Extended 10 week intensive course in English

  • Language Centre – Presessional
  • Language Centre
  • LSE code LN904
  • Starting N/A
  • Short course: Open
  • Location: Houghton Street, London

This course is suitable for students with a conditional offer to study a taught postgraduate course at LSE. We are also happy to accept students with a conditional offer to undertake an MPhil/PhD programme. If you have an offer that is conditional upon meeting English language requirements, you must submit an IELTS (International English Language Testing System) certificate showing that you are within one band of those requirements to be eligible for LN904. This certificate must be less than two years old.


  • The LSE Test simulates the sort of tasks students will have at LSE and you will be given more detailed information when you arrive.
  • Assessment is via a combination of coursework and examination and will cover the four key skills of reading, listening, writing and speaking, recognising the integrated nature of these skills in an academic context.
  • Typical assessment tasks may include:
    • Essays
    • Oral Presentations
    • Seminar discussions
    • Listening to lectures
    • Reading academic articles

Programme details

Classes and teaching methods

We keep classes small to maintain high quality teaching so there won’t be more than 16 students in a group. Our classes are interactive and we have a friendly, welcoming atmosphere but you will still be expected to work hard.

Course content

On our presessional courses you will practise the academic English and skills needed to complete academic tasks such as:

  • writing academic essays

  • reading academic texts

  • listening to lectures & taking notes

  • participating in seminar discussions

  • presenting complex issues

EAP presessional programme overview

Our presessional courses are for students who wish to improve their academic English before beginning a taught postgraduate course at LSE Students will learn more about studying at LSE and will develop a solid foundation from which to succeed. Successful completion of LN904 and LN905 is also a way to fulfil the language requirements of a conditional offer to study at LSE.


One-to-one tutorials

In addition to classes, one of our expert teachers will be your designated tutor for the duration of the programme. They will provide individual feedback on tasks you complete during the programme and will monitor your progress throughout the course.


Teaching team

All our teachers are fully qualified and combine extensive teaching experience with an EAP specialism in one or more of the subjects offered by LSE departments.


What is English for Academic Purposes (EAP)?

Our English for Academic Purposes (EAP) programme focuses on the skills required to perform in an English speaking academic environment across the core subject areas you will encounter during your time at LSE.

Programmes will include a more narrow focus on the more specific linguistic demands of a particular area of study, for example Law or Management and are divided into presessional courses and insessional courses, the later are taken alongside your other subjects.

We have a programme for those of you who are about to commence study at LSE and a support programme for you during your time at LSE.



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