School of Languages, Linguistics and Film

Foundations Pre-Sessional Programme. Teaching and Assessment

Teaching and assessment

Teaching

The Foundations Pre-Sessional Programme is taught through interactive seminars, and individual tutorials; the lessons involve face-to-face teaching, small group and pair work teaching, the QM Plus virtual learning environment and work in our multimedia language laboratories.

Classes are every weekday, from 09.30 to 16.00, with a coffee break and a lunch break.

Teaching Staff

The Pre-Sessional programmes are taught by qualified teachers most of whom have many years' experience of teaching English for academic purposes to adults at university level and who also teach on our in-sessional  English language and study skills programmes.

Assessment

Every week, you give presentations, participate in seminar discussions, and write short essays or parts of essays. These are assessed by your tutors who provide you with detailed feedback on how to improve the quality of your work.

Our end-of-programme assessments test your Reading, Writing, Listening and Speaking.  In order to progress to your International Foundation Programme or Pre-Masters Programme, the College requires you to attend and successfully complete (by final assessment) the Foundations Pre-Sessional Programme. This means you will need to fulfil all the assessments. At the end of the programme, you receive a report, which is sent to the Course Director of the International Foundation or Pre-Masters programmes. The report contains information about your attendance, your final percentage mark and recommendations for further English language tuition. 

The end-of-programme assessments are accepted by the UKVI; consequently you do not need to sit an IELTS or other Secure English Language Test at the end of the course.