Sussex Centre for Language Studies

Progression to your degree

At the Sussex Centre for Language Studies we pride ourselves on the high quality of our language teaching and the progression of students from our pre-sessional courses has always been high.

In 2015, for example, 348 students completed a pre-sessional course and 346 of those students (99 per cent) progressed to a degree at Sussex. You will not be required to take another IELTS or any other external assessment when you finish your pre-sessional. However, the procedure for progression depends on whether you are on an integrated or standard pre-sessional.

Five-week and 10-week Integrated Pre-sessional: If you are a postgraduate student on the five-week and 10-week pre-sessional courses only, you can receive a combined CAS for both your pre-sessional and degree at Sussex. This means you can apply for one student visa to cover the entire duration of your study (combining the pre-sessional and the degree). You must have met all academic requirements for your degree in order to receive an integrated offer of this kind. In order to progress to your degree course however, you will be required to meet the required standard in all end of course assessments. An integrated CAS is available only for those with Masters degree offers of IELTS 6.0 or 6.5. If the English requirement on your offer is IELTS 7.0, or you are studying a course longer than 10 weeks, you are not eligible for an integrated CAS for both courses. Instead you will need to apply for another visa, using another CAS, which you will receive in September, approximately 10 days after your course finishes.

Five-week Standard Pre-sessional: this option is for undergraduate students. Postgraduate students who have not yet met the academic requirement of their degree programme can also choose this option.

You will be required to reach the required grade in all assessments in order to progress to your degree programme. This means you will need to extend your visa at the end of the pre-sessional. In 2015, more than 99 per cent of students continued on to their degree.

10-week Standard Pre-sessional: all students on this course will hold conditional offers and will therefore be required to meet the required standard in all end of course assessments. This means you will need to extend your visa at the end of the pre-sessional. In 2015, more than of 99 per cent of students were accepted onto their programme of study.

Extended Pre-sessional courses: all students on these courses will hold conditional offers and will therefore be required to meet the required standard in all end of course assessments. This means you will need to extend your visa at the end of the pre-sessional course.