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Pre-sessional English – University of Reading

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Pre-sessional English

Coronavirus (Covid-19) update

We are aware that the current situation is likely to have an impact on your plans to study with us at Reading, but we can reassure you that our Pre-sessional courses are now running online and will continue to do so through the academic year.

For more information, please see our FAQs below.

Frequently-asked questions (FAQs)

Will PSE Blocks 3, 4, 5 + 6 be online or taught on campus?

We are offering a flexible, blended model of face-to-face and online teaching and learning so that you can start your programme in the spring/summer, whether you are able to come to Reading or need to study with us remotely. We are looking forward to welcoming all of our students who are able join us on campus. In order to create a safe and supportive study environment, we have adapted our teaching, facilities and services to comply with the UK government's social distancing and safety requirements. For students who are not able to come on campus, the course content will be available online, with regular interactive sessions as well as teacher feedback and support.

Will I need a SELT to join PSE 3, 4, 5 or 6?

  • PSE 3, 4, 5 + 6 Online:
  • No. We will be able to accept you onto the programme using any of our acceptable English language tests that can be found on our Acceptable English Language Tests page.
  • PSE 3, 4, 5 + 6 Campus-based:
  • Yes. You will need a SELT to obtain a visa to enrol on a campus-based course. PSE 3 will be fully online for the first two weeks to allow you time to come to the UK. You will then move to a mix of online learning and face-to-face teaching on campus. On PSE 4, 5 + 6 there will be a mix of online learning and face-to -face teaching from the beginning of courses.

How much are tuition fees for Pre-sessional English courses?

Our fees are charged per study block. Please have a look at the ISLI webpage for details of fees.

How do I pay tuition fees?

You can make a payment on the student payment website: Pay your fees online

Are classes delivered at UK time?

Courses are mainly asynchronous (available to download at any time) to ensure that students in any time zone can access what is delivered unit by unit, with some live events every week that should be accessible to students in most time zones.

How will I be assessed?

Students will receive detailed individual feedback on both written and oral work and there will be continuous monitoring of their progress. The final assessment is based on a combination of continuous assessment and the Test of English for Educational Purposes (TEEP). The TEEP will be an online version.

Pre-sessional English

Develop the skills you need to start a degree course in the UK – and the confidence to make a success of it.

If you already have at least 4.0 in IELTS (or equivalent), our Pre-sessional English (PSE) programme will help you:

  • achieve the English language level you require for entry on to your chosen undergraduate or postgraduate degree course
  • prepare for academic study
  • progress to a degree course – most degree courses at Reading accept students from the PSE programme with an exit score of 0.5 below the target.

Whether you have already been accepted on to a degree course or are intending to study in the UK, by taking the PSE programme at Reading, you can make friends, become familiar with our campus and adapt to life in the UK before you start your degree course.

"When I compare before and after my experience… I see one word: confidence."

Ben Koulibali – Ivory Coast

A Flexible and tailored programme

This is a flexible programme that allows you to choose when you start and how long you study with us. The programme involves study blocks that start on different dates throughout the year – whichever date you start, you join a class of students at the same language level as you.

Our PSE programme is tailored to your needs:

  • you can enrol on as many study blocks as you need; we can advise you how long it is likely to take to reach your target English language level
  • if you join us over the summer (in study blocks PSE4, PSE5 or PSE6), separate classes are available for prospective undergraduate and postgraduate students.

What you'll learn

During the programme, you will learn academic English while developing the skills required to become a confident and independent student.

How you'll learn

Our small class sizes and expert teachers ensure you get the support you need. You will be encouraged to participate in learning activities that develop your English language and academic study skills. And as you are assessed as part of the programme, you do not need to take a separate, external language test at the end of the programme.


You can apply for accommodation in our comfortable halls of residence, which are either on or close to the campus and all of its facilities. Living with other students on the PSE programme gives you the chance to make friends and become part of a supportive community of international students.

How to apply

It's easy to apply and we can help you with your application if you need it.

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