Pre-Sessional Programme

The European College of Malta has started offering Pre-Sessional Programmes. These are intensive English courses which are academically challenging, intended for international students who are planning to study for an undergraduate or postgraduate degree at an English-speaking university, but do not meet the English language entry requirements.

The Pre-Sessional Programmes are designed to help students meet the English language entry requirements of their course and to prepare them for the academic skills needed at an English-speaking university.

During the course students will:

  • Improve their Academic English and become more confident in their use of the language
  • Develop their skills in understanding and analysing academic texts and use them in writing and speaking
  • Better understand lectures while taking effective notes
  • Develop their ability to write relevant, well-argued essays in an academic style
  • Develop their ability to select, use and reference appropriate academic sources
  • Develop their critical thinking skills
  • Build up their independent study

Entry requirements
A minimum of IELTS 4.0 (with no less than 4.0 in any skill) for entry onto a pre-sessional course – the equivalent in any other secure English language test (SELT) will be accepted as proof of English language proficiency

Length of course
The length of Pre-sessional English course depends on the students’ current level of English. If they have a score higher than 4.0 they may be able to do a shorter course as outlined in the table below. The length of the course is also dependant on the English language level (both overall and for specific skills) required for entry onto the chosen future degree course. Furthermore, it is important to note that individual progress will depend on numerous factors such as the intensity of the programme being followed; students’ aptitude and motivation; lesson attendance and the completion of homework, tests and assignments.

IELTS to NCUK IFY
Present Score Target Score Course length*
IELTS 4.0 IELTS 5.5 24 weeks
IELTS 4.5 IELTS 5.5 16 weeks
IELTS 5.0 IELTS 5.5 8 weeks
IELTS to Undergraduate
Present Score Target Score Course length*
IELTS 4.0 IELTS 6 32 weeks
IELTS 4.5 IELTS 6 24 weeks
IELTS 5.0 IELTS 6 16 weeks
IELTS 5.5 IELTS 6 8 weeks
IELTS to Postgraduate 
Present Score Target Score Course length*
IELTS 4.0 IELTS 6.5 40 weeks
IELTS 4.5 IELTS 6.5 32 weeks
IELTS 5.0 IELTS 6.5 24 weeks
IELTS 5.5 IELTS 6.5 16 weeks

*The above course lengths are approximate and duration will depend on student’s English language skills and aptitude.