The Summer Pre-Sessional Programmes at Durham have been accredited by the British Association of Lecturers in English for Academic Purposes (BALEAP), which sets rigorous criteria to ensure that courses in English Language and Study Skills for speakers of other languages are of a high standard and provide an excellent quality of service for their students.
Accreditation occurs every four years and the Durham Pre-Sessional was again very successfully accredited over three days in September 2012 and 2016.
Course design principles are clearly articulated, informed by sound EAP principles and by effective liaison with subject specialistsExecutive Summary, BALEAP Accreditation report 2016, p4
The Pre-sessional is well-supported by University services and Josephine Butler College, which provides an excellent induction to the residential collegiate experienceExecutive Summary, BALEAP Accreditation report 2016, p4
Teachers demonstrated a high level of competence in supporting students to engage with the academic expectations of their departmentsExecutive Summary, BALEAP Accreditation report 2016, p4
Both teachers and students commented that the level of challenge in the materials and the assessments was appropriateExecutive Summary, BALEAP Accreditation Report 2016, p4