Academic Language Support Service

Pre-sessional Courses

Assessment and Progression

Assessment

Students attending Pre-sessional Course A and B are required to take IELTS tests in May and June and must meet a minimum standard* to be permitted to continue with their English language studies on Pre-sessional Course C.  All students are assessed by tests and coursework at the end of Pre-sessional Courses C and D. 

*Please note the minimum IELTS score required to progress on to Pre-sessional Course C is usually 5.5 (with a minimum of 5.0 in all subtests).  However, higher scores are required for some courses. Please check the English language requirements for your academic programme.

The end-of-course assessment for Pre-sessional Courses C, D and E includes exams, coursework and a presentation and students are also required to complete written assignments throughout the course.

Progression

Important information about progression to your academic programme

All students are expected to attend and engage appropriately with the pre-sessional courses. Please note that, if you do not attend and/or engage sufficiently with the course, you may not be permitted to progress to your degree programme.

At the end of the course, you will be assessed on your reading, writing, speaking and listening skills in addition to your understanding of UK academic conventions.

In order to progress to your degree programme, you will need to demonstrate: 

  1. that you have attended and fully engaged with the pre-sessional course, AND

  2. that you have met the UKVI minimum English language requirements for degree level study, equivalent to Level B2 in the Common European Framework of Reference for Languages in each of the four skills (reading, writing, speaking and listening), AND

  3. that you have met the University’s minimum overall threshold for successful completion of the pre-sessional course. 

Important information for all students

UKVI English language requirements for degree level study

In order to sponsor students under Tier 4, the University is required to assess whether their English language ability is equivalent to the Common European Framework of Reference for Languages (CEFR) B2 in each of the four skills: listening, speaking, reading and writing.

If you have already demonstrated that you are at CEFR Level B2 via a UKVI SELT IELTS test before starting the pre-sessional course (by achieving a minimum score of 5.5 in each of the four sub-tests), the University will accept this as evidence that you have fully met the UKVI’s minimum requirements. You will be expected to continue to improve your English language to achieve a higher level of skill in all areas.

If you have not demonstrated that you are at CEFR Level B2 in one or more subtests before starting the pre-sessional course, we will carry out our own assessment of your English language level as part of our standard end of course assessment.  If you do not achieve CEFR Level B2 in one or more subtests, you will not be permitted to progress to your degree programme under any circumstances and will be asked to leave the University.