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A combined offer for your degree course and Pre-Sessional English (PSE) programme may simplify the visa application process.

A Combined Confirmation of Acceptance for Studies or Combined CAS allows you to apply for a single entry visa covering your Pre-Sessional English course and your main degree course.

To qualify you need to fulfil the following conditions

1. The entry requirement for your course is IELTS 6.5 overall

2. You have met the academic entry requirements for your main degree course

3. Your main degree course starts within one month of the end of your PSE programme

4. You have at least a B1 level (IELTS 5.0 or above) in each of the four elements (Reading, Writing, Speaking and Listening)

5. You will be studying one of the following PSE courses before your main degree course starts in September:

  • PSE E: 13 weeks
  • PSE F: 10 weeks
  • PSE G: 6 weeks

Or on one of the courses where your main course starts in January:

  • PSE A: 10 weeks
  • PSE B: 6 weeks

Table showing the PSE entry requirements based on the target score of IELTS 6.5.

These entry requirements will be applied strictly. The English requirement is given in IELTS terms, with the lowest allowable component score in brackets.

Entry point  PSE course length English requirement
 PSE E 13 weeks 5.5 (5.0)
 PSE A and PSE F 10 weeks 5.5 (5.0, writing 5.5)
 PSE B and PSE G 6 weeks 6.0 (5.5)
 Direct entry  -  6.5 (6.0) or 6.5 (5.5)

Please contact the Admissions team to check if you are eligible.

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Pre-Sessional courses

We have a range of face-to-face or distance learning Pre-Sessional English options to meet your academic English needs.

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Course lengths and fees

We offer different lengths of courses starting at different points throughout the year. The cost of your PSE will depend on the duration of your course.

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How to apply

Apply now for the Pre-Sessional English (PSE) programme at Reading and develop your language and study skills for university study in the UK.

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