Pre-Sessional English

A short, intensive preparation course for students due to start their degree course in September

Pre-sessional English provides high quality Academic English lessons which prepare international students for academic study at Queen's University Belfast.

Why apply for this course?

The course will:

  • improve your English language proficiency in the core skills of listening, speaking, reading and writing, within a university context
  • focus on subject-related work in your chosen area of study including a written project
  • help you to study independently using our extensive online materials
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What is special about the programme?

The Pre-sessional course allows you to have intensive English language preparation in a university environment. With highly experienced teachers, there is no better preparation for your next steps.The course will:

  • provide contextual study skills that acclimatise you to the culture of a UK university
  • enable you to adjust to the demands, challenges and expectations of UK higher education and culture
  • provide you with a short period of time to adapt to living and studying in the UK prior to beginning your academic studies

Who should apply for the Pre-sessional English programme?

This 24-hour per week course is suitable for you if you are academically qualified, hold an offer from Queen’s University Belfast, and need to improve your English language level before starting an undergraduate or a postgraduate degree at Queen’s University Belfast. The Pre-sessional course runs from July to early September. Your course length will vary depending on your current language level and degree programme requirements.

What will I study?

This course concentrates on academic English.

You will develop your skills in:

  • Reading and writing English
  • Speaking and listening to English
  • Giving presentations
  • Taking notes from talks and seminars
  • Taking part in seminar discussions
  • Writing assignments based on relevant sources

You will also focus on subject-related work in your chosen area of study to help you learn how to effectively study independently using online and self-access materials.

 

Where will it take me?

As long as you have met the University's academic entry requirements, achieving the level of performance required in the Pre-Sessional English course to fulfil the conditions of your offer will allow you to progress to your University course without needing to retake the IELTS test.

How do I qualify?

 

Academic requirements: You must hold an offer of a place on a degree programme at a UK university.
English requirements for degree courses that require IELTS 6.5 for direct entry

 

10 weeks: IELTS 5.5 (with a minimum of 5.0 in any other subskill) or equivalent.

6 weeks: IELTS 6.0 (with 5.5 in three subskills and 5.0 in one subskill) or equivalent.

4 weeks: IELTS 6.5 (with a minimum of 5.5 in any other subskill) or equivalent.

English requirements for degree courses that require IELTS 6.0 for direct entry

 

10 weeks: IELTS 5.0 (with a minimum of 5.0 in any other subskill) or equivalent.

6 weeks: IELTS 5.5 (with a minimum of 5.0 in any other subskill) or equivalent.

4 weeks: IELTS 6.0 (with a minimum of 5.5 in any other subskill) or equivalent.

 

From 6 April 2015, the Centre can only accept a UKVI approved IELTS test for this course. Read more about UKVI IELTS or contact us for more details.

 

Age: 17 years and above

 

 

Please ensure you consult Queen's University Belfast for details of the English language level required for entry onto your chosen course.

When can I start?

 

Start date Term dates Fees
June 2016 (10 weeks) Mon 27 Jun 2016 to Fri 02 Sep 2016 £3,350
July 2016 (6 weeks) Mon 25 Jul 2016 to Fri 02 Sep 2016 £2,010
August 2016 (4 weeks) Mon 08 Aug 2016 to Fri 02 Sep 2016 £1,340
June 2017 (10 weeks) Mon 26 Jun 2017 to Fri 01 Sep 2017 £3,350
July 2017 (6 weeks) Mon 24 July 2017 to Fri 01 Sep 2017 £2,010
August 2017 (4 weeks) Mon 07 Aug 2017 to Fri 01 Sept 2017 £1,340

 

Tuition fees do not include:

  • text books and other learning materials: an additional charge in the region of £82 per course 

 

Is accommodation included in the fees?

Accommodation is not included in the fees. View our accommodation options.

How do I pay?

You can pay by bank transfer or by credit card. Please contact us for bank transfer details.

How do I apply?

You can apply online or by post. Find out more about how to apply.

Tracking your progress

 

You will be assessed through a combination of examination and coursework during the course.

Methods of assessment will include:

  • short written texts
  • extended essays
  • oral presentations.
At the end of the course, reading and listening tests will be completed.
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