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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.

For Summer 2019 we are also offering the additional flexibility of an early start to PSE 4 for students who would benefit from additional weeks of study. This course is PSE 4a and will be 14 weeks in length.

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. The suggested study time is a minimum that is typically taken to reach the required level.

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.

Please note, that these entry requirements are based on entry to degree programmes at the University of Reading which accept the Pre-sessional half-band credit to the English language score. If the half-band credit does not apply to your degree programme, or if you will not be studying your degree programme at Reading, then it is likely that you will need to study for longer on the Pre-sessional Programme. Please contact us so we can work out the best course for you.

If you need help deciding on which blocks would suit your needs,  we can advise on the best option for you.

Contact us at psadmissions@reading.ac.uk

Target TEEP/IELTS level of 6.5 with no less than 5.5 in each element

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

19 weeks

14 weeks

PSE3 + PSE4

PSE4 a

5.0 - no skill less than 4.5, writing 5.0

5.5 - no skill less than 4.5

11 weeks

14 weeks

PSE4

PSE4 a

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 with no less than 6.0 in each element

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

19 weeks

14 weeks

PSE3 + PSE4

PSE4 a

5.5 - no skill less than 5.0, writing 5.5

6.0 - no skill less than 5.0

11 weeks

14 weeks

PSE4

PSE4 a

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

Other Target TEEP/IELTS level

Please contact us for advice on the study time required to achieve the level of English for your course.

If you will not be studying your degree programme at Reading, please include your offer letter when applying so we can work out the best course for you.

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.

Students requiring more than 14 weeks can take: PSE1/2/3/4 (41 weeks) or PSE2/3/4 (30 weeks) or PSE 3&4 (19 weeks).

*Students for January 2020 entry to a Masters degree programme can take PSE1 for 11 weeks from 30/09/19 if they already have IELTS 5.5 or higher.

Applicants should seek advice on how many weeks they need: email Andy Seymour at a.e.seymour@reading.ac.uk

Applications for PSE 4, PSE 5 and PSE 6 are still open. We suggest you apply as soon as you receive the offer from your main program of study at the University of Reading. Closing dates are set to ensure you have sufficient time to complete application process, paying deposit and obtain a CAS (if required).

Application deadlines are as follows:

PSE 4 (11 weeks) application closing date is 24th May 2019;

PSE 5 (9 weeks) application closing date is 8th Jun 2019;

PSE 6 (6 weeks) application closing date is 29th Jun 2019.  

Study block Dates 2019 Tuition fee Duration (weeks)
PSE4 a 03/06/2019-06/09/2019 £4,900 14
PSE4 24/06/2019-06/09/2019 £3,850 11
PSE5 08/07/2019-06/09/2019 £3,150 9
PSE6 29/07/2019-06/09/2019 £2,100 6

 

Study block Dates 2019/20 Tuition fee Duration (weeks)
PSE1 30/09/2019-13/12/2019 £4,125 11
PSE2 13/01/2020-27/03/2020 £4,125 11
PSE3 20/04/2020-12/06/2020 £3,000 8
PSE4 22/06/2020-04/09/2020  £4,125 11 
PSE5 06/07/2020-04/09/2020 £3,375   9
PSE6  27/07/2020-04/09/2020 £2,250  6

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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