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Pre-sessional English course: Teaching, learning and assessment

Teaching is through interactive classes and individual tutorials; it involves our Canvas online learning management system.

The course is full time; including classes, 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 20 hours per week outside class 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 blocks)

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 blocks)

These classes will help you to understand the building blocks of university assignments. You will complete a range of activities which will develop the skills you need for university study.  

The classes 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 which are essential in many different settings such as presentations, tutorials and seminars. 


Regular projects will give you the opportunity to apply your learning.  Project tasks will be assessed, and you will receive regular feedback to help you learn. 

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 work on these with regular e-lessons 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

Set project tasks include presentations, essays, and listening and reading assessments. 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 administrators
Tel: +44 (0)20 8417 7042 / +44 (0)20 8417 7790

Contact us

Pre-sessional administrators
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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