Pre-sessional Study Skills Courses

Course Description

Objective: The aim of the Pre-sessional Study Skills Courses is to give students who already hold a degree offer at Aberystwyth University the English language and academic skills they need to succeed.

100% student satisfaction on 2016 Pre-sessionals.

100% progression from 2016 Pre-sessionals to degree.

The Pre-sessional Study Skills Courses prepare you for success on your degree by developing your language skills and your understanding of British academic culture and the expectations of your future department. During these intensive courses, you will have plenty of opportunities to practice and receive detailed feedback on a variety of academic tasks. You will gain competence in the research and writing skills needed for successful completion of written assignments in your chosen discipline, using appropriate academic conventions and avoiding plagiarism. You will become familiar with the wide variety of resources available for research, and will develop skills for note taking while listening to academic lectures or reading specialist texts. You will also learn to give clear, comprehensible and well-structured presentations and to participate in seminars.

The courses run for 42, 30, 12, and 6 weeks.

Students who pass a Pre-sessional Study Skills Course at the level stated in their degree offer can progress automatically to their degree at Aberystwyth University.

Students who successfully pass a Pre-sessional Study Skills Courses will have achieved a minimum English level of CEFR B2.

Minimum age: 17

Maximum class size: 16

More Information

Who is the course for?

These courses are for students who have a conditional offer to study at Aberystwyth University, but need to improve their language level in order to meet the conditions of their offer.

Students who have an unconditional offer to study at Aberystwyth University are encouraged to study an optional six week Pre-Sessional Course, to allow them to find their feet in Aberystwyth, brush up their English and develop their study skills, so that they can start their degree with confidence.

 

Qualifications You must have met the academic entry requirements of your chosen degree and hold an offer for an undergraduate or postgraduate degree at Aberystwyth University.
Age You must be at least 17 years old before the course start date.
English Test

If you need a Tier 4 Visa for this course, you will require an IELTS for UKVI Test.  The score you need depends on your future degree.  See below.

 

Your IELTS score nowFor entry into degrees requiring:
IELTS 6.0IELTS 6.5IELTS 7.0
4.0 (with no score below 4.0) 42-week Pre-sessional Plus    
4.5 (with no score below 4.5) 30-week Pre-sessional Plus 42-week Pre-sessional Plus  
5.0 (with no more than 1 score below 5.0, and no score below 4.5) 12-week Pre-Sessional Course 30-week Pre-sessional Plus 42-week Pre-sessional Plus
5.5 (with no more than 1 score below 5.5, and no score below 5.0) 6-week Pre-Sessional Course 12-week Pre-Sessional Course 30-week Pre-sessional Plus
6.0 (with no score below 5.5) Optional 6-week Pre-Sessional Course 6-week Pre-Sessional Course 12-week Pre-Sessional Course
6.5 (with no score below 5.5) Optional 6-week Pre-Sessional Course Optional 6-week Pre-Sessional Course 6-week Pre-Sessional Course
7.0 (with no score below 5.5) Optional 6-week Pre-Sessional Course Optional 6-week Pre-Sessional Course Optional 6-week Pre-Sessional Course

What will I study?

The courses focus on developing you academic skills and improving your command of academic English. The classroom sessions involve intensive practise of the four language skills (writing, reading, listening and speaking) through a variety of academic tasks. You will have the opportunity to experience live lectures and to gain confidence in taking effective notes. You will learn to participate actively in seminars, deliver presentations and present ideas and information to an audience in a professional manner. You will develop strategies for searching for information, reading efficiently, and recording information. There is a strong emphasis on academic writing. By the end of the course you will have learned to research and write academic essays and reports, making skilful use of sources to support your ideas, and using an appropriate academic style.

All courses involve 20 hours of classroom-based study and tutorials a week.

The 42-week and 30-week Pre-sessional Plus Courses consist of the 12-week Pre-sessional, and either one or two terms of the Target English Course. They include holiday periods.

Timetable

Monday

Tuesday

Wednesday

Thursday

Friday

Saturday

9-10.30

Reading

Extensive reading and discussion in preparation for lecture

9-10.30

Listening

Lecture follow up and summary writing from lecture notes          

9-10.30

Writing

Academic genres

9-10.30

Integrated Skills

Local research project

 

9-10.30

Tutorials and self-directed group study tasks in preparation for seminar

  8-6

  All day excursion (optional)

Break

11-12.30

Integrated Skills

Language development in preparation for lecture                 

11-12.30

Writing

Paragraph structures

11-12.30

Integrated Skills

Language development with a focus on speaking

11-12

Integrated Skills

Local research project

Language development

11-12

Speaking

Seminar

Break

2-3

Academic Lecture

2-4         

Reading

Identifying main points

From reading to note-making

1.30- 6

Social programme trip (optional)

2-4

Tutorials and self-directed group study tasks related to research project

2-2.15

Personal tutor meeting

This sample timetable shows you what a typical week on the course looks like. It is not a definitive timetable for your course.

This sample timetable shows you what a typical week on the course looks like. It is not a definitive timetable for your course.

Dates and Fees

Dates and Tuition Fees 2017-2018

CourseDatesFee
12-week Pre-sessional Study Skills Course 26 June 2017 - 15 September 2017 £3,300
6-week Pre-sessional Study Skills Course 7 August 2017 - 15 September 2017 £1,650
     
42-week Pre-sessional Study Skills Course 25 September 2017 - 14 September 2018 £10,800
30-week Pre-sessional Study Skills Course 8 January 2018 - 14 September 2018 £7,800
19-week Pre-sessional Study Skills Course 16 April 2018 - 14 September 2018 £5,050
     
12-week Pre-sessional Study Skills Course 25 June 2018 - 14 September 2018 £3,300
6-week Pre-sessional Study Skills Course 6 August 2018 - 14 September 2018 £1,650

During the 42-week, 30-week and 19-week courses, you may be required to purchase course books. The cost will not exceed £50 per course.

Dates and Tuition Fees 2016-2017

CourseDatesFee
42-week Pre-sessional Study Skills Course 26 September 2016 - 15 September 2017 £10,050
30-week Pre-sessional Study Skills Course 9 January 2017 - 15 September 2017 £7,350

 

 

What our students say

Fernanda Cerqueira de Sousa, Brazil


"The Pre-sessional course really helped me to feel confident about beginning my degree."
 

How to apply

You can download an application from here.

  1. Complete the application form and return it to us by email or post, with a copy of your passport and any other documents specified on the application form.
  2. If you would like to stay in the university accommodation, tick this box on your application form. We will arrange your accommodation. You do not need to make a separate application for accommodation.
  3. We will assess your application to ensure that the course you have applied for is appropriate for your needs, and that you meet our entry requirements. If you have not met the entry requirements we will recommend a course for you (subject to availability).
  4. When we accept your application, we will send you an offer letter and an invoice. You will be asked to pay a deposit for your course. You can choose to pay the full fee at this time, or just the deposit.
  5. Once you have paid your deposit, your course application is complete. If you have not paid the full fee before, you must pay it on the first day of the course.

Key Facts

Course

Pre-Sessional Study Skills Course (PS)

Course objective

The aim of the Pre-sessional Study Skills Courses is to give students who have a degree offer at Aberystwyth University the English language and academic skills they need to succeed.

Maximum class size

16

Levels

Students who successfully pass a Pre-sessional Study Skills Courses will have achieved a minimum English level of CEFR B2.

Available to

Individuals

Taught hours per week

20

Private study periods

Students should typically expect to study independently for an additional 15 hours per week.

Minimum age

17

Dates

12 week PS Course – 26 June 2017 – 15 September 2017

6 week PS Course – 7 August 2017 – 15 September 2017

42 week PS Course – 25 September 2017 – 14 September 2017

30 week PS Course – 8 January 2018 – 14 September 2018

19 week PS Course – 16 April 2018 – 14 September 2018

12 week PS Course – 25 June 2018 – 14 September 2018

6 week PS Course – 6 August 2018 – 14 September 2018

Non-teaching days

There are no classes on Saturdays or Sundays, or in the following holidays:

  • 16 December 2017 - 7 January 2018 (Christmas Holiday)
  • 24 March 2018 - 15 April 2018 (Easter Holiday)
  • 7 May 2018 (Bank Holiday)
  • 28 May 2018 (Bank Holiday)
  • 2 June 2018 - 24 June 2018 (Summer Holiday)
  • 27 August 2018 (Bank Holiday)

Tuition Fee

12-week PS Course – £3,300

6-week PS Course – £1,650

42-week PS Course – £10,800

30-week PS Course – £7,800

19-week PS Course – £5,050

12-week PS Course – £3,300

6-week PS Course – £1,650

Course material costs

You may be required to purchase course books. The cost will not exceed £50 per course.

Social life

During the academic year the university offers many opportunities for social activities. You can join clubs and societies at the Students Union; enjoy the variety of films, music, drama and comedy at the University Arts Centre; get active at the University Sports Centre or get involved in the Global Experience Programme with trips, cultural events and international meals.

The IEC Summer Social Programme runs from 17 July – 18 September 2017 and includes a full day trip every Saturday, a half day trip every Wednesday and two evening activities per week. Most activities are free, and any costs will never exceed £25 per week.

Accommodation

If you request accommodation when you apply for your course, this will be reserved for you automatically in one of our self-catering halls of residence. Most of our IFC students are allocated rooms in Cwrt Mawr or Pentre Jane Morgan Residences. These are a 5-10 minute walk from your classroom, and costs £95.41 per week in 2016-17.

You will have a single study bedroom in a 6 or 10 person apartment with shared bathrooms and kitchen facilities, and free Wi-Fi. Accommodation is provided on a self-catering basis.

If you want to live in a single-sex apartment, please inform us when you apply and we will arrange this.

Accommodation will be reserved for you from the Saturday before the course starts. Please contact us if you plan to arrive earlier.

When you arrive, you will be offered the option of buying bedding (sheets, pillows, duvet) at the cost of £25. Laundry facilities are located near all Halls of Residence.

Insurance

You are responsible for making your own insurance arrangements. We strongly advise you to take out insurance to cover your journey and your time in the UK. There are many insurance policies designed especially for international students.