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Pre-sessional English course: Teaching, learning and assessment

Teaching is through interactive seminars, lectures and individual tutorials; it involves the use of IT skills and the StudySpace online learning management system.

The course is full time with up to 18 hours of class time per teaching week plus lectures, group meeting, and guided study/ tutorial sessions. Classes* are held every weekday, from 09.00 to 16.00, with a coffee break and a lunch break.  You must also study independently for at least 15 hours per week outside these time.

*We make every effort to limit class sizes to 16 students.

What will you study?

Academic writing, reading and language

This integrated skills class will help you to understand and plan university assignments. This will include attention to grammar and vocabulary alongside the conventions of academic writing, using sources, and critical thinking..

Academic speaking, listening and language

In this integrated skills class, alongside language, you will work on effective skills and strategies for speaking and listening which are essential in many different settings such as tutorials and seminars. This will include individual and group presentations, and seminar discussion. Your skills in listening and note-taking will also be developed.

Individual and group projects

In these classes you will transfer the skills and language you are developing in other classes and develop effective research and study skills in individual and group projects.

Tutorials and guided study

You will have an individual tutorial with your tutor every week. This gives you one-to-one support; allows you to discuss feedback on your work; discuss your progress, and receive guidance for independent study. To help you develop your ability to study independently, we assign guided study tasks to complete in your own time. We also help you to identify your own development needs and work on them independently with access to excellent learning materials.

Lectures and Group meetings

Regular lectures give you an opportunity to practise your listening and note-taking skills. Regular meetings provide you with essential information about the course and the university, and give you an opportunity to ask questions.

Course assessment

Regular projects require you to work in groups or individually to produce presentations and write essays, and regular additional tasks are also set.  These are assessed by your tutors who provide you with detailed feedback on how to improve the quality of your work.

Our end of course assessments are accepted by UK Visas and Immigration for entry onto undergraduate and postgraduate courses. If you achieve the grades you need on the Pre-sessional English course, you will not be required to take an IELTS test after completing the course. (If you intend to study at another institution, please check that they will accept our course results.)  If you do not achieve the grades you need, we have a retake policy and will give you advice about the possibilities for you.

At the end of the course you will receive a certificate outlining your attendance, your final grades and requirements for further English language development.

Successful completion

In order to successfully complete your course, you must attend a minimum of 80% of all timetabled sessions from day one of your Pre-sessional English course. You must pass the end of course assessments at the level required for entry onto your main course.

With hard work and regular attendance all students can successfully complete their Pre-sessional English course.

Contact us

Pre-sessional administrator
Tel: +44 (0)20 8417 7042
Tel: +44 (0)20 8417 7790

Contact us

Pre-sessional administrator
Tel: +44 (0)20 8417 7042
Tel: +44 (0)20 8417 7790

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Pre-sessional course accreditation

Pre-sessional course accreditation

Our pre-sessional English course is accredited by the British Association of Lecturers in English for Academic Purposes (BALEAP). This organisation sets rigorous criteria to ensure that courses in English language and study skills for speakers of other languages are of a high standard and provide an excellent quality of service.

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