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10-week Pre-sessional course 2020 entry

This course has been replaced by the 10-week Blended Learning Pre-sessional course due to the coronavirus disruption. If you accepted an offer for the course before Friday 20 March 2020 you will receive an email with further instructions.

The 10-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 learning about academic, social and cultural life in St Andrews. In summer 2019, 99% of students who studied on a Pre-sessional course progressed to degree programmes within the University.

Course type

Full-time pre-degree course to prepare students who use English as an additional language for postgraduate degree programmes.

Course dates

  • Start date: 25 June 2020 (including compulsory orientation days on Thursday 25 and Friday 26 June 2020)
  • End date: 3 September 2020

Information about all programmes from previous years of entry can be found in the archive.

Tuition fees


Fees must be paid in full before the start of the course. 

A deposit of £300 is required to reserve your place on the Pre-sessional course. A limited number of Pre-sessional places are offered each year, and these are allocated on a first-come, first-served basis. Please note that it is not possible to change between Pre-sessional courses once you have paid your deposit.

Payment can be made by the following methods:

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.

Entry requirements

To enter, applicants must have a conditional offer for any postgraduate degree programme at the University of St Andrews. 

You must also have an IELTS (Academic) or equivalent score that meets the minimum requirements in your subject area for the 10-week Pre-sessional on the English language requirements for pre-degree students web page. If you require a visa to study in the UK, and your offer is conditional, you must take the IELTS for UKVI version of the test.

To apply, you will need to provide a copy of your passport.

Application deadline

The deadline for applications is Friday 29 May 2020.

Course information

Aims and overview

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.

This 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 practise in higher education. You will have approximately 18 contact hours per week over the ten weeks of the course. Most of your tuition will be in small groups, normally with 16 or fewer students. 

Assessment and learning outcomes

You will be assessed 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 score on the University of St Andrews 20-point scale to reflect your performance on course assessments. Scores are benchmarked to CEFR levels as follows:

  • a score of 4.0-6.9 is equivalent to CEFR B2 level
  • a score of 7.0-10.9 is equivalent to CEFR B2+ level
  • a score of 11.0-13.9 is equivalent to CEFR C1 level
  • a score of 14.0-16.9 is equivalent to CEFR C1+ level
  • a score of 17.0-20.0 is equivalent to CEFR C2 level

These scores can be used as evidence of English language ability to meet English language offer conditions (see progression requirements below).

Students who complete this course with an overall score of 11.0 or higher should be able to:

  • Write clear, well-structured texts on complex topics in an appropriate style of their field, using supporting evidence and examples from sources as required. 
  • Give clear, well-structured presentations 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 practise 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, the Careers Centre, the Sports Centre, and the Music Centre. 

Social events also provide an opportunity for students to mix with their classmates in a more informal setting.

Progression requirements

In addition to maintaining satisfactory attendance on the course, you must also achieve a grade of either 7.0, 11.0 or 14.0 to progress onto your chosen degree programme. You can check which score you need to achieve in the Equivalent scores for English language tests section of the English language requirements for postgraduate students web page .

Further explanation of assessment and progression will be provided during orientation.


Students can apply for accommodation in Fife Park or David Russell Apartments for the duration of the Pre-­sessional course.

The pre-sessional course accommodation package is self-catered. Accommodation will be available from Wednesday 24 June 2020.

To apply, you must complete the online accommodation application form. When you complete the online application, you must ensure you check the box for the 10-­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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University of St Andrews
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Curriculum development

As a research intensive institution, the University ensures that its teaching references the research interests of its staff, which may change from time to time. As a result, programmes are regularly reviewed with the aim of enhancing students' learning experience. Our approach to course revision is described online (PDF, 72 KB).

Tuition fees

The University will clarify compulsory fees and charges it requires any student to pay at the time of offer. The offer will also clarify conditions for any variation of fees. The University’s approach to fee setting is described online (PDF, 84 KB).