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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. 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, writing 5.0

19 weeks

11 weeks

PSE3 + PSE4

PSE4

5.0 - no skill less than 4.5

5.5 - no skill less than 4.5

14 weeks

14 weeks

PSE 4a*

PSE 4a*

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

* PSE 4a is not currently available.

For Henley Business School Postgraduate Taught programmes Target TEEP/IELTS level of 6.5 with no less than 6.0 in each element.

Please note the half‐band credit does not apply to programmes with this  target level.

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 4.0 

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

5.5 - no skill less than 5.0

6.0 - no skill less than 5.0

14 weeks

14 weeks 

PSE 4a*

PSE 4a*

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 - 3 skill at 6.0 or above, listening or speaking at 5.5

9 weeks

6 weeks 

PSE5

PSE6

* PSE 4a is not currently available

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, writing 5.5

19 weeks

11 weeks

PSE3 + PSE4

PSE4

5.5 - no skill less than 5.0

6.0 - no skill less than 5.0

14 weeks

14 weeks

PSE 4a*

PSE 4a*

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

* PSE 4a is not currently available.

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 2021 entry to a Masters degree programme can take PSE1 for 11 weeks from 28/09/20 if they already have IELTS 5.5 or higher.

Applicants should seek advice on how many weeks they need: contact us at psadmissions@reading.ac.uk.

 

 Study Block
 Dates 2020/2021
 Tuition Fee
 Duration (weeks)
 PSE1  28/09/2020-11/12/2020  £4,345 11
 PSE2  11/01/2021-26/03/2021  £4,345 11
 PSE3  19/04/2021-11/06/2021  £3,160  8
 PSE 4a*  N/A  £5,530  14
 PSE4  21/06/2021-03/09/2021  £4,345 11 
 PSE5  05/07/2021-03/09/2021  £3,555  9 
 PSE6  26/07/2021-03/09/2021  £2,370  6

* PSE 4a is not currently available.

Study Block  Dates 2021/2022 Tuition Fee  Duration (weeks)
 PSE1  27/09/2021 - 10/12/2021  £4,565  11
 PSE2  10/01/2022 - 25/03/2022  £4,565  11
 PSE3  19/04/2022 -10/06/2022  £3,320  8
 PSE4a  31/05/2022 - 02/09/2022  £5,810  14
 PSE4  20/06/2022 - 02/09/2022  £4,565  11
 PSE5  04/07/2022 - 02/09/2022  £3,735  9
 PSE6  25/07/2022 - 02/09/2022  £2,490  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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