Pre-Sessional English Programme

English Language Requirements

Pre-Sessional English Programme

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

Designed for international students who hold an offer to study with RGU. Starting in both September and January intakes, we are pleased to offer a suite of online English courses for all students who wish or need to improve their English language ability in order to meet our entry requirements.

These programmes are only available for those requiring a 6.0 or 6.5 overall IELTS or equivalent, as stated in our offer letter.

For those students whose course requires an IELTS of 7.0 or above please refer to our webpages for alternative English language tests that may be suitable for you.

Pre Sessional English courses


PSP Start Date PSP End Date Duration Tuition Fee IELTS Overall Entry Score IELTS minimum element Entry Score
Monday 16 May Friday 2 September 15 weeks £4,500 4.5 4.0
Monday 20 June Friday 9 September 10 weeks £3,000 5.0 4.5
Monday 18 July Friday 9 September 5 weeks £1,500 5.5 5.0


PSP Start Date PSP End Date Duration Tuition Fee IELTS Overall Entry Score IELTS minimum element Entry Score
Monday 20 June Friday 9 September 10 weeks £3,000 5.5 5.0
Monday 18 July Friday 9 September 5 weeks £1,500 6.0 5.5

About the course

The 5, 10 and 15 week programmes teach you the language and academic skills necessary for you to meet the entry requirements of our offer, and help prepare you to get the best from your future academic study at RGU.  

You will develop these skills in a content-based approach to learning involving critical thinking, questioning, discussion, reflection and analysis.

By the end of the course, you will feel confident to research your subject, deal with a range of academic texts, attend lectures, take part in seminars and tutorials, and produce extended written academic assignments.

What will the teaching hours be like?

When you study online, in advance of each class you will be provided with guidance notes and lecture materials.  Before each academic session, you will be expected to engage with this learning to help you prepare for the class.  To support this approach, before each class you can join a session with your lecturer to ask them to explain anything you don’t understand or simply want to know more about.  These drop-in sessions make sure that you are well prepared for when the actual lesson starts and to give you as much support as possible

Typically, if you are learning online you would receive::

  • 16 hours of scheduled classes per week
  • 4 hours of writing tutorials per week
  • Drop-in sessions scheduled before or after classes, you can attend as many of these as you need or wish, up to a maximum of 4 hours per week.

As the Pre-Sessional English is open to students from across the world, the classes will be scheduled to meet the requirements for different time zones, so wherever you are learning from, you will not miss out.

How do I apply?

If you apply to study your chosen academic course at RGU, and do not yet meet standard of English required, we will send to you details of how to apply for these courses.

Please note, you will be applying and studying your Pre Sessional English programme through our third party provider, not RGU. You will be taught by that provider and your contract and payment will be to that provider only.

RGU will accept this providers’ certificate of results as evidence of meeting our English requirement upon receipt of your certificate at the end of your course. You should provide the certificate directly to RGU to evidence this.

Register your interest

If you would like more information on the Pre Sessional English programme or about our English language requirements, please feel free to contact us by emailing:

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