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How long do you need to study?

You can start the Pre-sessional English (PSE) programme at different points throughout the year and study for as long as it takes to reach your target English language level.

To make the PSE programme flexible, we offer six study blocks each year: PSE1 to PSE6. Study blocks allow you to create a programme that meets your needs.

How to reach your target

The following tables show how long it typically takes to reach the English language level required for entry on to your chosen degree.

You may be able to achieve your target English language level with just one study block, or you may need to enrol on two, three or four blocks. The tables also give examples of the study blocks we recommend you take to achieve your target.

If you need help, we can advise on the best option for you.

Target TEEP/IELTS level of 6.5

Your TEEP/IELTS level now Study time required Example study blocks

4.0 – no skill less than 4.0

41 weeks

PSE1 + PSE2 + PSE3 + PSE4

4.5 – no skill less than 4.0

4.5 – no skill less than 4.5

30 weeks

19 weeks

PSE2 + PSE3 + PSE4

PSE3 + PSE4

5.0 – no skill less than 4.0, writing 4.5

5.0 – no skill less than 4.5, writing 5.0

19 weeks

11 weeks

PSE3 + PSE4

PSE4

5.5 – no skill less than 4.5, writing 5.0

5.5 – no skill less than 5.0

11 weeks

9 weeks

PSE4

PSE5

6.0 – no skill less than 5.0

6.0 – no skill less than 5.5

9 weeks

6 weeks

PSE5

PSE6


Target TEEP/IELTS level of 7.0

Your TEEP/IELTS level now Study time required Example study blocks

4.5 – no skill less than 4.0

4.5 – no skill less than 4.5

41 weeks

30 weeks

PSE1 + PSE2 + PSE3 + PSE4

PSE2 + PSE3 + PSE4

5.0 – no skill less than 4.0, writing 4.5

5.0 – no skill less than 4.5, writing 5.0

30 weeks

19 weeks

PSE2 + PSE3 + PSE4

PSE3 + PSE4

5.5 – no skill less than 4.5, writing 5.0

5.5 – no skill less than 5.0, writing 5.5

19 weeks

11 weeks

PSE3 + PSE4

PSE4

6.0 – no skill less than 5.0, writing 5.5

6.0 – no skill less than 5.5

11 weeks

9 weeks

PSE4

PSE5

6.5 – no skill less than 5.5

6.5 – no skill less than 6.0

6.5 – 3 skills at 6.0 or above, listening or speaking at 5.5

9 weeks

6 weeks

6 weeks

PSE5

PSE6

PSE6

Target TEEP/IELTS level of 7.5

Please contact us about how we can help you achieve this higher level of English.

Study dates and tuition fees

Once you know how many weeks you need to achieve your target, you can decide when to start your PSE programme. Tuition fees depend on which blocks you choose and how long you need to study to reach your target language level.

Study block Dates Tuition fee Duration (weeks)
PSE1 25/09/2017–08/12/2017 £3,575 11
PSE2 08/01/2018–23/03/2018 £3,575 11
PSE3 16/04/2018–08/06/2018 £2,600 8
PSE4* 18/06/2018–31/08/2018 £3,850 11
PSE5 02/07/2018–31/08/2018 £3,150 9
PSE6 23/07/2018–31/08/2018 £2,100 6

*PSE4 is only open to applicants who have an offer from the University of Reading.

The following diagram shows how you can take one or more study blocks to create a programme that finishes at the end of the academic year, ready to start your degree course in September.

PSE study blocks

Entry requirements

To join a study block on the PSE programme, you need to have an IELTS score of at least 4.0 in listening, reading, writing and speaking. Some study blocks have higher entry requirements.

If you require a visa, you will need to provide proof of your language level with a Secure English Language Test (SELT) certificate – the most well-known test is IELTS.

 

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Find out how you can apply for the Pre-sessional English programme at Reading

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