Assessment and Progression

We constantly review our assessment regime to ensure it meets the requirements of the academic departments to which our students progress.  This means that details of assessments may be subject to change.

For both the online and blended learning courses, your assessments will look like this:

Assessment: 40-week and 30-week

During the 40-week and 30-week programme you will be assessed informally on your progress in all four skills with tasks which may include essay writing, comprehension tests, presentations and a portfolio of reflective assignments. These formative tests will be used to help you understand your level, your progress and areas that you need to work on. The assessments may take place either during the stage or at the end of the block of study. If during the stage or by the end of the stage we feel you are not making satisfactory progress, we will allow you to move to the next programme but you will need to complete an Individual Learning Plan to document the additional work you are doing to improve your level of English.

Assessment: 20-week

Your English skills will be assessed mid-way through the 20-week programme and at the end of the block of study. The assessments comprise ‘reading-to-write’ essays, summary listening tests and a mini-presentation and seminar discussion. You will need to demonstrate the appropriate level of English in all four skills and overall in order to progress to the 10-week summer course. There are no resit opportunities. If you do not achieve the required score, you will not be allowed to continue with your Pre-Sessional course and we will withdraw you from the course.  If you are holding a Student Route visa and you are withdrawn from the course, UKVI regulations mean that you will need to leave the UK within a specified time.

Final Assessment

All students will take the same final assessments during the last four weeks of the Pre-Sessional course.

The ELC takes an integrated approach to assessment on the summer courses. This means that we do not test speaking, listening, reading and writing skills separately. As is the case on your academic programmes, you will need to combine all four skills in different assessments in order to be successful.

Your ability to understand spoken English is assessed using academic lectures as the basis for group discussions in the Lectures and Seminar Discussions element of your course. Your understanding of written English is assessed by your ability to incorporate ideas from authentic academic journal articles, books, reports and/or other professional texts into your Research Project, with a target level of CEFR B2/C1.

Your speaking skills are assessed in group discussions and an individual reflective presentation.

The Research Project is a 1500-word essay. The titles are related to your academic programme.

    Progression to academic study

    The marks from your final assessments are used to calculate an overall mark.

    Our Pre-Sessional assessment grades are aligned with CEFR and the score you need to achieve in order to proceed to your academic programme will be different depending upon what the direct entry requirements are for the course you are moving on to.  For example, students for whom the direct entry requirement is IELTS 7.0 will need a higher score in the final Pre-Sessional assessments than students who have been asked for IELTS 6.5 in their direct entry conditions.

    In addition to the overall mark, you will need to achieve a minimum score in each skill to meet the English language requirements of UK Visas and Immigration (UKVI). If you do not meet this requirement you will not be able to progress to your academic programme and will have to return home. Please note that you will not be able to combine your Pre-Sessional scores with scores you have obtained on other tests to demonstrate proof of your English language level.

    Most students who successfully complete the Pre-Sessional course will not need to retake IELTS before moving on to their academic programmes. Please check the conditions in your offer letter.