School of Languages, Linguistics and Film

Pre-Sessional Programme. Course Aims, Structure and Content


Course A: 13 weeks from June to September.

Course B: 9 weeks from July to September.

Course C: 5 weeks from August to September.


- to develop your English for academic purposes so that you are confident in your use of English at university level

- to develop your academic study skills, so that you can succeed in your degree at Queen Mary

- to develop you as an autonomous learner, so that you can undertake independent study and research for your academic programme, and

- to introduce you to the UK, London and Queen Mary, so that you get used to your new life at university and in London.


The 13 week, 9 week and 5 week programmes all consist of a weekly timetable of 24.5 hours of high quality tuition, comprising 18 hours of classes, which includes 2 hours of tutorials/guided independent study with your teacher; 2.5 hours of lectures and 4 hours of independent study.

Classes start every morning at 9:30, and students are expected to work until 4:00 each afternoon. Each class lasts one hour.

Students are expected to do 10 hours of independent study outside of the course each week. Maximum class size is 18, although our average class size is 16. 


Academic English and study skills:

  • Academic listening: lecture comprehension and note-taking techniques
  • Academic writing skills for essays, reports and other types of university writing
  • Research skills
  • Academic reading and critical thinking
  • Incorporating your reading into your writing: referencing and citation
  • Academic speaking: Seminar presentation and discussion skills
  • Grammar and vocabulary workshops