English for Academic Purposes
Your English language level is assessed by a combination of coursework
and examinations. You will be required to produce a Research Essay of
approximately 2,000 words, the topic of which relates to your future
course of study, and also to give a short presentation about this to
your classmates. In the final week of the course, there will be three
examinations: listening and note-taking skills, reading skills, and the
unseen essay paper. In total, your writing skills marks account for
40% of the total, and speaking, listening and reading each account for
It’s important to remember that students on the Pre-sessional courses have different language goals: some may be aiming for a final score of 65% while others may need 75% for their chosen graduate degree programme.
- A successful end-of-course score of 65% is accepted as an English language proficiency qualification by UCL’s Faculties of Engineering, Mathematics and Physical Sciences, Built Environment and Clinical Sciences.
- A score of 70% is accepted by UCL’s Faculties of Arts and Humanities, Social and Historical Sciences, Life Sciences (including A100 Medicine, C800 Psychology and taught graduate Psychology programmes).
- The Faculty of Laws requires a final score of 75%.
See an overview of 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.
All of your assessed pieces of work and all of your exam scripts are
marked by two tutors in order to ensure that the high standards of the
course are maintained. We realise that it is essential to produce your
final results as quickly as possible, and so all of the tutors involved
on the course work very hard to ensure that the final results are
available by the Thursday afternoon following the end of the
Pre-sessional Course, so this will be 13 September 2012.
If you are applying to a UCL department, your results will be sent to
Registry directly. If you are holding an offer from another UK
university, it will be your responsibility to forward copies of your
final results and end-of-course report to your prospective institution.
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