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Southampton Business School Pre-sessional

The University of Southampton offers the Southampton Business School Pre-sessional Programmes to international students who plan to study for an MSc, MBA or PhD degree at the University but have not yet met the University’s English language requirements.

Two Business School Programmes are available (Course A and Course B)  for students who need to do extra preparatory study in writing, reading, study skills, grammar and vocabulary development for academic purposes.

The aims of these programmes are to:

  • extend your existing English language knowledge and skills to meet the English language requirements of your conditional offer from the University of Southampton 
  • develop the academic study skills required to study Business and/or Management at university in the UK 
  • familiarise you with the learning and teaching strategies used in higher education in the UK
  • help you settle in to life in Britain both within and beyond the academic environment

In addition to formal teaching and learning, regular social, cultural and language practise activities are offered by student helpers and staff.

View the programme specification for this course for pre-sessional course a business for 2019/20 entrants

View the programme specification for this course for pre-sessional course a lttc psb for 2019/20 entrants

View the programme specification for this course for pre-sessional course b business for 2019/20 entrants

View the programme specification for this course for pre-sessional online lttc course a for 2019/20 entrants

View the programme specification for this course for pre-sessional course a business for 2020/21 entrants

View the programme specification for this course for pre-sessional course a lttc psb for 2020/21 entrants

View the programme specification for this course for pre-sessional course b business for 2020/21 entrants

View the programme specification for this course for pre-sessional online lttc course a for 2020/21 entrants

 

Tuition fees 2020

*Fees include learning materials, handbook, syllabus, access to the online EAP tool kit and campus facilities such as the University libraries and Language Resources Centre.

Dates and fees for LTTC pathway

National Taiwan University: 11 June - 17 July 2020, Tuition fee NT$39,900

University of Southampton: 23 July to 4 September 2020, Tuition fee to be paid to University of Southampton is £2,550 for course B or Online and course B is £4,675

The fee for the 5-week LTTC course (excluding accommodation and books) is payable directly to LTTC and is in addition to the fee payable to the University of Southampton for the 6 week Course B. 

Applicants should complete both the LTTC application form and the University of Southampton form below.

 

To apply

To apply, please complete the online application form.

Applicants for a Masters with Preparatory Study at the University of Southampton cannot attend a Pre-sessional English course. 

Further information on visas and immigration is available on our International website.

If you have a question or would like further information, please contact our Admissions Team:

By telephone:
+44 23 8059 3344

By email:
elaccess@southampton.ac.uk

By post:
English Language Admissions
Recruitment and Admissions Team
Humanities
University of Southampton
Highfield
SO17 1BJ

Pre-sessional accommodation fees Summer 2019

Halls LocationRoom TypeCost - Course A (80 nights)Cost - Course B (48 nights)
Mayflower Ensuite £1916.80  
Wessex Lane Ensuite £1916.80 £1150.08
Wessex Lane Non Ensuite Not Available £973.92
Glen Eyre Ensuite Not Available £1150.08
Glen Eyre Non Ensuite Not Available £973.92

Please note that the availability of the halls listed above for each course may be subject to change.

All Pre-sessional students are guaranteed accommodation in University Halls of Residence for the duration of the Pre-sessional Programme.

To find out more about our halls of residence please visit our website.

We offer pre-sessional students a Meet and Greet collection service from London Heathrow Airport the day before the start of the course.

Typical entry requirements

Entry Requirements:

You can download the PDF below for details:

SBS pre-sessional entry requirement

Course A Business School (11 weeks)

Dates: 25 June – 11 Sept 2020

Course B Business School (6 weeks)

Dates: 23 July – 4 September 2020

Please contact our Admissions Team for advice on your entry requirements.

For a full list of English language qualifications accepted by the University of Southampton, please visit our English Language requirement website.

 

To apply

To apply for a pre-sessional course, please complete the online application form.

 

Application deadlines

All applicants are encouraged to apply and complete the application process as soon as possible.

Additionally, applicants who require a visa to study in the UK should allow sufficient time for the processing of a visa application.

Pre-Sessional CourseApplication Deadline
Course A 11 June 2020*
LTTC Pathway 9 July 2020*
Course B 9 July 2020*

*Applications may close earlier than this deadline if the course is full


Further information on visas and immigration is available on our International website.

The application will be assessed after the IELTS or other English language test results have been provided. If an offer is issued to the applicant they will be required to accept the offer within 14 days. Additionally, an offer will be conditional on the payment of a non-refundable pre-payment of GBP 500.

Deadlines for submitting a CAS questionnaire are 29 May 2020 for pre-sessional Course A and 26 June 2020 for pre-sessional Course B.

Deadlines for applicants to clear their academic conditions for a Joint CAS are 29 May 2020 for pre-sessional Course A and 26 June 2020 for pre-sessional Course B. 

If you have a question or would like further information, please contact our Admissions Team:

By telephone:
+44 23 8059 3344

By email:
elaccess@southampton.ac.uk

By post:
English Language Admissions
Recruitment and Admissions Team
Humanities
University of Southampton
Highfield
SO17 1BJ 

Covid-19 update 3 April 2020 - Boarding pass will not be running this year. Course A and Course B are available to Business Students

The Business School Pre-sessional Programmes are intensive with approximately 21 sessions of supervised work per week, plus assignments to be completed outside class.

Classroom work focuses on the four skills of academic writing, reading, listening and speaking. You also attend Independent Learning sessions in which you learn the study skills you will need for academic life in the UK.

To further prepare you for study at university, you attend weekly lectures given by members of the University and other specialists on subjects of academic interest, including business, and life in Britain.

Academic Reading and Writing

You will have a reading and writing tutor who teaches you academic skills such as:

  • planning and structuring your writing effectively
  • paraphrasing, summarising, synthesising and using quotations to reference correctly from your source
  • extending your use of academic language
  • writing researched essays
  • employing suitable research skills and reading strategies to navigate and critically evaluate relevant and reliable sources of information and ideas
  • developing a range of comprehension and note-taking strategies to make effective linguistic use of written sources

You will have weekly tutorials with your tutor to discuss your progress and will learn how to use the University libraries.

Academic Listening and Speaking

You will have a listening and speaking tutor who teaches you academic skills such as:

  • participating in small group and class discussions
  • improving your pronunciation
  • planning and delivering academic presentations
  • designing effective and correctly referenced Powerpoint slides to support an academic presentation
  • listening to others
  • recognising ways in which information is organised in a lecture
  • identifying and noting key points and supporting points in a lecture
  • using your notes to aid exam revision

You will have tutorials with your listening and speaking tutor to discuss your progress.

Independent Learning

You will also have an Independent Learning Facilitator who runs workshops on areas such as:

  • recognising your learning styles
  • developing language learning strategies
  • identifying learning resources (physical and electronic)
  • learning how to use University systems, including the BlackBoard Virtual Learning Environment (VLE), and e-Assignments (used for submitting assignments)

You will have weekly advising sessions with your Independent Learning Facilitator to help you focus on your learning needs.

Online Programme (5-weeks): Pre-sessional 'Boarding Pass' Preparatory Course

The Pre-sessional online programme (‘Boarding Pass’) focuses on: essential academic writing and reading, critical thinking skills, grammar and vocabulary development, and study skills.  It is delivered through an online learning platform for which you will have a unique login.

An English language tutor will lead you in the online course, which includes interactive task-based learning materials that are closely linked to the weekly reading or writing assignments that you will do. You will also complete weekly vocabulary and grammar review tests.

The online course is full-time and you will need to complete 15 - 20 hours of study (both online and offline) each week to complete the programme. All your assignments will need to be completed during the online course, to enable you to progress to the second part of the Pre-sessional programme.

As this 5 week course is online, it can be completed in your home country before you come to the UK.

Please note that the Online ‘Boarding Pass’ Preparatory Course can only be completed by business students joining a Pre-sessional Course.

To apply

To apply, please complete the online application form.

Further information on visas and immigration is available on our International website.

If you have a question or would like further information, please contact our Admissions Team:

By telephone:
+44 (0) 23 8059 3344

By email:
elaccess@southampton.ac.uk

By post:
English Language Admissions
Recruitment and Admissions Team
Humanities
University of Southampton
Highfield
Southampton
SO17 1BJ

How will you learn?

  • The Pre-sessional Programmes are taught by our qualified and experienced teaching staff, who follow the University of Southampton Pre-sessional Programme syllabus for Course A or Course B.
  • Your studies will involve taught sessions in reading, writing, listening and speaking, and the emphasis is on how to communicate effectively in English. 
  • In addition to classroom sessions with both your reading and writing tutor and your listening and speaking tutor, you will attend weekly independent learning workshops in which you are taught the study skills necessary to succeed in your studies. 
  • You will also have weekly tutorials and advising sessions with your tutors and advisers, and attend a weekly lecture.

Assessment

  • You will complete a number of assessments for reading, writing, listening and speaking, some of which count towards your final Pre-sessional mark. These assessments are designed to prepare you for study on your degree programme.
  • Examples of assessments include writing tasks, reading and listening exams, discussions and presentations.

Please note that there is not a maximum number of successful students who can progress from the Pre-sessional Programmes onto degree programmes. If you complete your Pre-sessional course with the required grade, you will have met the English language requirements of your conditional offer to study at the University of Southampton.

To apply

To apply, please complete the online application form.

Further information on visas and immigration is available on our International website.

If you have a question or would like further information, please contact our Admissions Team:

By telephone:
+44 (0) 23 8059 3344

By email:
elaccess@southampton.ac.uk

By post:
English Language Admissions
Recruitment and Admissions Team
Humanities
University of Southampton
Highfield
Southampton
SO17 1BJ

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