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School of Languages, Linguistics and Film

Pre-Sessional Programme. Teaching and Assessment


The Summer Pre-Sessional programmes are taught through interactive seminars, lectures and individual tutorials; the lessons involve small group and pair work teaching, the use of IT skills, the QM Plus online learning system and (where possible) work in our language laboratories.

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


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

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. Our end-of-programme assessments test your Reading, Writing, Listening and Speaking. In order to progress to your degree programme, the College requires you to attend and successfully complete (by final assessment) the QMUL 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 also sent to the Course Director of your degree programme. The report contains information about your attendance, your final percentage mark and recommendations for further English language courses during term time.