Skip to Site Navigation Skip to Main Content Skip to Footer

Pre-Sessional Academic English (short course)

Why study this course?

The Pre-sessional Academic English course prepares you for entry to London Metropolitan University's undergraduate and postgraduate degree courses. The short course runs from Monday 14 August until Friday 22 September 2017.

Open all

This full-time six-week course will help prepare international and European students for university studies (undergraduate or postgraduate) taught in English.

Successful completion of the course will demonstrate your language skills meet the Common European Framework of Reference for Languages (CEFRL) B2 level or higher (depending on course entry requirements), and can give entry to undergraduate and postgraduate studies without retaking a secure English language test, such as International English Language Testing System (IELTS).

The course is suitable for:

  • students holding conditional offers for undergraduate and postgraduate study at London Met whose level of English is a little below the course entry requirements
  • students holding unconditional offers for study at London Met who already have the required English level but want to feel more confident and prepared for their studies
  • students interested in an academic English course to support their studies in any English-medium university

The course offers 15 hours of face-to-face input per week, with 10 to 15 hours a week self-study outside of class also required to complete assignments. It is held in the summer, from Monday 14 August until Friday 22 September 2017, for entry to degrees in September or October 2017.

The course will help you to:

  • develop reading, writing, speaking and listening skills to the levels required for entry to an undergraduate and postgraduate course (at least CEFRL B2)
  • develop language skills and confidence for successful academic study
  • get to know the UK higher education environment and its expectations
  • meet and participate in interactive classes with multinational students with a range of subject specialisms
  • develop independent learning skills


Each six-week course includes structured assessments in reading, writing, speaking and listening and individual feedback so you know if you are on track.

Assessment tasks include:

  • written summary of/response to academic articles
  • a group research project and report (first six weeks)
  • a discursive essay (second six weeks)
  • a presentation
  • reading, writing, listening and language tests (during and at end of course)
  • an end-of-course interview
  • a portfolio including reflection on your learning

In order to obtain the level of English required to study an undergraduate or postgraduate degree at London Met, we require you to have certain International English Language Testing System (IELTS) scores. All undergraduate courses and the majority of postgraduate courses require a score of 6.0 overall with 5.5 in each component. However, some postgraduate courses require slightly higher grades of 6.5 overall with 6 in each component (please see individual course pages for details).

The six-week Pre-sessional Acamedic English course is designed to help you achieve those grades. In order to take a Pre-sessional English course at London Met, you're required to have already achieved the following IELTS scores. Please note, the entry requirements differ depending on the type of study you wish to pursue following the pre-sessional course.

Undergraduate/postgraduate course with entry requirement of 6.0 overall and 5.5 in each componentPostgraduate course with entry requirement of 6.5 overall and 6 in each component
6.0 overall with 5.0 in any components or 5.5 with a minimum of 5.5 in all components 6.0 with a minimum of 5.5 in all components


To join the course as an independent Academic English programme only (without plans for undergraduate or postgraduate study at London Met), a similar level of English (IELTS 5+) is expected. Please contact us if you would like to discuss suitability of the course to your level and needs.

The course is structured around academic project work to develop your language skills. It will include:

  • skills and language development through academic project work including reading and responding to academic articles, completing a group research project, or researching and writing a discursive essay
  • supported academic writing tasks, including reports, essays, summaries and reflective writing
  • supported academic speaking tasks, including contributing to seminar discussions and presentations
  • lectures on a variety of subjects including British culture, to practise academic listening, note-taking and vocabulary development
  • understanding and developing critical thinking and reflective practices
  • a self-study programme, including academic project work, tailored e-learning support and access to our library of language-learning resources
  • preparation for future studies through access to library resources for your subject and with some assignments linked to your subject specialism
  • group work, pair work and reflection on how you work with others
  • one-to-one tutorials for individual support and feedback on your work

Attendance is full-time, from Monday to Friday, 10am to 1pm. You are expected to undertake independent study in the afternoons or evenings.
Total hours per week: 25 to 30 (15 hours in class and 10 to 15 hours of self-study).

Maximum class size is 18 students. Study materials are included in the price of the course. Our courses cater for students going on to undergraduate and postgraduate study.

Includes an e-learning component.

How to apply

If you wish to apply for a short course, use the apply online button.

For more course information please contact:

Claire Bradshaw 

When to apply

There is no official closing date for this course. However, if you need to apply for a visa you must allow enough time to do so. You're advised to apply as early as possible as we'll only consider your application if there are places available on the course. The next six-week Pre-sessional Academic English course will run from Monday 14 August until 22 September 2017.

The cost of the course is £2,000.


Fees and key information

Short Course
Please select your entry point to display the fee