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Your performance on your chosen pre-sessional course will be assessed in a variety of different ways.

Successful completion of your course is defined as:

  • at least 90% attendance
  • completion of all assessments and tests
  • an overall pre-sessional assessment score of at least 40%.

If you are enrolled on the twelve or twenty week course, you will also need a pass mark of 50% in the language and skills test.

Please be aware that the assessments are currently under review. We will contact all offer holders in early 2019 to confirm the final details for the 2019 Programme.

You will conduct a questionnaire-based survey in groups (2-3 max) and produce a written report.

Each individual in the group receives the same mark for all stages of the report, apart from the ‘Discussion / Conclusion and Recommendation’ stages which will be composed and submitted individually. In addition, you will be required to keep a research diary to be submitted along with your report.

The report should be between 1400- 1500 words in length.  The research topic and hypothesis is provided.

This will comprise 15% of your final mark.

The essay, which must follow a model provided by the course tutor, should be between 1200-1300 words on a given title, contain a discursive element, and should be completed in the penultimate week of the course.

This will be achieved through a progressive build-up of skills from brainstorming to discursive writing through a series of written tasks. The essay is intended to enable you to practise your research and referencing skills while at the same time providing a framework for you to experience the writing process from task analysis to final draft within a guided environment.

This will comprise 25% of your final mark

This is a multi-skills test focusing on reading, writing, listening and study skills.

This will comprise 15% of your final mark.

This is a multi-skills test focusing on the academic and study skills you have learnt during the course.  The test will also include a written synthesis task, combining the reading and listening sources used in the test.

This will comprise 35% of your final mark.

This is comprised of an evaluative score based on continuous assessment of your fluency and contributions to class discussions over the course, together with evaluation of your presentation skills in reporting the results of the written report.

This will comprise 10% of the your final mark.

The language and skills tests focuses on language, structure and vocabulary common to an academic context.  It also introduces students to basic academic skills in listening, reading and writing.