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English Language Requirements

Pre-Sessional English Programme

The Pre-Sessional English Programme offers language tuition at our Garthdee campus during the summer directly before your postgraduate or undergraduate course begins.

We are delighted to announce our new Online Pre-Sessional English course starting this Summer.


In response to the current global pandemic situation, RGU will now offer an Online Pre-Sessional English course via our Online Campus Learning Environment.

Who is the Pre-sessional English Programme for?

This PSP programme is designed for international students who hold a conditional offer for our undergraduate or postgraduate programmes at RGU, starting this September.

This PSP course is available for students who hold an offer for a course which requires a standard or result of English which can be met through one of the appropriate PSP modules. If you hold an offer for a specialised programme, such as Nursing, which requires a much higher IELTS score – this cannot be met by our PSP programmes where the highest possible exit result is 6.5 overall. Please refer to our webpages for alternative English language tests that may be useful for you.


PSP Module Entry Points 

FOR ALL STUDENTS REQUIRING A 6.5 OVERALL WITH A MINIMUM OF 5.5 IN EACH COMPONENT*

PSP Start Date PSP End Date Duration Tuition Fee IELTS Overall Entry Score IELTS minimum element Entry Score
Monday 14 June Friday 20 August 10 weeks* £3,024 5.5 5.0
Monday 19 July Friday 20 August 5 weeks £1,512 6.0 5.0

*Entry to this 10 week module with the required scores and subsequent successful completion of the programme can result in exit scores of 6.5 overall and 6.0 in elements. Some PG programmes such as the MSc Public Health and Nutrition programme, among others do require these higher scores.

FOR ALL STUDENTS REQUIRING A 6.0 OVERALL WITH A MINIMUM OF 5.5 IN EACH COMPONENT

PSP Start Date PSP End Date Duration Tuition Fee IELTS Overall Entry Score IELTS minimum element Entry Score
Monday 14 June Friday 20 August 10 weeks £3,024 5.0 4.5
Monday 19 July Friday 20 August 5 weeks £1,512 5.5 5.0

How will our online PSP work?

  • The online English courses uses the same established learning material that has been developed for our on campus programme. This includes up to 10 hours of online teaching contact time per week as well as 10 hours of self study.
  • This includes face to face sessions with your teachers as well as well as online sessions and support.
  • You will  be asked to do a range of different activities, such as reading for specific information, writing summaries and preparing for presentations. You will work on your own and as part of a group on these different activities.
  • Assessments will include writing an essay, delivering an academic presentation and completing listening and reading tests. This will be done throughout your PSP programme.

Benefits of studying the RGU Pre-Sessional English Programme

  • In addition to developing and improving your level of English, the teaching structure supports and prepares you for your onward degree level studies.
  • Tuition fees for the programme include tuition, course materials, access to RGU online learning platform and all other material needed to take the course.
  • Undergraduate students who successfully complete the Pre-sessional English Programme and meet the required grades to progress to the first year of the undergraduate degree course, will receive a tuition fee discount of £3000 towards the first year of undergraduate study.
  • In addition, students who successfully complete the Pre-sessional English Programme and meet the required grades to progress to their main programme, will receive the "RGU English Language Scholar Progression Award" - worth £500** towards the tuition fee of their course. This additional payment is in addition to any scholarship noted on your main programme offer letter and will be added to your record upon successful completion of your PSP program.

*The RGU English Language Scholar Award is not available to students from RGU Partner Institutions.

**Scholarships are for self-funding students only and the maximum award for undergraduate student is £3500 and for postgraduate students is £2500.


Register your interest

The Student Admissions Service will make you an automatic offer for PSP in with your main degree offer – if you did not receive this or would like more information on our online PSP course this year , let us know by emailing io@rgu.ac.uk

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