SOAS University of London

International Foundation Courses and English Language Studies

Intermediate Level Reading and Writing

Academic English Summer Course

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  • Structure
  • How to Apply


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This course is a 6-week course for students who have an intermediate level of English (at least IELTS 5.0) and who need to improve their academic reading and writing skills before embarking on further studies.

Using a combination of intensive language study, frequent controlled practice and close monitoring by an English tutor, students will achieve a sound basis of reading and writing skills which will enable them to approach their future study programme with confidence. A feature of the course is regular one-to-one tutorials with the teacher in order to address a student’s individual problems and a focus on drafting, proofreading and redrafting writing to achieve grammatical accuracy. This course is suitable for pre-undergraduate and undergraduate level. There are classes for different levels of ability.

The course will run through blocks 2 and 3 from 3 August-11 September 2020. There is also a shortened version of this course available in Block 3 as a 3-week course 

Click on the Structure tab for more details and to see what structure the lectures will follow

Student comments:

“This course gave me more confidence about writing and also gave me the opportunity to study more grammar and a variety of reading material”

“My English skills have improved visibly, especially my writing. This course helped me to understand English more.”

“The material given by the teacher was very useful. We had a lot of opportunity to practice the difficult grammar topics. The feedback received from her was very detailed and correct.”

“The most satisfactory aspects: …experienced teacher, good atmosphere, nice timetable.”


English language requirements: Minimum entry level: Intermediate IELTS 5.0 /TOEFL IBT 68


During the course students will:
  • develop their written accuracy
  • increase their vocabulary in an academic context
  • improve their reading speed and skills
  • develop their summarising skills
  • learn how to deal with academic texts
  • produce an extended piece of academic writing



How to Apply



(31st March 2020): Due to the Covid-19 crisis, we are unable to run the Summer Programme in 2020 and it is, unfortunately, cancelled. The information below is for reference only and we expect to provide details of the programme for 2021 from October onwards.


2020 Course Fees
  • 3 weeks (1 block): £1,500 GBP
  • 6 weeks (2 blocks): £2,900 GBP (save £100*)
  • 9 weeks (3 blocks): £4,000 GBP (save £500*)

*compared to the cost of a 3-week block

Accommodation Fees
  • per 3-week block: £790 GBP

We recommend you apply early, especially if you want accommodation in the SOAS Halls of Residence.

You will be sent an invoice and receipt for the course fees when you have accepted the offer and paid for your place on the course. A letter of registration will also be provided for visa purposes when you have paid the full fees. Refunds of accommodation and course fees are only made at the discretion of SOAS in exceptional circumstances.

If you have any queries, please email



Please fill in the online application form or print off the IFCELS Summer Programme 2020 Application Form (pdf; 147kb)   and post it to:

Head of Department, International Foundation Courses & English Language Studies (IFCELS)
SOAS University of London
Thornhaugh Street, Russell Square
London WC1H 0XG
United Kingdom

Please ensure you send a scanned copy of the photo/issue page of your passport with the application.

Summer Pathway Preparation Course PCI 2020 (pdf; 163kb)