SOAS University of London

International Foundation Courses and English Language Studies

Summer Pathway Preparation Course (2021 entry)

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Academic English Summer Course

This is a full-time 6-week academic language skills course to help students at an intermediate level prepare for further academic studies or just to improve academic English skills.

The course develops reading, writing, listening and speaking skills, as well as strengthening grammar, academic vocabulary and independent study skills. This year, the pathway course will be delivered online, like similar courses all over the world, under the Coronavirus restrictions. We build, however, on existing skills and experience in IFCELS.

The course combines daily interactive 'live' classes with offline work and regular feedback from teachers. Students can participate from the comfort of their own homes and need only a basic computer set-up and wi-fi to participate.
There are 12 hours of teaching per week. Students will need to do a further 10 hours of study every week to successfully complete this course.

Mode of Attendance: Online Learning

Entry requirements

  • English language requirements: a minimum of IELTS 5.0 with at least 5.0 in each sub-score, or a score equivalent to CEFR B2 (e.g. Pearson PTE 55 with at least 50 in each sub-score, TOEFL iBT 68).

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6-week full time course



Students take online 'live' lessons with their teacher and classmates every day. These classes are organised around literacy (reading and writing) and oracy (speaking and listening). In addition, students are required to complete guided tasks individually (e.g. listening to a mini-lecture, reading a short text and answering questions) or in small study groups to prepare for the live classes. Every week, students submit work to their teacher and receive individual feedback. Classes will be taught in the mornings (UK time) to allow for time differences in home countries.

Students will learn how to:

  • develop their written accuracy
  • increase their vocabulary in an academic context
  • improve reading speed and skills
  • learn how to deal with academic texts
  • produce an extended piece of academic essay writing
  • strengthen lecture-listening and note-taking skills
  • improve seminar speaking and presentation skills
  • become more independent and collaborative students
  • develop online literacy skills needed for all forms of academic study and beyond

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

Subject courses with English support are taught by two teachers, a subject specialist and a language expert. The subject classes use lectures, seminars and cases studies, whereas the integrated language classes focus on skills development (especially speaking and listening) using the subject content.

This is a full-time course with interactive live classes every day (mornings UK time), plus daily independent guided study. Students work towards delivering a presentation at the end of the course. You can expect to strengthen language skills and deepen subject knowledge, whilst gaining greater confidence in communicating in English in an academic setting.

All teaching takes place online using easy-to-use platforms. You will need a computer with a webcam and mic.

The maximum number of students per class is 15.

You will receive a certificate for successful course completion.

Students will also have access to SOAS library including our wide range of e-books and e-journals.


For further information please see our Frequently Asked Questions page.

Fees and funding

£2250 GBP for the 6-week full time course.



Apply through the Summer Online Application, or if you have problems with the online form, the application form is also available in PDF and Word format to download on the right side of the main Summer Programme Page.

Please ensure you send a scanned copy of a suitable identity document (see form for details).

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.

Refunds of the course fees are only made at the discretion of SOAS in exceptional circumstances.If you have any queries, please see the FAQs or email

For instructions on how to pay, see IFCELS Fees. Please also see the full Terms and Conditions.