Pre-Sessional Courses

Pre-Sessional Courses for GCSE, A-Level and IB Exams

Prepare for GCSE, A-Level or IB exams by developing subject-specific knowledge, language and test skills.

This course is for students who need to improve their English language skills and develop subject knowledge in English, Maths and/or Science. During morning lessons, you will join one of our General English classes where your teacher will help you practise using English to communicate. In the afternoons, you will work on your subject-specific knowledge in small classes, with lessons designed to meet your individual goals and requirements.

Key information



Minimum language level

A2 (Elementary) + above

Course length

From 1 week

Hours of teaching per week


Minimum class size

4 (GE)/ 1 (the GCSE subject class)

Maximum class size

14 (GE)/ 3 (the GCSE subject class)


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What will I learn?

Course content

On this course you will:

  • Practise all aspects of your chosen exam and work on revision strategies and techniques for the test
  • Improve your reading and writing skills using a range of example materials and topics
  • Take regular practice tests to monitor your progress
  • Learn vocabulary and grammar to use English more accurately in coursework and exams

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How will I learn?

Learning outcomes

You will be able to:

  • Improve your English language skills, including listening, speaking, reading and writing
  • Develop your subject-specific knowledge, build vocabulary and improve the quality of your writing
  • Be more confident taking exams and learn strategies to help you be more successful
  • Understand the GCSE, A-Level or IB exams in English, Maths and Science
  • Gain subject knowledge and be ready to respond to the requirements of the exam

Personalise my course

Course options

  • Many of our courses can be personalised by adding one-to-one tuition to your course to receive extra teaching dedicated to your individual needs and goals.

When will I study?

Sample timetable

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