2023 Pre-Sessional English - Campus

2023 Pre-Sessional English - Campus

Aberdeen Campus Pre-sessional (PSE) Courses 2023

Please note that the information below is subject to change. We may not be able to offer campus-based courses due to the ongoing COVID pandemic and the need to follow Scottish Government guidelines. Should we not be able to deliver campus-based courses, we will automatically move you to a fully on-online PSE course.

Our pre-sessional courses aim to help you make the transition to study at the University of Aberdeen and focuses on the language and skills that you will need including:

  • Planning and structuring longer pieces of writing
  • Using source material in your writing
  • Developing strategies and skills for effective academic study
  • Participating in seminars and giving academic presentations

Advantages of taking these courses include:

  • Successful completion removes the language condition on your offer
  • Extremely high pass rates
  • Preparation for life and study at Aberdeen University
  • Making friends and meeting other international students

Additional Support Once Your Academic Studies Have Started

As a PSE student you will be eligible to take additional free English skills classes. The Language Centre delivers a wide range of support including academic writing and bespoke courses that focus more specifically on the demands of different degree programmes.  For more information, visit the In-Sessional Academic English Skills Support page.

Next Campus Based Courses:

16 January – 25 August 2023: 30 week PSE 

3 April – 25 August 2023: 20 week PSE 

19 June – 25 August 2023: 10 week PSE 

24 July – 25 August 2023: 5 week PSE

We close for new applications four weeks before the course starts (on 12 December 2022 for the 30 weeks course).

Join our online Live Chat Events to find out more:

30 weeks campus PSE

6 Dec 2022 – 11am - https://events.unibuddy.co/university-of-aberdeen/pre-sessional-english-30-week-on-campus-6-dec

8 Dec 2022 – 4pm - https://events.unibuddy.co/university-of-aberdeen/pre-sessional-english-30-week-on-campus-8-dec

20 weeks campus PSE

21 Feb 2023 – 11am - https://events.unibuddy.co/university-of-aberdeen/pre-sessional-english-20-week-on-campus-21-feb

23 Feb 2023 – 4pm - https://events.unibuddy.co/university-of-aberdeen/pre-sessional-english-20-week-on-campus-23-feb

10 weeks campus PSE

9 May 2023 – 11am - https://events.unibuddy.co/university-of-aberdeen/pre-sessional-english-10-week-on-campus-9-may

11 May 2023 – 4pm - https://events.unibuddy.co/university-of-aberdeen/pre-sessional-english-10-week-on-campus-11-may

5 weeks campus PSE

13 Jun 2023 – 11am - https://events.unibuddy.co/university-of-aberdeen/pre-sessional-english-5-week-on-campus-13-june

15 Jun 2023 – 4pm - https://events.unibuddy.co/university-of-aberdeen/pre-sessional-english-5-week-on-campus-15-june

FAQ

What kind of visa do I need to take a campus-based course?

You will need a student visa and so must have a SELT (Secure English Language Test). For details of how to apply for a visa and a full list of SELT please see: Student visa : Apply - GOV.UK (www.gov.uk)

If you do not have a SELT, you may be able to take our full-time online course.

Student can apply for the campus pre-sessional English course with a standard CAS or with a joint CAS.

Standard CAS Pathway - Students get one CAS for the pre-sessional course and another CAS for degree studies. Students can apply with UKVI IELTS or UKVI PTE and upon the successful completion of the pre-sessional language course a new CAS is issued in the UK and students can apply for a visa extension.

 

Which language certificates can I use to apply for this course?

Students can apply for the pre-sessional English course with a standard CAS or with a joint CAS.

 

Standard CAS Pathway - Students get one CAS for the pre-sessional course and another CAS for degree studies. Students can apply with UKVI IELTS or UKVI PTE and upon the successful completion of the pre-sessional language course a new CAS is issued in the UK and students can apply for a visa extension.

 

Joint CAS Pathway (only available for 10 and 5 week PSE course) – Students who have met their academic conditions and meet B2 (see below) UKVI English language requirements in all 4 skills may be eligible for a joint CAS. In order to be eligible for a joint CAS you must have one of the following: IELTS (UKVI or non UKVI), PTE, or TOEFL IBIT.  A joint CAS covers the pre-sessional course and degree study (only one visa application). Please note that joint CAS requires a higher financial evidence (language course fees, degree course fees and living cost for up to 9 months). Please note that sponsored students who choose this pathway will be asked to pay the deposit which will be refunded once a formal sponsorship letter is received. Please contact the Language Centre if you think that you meet these criteria at lc-application-submission@abdn.ac.uk .

 

Postgraduate

Standard CAS Pathway - Students will get another CAS for degree study upon the successful completion of the language course, and apply for a visa extension once the new CAS is issued in the UK)

30-week Pre-Sessional English

UKVI IELTS

UKVI PTE

Language Cert B1 UKVI

Overall

4.5

47

Pass

Listening

4.5

47

33

Reading

4.5

47

33

Writing

4.5

47

33

Speaking

4.5

47

33

 

20-week Pre-Sessional English

UKVI IELTS

UKVI PTE

Language Cert B1 UKVI

Overall

5

52

High Pass

Listening

5

52

38

Reading

5

52

38

Writing

5

52

38

Speaking

5

52

38

 

10-week Pre-Sessional English

UKVI IELTS

UKVI PTE

Language Cert B2 UKVI

Overall

5.5

57

Pass

Listening

5.0

52

29

Reading

5.5

59

33

Writing

5.5

59

33

Speaking

5.0

52

29

 

5-week Pre-Sessional English

UKVI IELTS

UKVI PTE

Language Cert B2 UKVI

Overall

6.0

59

Pass

Listening

5.5

59

33

Reading

5.5

59

33

Writing

5.5

59

33

Speaking

5.5

59

33

 

Joint CAS Pathway - Students who have met the academic condition in full will have a joint CAS which covers their PSE and degree study

 

10-week Pre-Sessional English

UKVI IELTS

UKVI PTE (same as 5 weeks, choose as you prefer)

IELTS

TOEFL iBIT (including Home Edition)

PTE (same as 5 weeks, choose as you prefer)

Overall

5.5

59

5.5

59+

59

Listening

5.5

59

5.5

17+

59

Reading

5.5

59

5.5

18+

59

Writing

5.5

59

5.5

19+

59

Speaking

5.5

59

5.5

20+

59

 

5-week Pre-Sessional English

UKVI IELTS

UKVI PTE

IELTS

TOEFL iBIT (Including Home edition)

PTE

Overall

6.0

59

6.0

78+

59

Listening

5.5

59

5.5

17+

59

Reading

5.5

59

5.5

18+

59

Writing

5.5

59

5.5

19+

59

Speaking

5.5

59

5.5

20+

59

 

 

Undergraduate


Standard CAS Pathway - Students will get another CAS for degree study upon the successful completion of the language course, and apply for a visa extension once the new CAS is issued in the UK)

30-week Pre-Sessional English

UKVI IELTS

UKVI PTE

Language Cert B1 UKVI

Overall

4.5

47

Pass

Listening

4.5

47

33

Reading

4.5

47

33

Writing

4.5

47

33

Speaking

4.5

47

33

 

20-week Pre-Sessional English

UKVI IELTS

UKVI PTE

Language Cert B1 UKVI

Overall

5.0

52

High Pass

Listening

4.5

47

38

Reading

4.5

47

38

Writing

4.5

47

38

Speaking

4.5

47

38

 

 

10-week Pre-Sessional English

UKVI IELTS

UKVI PTE

Language Cert B2 UKVI

Overall

5.0

52

Pass

Listening

5.0

52

29

Reading

5.0

52

33

Writing

5.0

52

33

Speaking

5.0

52

29

 

5-week Pre-Sessional English

UKVI IELTS

UKVI PTE

Language Cert B2 UKVI

Overall

5.5

59

33

Listening

5.5

59

33

Reading

5.5

59

33

Writing

5.5

59

33

Speaking

5.5

59

33

 

 

Joint CAS Pathway – All students, except Medicine, who have met the academic condition in full will have a joint CAS which covers their PSE and degree study

10-week Pre-Sessional English - Not applicable please see the arrangement for 5 weeks pre-sessional course.

5-week Pre-Sessional English

UKVI IELTS

UKVI PTE

IELTS

TOEFL iBIT (Including Home Edition)

PTE

Overall

5.5

59

5.5

59+

59

Listening

5.5

59

5.5

17+

59

Reading

5.5

59

5.5

18+

59

Writing

5.5

59

5.5

19+

59

Speaking

5.5

59

5.5

20+

59

 

 

 

 

 

 

How can I apply for the course?
  1. Please complete the application form and the terms & conditions document.
  2. Submit the form and the signed terms & conditions to lc-application-submission@abdn.ac.uk along with a copy of your language and certificate, passport and proof of payment. In order for us to process the payment we must receive the full course fees. If possible, please submit the application in MS word format.  

Please note that you will not be able to change your course, withdraw or receive a refund for the course you have applied for after the applications have closed.

Course Applications Open  Applications Close
30 weeks open for applications 12/12/2022
20 weeks open for applications 06/03/2023
10 weeks open for applications 22/05/2023

5 weeks

open for applications 26/06/2023

Payment Methods

  1. You can pay by credit card, debit card or Paypal via our online store. 
  2. Bank transfer details can be found on the application form.

 

What are the dates and fees?

 

Course Induction Course Starts Course Ends Fee
30 weeks 16/01/2023 16/01/2023 25/08/2023 £11,400 (deposit £3,000)
20 weeks 03/04/2023 03/04/2023 25/08/2023 £7,600 (deposit £1,520)
10 weeks TBC 19/06/2023 25/08/2023 £3,800 (deposit £760)
5 weeks TBC 24/07/2023 25/08/2023 £1,900 (deposit £380)

The deposit is not refundable. We ask that you pay the full fees prior to the start of the course.

What should I do if I am a sponsored student?

We require a sponsorship letter which specifies that it is for the University of Aberdeen online/on-campus pre-sessional course prior to the start of the course.

If you start your course and have not provided the official sponsor letter or we do not receive payment of your tuition fees from your sponsor fees, you will be invoiced in person. 

What is the last day that I can apply for the course?

Please note that you will not be able to change your course, withdraw or receive a refund for the course you have applied for after the applications have closed.

Course On-Campus Application Close Online Application Close 
30 weeks 12/12/2022 TBA
20 weeks 06/03/2023 TBA
10 weeks 22/05/2023 TBA
5 weeks 26/06/2023 TBA