We offer a 4-week and a 12-week Pre-sessional English Course. These courses are designed to prepare non-native speakers of English for university study in Britain. More information about these courses can be found below.

  • 4-week Pre-sessional Course
  • 12-week Pre-sessional Course
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What is the pre-sessional Course?

An intensive four-week course to help prepare students for study at Queen Margaret University. It also provides students with the opportunity to settle in to life here at QMU and to establish friendships with other students before the beginning of semester.

There is a strong practical element with an emphasis on student participation. Students prepare for and deliver a presentation in their subject area, participate in seminar discussions, and conduct research for a written assignment which is submitted in the final week. Opportunities for practising these skills are integrated throughout the programme. Academic reading and writing skills are developed and practised depending on student needs.

A cultural trip is provided every Friday afternoon.

What previous students have said about the pre-sessional:

  • "It's really useful to practise presentations."
  • "Materials which were used were so effective."
  • "Writing skills were the most useful for me as I learned so much."
  • "The speaking skills made me participate in the discussions, and I enjoyed it." -week course designed to prepare non-native speakers of English for university study in Britain

Main areas covered:

  • planning and writing academic essays
  • reading and writing critically
  • conducting effective research
  • using evidence to support claims
  • giving presentations
  • listening to lectures and taking notes
  • participating effectively in seminars
  • improving vocabulary and grammar                                  

Here is a typical weekly timetable for the course

The course has been developed by the QMU Effective Learning Service which provides ongoing support for all students wishing to develop their English language and academic study skills.

Who will benefit from the course?

This course will be extremely useful for students who:

  • wish to develop their academic and language skills before beginning their studies
  • wish to build their confidence in using English in an academic environment
  • wish to understand more about the cultural and study environment at a UK university

In some cases students whose IELTS score is 0.5 below their chosen course entry requirement (overall or in any element) may be able to obtain an unconditional offer by successfully completing the pre-sessional course.

Course details

Four weeks: 21 class hours and one cultural visit per week

Typical weekly timetable:

Monday and Friday: 9:15 am – 12.45 pm

Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday: 9:15 am - 4:15 pm

Friday pm: cultural visit

Here is a typical weekly timetable for the course

What does the pre-sessional course cost?

  • £950 for four weeks (without accommodation)
  • on-campus accommodation may be available: £99-£116 per week
  • further information can be obtained when booking a place
  • alternatively students may wish to make their own arrangements off-campus

When is the pre-sessional?

Monday 7th August – Friday 1st September 2017

QMU induction week: starts Monday 4th of September

How to book a place

Register for the this course as part of your university application. Contact Admissions@qmu.ac.uk to register your interest.

IELTS Scores:

Students whose IELTS score is one band below their chosen course entry requirement (overall or in any element) may be able to obtain an unconditional offer by successfully completing our 12-week Pre-sessional Course.

What is the 12-week pre-sessional programme?

It is a course for students who require a longer period of English language preparation prior to their university studies. It is a progressive three stage programme, providing students with the opportunity to work on their general English language, move on to developing basic English academic skills and then undertake more challenging and productive academic tasks more specific to the demands they will meet on their courses at QMU.

Course content:

Four weeks general English

  • communication skills
  • grammar and vocabulary development
  • reading and writing

Four weeks academic English (introduction)

  • giving presentations
  • introduction to academic reading and academic vocabulary
  • introduction to academic writing

Four weeks academic skills in English

  • planning and writing academic essays
  • reading and writing critically
  • conducting effective research
  • using evidence to support claims
  • giving presentations
  • listening to lectures and taking notes
  • participating effectively in seminars

Who is this programme for?

It is open to any non-native speaker of English whose IELTS score is 1.0 below the entry requirement (overall or in any element) and to any students who feel they could benefit from extra language and skills preparation before undertaking their university programme.

When is the 12-week pre-sessional?

Monday 12th June – Friday 1st September 2017

(QMU induction: week beginning Mon. 4th Sept.)

What does the course cost?

£ 2950 for total 12 weeks tuition

What does accommodation cost?

  • On-campus accommodation may be available for the final four weeks: £ 99 - 116 per week

Homestay interest should be notified to CapAdmin@qmu.ac.uk once you have been offered and accepted a place on your chosen degree course at the university. For on-campus accommodation availability, contact the accommodation office directly.

How to book a place

Register for the this course as part of your university application. Contact Admissions@qmu.ac.uk for more details.

Please note: QMU reserves the right to change the location and the provider if required.

ELS Support Enquiries

The ELS is based in room 1153 in the Library.

Opening hours:

Monday to Friday 09.00 a.m. - 16.30 p.m.

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ELS Support Enquiries

Effective Learning Service
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