School of Languages, Linguistics and Film

Pre-Sessional Programme. How to Apply

How to apply for the Summer Pre-Sessional Programmes

Step 1: Apply for your degree programme

(before you can apply for your Pre-Sessional Programme, you must first hold an offer for an Undergraduate, Postgraduate or Pre-Masters programme).

You can apply for a degree on-line by finding your desired programme and following the instructions.

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

All 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 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: Contact the Admissions Office to apply for the Pre-Sessional Programme.

Once you receive an offer for your QMUL degree programme, you can apply for the Summer Pre-Sessional Programmes by simply e-mailing the Admissions Team responsible for your degree programme offer, and indicating which Pre-Sessional Programme you are applying for. There is no application form to fill in. Please remember to state your application number and to attach a copy of your English language certificate.

Step 4: Accept the Pre-Sessional Programme Offer

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

Step 5: Request a CAS

Applicants who require Tier 4 Immigration permission 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 CAS’s for the Pre-Sessional Programme before April of the year you wish to study.

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