Pre-sessional English

Improving English Before Embarking on Academic Study

The Pre-sessional English programme is designed for international students who wish to progress onto GCSE, A-Level or International Foundation Year programmes at Astrum Education colleges.

The course provides comprehensive preparation for students who need to improve their English language level before they embark on their academic study programme. It introduces students to the subject-focused terminology and vocabulary required in order to be successful on subsequent long-term academic courses. The programme also introduces the study skills and techniques that help students make a smooth transition to the UK education system.

Small class sizes ensure that the programme can be tailored to participating students’ needs and that they receive individual attention from our highly qualified staff. In addition to the development of linguistic skills in the classroom, students can also benefit from excursions to places of interest in London, including leading universities such as LSE and UCL, cultural attractions and museums.

About the College

Chelsea Independent College focuses on maximising students’ performance and academic results. We also provide a comprehensive overview of the range of university opportunities available in order to help students secure a place on a first-rate degree course. Our top London sixth form college provides an environment in which young people can discover their own strengths, develop self-discipline and a sense of purpose, and learn how to live and work with other people.

The modern college buildings are located just two minutes’ walk from Fulham Broadway underground station. Bordered by Kensington and Belgravia to the north and by the River Thames to the south, this is one of the capital’s most affluent and cosmopolitan neighbourhoods.

Martyn Coulter

Martyn has been teaching English and English as a Foreign Language for more than twenty years. He graduated from university with an honours degree in French and German, and subsequently obtained a diploma and a master’s degree in Teaching English as a Foreign Language. His rich linguistic background helps him to understand the challenges his students face.

Having worked as an examiner for IELTS, IGCSE-English as a First and Second Language, and the International Baccalaureate, Martyn’s wealth of experience serves him well when preparing students for their academic exams. He fully understands the assessment criteria and is consequently able to help students achieve outstanding results.

English Conversation
English Lessions
Pre-sessional English


We offer fully catered, residential boarding facilities for students aged 14 and over. The high standard, contemporary accommodation offers:

  • Single and twin, en-suite studio rooms
  • Three meals a day
  • 24-hour supervision
  • Wi-Fi throughout the building
  • Laundry facilities
  • Easily accessible from the college (15 minutes by bus)
  • Social Programme

Our social programme of fun activities and excursions gives students the opportunity to make friends and experience life in London, as well as practice the English language skills they are learning in class.