Pre-Sessional English Language Programme​

Pre-sessional English Language Programme

This is a 12 week, 5 module programme for students who wish to join a course of study at CUC-Ulster, but who do not have either the necessary English Language requirements or who require additional support to prepare for educational study.

Anyone who holds a conditional offer for a CUC-Ulster programme and who needs to achieve the required level of English to meet the offer condition

Anyone who wishes to be better prepared for academic study prior to joining a higher education course

To provide foundations for university-level study

To build on language and skills developed in previous tertiary-level study

To enable learners to meet the English language requirement to access IFP/Y (Level 3) and HND Business (Level 4) and MBA (Level 7) programmes.

Upon completion of the course, students will be able to:

produce texts of a range of genres, including essays and reports using an appropriate style.

understand and respond to academic lectures in their field.

Understand the content, purpose and author opinions when reading academic texts.

analyse and evaluate information presented using critical thinking skills. 

take part in seminar discussions on academic topics.

deliver an effective academic presentation.

demonstrate the use of appropriate strategies for academic success. 

understand and meet the requirements of their chosen English language test.

Course Structure

There are 2 pathways:


Pre-Foundation is aimed at those wishing to gain access either to a pre-degree Foundation year or the first year of a Bachelor Degree or BTEC Higher National Diploma.

Pre-Masters is aimed at those wishing to start a postgraduate programme such as an MBA or Masters qualification.

Teaching sessions are independent of each other, which allows students to join at any stage of the course. It is advised that students join no later than week 7 in order to complete all sessions on the course. Delivery will take place both face to face and online. Class timings are flexible based on the circumstances of the cohort.

The programme will be delivered over a period of 12 weeks (depending on cohort) with classes taking place both online and face to face. At the end of the course, students will complete an English Language test and progress onto their qualification with Ulster University or Pearson Education. Each pathway has 4 Academic modules plus an additional exam preparation module.

Research and using sources: finding information, paraphrasing and summarising, referencing

Writing Skills: characteristics of genres, organisation, creating cohesion, complex grammar and vocabulary, academic style, the writing process

Developing an argument: essay and paragraph structure, providing evidence and support, acknowledging counterarguments, drawing conclusions

Taking notes when listening

Awareness of lecture structure, content and meaning through inferring and evaluating, signposting language, deducing the meaning of unfamiliar vocabulary

Listening skills: listening for gist and specific information

Understanding meaning: subject-specific vocabulary, implicit content, conceptual meaning

Understanding relationships between ideas: text structure, main and supporting ideas, use of cohesive devices

Reading critically: facts and opinions, use of evidence, validity and reliability of claims and evidence 

Effective reading: prediction, skimming and scanning


Seminar discussion skills

Oral presentations

Familiarity with test format

Time management

Assessment criteria


At the end of the course, students will complete either an IELTS, Pearson PTE or Password test (To be decided).

Length of course

Each module is 36 hours long and is delivered over a 12-week duration (3 hours a week).

The whole course (5 modules) will be 15 hours per week for 12 weeks.

Course fees

The cost per module is: 2,500 QAR if taken individually.


For the whole 5 module course, the cost is 10,000 QAR, which includes the cost of entry to the English Test (if required).

If you are successful in gaining entry to your chosen course, these fees will be discounted from your first year’s tuition fee*

*terms and conditions apply.


Minimum IELTS level to join the programme

  • A minimum score of 4.0 in IELTS, Password or equivalent for the Pre-Foundation Pathway
  • A minimum score of 5.0 in IELTS, Password or equivalent for the Pre-Masters Pathway

(There may be exceptions. This will be reviewed on a case-by-case basis)


Entry criteria



You must: 

  • Have successfully completed the General Secondary Education Certificate or Qatar Senior School Certificate with a minimum of 50% in 5 subjects. 
  • Have an Academic IELTS overall score of no less than 4.0 or equivalent.



You must: 

  • Have a second class honours degree (or higher) or equivalent. 
  • Have an Academic IELTS overall score of no less than 5.0 or equivalent.


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