Presessional 40 weeks (minimum IELTS 4.0)
||IELTS 4.0 (Law applicants IELTS 4.5)
You must have minimum 4.0 in all skills.
Visit our entry levels page for more information.
|Visa requirement:||Tier 4 Visa, Dependent Visa, or EU passport|
|Classes:||21 hours per week|
Our 40-week presessional programme will give you the English language and academic skills you need for successful study at a UK university.
Weeks 1-10 (Course A)
Improve your grammar and vocabulary
- Develop your speaking, listening, writing and reading skills
- Work closely with a small number of teachers
- Learn how to improve your English outside of the classroom
Weeks 11-20 (Course B)
- Develop your vocabulary foundation for general English and academic study
- Continue to develop your speaking, listening and reading skills
- Stronger focus on writing, with special classes to develop this skill
- In the afternoon classes, choose to study the areas that you need to improve most
Weeks 21-30 (Course C)
- Key skills for academic study: academic style in writing; reading skills for longer, more difficult texts; listening and note-taking; speaking skills for discussions and presentations
- Build your vocabulary for general and academic English
- Review key grammar points
Weeks 31-40 (Course D)
- Learn how to structure and write academic essays
- Develop reading skills to deal with long academic texts quickly and effectively
- Develop speaking skills for seminars, tutorials and presentations
- Build your academic and general English vocabulary across a range of topics
- Practise your note-taking by attending real lectures given by guest lecturers from departments across the University of Leicester
- Research and write a 1,500 word essay in your subject area, and learn key academic research and study skills such as referencing and how to avoid plagiarism
All course materials are included in the cost of the course and are carefully selected to prepare you for the level of language you will meet in an English academic environment.
At each stage of the programme there are exams to test your skills and check your progress in reading, writing, speaking and listening. You will also do regular written work, which will be marked by your teacher.
What happens after I finish the presessional programme?
Students who successfully pass Course D exams can start their undergraduate or postgraduate course at the University of Leicester.
After you start your degree, master's, or PhD, you can continue to receive help from the English Language Teaching Unit. The ELTU provides a range of support classes and tutorials for international students studying at both undergraduate and postgraduate level.