Pre-sessional: half-band credit

You can enter many degree programmes at the University of Reading with a half-band credit to your English language score, when you complete one of our Pre-sessional programmes.

'My writing teacher worked hard and gave us feedback. She had a good teaching style and designed our class very well. I was really happy to join her class everyday because I knew that I could improve my English writing skills.'

Ting-Ting Chen, Pre-sessional student who benefited from the half-band credit.

 

What is the half-band credit?

  1. Study on a Pre-sessional programme at Reading at our UK or Malaysia campus.
  2. Aim to reach the English language level required for your conditional offer.
  3. At the end of the Pre-sessional programme, if you achieve half a band lower than your required score, you can start your chosen degree at the University of Reading*.

For example:

  • If your offer for a place on a degree course at Reading is conditional on achieving IELTS Band 6.5, you would be accepted onto that degree with an end of Pre-sessional course score of 6.0.
  • If your offer for a place on a degree course at Reading is conditional on achieving IELTS Band 7.0, you would be accepted onto that degree with an end of Pre-sessional course score of 6.5.

What do I have to do to take advantage of this offer?

You need to register for a University of Reading Pre-sessional programme by emailing psadmissions@reading.ac.uk attaching:

  • a copy of your most recent English language test certificate (UKVI IELTS)
  • a copy of the identification page of your passport

Our Admissions team will then take into account the half-band credit when reviewing admission to your University of Reading degree programme.

Note that the half-band credit does not apply to all degree courses. Your offer will highlight if the course you are applying to may be eligible for the half-band credit. You can contact the Admissions Team if you are unsure.

If you have any queries please contact us at: psadmissions@reading.ac.uk

*Please note that all applicants must meet UKBA guidelines and minimum UKBA and University of Reading language scores. Please be in contact via psadmissions@reading.ac.uk for further details.

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