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Pre-sessional English course: Teaching, learning and assessment

Teaching is through interactive classes and individual tutorials; it involves the use of IT skills and our Canvas online learning management system.

The course is full time; including classes, lectures, group meetings and tutorial sessions. Course sessions are held every weekday, between 9.00am and 6.00pm with a coffee break and a lunch break. You must also study independently for at least 15 hours per week outside these times.

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

What will you study?

Integrated skills and language (Extended and Long Pre-sessional)

These classes will form a foundation for future studies: attention will be given to reviewing and building on your existing language skills in a communicative and student centred environment.

Academic skills and language (Medium and Short Pre-sessional)

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

They also focus on effective skills and strategies for speaking and listening. These are essential in many different settings such as tutorials and seminars. You will prepare and deliver individual and group presentations, and take part in seminar discussion. Your skills in listening and note-taking will also be developed.

Individual and group projects

Learn how to put into practice skills and language you are developing in other classes and develop effective research and study skills for use in individual and group projects.

Guided study

Effective independent study is vital for success at British Universities. We support you to develop these with a structured online Guided Study programme. We help you to identify your individual learning needs and you select and complete e-lessons on a weekly basis outside class time throughout the course.


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 guided study

Group meetings

Group meetings provide you with essential information about the course and the university, and give you an opportunity to ask questions.

Course assessment

Regular projects both in groups and individually may include producing presentations, writing essays, and additional tasks. 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 will offer you retake examinations and give you advice about the possibilities that are open to 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 / +44 (0)20 8417 7790

Contact us

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