Pre-Sessional English Language 21 weeks (PS21)

Key information

Start date:
13 February 2023
Attendance dates:
13 February – 1 September 2023
Time commitment:
Mon - Fri for 21 weeks
First 10 weeks online, final 11 weeks on Stag Hill campus, University of Surrey
Contact details:


If you are an international student planning to study on a degree course with us but don't meet our initial English language requirements, you may benefit from our Pre-Sessional English Language 21 weeks (PS21) course.

You will automatically be moved onto your degree course on successful completion of the Pre-Sessional English Language 21 weeks (PS21) course, if this is a condition of your offer, without the need to take any additional external language tests, including IELTS.


Course delivery

The first 10 weeks of PS21 course will be delivered online. The online classes will be from 9am – 12:30pm and one-to-one tutorials will be scheduled either before or after the online classes.

The final 11 weeks of PS21 course will be taught face to face on Stag Hill campus, University of Surrey, Guildford, Surrey GU2 7XH

Hear from our students

Listen to what some of our students who attended the Summer Pre-Sessional English Language courses have to say about online learning.

Studying Pre-Sessional English online

Learning outcomes

During the course, you will develop your:

  • 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 your own ability to study in English
  • Strategies to deal with the demands of a degree course in English.

Course content

  • Language fluency and accuracy
  • Academic presentation skills
  • Academic study skills
  • Fully referenced academic essays
  • Listening and note-taking in lectures
  • Reading skills including your ability to understand the structure, ideas and arguments presented in academic texts
  • Independent learning, adapt to university life at Surrey, learn time management, independent study and other organisational skills
  • Become familiar with our learning facilities including the Library.

Learning and teaching methods

  • Reading and listening activities
  • Speaking practice
  • Group discussions
  • Independent study
  • One-to-one tutorials.


There are multiple assessments throughout the course and a final exam.

Entry requirements

You will need to have already accepted a degree offer with us in order to be eligible for our Pre-Sessional English Language 21 weeks (PS21) course. 

    English language requirements

    To be eligible for this Pre-Sessional English Language 21 weeks (PS21) course, you will need to have achieved an overall IELTS Academic score of 1.5 below the required level for your degree course, with:

    • 1.0 lower in writing
    • 1.5 lower in all other components.

    For students who are required to have a higher or lower IELTS Academic score for the degree offer condition, the minimum entry levels for all pre-sessional courses will be correspondingly higher or lower. 

    If you present a variety of pieces of evidence of competence in English, you will only be judged on the most recent piece of evidence.

    Please see the list of the English language tests that can be accepted for the pre-sessional courses.

    Example entry scores

    Applicants who need an IELTS Academic 6.5 overall with no lower than 6.0 in each component for their degree course:


    Applicants who need an IELTS Academic 6.5 overall with no lower than 6.0 in writing and 5.5 in all other components for their degree course:


    Fees and funding

    Price per person:


    What these fees include

    • 10% deposit: £910
    • First 10 weeks of course: £4,100
    • Final 11 weeks of course: £5,000*

    Total: £9,100

    *We require payment for the full fees 1 week before the start of PS21.

    Additional costs

    Throughout the duration of your studies it is likely that you will incur additional costs.

    Funding opportunities


    If you are being sponsored, evidence of this must be supplied to us after your initial application is made, via the applicant portal.

    This has to be issued by an authorised officer of an official sponsoring body and have a recent date of issue. This should be on company headed paper and should clearly state:

    • Your name and university number.
    • The programme for which you have been offered a place.
    • The level of fees that will be paid by the company.
    • The address the invoice should be sent to.
    • That the fees will be paid directly to the University of Surrey.

    How to apply

    Applications are not yet open, please register your interest below.

    Applications for this course are online, we would advise you to apply as soon as possible as places are limited. Applications typically close four weeks before the start of the course or earlier if we reach a maximum number of applications. If we still have spaces on the course, we may extend the application deadline date.

    You are required to upload documents as evidence:

    • Evidence of your English language level:
      • If you require a Confirmation of Acceptance for Studies (CAS), you will need to supply a UKVI IELTS report
      • If you are applying for a Student visa, you will need to supply a UKVI IELTS report
    • A valid copy of your passport or EU National Identity card (valid for international travel)
    • A copy of your sponsorship letter (if you are a sponsored student).

    International applicants

    If you’re an international applicant, you will need a Student visa to study with us. You must apply for your visa early enough to ensure you arrive for your first day of  your course.

    Confirmation of Acceptance for Studies (CAS)

    In order to apply for a Student visa, you will need a Confirmation of Acceptance for Studies (CAS), a unique reference number, which is confirmation of your unconditional offer to study with us. A 10% deposit or proof of sponsorship for the total is necessary to receive a CAS and be accepted.

    Please note, if you fail to successfully complete this 21-week course, and this is a condition of your offer, you will not be able to study on your degree course and your Student visa will be withdrawn, unless you re-take and pass the IELTS.

    Register your interest

    Terms and conditions

    When you accept an offer of a place at the University of Surrey, you are agreeing to comply with our policies and regulations and our terms and conditions. You are also confirming you have read and understood the University's prospective student privacy notice.

    Cancellation policy

    The deposit or fees for the Pre-Sessional English Language 21 weeks (PS21) course, paid to the University, can only be refunded for one of the following reasons:

    Applicant-related issues

    • Refusal of a student visa for overseas applicants, in the event that proof of a rejection is sent and the University can verify via the UKVI system that the individual has been rejected and refused entry to the UK
    • The applicant has not met the conditions of their Pre-sessional course offer.

    A £100 administrative payment which covers the administrative time as well as the cost of issuing a CAS certificate will be deducted.

    University-related issues

    • The University is unable to offer the Pre-sessional course.
    • The University closes the Pre-sessional course.
    • The University cannot fulfil its offer of a place for the Pre-sessional course.

    A full refund of any paid course deposit or fee will be refunded.


    This online prospectus has been prepared and published in advance of the commencement of the course. The University of Surrey has used its reasonable efforts to ensure that the information is accurate at the time of publishing, but changes (for example to course content or additional costs) may occur given the interval between publishing and commencement of the course. It is therefore very important to check this website for any updates before you apply for a course with us. Read more.

    Course location and contact details

    Campus location

    Stag Hill

    Stag Hill is the University's main campus and where the majority of our courses are taught. 


    University of Surrey
    Surrey GU2 7XH