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English Language Entry Requirements

Students requiring a Tier 4 visa will need to take a Secure English Language Test (SELT)

Requirement to Engage

You must fully engage with the Pre-Sessional programme.

This means that you must:

  • attend all classes in the timetable
  • submit all assessments by the due date
  • undertake all exams

Failure to engage will lead to deregistration and may prevent you from joining your main degree programme. If we are sponsoring your Tier 4 (general) Student immigration permission, this may also affect your visa status.

We offer the following Pre-Sessional English Programmes:

Pre-Sessional Summer Programme

Queen Mary's Summer Pre-Sessional programmes run for 13 weeks, 9 weeks or 5 weeks. They are designed to develop your English language and academic study skills, and prepare you for your chosen undergraduate or postgraduate degree at the University. The Summer Pre-Sessional programmesoffer you a stimulating academic experience and the Pre-Sessional teaching team is committed to making sure that you complete the programme successfully. The programme is designed for:

  • international students.
  • students from the European Union.
  • students with an offer from Queen Mary which requires a summer pre-sessional programme.
  • students with an unconditional offer who want to follow a summer pre-sessional in order to perfect their English and study skills, prepare for academic life, and acclimatise to life in the UK, London and Queen Mary.

Find out more about the Pre-Sessional English Summer Programme here.

Foundations Pre-Sessional English 

This programme is for students who need extra English support before joining the International Foundation Programme or studying for their Pre-Masters Graduate Diploma in Humanities & Social Sciences or in Finance & Economics at Queen Mary. This programme is for students who have reached the academic requirements of their International Foundation Programme or their Pre-Masters offer, but not the required English language level. This includes:

  • international students.
  • students from the European Union.
  • students with an offer from Queen Mary which requires attendance on the Foundations Pre-Sessional.
  • students with an unconditional offer for the International Foundation Programme or the Pre-Masters who want to follow the programme in order to prepare for academic life, and to acclimatise to life in the UK, London and at Queen Mary.

Find out more about the Foundations Pre-Sessional here.

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