Pre-sessional stages 1, 2 and 3 (October - June) plus Pre-sessional stage 4 (June – September)

Pre-sessional Stages 1, 2 and 3 plus Pre-sessional Stage 4 constitutes a preparation programme for international students whose first language is not English and who are intending to begin a postgraduate degree at Surrey University.
 

Pre-sessional Stages 1, 2 and 3: October to June (10, 20 or 30 weeks)

Students study for a total of 210 hours per course and are placed in classes according to their level and needs. On all three courses students will receive individual support from administrative and academic staff including one-to-one tutorials.

Overview of Pre-sessional Courses

Students applying for PS Stages 1-3 are required to apply for PS12 at the same time.

Stage 1/2/3 and PS12

Stage 1

October to December 

(10 weeks)

Stage 2 

January to March 

(10 weeks)

Stage 3

 April to June

 (10 weeks)

Stage 4 (PS12) 

June to September

(12 weeks)

 

 

42 weeks in total

Stage 2 / 3 and PS12

Stage 2 

January to March 

(10 weeks)

Stage 3

 April to June

 (10 weeks)

Stage 4 (PS12) 

June to September

(12 weeks)

 

 

 

32 weeks in total

Stage 3 and PS12 

Stage 3

 April to June

 (10 weeks)

Stage 4 (PS12) 

June to September

(12 weeks)

  

 

 

22 weeks in total

Stage 4

Summer Pre-sessionals   

 

PS12

 

June-September 

 

   

12 weeks

PS8

 

July -September 

 

   

8 weeks

PS5

 

August -September 

 

   

5 weeks

Students who successfully complete Stage 3 will proceed onto our Stage 4, twelve week summer pre-sessional course without retaking the IELTS test. They may, depending on their grade, be able to proceed to the eight or five week pre-sessional course or onto their degree programme. Please note: Only those who achieve very high grades will be able to move directly onto their degree course.

Pre-sessional Stages 1, 2 and 3 will help you to

• Improve your language fluency and accuracy
• Participate in discussions and give presentations
• Develop your academic reading, writing and study skills
• Engage in independent learning
• Achieve the English level required for a Summer Pre-sessional course or your degree course
• Begin your Summer Pre-sessional course or degree course with confidence
• Learn time management and other organisational skills
• Become familiar with the University’s learning facilities
• Adapt to university life at Surrey

Entry level guide:

Minimum Entry Requirement

Minimum Weeks of Study

Start Dates

IELTS Overall 4.5 with no lower
than 4.0 in each component

 

30 weeks

(Stage 1) October

IELTS Overall 5.0 with no lower
than 4.5 in each component

Or completion of Stage 1

20 weeks

(Stage 1 or 2) October 

or January

IELTS Overall 5.5 with no lower
than 4.5 in each component

Or completion of stages 1 and 2

10 weeks

(Stage 1, 2 or 3) October, 

January or April

Note that the table above shows the minimum requirements for entry onto stages 1, 2, and 3 for students who need 6.5 overall with no lower than 6.0 in each component. For students who are required to have a higher IELTS score, the minimum entry levels for all pre-sessional courses will also be higher. The majority of students who join Pre-sessional Stages 1, 2 and 3 are likely to proceed on to Stage 4, Summer Pre-sessional 12. Only those who achieve higher grades will be able to proceed to Pre-sessional 8, Pre-sessional 5 or directly onto their degree course.
 

All students will experience

• A full-time programme - 210 hours per course
• A safe, welcoming environment
• Highly experienced and qualified tutors
• Individual support including one to one tutorials
• Introduction to current UK study methods
• Full access to all university facilities including the library and IT
• Use of a well-equipped multi-media Language Study Area

Courses

Pre-sessional Stage 1: October - December

Pre-sessional Stage 1 focuses largely on language development in order to lay the foundations for Academic English Study.
By the end of the course students will have developed their:
• Grammatical accuracy
• Vocabulary
• Ability to participate in everyday conversations and discussions
• Ability to write well-structured paragraphs and short essays
• Ability to comprehend short reading texts of general English
• Ability to comprehend short listening texts of general interest
• Ability to work independently and in groups
• Time management skills

Pre-sessional Stage 2: January - March

Pre-sessional Stage 2 consolidates work covered in Stage 1 and introduces some of the academic English skills which are needed for postgraduate study.
By the end of the course students will have developed their:
• Grammatical accuracy
• Vocabulary
• Ability to participate in discussions on familiar topics
• Presentation skills
• Ability to write well-structured and well-supported essays in a suitable academic style
• Ability to understand the ideas and arguments presented in a range of reading texts
• Listening and note-taking skills in an academic context
• Ability to work independently and in groups
• Time management skills

Pre-sessional Stage 3: April - June

Pre-sessional Stage 3 will further consolidate work covered in Stages 1 and 2. It will also include a greater focus on the academic English skills which are needed for postgraduate study.
By the end of the course students will have developed their:
• Grammatical accuracy
• Vocabulary
• Ability to participate in short seminar discussions
• Academic presentation skills
• Ability to write a fully referenced academic essay
• Ability to understand the structure, ideas and arguments presented in academic texts
• Skills for listening and note-taking in lectures
• Ability to work independently and in groups
• Independent study and time management skills

Pre-sessional Stage 4: June to September PS12 (12 Weeks)

Entry level guide – IELTS 1.0 band below your offer or successful completion of PS Stage 3 at the required grade
If you have achieved an overall IELTS score 1.0 band below the required level for your degree programme-and each skill is no lower than 1.0 below the individual component score for your programme-the University of Surrey will accept successful completion of this twelve-week pre-sessional course as a condition of entry without the need to re-take any external language tests.


Minimum entry requirements for PS12
 

 

IELTS

PEARSON

Overall

5.5

50

Listening

5.0

45

Speaking

5.0

45

Reading

5.0

45

Writing

5.0

45


This is a rigorous academic English preparation course designed to take students up to the level of English ability and skill required at Surrey. There are classes in different types of academic assignments, a range of reading and listening activities, speaking practice and a final exam assessment. Students have access to all university facilities and receive strong support from expert staff including individual tutorials and constructive feedback.
On successful completion of PS12, students will have developed their:

• ability to write in an appropriate academic style
• research and referencing skills, including adopting a critical approach to data
• lecture listening and note-taking skills
• speaking and academic presentation skills
• reading efficiency
• academic vocabulary
• ability to work independently and in groups
• confidence in their own ability to study in English
• strategies to deal with the demands of a degree course in English.

ACCOMMODATION

Students applying for all three terms of Pre-sessional Stages 1, 2 and 3 plus PS12 are guaranteed University accommodation, as long as they apply early enough.

Students coming for only one or two terms may be able to live in University accommodation but this will be subject to availability.

If you wish to apply for University accommodation: single, ensuite (private bathroom) self catering, please go to the accommodation web-pages for more information. 

Important: For Pre-sessional English accommodation you need to apply for the current Academic year, 2016/17.  For your degree course accommodation you need to apply for 2017/18. Please pay for your accommodation fees separately and not with your tuition fees.

For your degree programme:

If you plan to arrange your own accommodation outside the University please ensure it is available from changeover day.

If you wish to continue to live in University accommodation you should complete the accommodation application for your degree programme. Provided you have completed all procedures you will move into your degree programme accommodation on changeover day.

If you wish, you can arrange your own accommodation off campus.

 


Guildford

Set in the heart of the English countryside, but only 40 minutes from London by train, our campus is home to students of more than 120 nationalities. Nearby Guildford is an attractive, typically English historical town, with a theatre, cinemas, a good range of restaurants and excellent shopping facilities. Here you will have all the advantages of being close to London while studying in a peaceful, friendly and safe location. You will soon be able to make friends and feel at home.

Quick links

 

Contact us:

E: english@surrey.ac.uk

T: +44 (0) 1483 689911

University of Surrey
School of English and Languages
Guildford,
Surrey
GU2 7XH
United Kingdom

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