive EAP Pre-Sessional course designed specifically for students joining the RCA. The course focuses on the language and communication skills needed for RCA programmes.

The RCA online pre-sessional course offers you the opportunity to work in a small class group with regular online collaboration, tutorials and feedback. You will be supported by experienced EAP tutors to develop your academic reading and writing skills as well as listening, discussion and presentation skills. You will be able to access a variety of stimulating materials related to Art and Design and will practise skills in critical analysis and reflective thinking crucial to your Art and Design programme learning outcomes.

You will complete a number of pieces of coursework with support from your EAP tutor. You will also have the opportunity to hear from RCA research students in regular research and practice presentations.

Entrance requirements

6.0 overall with minimum 5.5 in the writing, or 6.5 overall with 5.5 in the writing, or equivalent recognised by the College.

Teaching Dates

4 July – 26 August 2022

This is a full time intensive course with self study tasks as well as online live interaction.

You will be taught Monday to Fridays, 9am – 12 noon (BST), with three-to-four hours of live contact time per day plus one-to-one tutorials, guided self-study and collaborative tasks.

Course Fees


There is an early payment discount for payments by Friday 27 May, 5pm (BST). If you pay on or before this date then the fee is reduced to £3,150.

Four-week EAP pre-sessional course

We also offer an online, four-week version of the pre-sessional course if you have reached the English language level required but wish to improve your communication skills specifically for academic study at the RCA. The pre-sessional course provides a valuable chance to practise academic English in the context of art and design with authentic and relevant tasks and materials. 

Entrance requirements

You must have already reached the English language requirements for your programme.

Teaching dates

1–26 August

This is a full time intensive course with self study tasks as well as online live interaction.

Students will be taught Monday to Friday, 9am – 12 noon (BST), with three-to-four hours live contact time per day, plus onee-to-one tutorials, guided self-study and collaborative tasks.

Course fees


There is an early payment discount for payments made by Friday 29 May by 9am (BST): if you pay on or before this date then the fee is reduced to £1,500.


You must book and pay for the pre-sessional course by Friday 17 June 2022 in order to secure your place.

Our admissions team will need to confirm your eligibility. If you believe you are eligible for one of our pre-sessional courses, please email [email protected] and state that you would like to join either the 8-week or 4-week course.

Why join the EAP pre-sessional course?

The Pre-Sessional EAP course offers you a tailor-made supportive course with specific tasks and materials relating to RCA Art & Design programmes.

Group Support

The online EAP course offers you the chance to work in a small group (12–14 students) with an experienced EAP tutor to guide you through the development of your academic skills. During the online class time you will respond to reading and listening material, plan and develop pieces of writing and practise your critical analysis and reflective thinking skills. Your EAP tutor will be able to review your skills and provide regular personal feedback to help you identity your learning needs and appropriate methods for development. 

All the tasks on the course are designed to reflect the same learning outcomes that you will be expected to achieve on your MA programmes. For example, you will need to critically evaluate current thinking in your field and express your position on relevant issues. We help you develop the language and communication skills to do this in a supportive collaborative environment.

“I liked the way of teaching English by "doing" and not just understanding grammar, for example. The uses of contemporary authors and themes relevant to the time we are living in, made the classes more and more attractive.”

EAP course participant

Art & Design Materials and Tasks

You will be guided through a variety of online study materials using authentic texts and themes from Art and Design disciplines across the college. We use these to develop your vocabulary, reading and listening skills and independent research skills.

As well as group work with your EAP tutor, you will work on a collaborative group project supported by discipline tutors, and take part in a weekly webinar conference with invited specialists from the college research community. 

“The online teaching methods were great, the tutor was very patient and interesting and it was a pleasure to have lessons.”

EAP course participant

In-Sessional EAP Support

We have a number of workshops throughout the academic year.

Here is an example of what we offer:

  • Academic process of enquiry: critical reading, discussion and writing
  • General EAP: paragraph structure, sentence structure, critical thinking skills, developing vocabulary, note-taking.
  • Preparing for presentations and tutorials.
  • Workshops for research students.

Most of these courses are open to all students at the College.

One-to-one tutorials

Students are able to book tutorials with an experienced tutor to review an aspect of their language in order to develop skills in this area.

Contact us

If you need more information about the pre-sessional course details, email

Email us at
[email protected]
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