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Pre-sessional English

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The Pre-sessional Academic English Programme not only helps undergraduate and postgraduate applicants reach the desired level of English. At UEL it's much more than a standard English programme; it's an intensive training programme organised around academic projects that prepares you for excellence.

What is it about?

    How to apply

    The programme is not running for 2017, and applications for 2018 will open later this year. More details will be provided when applications are open.

    How to apply

    Who is it for

    Pre-sessional courses are for prospective students who would like to study on university courses at UEL or a UK university and need to improve their English language and study skills. The courses last 5, 10 or 15 weeks and are suitable for students with a conditional offer with UEL, and need to meet the English language conditions of the offer.    


    Who is it for

    What you will learn

    Course Content

    The Pre-sessional course closely mirrors what you will need to do on your main course and will include a mixture of lectures, seminars, one-to-one and independent study. The exact content depends on your strengths and weaknesses, but will cover the following areas:
    • Developing research skills through library assignments
    • Planning and structuring your writing
    • Expanding grammar and vocabulary to academic standards
    • Cultivating your independent voice through forming effective arguments, critical thinking and drawing conclusions from information
    • Developing your listening skills through regular lectures, seminars and note taking
    • Develop your ability to extract information by using  content from lectures, seminars and readings in your writing
    • Presentation skills

    A typical week
    The course is made up of 20 hours of contact time a week, classes run Monday to Friday with two hours in the morning and two hours in the afternoon each day. An important part of the course is a one-to-one weekly meeting between yourself and your personal tutor. This is a time when you can talk through individual concerns, assess the progress you are making and get individual help on any particular areas of difficulty.


    What you will learn

    What our students say

    • great learning experience

      "I have learnt more in two months on this course than I have in 2 years of living in UK."

    • GREAT¬†course design

      "Assignments and tutorials were well planned according to the needs of the students."
    • making you welcome

      "Teachers are very friendly, efficient and helpful."