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Pre-sessional Programme for Foundation Year Students

If you have a minimum English language level of IELTS 5.0, but have not got IELTS 5.5 in all skills, this special pre-sessional programme will allow you to improve your language skills to the level required to join the International Foundation Programme (IFY) at the University of Southampton in September.

Course Features

The aim of this programme is to improve your general communication skills in English to make sure that you are ready to study on a Foundation programme at the University of Southampton.  It does not include ‘academic English’ because you will study this on a Foundation programme.

In addition to formal teaching and learning, regular social, cultural and language practice activities are offered by student helpers and staff.

Tuition Fees 2019

Dates and FeesPre-sessional for Foundation Year
Dates 11th July – 6th September
Course Fees £3,160

To apply

To apply for the Pre-sessional Programme for Foundation Year Students, please complete the online application form.

This programme is currently only for applicants who wish to study for the International Foundation Year at the University of Southampton. Applicants for the Engineering Foundation Year and Science Foundation Year intending to study a non – English pathway may be able to take General Course A or B. Please email us to find out which course may be suitable for you.

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

By telephone:
+44 (0) 23 8059 3344

By email:
elaccess@southampton.ac.uk

By post:
English Language Admission
Admissions Team
University of Southampton
Highfield
Southampton
SO17 1BJ

Hall LocationRoom TypeFoundation Pre-sessional (59 nights)
Wessex Lane Ensuite £1413.64
Wessex Lane Non Ensuite £1197.11

Please note that the availability of the halls listed above for each course may be subject to change.

All Pre-sessional students are guaranteed accommodation in University Halls of Residence for the duration of the Pre-sessional Programme.

To find out more about our halls of residence please visit our website.

The availability of a Meet and Greet collection service from London Heathrow Airport the day before the start of the Pre-sessional Programme for Foundation Year Students has to be confirmed.

Dates: 11 July - 6 September 2019

Foundation Year Pre -sessional Entry Requirements
IELTS 5.0 overall with 5.0 in Reading, Writing, Listening and Speaking

Please contact us for advice on your entry requirements.

To apply

To apply for the Pre-sessional Programme for Foundation Year Students, please complete the online application form.

Application deadlines

The number of places on the pre-sessional course is not limited, however applicants should consider that the application process can take time, especially in April and May when the number of applications is at its peak. 

All applicants are encouraged to apply and complete the application process as soon as possible.

Additionally, applicants who require a visa to study in the UK should allow sufficient time for the processing of a visa application.  Therefore the application deadline for applicants who require a visa is Thursday 20th June 2019

Further information on visas and immigration is available on our International website.

The application will be assessed after the IELTS or other English language test results have been provided. If an offer is issued to the applicant they will be required to accept the offer within 30 days.  Additionally, an offer will be conditional on the payment of a non-refundable pre-payment of GBP 500.

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

By post:

English Language Admission
Admissions Team
University of Southampton
Highfield
Southampton
SO17 1BJ

The Pre-sessional for Foundation year programme is intensive with approximately 18 hours of classes each week.

The overall aim of the programme is to consolidate and improve your English language skills to enable you to be a successful student on your foundation programme at the University of Southampton. The programme is also designed to increase the confidence with which you use your English.

This is an integrated programme, in which each skill is taught together. We use communicative teaching methods. This means that your classes will include a range of activities designed to enhance your English language skills. These will include:

  • writing tasks
  • reading tasks
  • group discussions
  • project work
  • grammar and vocabulary revision and review
  • listening comprehension tasks
  • individual tutorials.

The assessment methods are designed to indicate that your English communication skills have improved to the level needed for you to be a successful foundation year student. You will demonstrate the improvement in your English language communication skills by completing a range of assessed tasks. There is no final exam.

To apply

To apply for the Pre-sessional for foundation year Students course, please complete the online application form.

Further information on visas and immigration is available on our International website.

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

By telephone:
+44 (0) 23 8059 3344

By email:
elaccess@southampton.ac.uk

By post:

English Language Admission
Admissions Team
University of Southampton
Highfield
Southampton
SO17 1BJ

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