English for Academic Purposes
Pre-sessional English Courses: Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs)
General Questions about the Pre-sessional Courses
All four skills of speaking, listening, reading and writing are
taught in relation to their use in an academic environment. Therefore,
speaking skills classes focus on seminar skills and fluency and also on
formal oral presentations; the listening skills classes concentrate on
listening to academic lectures and effective note-taking skills; the
reading skills classes equip you with the necessary strategies for fast
and effective reading of a variety of academic texts; and the writing
skills classes will help you to express your ideas clearly and
accurately in academic writing.
See the Pre-sessional Studying pages for more information.
|The Extended Pre-sessional Course attracts students who need to make considerable improvements to their English language level in order to progress to graduate study in the UK; they may also need more time to familiarise themselves with the British Higher Education system as well as receiving support and guidance with their applications to UK graduate programmes.|
UCL English for Academic Purposes Courses: an overview
You will receive 20 hours of English language tuition every week, with classes running from 10-1 each morning Monday to Friday and then commencing again for afternoon classes on Tuesdays and Thursdays. The timetable includes a 20-minute (one-to-one) tutorial (see studying for more information) with your personal tutor each week, and the academic lecture delivered by a UCL academic every Tuesday afternoon. The course is taught across the central UCL site.
The typical class size on the course is 12 participants, but the maximum size is set at 14.
Admission to the Pre-sessional Courses
You can choose from the Extended, 11-week, 8-week or a 5-week
Pre-sessional course, but you must meet the entry requirements for that
|UCL EAP Course||Minimum Entrance Requirements*||
4.5 in all subtests
15 in all subtests
|11 week Pre-sessional||
5.0 in all subtests
17 in all subtests
|8 week Pre-sessional||
5.5 in three subtests
18 in three subtests
|5 week Pre-sessional||
6.0 in three subtests
20 in three subtests
|*Entry will depend on an applicant’s existing level of English, academic history and final score needed|
Your English language level must meet the entry level for that particular Pre-sessional
Course, and you will have already completed your undergraduate degree.
It is probable that you will already have an offer from a UK
university to begin your graduate degree programme in September of the
Please apply for the Pre-sessional Course which allows you sufficient time to achieve the language level you require for your future course of study. If you plan to study a degree programme at UCL following the Pre-sessional Course please see our guide to UCL's English Language Requirements for graduate degree entry.
We estimate that you should be able to improve your English language level by the equivalent of approximately 0.5 IELTS every 4 weeks of the course (together with a minimum of 10 hours additional self-study per week). So you have to consider two things when applying for a Pre-sessional course:
- Do you meet the minimum entry requirement for that particular intake?
- Do you have sufficient time to reach the language level you require? See UCL's English Language Requirements for graduate degree entry.
For example, if you have an IELTS score of 6.5 and need to achieve a final score of 7.0 for entry into your department, you could apply for the 5-week course. However, if you have an IELTS of 6.0 and need to achieve the equivalent of 7.5 by the end of the course, then you would need to apply for the 11-week course rather than for the 8-week.
Remember too that the entry levels given above are minimum levels of English. Even if you only 'need' to do a 5- or 8-week course in terms of your language level and exit requirement, you may wish to apply for the longer 11-week course in order to give yourself more time to improve your language and study skills and to familiarise yourself more with the academic conventions of the British Higher Education system.
Group work in the classroom
Studying in the Self-Access Centre
UCL student accommodation for UCL EAP students
UCL Accommodation can be selected by Pre-sessional students who formally accept an offer of a place on the course.
See Accommodation for more information.
The Pre-sessional qualification and progress to postgraduate or undergraduate degrees after the course
UCL will accept the Pre-sessional Course qualification you achieve for entry to Graduate and Postgraduate programmes. An additional English qualification such as IELTS will NOT be required for students achieving the required score for UCL.
Your final score on the course can been seen as equivalent to IELTS or TOEFL. See UCL's English Language Requirements for graduate degree entry.
A number of other leading institutions in the UK have accepted students on graduate degree programmes on the basis of their final score on the Pre-sessional Course. A comprehensive end-of-course report is provided with the breakdown of your final results, and so this information gives your prospective university a detailed picture of your English language profile.
For students applying to courses at universities which do not accept results from the UCL Pre-sessional Course as qualification for their English language requirements, we advise taking an IELTS test in central London.
Pre-sessional Social Events
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