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Foundations Pre-Sessional Programme. Course Aims, Structure and Content

Programme Aims, Structure and Content

The Foundations Pre-Sessional Programme develops English language skills for academic study, and offers a stimulating academic experience delivered by a teaching team that is committed to making sure that you complete the course successfully.


The Foundations Pre-Sessional Programme:

  • develops your English language for academic purposes, enabling you to become more confident in your use of English in a higher education environment;
  • develops your study skills so that you can meet the requirements of your International Foundation or Pre-Masters Programme;
  • develops your autonomy as a learner, so that you can undertake independent study and research and
  • introduces you to the UK, Central London, the College, and your new life in your new environment.


This 9-week programme consists of a weekly timetable taught classes, lectures and tutorials, together with guided independent study with your teacher and 4 hours of independent study. In total we expect you to study for 37.5 hours each week.


The content of the course will improve your grammatical knowledge and expand your vocabulary. You will also see improvement in all four skills: reading, writing, listening and speaking. This will prepare you to better engage with academic study on your intended Foundation programme. In addition, you will develop your study skills, and improve your note-taking techniques. The speaking classes will aim to improve your fluency and precision while you take part in discussions, so that you are better equipped to participate in seminars.

Independent study is a vital part of the learning process at university in the UK. We therefore organise regular independent study sessions each week. During this time you may be given work by your tutor or work on your own projects. You will also have small group tutorials each week when you can discuss feedback on your work, receive guidance and discuss your progress.

Particular features of the course are:

  • We encourage you to read regularly to build up your vocabulary and background knowledge about your discipline, the UK and UK higher education.
  • We encourage you to discuss with your teacher and fellow students, and to develop a lively interest in our globalised world and the issues we face.
  • We require you to participate in small group tutorials with your teacher to talk over any questions you may have about your course and what it will be like to be on campus in London.


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