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Our courses are available for students on campus (face-to-face) or remote students (distance learning/online). Please see an overview of our Pre-Sessional English (PSE) courses across the academic year, including relevant modules, assessments and exit points.

Multiple entry points, two exit points

You can study Pre-Sessional English at Reading for up to 29 weeks and start at six points across the academic year.

  • There are options for 29 weeks, 19 weeks, 13 weeks, 10 weeks and 6 weeks.
  • You will complete your PSE in December if you start your degree programme in January.
  • You will complete your PSE in early September if you start your degree programme in late September.

Find out which Pre-Sessional course length is right for you

Find out if you are eligible for a Combined Offer 

A Combined Confirmation of Acceptance for Studies (Combined CAS) covers a student's Pre-Sessional Programme and their main course of study. You may be eligible for a combined CAS if your IELTS (International English Language Testing System) target is 6.5 and you currently have a B1 level in all 4 skills – speaking, listening, reading and writing.

Final assessment combining coursework and the Test of English for Educational Purposes (TEEP)

All assessment before the last six weeks is formative and designed to help you learn and develop your academic language and skills.

At the end of the final 6-week modules, you are assessed by the Test of English for Educational Purposes (TEEP), and written-language and spoken-language coursework assignments.

99% of our University of Reading PSE students in summer 2023 met the language requirements to progress to their degree programme at Reading.

Postgraduate Success Programme

If you already have an unconditional offer for one of our master's degrees, you can apply for the four-week programme Postgraduate Success Programme (PSP).

This online programme is specifically designed for international students with an unconditional offer of postgraduate study from the University of Reading.

The PSP will help you prepare for university academic life and enable you to get the most out of your master’s degree.

For more information, visit the Postgraduate Success Programme page

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.

How you will study


Our teaching methods and expert staff will help you to develop your academic English skills.

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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