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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, and the QMplus online learning system. Please note if you choose the online Pre-Sessional, we use Microsoft TEAMS for our online classes.

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.

Please note: you can choose to study the 13-week, 9-week or 5-week Pre-Sessional Programme on campus OR the 13-week, 9-week or 5-week online in 2022. If you choose to study online, please ensure that you have the following in order to learn effectively (the University cannot provide you with hardware):

-          A fast and reliable computer

 -          A good internet connection

-          A webcam (HD is preferable if you have the choice)

-          A microphone

-          Headphones are an advantage as they enhance the experience and allow you to hear yourself clearly and with less interference from background noise


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 English Language Test at the end of the programme. Our end-of-programme assessments test your Reading, Writing, Listening and Speaking. In order to progress to your degree programme, the University 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.

All students are required to take all assessments. This includes the 'mid-course CAS assessments' and the end-of-course assessments. Your destination course department will be informed of the results of all your Pre-Sessional assessments, both mid-course and end-of-course. If you do not achieve the required English level in your assessments, you may not be permitted to progress to your degree programme. 
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