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Pre-sessional English language courses

About our pre-sessional English Language Courses

Pre-sessional English language programmes are the most effective way for international students to prepare to study at the University of Southampton. These programmes allow you to:

Which programme is right for me?

Know your entry requirement.

You need to check the English requirement on your conditional offer, and consider which pre-sessional programme you can access.

Know your needs.

A longer programme has more opportunities for learning, feedback, and practice. Take a shorter programme if you are confident you can prepare for your degree studies, and meet the progression requirements, with less guidance and feedback.

PS6: If you feel comfortable with your English ability and study skills, and wish to meet your entry requirements at a high pace, then this programme is suitable for you.

PS11: If you would like to develop your English ability and study skills with more learning tasks, feedback and tutor guidance, then this is suitable for you.

PS16: If you wish to develop more self confidence in your academic skills and communicative ability, and desire a steadier and more supported Pre-sessional experience, then this programme is suitable for you.

PS39/25: If you wish to develop your academic, communicative, and cultural preparation for your studies during a longer programme at the university, then this course is suitable for you.

How do the programmes work?

If you reach your required scores on the pre-sessional assessments, you will meet your degree entry requirements. Pre-sessional teaching and assessments help you understand more about academic communication than language tests do.

If you have an unconditional offer and wish to take a Pre-sessional programme to be more prepared for your studies, your scores on Pre-sessional will not affect your offer.

Our dedicated team of tutors will guide you through a series of academic tasks and assessments tailored to your particular academic subject choice. We therefore make teaching and learning useful for your future studies by focusing on your needs.

These are full-time, intensive programmes, designed to develop your confidence and ability to study on your programmes through English. These are indicative 40 hours of study per week, a combination of 18 to 20 taught hours and 22/20 hours of structured independent learning.

Our approach is to make the Pre-sessional programmes as bespoke as possible to your individual needs. In order to achieve this our dedicated team of tutors and advisors will guide you through a series of academic tasks and assessments tailored to your particular academic subject choice.

Pre-Sessional English Language Programmes

CourseMode of Delivery

Start

Date

End 

Date

IELTS

Required

Min overall *

Tuition 

Fee

Application

Deadline

Pre-payment

Deadline

39

Week

In-person

29

Sept

2022

7

Sept

2023

4.5* £17,550

18

August

2022

1

September 2022

25 Week In-person

26

Jan

2023

7

Sept

2023

5.0* £11,250

15

Dec

 2022

29

Dec

2022

               
16 Week Online 19 May 8 Sept 5.0* £7,120

28

April

12

May

16 Week

In-person

UK

19 May 8 Sept 5.0* £7,120

14

April

28 

April

               
11 Week Online

23

June

8 Sept 5.5* £4,895

26

May

9

June

11 Week

In-person

UK

23

June

8 Sept 5.5* £4,895

12

 May 

26

 May

     

 

       
6 Week Online

21

July

1

Sept

6.0* £2,700

23

 June

7

July

6 Week

In-person

UK

21

July

1 Sept  6.0*  £2,700  

9

 June

 23 June

*Entry requirements for a Pre-sessional course vary, based on the conditional offer for your main degree programme. Full details will be your substantial conditional offer letter.

On campus in-person option

You will need a Secure English Language Test [SELT] and visa to travel to Southampton to study this course. The language qualifications we accept are listed on the Admissions Policies language page. To find out more about our accommodation options, please visit our accommodation pages.

Online Option

You do not need a Secure English Language Test [SELT] or a visa to start our online courses from your home country. The language qualifications we accept are listed on the Admissions Policies language page. In order to participate fully in this course students will need access to a PC/ laptop with headphones, microphone, and webcam, and a reliable internet connection. 

To apply for a pre-sessional course, please complete the online application form.

If you have a question or would like further information, please contact our Admissions Team:

By telephone: +44 23 8059 3344

By email: elaccess@southampton.ac.uk

Students in a lecture

Pre-sessional English for Academic Purposes

For students with an minimum IELTS of 5.5 who need to improve their English in order to meet the English language requirement for their degree programme at the University of Southampton.

3 students studying

Academic Year English Pre-sessional Programmes

For students with an minimum IELTS of 4.5 who need to improve their English in order to meet the English language requirement for their degree programme at the University of Southampton.

 

Frequently asked questions

Am I guaranteed a place for pre-sessional if I apply before deadline?

We are experiencing a large volume of applications therefore we recommend that applicants apply as soon as possible to secure a place on a Pre-sessional course. Applications may close earlier than the published deadline if the course is full. We will advertise on our website when the course becomes full.

Is there any circumstance in which the pre-payment is refundable?

Your Pre-sessional pre-payment is £500.  You should not pay this until you receive a conditional offer of a place on a Pre-sessional course.  The payment is not refundable.

May I transfer from the 11-week to the 6-week course if my new IELTS score has met the entry requirement before the 6-week course start date?

We cannot guarantee that you will be able to change your Pre-sessional course. You will not be able to change to the 6-week course if you have enrolled on the 11-week course.

May I transfer between Online and On Campus study before the course start date?

Please contact the admissions team at elaccess@southampton.ac.uk 

Do I need to retake my UKVI Academic IELTS if I take the Pre-sessional course?

You need to achieve a level of English suitable for entry to your degree course in the assessments at the end of the pre-sessional course. You will be given a result at the end of the course and if you successfully reach the level required for your degree course, you will progress on to your degree and will not need to take a new IELTS.

What would happen if I fail pre-sessional?

If you work hard on the Pre-sessional course you have a good chance of progressing to your degree course. In a typical year, 90-95% of our Pre-sessional students progress to their degree programme at Southampton. If by the end of the Pre-sessional English course you do not achieve the level required to progress you may not be able to study on your main degree course. You will be given advice on your options when you are given your results at the end of the Pre-sessional course.

Who can I ask about my visa?

The University has a dedicated team of staff to provide information and advice about visas and immigration for students and their dependants. You can submit questions on this student services enquiry form.

May I cancel my pre-sessional course if my new IELTS has met the course entry requirement?

You can cancel your Pre-sessional course at any time before the start date of the course but you will not receive a refund of the pre-payment. This may also affect your CAS and visa application, so please get in touch if you decide to do this.

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Foundation Years

Pre-Masters programme

English for Academic Study (EAS)

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