10 Week English Language Pre-sessional Course


The course will begin on Monday 10th July 2017 and will last 10 weeks ending on Friday 15th September.  The College term will start on Monday 18th September.

The classes will run every day, Monday to Friday, please note that there will be no classes on Monday 28th August as this is a Bank Holiday.


This course combines Academic Preparation, General English and Study Skills. You will also be required to complete assignments, self-directed study and instrumental practice outside of class hours. The course aims to raise a student’s English level by the equivalent of one IELTS band (1.0) and adjust to life in the UK and at the College before the start of the academic year in September. You will have the opportunity to complete practice tests and will also be required to sit a formal examination at the end of the course.


Course tuition fees for the 10 week programme: £3,000.

In addition students will require a copy of The Cambridge Music Guide edited by Stanley Sadie and Alison Latham.  Students can purchase a copy of the text when they arrive in the UK.


Accommodation is available in the Halls of Residence. You can move in to the Halls of Residence from Saturday 8th July. If you intend to stay in the Halls of Residence for the first year of your course you will be able to move into the same room that you will have in September. Bedding Packs (including a Duvet, Pillows and Linen) are available for a small charge. 

Accommodation fees: £122.50 per week.


UK Visas & Immigration requirements are strict regarding English Language Qualifications, you must have the below in order to gain a place on the pre-sessional course. IELTS results submitted for entry to pre-sessional courses MUST BE UKVI APPROVED TESTS. NO OTHER TESTS WILL BE ACCEPTED.

Minimum IELTS Requirements for 10 Week English Pre-sessional Course
RWCMD Course  Overall Score  Listening Reading  Writing  Speaking
BMus (Hons) Music
BMus (Hons) Jazz
BA (Hons) Design for Performance
MA Design for Performance
PG Dip Music
4.5 4.0 4.0 4.0 4.0
MMus Music (2 year programmes)
MA Jazz
MA Opera Performance
BA (Hons) Stage Management & Technical Theatre
MA Stage & Event Management
5.0 4.0 4.0 4.5 4.0

MMus Music (1 year intensives)

5.5  4.5 5.0 5.0 4.5
MA Arts Management
6.0 4.5 5.5 5.5 4.5

How to Apply

Download the application form and return it by email to international@rwcmd.ac.uk by the deadline of Friday 19th May 2017 along with:

Visa Information

If you have achieved the correct IELTS level and have met all of the other conditions for entry onto your RWCMD course in September then we will issue you a Confirmation of Acceptance of Studies (CAS) statement for both the pre-sessional course and your degree course.

We strongly recommend that you familiarize yourself with visa regulations and requirements as soon as possible.  You can find information on the Visas and Immigrations website:  www.gov.uk/tier-4-general-visa/overview