Students In Pre Sessional Class At Abbey College Cambridge

Preparation Courses

Our Pre-Sessional Programme (in Cambridge) and Academic Preparation Course (in London) are designed to raise students’ ability in general and subject-specific English and prepare them to join our academic programmes.

Preparation Courses Duration and Start Dates

Programme Duration Starts Every Available At
Academic Preparation Programme One – three terms January, April, September DLD Collge London
Pre-Sessional Programme One – three terms January, April, September Abbey College Cambridge


How are Preparation Programmes taught?

Dependent on the students’ level of language and academic abilities, these programmes can be taught for one, two or three terms. As well as strengthening English language and academic skills, we will prepare students to learn in a typical British classroom environment. This includes skill development in areas such as pair work, project work, independent reading, discussion work, team building. Physical Education (PE) and Personal Health and Social Education (PHSE) also form part of our preparatory curriculum.


Students have regular internal tests on the full range of English language skills; reading, writing, listening and speaking throughout the programme. Formal external assessments take place at the end of the programme which will be used to determine the student’s suitability to progress onto the relevant academic programme.