The summer course Preparation for Academic Studies in Higher Education (PASHE) is designed for IOE students intending to take undergraduate or postgraduate courses in Education or related disciplines.
Application for the 11-week PASHE course is now closed
We are accepting waiting list applications for the 8-week PASHE course. We expect to offer a small number of places to suitably qualified waiting list applicants. Please note the following:
- Submitting an application for the course waiting list is not a guarantee that you will receive an offer of a place on the course. Demand is likely to be high and only a small number of places are available.
- The application fee for waiting list applications is paid after we offer the applicant a place on the course, not when the application is submitted.
- Students who have already been offered a place on a PASHE course this year will not be considered.
- Complete applications will be prioritised, so please make sure you complete all fields in the application form and upload all pages of all documents requested.
- If you are offered a place on the course via the waiting list you will have only a very short time to make payment of the application and course fees.
- The waiting lists will close not later than the relevant course application deadlines and may close earlier if a large number of applications are submitted.
Please note that the 2023 programme will be delivered fully online.
- Course overview
This is a full-time English for Academic Purposes course designed for international students who need to improve their academic English for undergraduate and postgraduate studies in Education.
Students with unconditional offers for any undergraduate and postgraduate programme at the UCL Institute of Education are also welcome to apply.
For students holding conditional offers for IOE courses, the PASHE end-of-course assessments (in academic reading, writing, speaking and listening) meet UCL's English language requirement.
- How to apply
Applications for PASHE courses
Please note that applications may close earlier than the deadlines below if all places on the course are filled.
Applications now closed.
- Deadline for applications: 1pm UK time on 22 May 2023.
- Course start date: 12 June 2023.
- Course fees: £7,500.
- Deadline for applications: 1pm UK time on 12 June 2023.
- Course start date: 3 July 2023.
- Course fees: £6,900.
Your place on a course is only confirmed when you have paid your fees, and you should expect to do this shortly after being offered a place. Please also note that we will only make one PASHE offer per applicant in 2023.
Other important information
For UCL conditional offer holders, PASHE assessment results will be sent to Central Admissions at UCL.
Students who have achieved the required language level, and who have met all other conditions of their offer, will subsequently receive an unconditional offer and be issued with a Confirmation of Acceptance for Studies (CAS). They will need this CAS to apply for a visa to study in the UK.
Paying tuition fees
Course fees are normally payable not more than 2 weeks after the offer is made. Offer holders will receive information via email on how to formally accept their offer and, pay the course fees.
Full refunds of course fees, minus a £200 administration charge, will be made in the event of formal visa refusals where a further visa application is not possible. Claims must be made in writing and be supported by the relevant Refusal of Entry Clearance letter. Other refund requests will be considered if we can find another student to take your place on the course and provided your request is received before the course application deadline.
No refund will be made if you withdraw or are withdrawn (for example, because of poor attendance) from a course after it begins.
More information on living expenses can also be found on UCL International Student Support webpages.
- Entry requirements
Which PASHE course you can apply for depends on both your current level of English and the English level required for your future UCL Institute of Education degree programme.
English language requirements
If you hold a conditional offer for a postgraduate or an undergraduate UCL degree, we accept the following English language tests:
- IELTS (UKVI / Academic / Indicator)
- PTE (UKVI / Academic / Academic Online)
- TOEFL (iBT / Home Edition)
Your test must be taken within two years of the Preparation for Academic Studies in Higher Education (PASHE) course start date.
Language level required for your UCL degree course
Minimum IELTS level required for each PASHE pre-sessional course
- UCL Level 2: 5.5 IELTS overall (No less than 5.0 in any subscore)
- UCL Level 3: 6 IELTS overall (No less than 5.5 in any subscore)
- UCL Level 4: 6.0 IELTS overall (No less than 6.0 in Writing and 5.5 in any other subscore)
- UCL Level 2: 6.0 IELTS overall (No less than 5.5 in any subscore)
- UCL Level 3: 6.5 IELTS overall (No less than 6 in any subscore)
- UCL Level 4: 6.5 IELTS overall (No less than 6.0 in any subscore)
Minimum TOEFL iBT score required for each pre-sessional course
- UCL Level 2: 82 overall (No less than 20/30 in reading and writing and 16/30 in speaking and listening)
- UCL Level 3: 87 overall (No less than 22/30 in reading and writing and 18/30 in speaking and listening)
- UCL Level 4: 87 overall (No less than 24/30 in writing, 22/30 in reading and 18/30 in speaking and listening)
- UCL Level 2: 87 overall (No less than 22/30 in reading and writing and 18/30 in speaking and listening)
- UCL Level 3: 92 overall (No less than 24/30 in reading and writing and 20/30 in speaking and listening)
- UCL Level 4: 92 overall (No less than 24/30 in reading and writing and 20/30 in speaking and listening)
Minimum Pearson level required for each PASHE pre-sessional course
- UCL Level 2: 59 overall (No less than 53 in each subskill)
- UCL Level 3: 67 overall (No less than 59 in each subskill)
- UCL Level 4: 67 overall (No less than 67 in writing and 59 in other subskills)
- UCL Level 2: 67 overall (No less than 59 in each subskill)
- UCL Level 3: 75 overall (No less than 67 in each subskill)
- UCL Level 4: 75 overall (No less than 67 in each subskill)
Please be aware that scores cannot be rounded up when evaluating eligibility.
Students with unconditional offers may have other UCL accepted language qualifications.
- Course learning outcomes
By the end of the PASHE course, students should be able to:
- Operate at a linguistic level required for entry to undergraduate or postgraduate level study as stipulated by UCL English language requirements.
- Identify line of argument in and critically review a range of academic texts at a level appropriate for the commencement of undergraduate or postgraduate level study in education and/or the social sciences.
- Recognise features of a range of academic texts and use this knowledge to plan, draft, and review and edit written assignments at a level appropriate for the commencement of undergraduate or postgraduate level in education and/or the social sciences.
- Read widely, confidently and effectively, engaging with depth, volume and complexity of text appropriate at undergraduate or postgraduate level in education and/or the social sciences.
- Select and use appropriate source materials effectively, employing accurately-formatted in-text citation and a corresponding accurately-formatted list of references.
- Recognise the main points of lectures and take notes effectively.
- Participate confidently in seminars and other classroom discussions, including agreeing, disagreeing, asking questions and seeking clarification.
- Plan, draft, review and edit a presentation at a level appropriate for the commencement of undergraduate or postgraduate level study.
- Reflect upon and respond to formative feedback and feed-forward in written and oral tasks.
- Be familiar with, and apply, independent learning and study strategies, including digital literacy, for research and writing in undergraduate or postgraduate education studies.
- Recognise the importance of engaging actively and fluently in cross-cultural communication by working in diverse groups, as appropriate for seminars at undergraduate or postgraduate level study.
- Course outline
The course will focus on academic texts in the field of Education and include:
- English for academic purposes (EAP) and language development.
- Critical reading, writing, speaking and listening.
- Structure and coherence in academic writing.
- Extensive reading, note-taking, summarising and referencing.
- Presentation speaking practice.
- Lectures by academics in the field of education.
- Language preparation for research.
- Elective options.
Weeks A-C (11 week students only)
This part of the programme focuses on general English for academic purposes (EAP) and will offer a broad introduction to the above areas. In particular, students will:
- Develop structure, coherence, accuracy and clarity at paragraph level, by planning, drafting, reviewing and redrafting a portfolio of short written tasks.
- Be introduced to academic conventions (citation and referencing).
- Deliver a number of short presentations.
This part of the programme focuses on the notion of criticality in postgraduate studies and will continue to develop learners' proficiency in EAP skills. In particular, students will:
- Continue to improve structure, coherence, accuracy and clarity in writing at a level appropriate for the commencement of postgraduate study by planning, drafting, reviewing and redrafting a fully referenced argument essay.
- Gain further practice, and consolidate knowledge, in following academic conventions (citation and referencing).
- Deliver a number of short presentations.
- Complete end-of course summative assessment.
Tutor groups are kept small, with an average of 12 students in each class.
- Teaching and learning
The 2023 PASHE course will be delivered online and provide a balance of tutor-led teaching and self-study. Students will be expected to spend a significant number of hours working on assignments and self-study tasks using the PASHE Virtual Learning Environment (VLE) and meeting one-to-one for online tutorials with their tutors.
Each part of the PASHE programme includes:
- self-study and online group workshops facilitated by course tutors
- lectures delivered by academics in the field of education
- individual and group tutorials - each student will have an individual tutorial each week
- regular online group discussions
- formative feedback throughout the course
- peer evaluation and feedback throughout the course.
Whilst this means that you will be able to carry out all your studies remotely, the pre-sessional is an intensive and full-time commitment requiring active engagement and participation, and up to seven hours of daily study from Monday to Friday.
- Technical requirements
Please note the following technical requirements for the online PASHE course:
- access to a laptop or desktop computer with an internet connection, mobile devices are not appropriate
- a headset/headphones or speakers and a microphone
- a webcam
- Chrome and Firefox installed
- a fast internet connection.
As with all online platforms, the higher the bandwidth of your internet connection, the smoother your experience of our platforms will be. We would recommend speeds in excess of 10 Mbps.
Training will be provided in the use of UCL online platforms (e.g. Microsoft Teams, and Black Board Collaborate) and technical support will be available during UK office hours.
- Feedback and assessment
If you are a PASHE conditional offer holder, you will need to achieve an overall pass in all pre-sessional assessments according to our assessment criteria to pass the course. You will need to meet the English language requirement stated in your degree offer letter in order to progress to your chosen UCL department. You will be examined in each of the four skills of reading, writing, listening and speaking.
PASHE online assessment suite will include:
- A portfolio of reading tasks
- A portfolio of listening tasks
- A researched essay of 1,500 words
- An oral presentation.
Before starting the PASHE course, we strongly recommend that you explore IOE's Writing Centre Online.