4-week Academic English Pre-sessional Course for Postgraduate or Undergraduate Offer-holders
This 4-week pre-sessional course is designed to prepare you for your degree programme by focusing on the academic language and skills required for successful study at the University of St Andrews. You will develop your ability to use English in academic contexts, as well as learn about academic, social and cultural life in St Andrews.
In summer 2022, 99% of students who studied on pre-sessional courses at the University of St Andrews achieved the scores required to progress onto their intended degree programme.
Full-time pre-degree course to prepare students who use English as an additional language for postgraduate or undergraduate degree programmes.
- Start date: 3 August 2023
- End date: 31 August 2023
These dates include compulsory orientation sessions on Thursday 3 August and Friday 4 August 2023.
- Applicants must have a conditional or unconditional offer for any degree programme at the University of St Andrews.
- Applicants with a conditional offer for a degree programme must have a UKVI-approved Secure English Language Test (SELT) score that meets the minimum requirements in your subject area or Faculty for the 4-week pre-sessional. See English language requirements for pre-degree students.
- Applicants with an unconditional offer for a degree programme do not need to provide an English language test score.
- As the course uses online tools to enhance students’ learning, applicants will need to have a laptop computer that they can use both in class, and for out-of-class assignments.
- A non-refundable deposit of £300 is required to reserve your place on the pre-sessional course.
- Fees must be paid in full by Friday 30 June 2023.
- Payment can be made by the following methods:
- International bank transfer
- Credit card through the online payment portal.
- When making a payment by bank transfer or credit card, please choose the ‘Tuition fees’ option and enter the relevant amount. This applies to deposits and balance payments.
Saturday 3 June 2023
A limited number of pre-sessional places are offered each year, and these are allocated on a first-come, first-served basis. Applicants should apply as early as possible to be sure of securing a place.
Meet us in your country
Whether you have questions about your application or student life, or you would like to meet a member of staff from the School you wish to study in, you can do so no matter where you live.
This intensive course will help you to:
- enhance your academic English
- develop your academic skills
- learn about studying at the University of St Andrews as a postgraduate or undergraduate student
- adapt to living and studying in the UK
- meet English language offer conditions.
The course consists of English for Academic Purposes (EAP) classes, combined with a series of academic lectures and seminars. These sessions will help you to enhance your academic reading, writing, listening and speaking skills, as well as your understanding of good academic practice in higher education.
Some or all in-person teaching on this course may change to online teaching depending on health and safety measures in summer 2023.
Assessment and learning outcomes
During the course, you will be tested across the four skills of reading, writing, listening and speaking using assessments that are benchmarked to the Common European Framework of Reference for Languages (CEFR). You will be awarded an overall grade on the University of St Andrews 20-point scale to reflect your performance on course assessments, as well as individual scores for each of the four skills.
Overall grades and individual skill scores are benchmarked to CEFR levels as follows:
- a score of 4-6 is equivalent to CEFR B2- level
- a score of 7-10 is equivalent to CEFR B2 level
- a score of 11-13 is equivalent to CEFR B2+ level
- a score of 14-16 is equivalent to CEFR C1- level
- a score of 17-20 is equivalent to CEFR C1 level
You can see how these grades and scores compare with those on other tests using our CEFR benchmarking table for English language tests.
You can use your pre-sessional grades and scores to meet your English language offer conditions, provided that the pre-sessional is listed in the English language test profile for your subject area or Faculty.
You can check the overall grade and individual test scores you need to achieve for your subject area by looking at the:
- English language requirements for postgraduate students
- English language requirements for undergraduate students
Students who complete this course with an overall score of 14 or higher should be able to:
- Write clear, well-structured texts on complex topics in an appropriate style for their field, using supporting evidence and examples from sources as required.
- Contribute meaningfully to discussions on complex subjects in their field, expanding and supporting points of view with appropriate reasons and examples.
- Demonstrate detailed understanding of a wide range of lengthy, complex texts where stated opinions and implied points of view are discussed, given time to reread where necessary.
- Demonstrate sufficient understanding to follow extended speech on abstract and complex topics of academic relevance.
- Produce work that demonstrates an understanding of good academic practice and scholarship, including strategies to avoid plagiarism.
Other features of the course
The course introduces students to different services across the University, including:
- the Library
- Student Services
- Careers Centre
- Sports Centre
- Music Centre.
In addition to maintaining satisfactory attendance on the course, you must also achieve an overall grade and individual skill scores to meet the requirements of your chosen degree programme. You can check the overall grade and individual skill scores you need to achieve for your subject area or Faculty, by looking at the English language requirements for postgraduate students or the English language requirements for undergraduate students.
Further explanation of assessment and progression will be provided during orientation.
Students can apply for University accommodation for the duration of the pre-sessional course.
Accommodation will be available from Wednesday 2 August 2023. Students will have to move out of their allocated room on Friday 1 September 2023.
To apply for University accommodation, you must complete the online accommodation application form. When you complete the online application, you must ensure you check the box for the 4-week pre-sessional course.
If you do not wish to apply for University residential accommodation, please be aware that you are responsible for making your own alternative arrangements. Find out more about private accommodation in St Andrews.
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