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School of Languages, Linguistics and Film

Pre-Sessional Programme. Course Aims, Structure and Content

Summer Courses

(The courses offered below may be subject to change)

Course A1: 13 weeks from June to September on campus

Course A2: 13 weeks from June to September online

Course A3: 13 weeks from June to September blended (8 weeks online + 5 weeks on campus)

Course A8: 13 weeks from June to September (4 weeks online + 9 weeks on campus)

Course B2: 9 weeks from July to September online

Course B3: 9 weeks from July to September blended (online + on campus)

Course C1: 5 weeks from August to September on campus

Course C2: 5 weeks from August to September online


- 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

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


All Pre-Sessional courses, whether on campus, online or blended, consist of a weekly timetable of 18 hours of classroom activities, which includes tutorials/guided independent study with your teacher; lectures and independent study, and a further 17.5 hours of independent study.

Students must attend all classes, whether in person or online, and to engage fully with the materials. There is assessment at the end of each four-week block of teaching, and summative assessment, in all four skills of Reading, Listening, Speaking and Writing, at the end of the Pre-Sessional. We expect all students to achieve the English entry requirements for their chosen programme in this final assessment.



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