Pre-sessional programme outline

"The main achievement of these three months has been gaining a higher confidence in communicating in English. Especially my writing skills have improved significantly. The distinctive feature of this course is its purpose of making English a tool and not an objective. The true objective is communication." (Pre-sessional student, 2017)

Key features:

  • small class sizes
  • preparing you for the expectations of your degree
  • attending live lectures by leading Imperial academics
  • meeting Imperial researchers at interactive research events
  • researching and presenting ideas from STEM disciplines
  • working with authentic materials with a focus on STEM research
  • collaborating with other students to publish work online
  • managing your independent study time with your study coach
  • using our dedicated virtual learning environment
  • interacting with student volunteers on our social programme

‌‌‌‌By joining one of our pre-sessional English courses, you will get a head start in your degree studies, get to know the College and London, and make lots of new friends. 

Our courses have been developed specifically to prepare Imperial students to study STEM subjects and to participate effectively in the academic STEM community.

12-week and 6-week courses

The 12-week and 6-week courses are for prospective Imperial postgraduate students holding a conditional offer and who need to improve their English language proficiency.  Students on these courses must complete all course assignments and class work to the required level and pass the two pre-sessional exams in the final week of the course.  Passing the course means that students have fulfilled the College’s English language entry condition and do not need to re-take IELTS.

Prospective undergraduate students holding a conditional offer are not eligible to apply for the 12- or 6-week courses.

Check the entry requirements for the 12-week and 6-week programmes here

Further information including a sample timetable is provided in these overview documents:

12 week course overview 2019 (pdf)

6 week course overview 2019 (pdf)

3-week course

The 3-week course is designed for undergraduate and postgraduate students who have already met the English language requirement for their course but who wish to extend their academic and social English in preparation for study at Imperial.  As students on this course already hold an unconditional offer, they are not assessed at the end of the course.

Further information including a sample timetable is provided in this overview document:

3 week course overview 2019 (pdf)