Full-time English Study

Both programmes provide 21 hours per week of intensive English.
26 March 2020 update:

The University has suspended all face-to-face teaching. All full-time English programmes commencing in March are being taught online. All full-time English programmes starting in July and August will start and finish on the advertised dates, but these programmes may also be taught online. A decision on how to teach these programmes will be made at the end of April.
Please check our Frequently Asked Questions for more details.

  • Presessional Programme: for students who want to start an undergraduate or postgraduate course at university, but first need to improve their level of English.

  • English Language Programme: for students who do not yet qualify for a Tier 4 Visa. Also for students who do not intend to go to university, but who want to improve their English in a UK university environment.

Choose the right programme of study below:

Presessional Programme

General and Academic English to prepare for university study

English Language Programme

Improve your English in a UK university environment

From IELTS 4.0 to IELTS 6.0 with minimum IELTS 4.0 in all skills.
(We accept other qualifications. Check our entry levels page.)

Entry levels

From IELTS 4.0 to IELTS 5.5
(We accept other qualifications. Check our entry levels page.)
Tier 4 Visa, Dependant Visa, or EU passport.


Student Visitor Visa
2 - 40 weeks of study, depending on your entry level. Programmes end in September or December, with university entry in October or January.


10 - 30 weeks of study depending on your entry level. All programmes end in June.

Students who successfully complete the presessional programme can start their undergraduate or postgraduate programme at the University of Leicester.


When your English reaches the required level, you can move to the Presessional Programme. This may require a Tier 4 visa, which can only be obtained by returning to your country.



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British Council Accreditation UK

The English Language Teaching Unit is regularly inspected by the British Council, to ensure that our courses meet the high standards of the Accreditation UK scheme.

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Integrated offers

The University now offers an option to study for a postgraduate masters programme with integrated pre-sessional English language. This combines the 6 week pre-sessional programme delivered by the University’s English Language Teaching Unit with the main programme of study.

Please find more details here: Integrated masters and English language programme