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Foundations Pre-Sessional Programme. How to Apply

How to apply for the Foundations Pre-Sessional Programme

Step 1: Apply for your place on the International Foundation Programme or the Pre-Masters Programme

Before you can apply for your Foundations Pre-Sessional Programme, you must first hold an offer for the International Foundation Programme (IFP) or the Pre-Masters Programme (PMP).

You can apply for the  or   on-line by following the instructions.

For further information on the PMP, please visit 

For further information on the IFP, please visit 

Step 2: Obtain a valid proof of your level of English.

All Foundations Pre-Sessional Programme students must meet Queen Mary's English language requirements.

You must give evidence of your English language ability by producing an English language test score.

From 6 April 2015 the test you can take depends on your immigration status:

  • Students from the EU and the EEA can take IELTS or any English language test from this list:
    • Pearson PTE (academic)
    • Cambridge Certificate in Advanced English
    • Cambridge Certificate in Proficiency in English
    • Trinity College London Integrated Skills in English (ISE)
    • TOEFL (Internet Based)
  • Students requiring Student Immigration Permission (formerly a Tier 4 visa) will need to take a Secure English Language Test (SELT) at an approved centre. See here for further details.

Step 3: Apply for the Foundations Pre-Sessional Programme.

Once you have accepted your offer for a Queen Mary degree programme, you can apply for the Summer Pre-Sessional Programmes. This is available within your applicant portal under my Application. Click through to the application form by using the purple ‘Pre-Sessional English’ tile. Select the appropriate course length from the options listed, ensuring that the minimum English Language requirements have been met. Please refer to the link below for full details on the requirements.

You will need to upload a copy of your English Language evidence as a part of the application process.

If you are applying via UCAS and wish to study a Pre-Sessional English course please apply using this email address and state which course you wish to be considered for.

Step 4: Accept the Foundations Pre-Sessional Programme Offer

Successful applicants will receive an offer for their chosen Foundations Pre-Sessional Programme. Please confirm your place by accepting this offer online.

Step 5: Request a CAS

Applicants who require Student Immigration Permission (formerly a Tier 4 visa) in order to be able to study in the UK will require a special reference number called a Confirmation of Acceptance for Studies (CAS). You will be sent instructions on how to request a CAS once you have firmly accepted your unconditional offer. The College will not start assigning CASs for the Foundations Pre-Sessional Programme before April of the year you wish to study.

For immigration advice, please visit

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