SOAS University of London

International Foundation Courses and English Language Studies

Pre-sessional courses (2021 entry)

  • Structure
  • Teaching and Learning
  • Fees and funding
  • Apply

Overview

Covid 19 update

Social distancing restrictions in the UK relating to the current coronavirus pandemic are due to be relaxed over the coming months. The speed of the relaxation is not fixed and will depend on continued reductions in infections. We want to be able to ensure that the delivery of our pre-sessional courses are effective and safe for our students. Consequently, we will deliver all pre-sessional courses fully online this summer. 

  • As we will be delivering all Pre-Sessional English (PSE) courses fully online this summer, we will not be issuing a CAS for the Pre-Sessional course. 
  • Students will study the PSE remotely in their home countries and only need to request a CAS for their degree programme 
  • We will be able to issue a CAS for students who successfully pass the PSE 
  • We encourage all students to take the earlier Pre-sessional Course A to allow enough time to receive your CAS and apply for a visa for your degree programme

Key features

  • The courses are intended for students who are starting undergraduate or postgraduate degree programmes in late September.
  • Most students taking these courses do so as a requirement of their degree course offers.
  • Some students who are not required to take these courses do so in order to even better prepare themselves for their future studies.
  • Although the majority of students will go on to study at SOAS, students destined for other colleges of the University of London and other universities are welcome to attend too, if there are spaces available.
Pre-sessional courses cater for the needs of students going on to degrees, in which essay-writing is an important component

So bear in mind that:

  • Writing researched and extended essays are important parts of the coursework. Students will be guided in how to read extensively outside the classroom environment using e-learning materials, Internet and Library resources. Students will then be expected to apply these skills in their own writing and to take an active part in tutorial feedback and forum discussions.
  • Students will receive regular 1:1 feedback on their work from their teachers.

Students whose first language is not English often take time to adjust to the requirements of academic study at a UK university, and taking part in a pre-sessional EAP course can help in this process of adjustment, developing students' confidence in their own use of English and in their study skills so that they can embark on their degree programmes fully prepared.

Mode of Attendance: Full-time

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Structure

Structure

The 8-week courses consist of 144 hours of guided tuition and the 4 week courses consist of 72 hours: this will be a combination of directed activities and exercises scheduled Monday to Friday, and classroom teaching and tutorials according to the week’s timetable. The 8 week courses consist of 144 hours of guided tuition and the 4 week courses consist of 72 hours: this will be a combination of directed activities and exercises scheduled Monday to Friday, and classroom teaching and tutorials according to the week’s timetable. 

The content of course A and course B for the 4-week Pre-sessional is the same. Course A is run from an earlier date for the convenience of students who require an earlier finishing date, for example those who also have a requirement to do a  preparatory course as part of their Master's Programme (e.g. Law, Economics and Finance).

*** Covid-19 Update ***

  • As we will be delivering all Pre-Sessional English (PSE) courses fully online this summer, we will not be issuing a CAS for the Pre-Sessional course. 
  • Students will study the PSE remotely in their home countries and only need to request a CAS for their degree programme 
  • We will be able to issue a CAS for students who successfully pass the PSE 
  • We encourage all students to take the earlier Pre-sessional course A to allow enough time to receive your CAS to start your degree programme in September 
  • Welcome Week begins 27 September 2021 and classes begin 4 October 2021 

Assessment

The Pre-sessional courses are designed to support you reaching the exit level required by your academic department. Assessment is built into the course design and will include:

  • writing a Researched Extended Essay
  • an individual Presentation related to your subject area
  • a test of Academic Listening

In addition to these requirements, all students must achieve or maintain an English language level of B2 (Common European Framework). 

IMPORTANT: In order to successfully complete the Pre-sessional course, you will need to fulfil a minimum attendance and engagement requirement of 90%, submit all required course-work to given deadlines, as well as achieving the grade specific to your study level in assessment.

Time Table

Live Academic sessions: 8.30am-10am  (Monday-Friday)   
Academic Advice sessions: 11.30am-12.30pm (Monday-Friday)

Live Academic classes will be scheduled between 8.30am and 12.30pm (BST) Monday to Friday and will be delivered online. These sessions will include synchronous ('live') classes, Academic Advice sessions and students engagement activities, which students will be expected to attend as well. Additionally, interactive asynchronous ('on demand') materials will be provided and students will be asked to complete those prior to their live sessions.

Important notice

The information on the programme page reflects the intended programme structure against the given academic session. If you are a current student you can find structure information on the previous year link at the top of the page or through your Department. Please read the important notice regarding changes to programmes and modules.

Teaching and Learning

Teaching & Learning

What is English for academic purposes?

Although many people develop good language skills at school, university or in their work, university study makes particular demands on students' language and study skills. Students need to be able to:

  • listen to lectures and take notes efficiently
  • participate fully in tutorial discussions, including in group seminars
  • present seminar papers based on reading and/or research
  • read and gather information from a wide variety of written sources
  • write relevant, well-argued and accurately presented essays and examination answers in an appropriately academic style

Pre-sessional EAP courses aims

  • to develop students' English language and study skills to the level required for them to be successful in their studies
  • to provide students with an opportunity to interact and engage with students from around the world, and to help them develop effective collaborative strategies both inside and outside the class
  • to help students gain an understanding of the academic and cultural context of university study so that they will be able to participate in and benefit fully from their degree course

Fees and funding

Fees and course dates 2021

Eight-week Pre-sessional courses:

Tuition fee: £4,000 GBP

  • 8-week Pre-sessional Course A: Monday 28 June - Friday 20 August
  • 8-week Pre-sessional Course B: Monday 26 July - Friday 17 September

Four-week Pre-sessional courses:

Tuition Fee: £2,500 GBP

  • 4-week Pre-sessional Course A: Monday 26 July - Friday 20 August  
  • 4-week Pre-sessional Course B: Monday 23 August - Friday 17 September

Students will need to pay their fees online as soon as they have accepted the offer of a place on a Pre-sessional course to guarantee their place on the course.

All fees must be paid in full before the start date of the programme.

For instructions on how to pay and other fees related queries, see IFCELS Fees.

Read our Summer Programme and Presessionals Terms and Conditions

Scholarships

For further details and information on external scholarships visit the Scholarships section

Apply

When to apply

Before you apply for a pre-sessional course, you must fulfil all of the following requirements: 

  • You are holding an academic offer letter from SOAS.
  • Your English certificates have been submitted to Admissions and your English proficiency has been assessed.

In 2021, we understand you may be delayed in sending in all the required academic qualifications to SOAS Admissions to satisfy the conditions of your offer. You can apply for the Pre-sessional once your offer letter showing a Pre-sessional requirement has been received.

Complete the Online Pre-sessional application form, uploading all of the following supporting documents:

  • copy of your offer letter from SOAS (or other university)
  • your passport details
  • copy of your English language certificate/qualification

Deadline to apply

8-week Pre-sessional courses:

  • Course A Deadline: Monday 14 June (starts Monday 28 June)
  • Course B Deadline: Monday 12 July (starts Monday 26 July)

4-week Pre-sessional courses:

  • Course A Deadline: Monday 12 July (starts Monday 26 July)
  • Course B Deadline: Monday 9 August (starts Monday 23 August)

Check language requirements before applying

For all questions relating to immigration and visa requirements for your Pre-Sessional programme, email to ifcels@soas.ac.uk (include your full name and SOAS University student reference number in all correspondence). 

Non-SOAS degree applicants: Please complete and submit the application form, together with details of your current English language level. If you have a conditional offer from another UK university, please check with them that they will accept this Pre-sessional course in preparation for your degree.

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