Pre-Sessional English Language 8 weeks (PS8)

Key information

Start date: October 2021

Attendance dates:

October 2021: 18, 19, 20, 21, 22, 25, 26, 27, 28, 29
November 2021: 01, 02, 03, 04, 05, 08, 09, 10, 11, 12, 15, 16, 17, 18, 19, 22, 23, 24, 25, 26, 29, 30
December 2021: 01, 02, 03, 06, 07, 08, 09, 10

Time commitment: Mon-Fri for 8 weeks


Distance learning

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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 8 weeks (PS8) course.

You will automatically be moved onto your degree course on successful completion of the Pre-Sessional English Language 8 weeks (PS8) course, if this is condition of your offer, without the need to take any additional external language tests, including IELTS.

Course delivery

The PS8 course will be delivered online with synchronous teaching by English for Academic Purposes tutors in small groups.

The online classes will be from 9am – 12:30pm (GMT) and one to one tutorials will be scheduled either before or after the online classes.

Hear from our students

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

Learning outcomes

  • 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, time management, independent study and other organisational skills.

Learning and teaching methods

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


There will be final assessments in all four skills.


This course has 8 weeks of teaching from 18 October to 10 December 2021.

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 8 weeks (PS8) course. 

    English language requirements

    To be eligible for this Pre-Sessional English Language 8 weeks (PS8) course, you will need to have achieved an overall IELTS Academic score of 0.5 below the required level for your degree course, with no lower than 0.5 in all other components.

    View the other English language qualifications that we accept.

    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. 

    For equivalent entry requirements for other English language tests, please contact us by email.

    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: £330
    • Remaining course fees: £2,970*

    Total: £3,300

    *We require the remaining fee to be paid 4 weeks before the course starts.

    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 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 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.

    You may be eligible to have a single CAS to cover both your pre-sessional English language course and your degree course. If you are eligible, this means you don't have to make a second visa application for your degree course.

    Please note, if you fail to successfully complete this 8-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.

    (CAS not applicable to online only courses).

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    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.

    Cancellation policy

    The deposit or fees for the Pre-Sessional English Language 8 weeks (PS8) course, paid to the University, can be refunded if a request is made via email to at least two weeks before the start of the course.

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

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


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