Online Presessional Programme

In light of the COVID-19 pandemic, the ELTU has taken the decision to teach presessional modules online only until further notice. We are monitoring the situation and will return to the traditional 21 hours per week classroom based course when government and university guidelines allow us to implement this change.

Online Presessional Programme

In light of the COVID-19 pandemic, the ELTU has taken the decision to teach presessional modules online only until further notice. We are monitoring the situation and will return to the traditional 21 hours per week classroom based course when government and university guidelines allow us to implement this change.

Why study a University of Leicester presessional programme?

  • Successful completion meets the English language requirement for all University of Leicester degree programmes. There is no need to take another English language test, such as IELTS, saving time and money.
  • Improve study and academic as well as English skills, providing ideal preparation for a degree programme.
  • Become familiar with UK study culture.

Features of the Online Presessional Programmes

  • 8 – 10 hours of live video classes per week through tutorials in small groups and 1-to-1 tuition. Attendance of these classes is compulsory.
  • 25 hours of guided independent study per week, through structured online study materials and accompanying tasks. Students have the flexibility to complete this study at their convenience.
  • A personal tutor to guide you through the module.
  • Maximum class size of 16 – learn through interaction with the tutor and other students.
  • Experienced, friendly and supportive tutors.
  • High-quality and well-established materials delivered on the University’s online learning platform included in the tuition fee.
  • Development and practice of reading, writing, speaking and listening skills.
  • Develop knowledge of your academic area in the project course component and learn how to write an academic assignment.
  • Learn about UK study culture, including learning how to reference and avoid plagiarism

Student Case Studies

Hear what our students have to say about their experience studying online at the ELTU.

Please note:

  • The minimum age for enrolment on all programmes is 18.
  • All study materials are included in the tuition fee.
  • Course fees should be paid in full before the start of the course: information about fees payment and refunds

 

Choose your programme below, depending on your level of English.

For general enquiries about the Presessional Programme, email: pspadmissions@le.ac.uk

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Presessional 40 weeks
(Modules ABCD)

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IELTS 4.0

(IELTS 4.5 for academic programmes requiring 7.0)

11 Jan 2021 - 10 Dec 2021

11 Dec 2020

Jan 2022

Presessional 30 weeks
(Modules BCD)

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IELTS 4.5

(IELTS 5.0 for academic programmes requiring 7.0)

11 Jan 2021 - 10 Sept 2021

12 Apr 2021 - 10 Dec 2021


11 Dec 2020

 

15 Feb 2021

Sept 2021

 

Jan 2022


Presessional 20 weeks
(Modules CD)

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IELTS 5.0

(IELTS 5.5 for academic programmes requiring 7.0)

11 Jan 2021 - 18 Jun 2021

12 Apr 2021 - 10 Sept 2021

11 Dec 2020

 

15 Feb 2021

Sept 2021

 

Sept 2021


Presessional 10 weeks
(Module D)

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IELTS 5.5

(IELTS 6.0 for academic programmes requiring 7.0)

11 Jan 2021 - 19 Mar 2021
12 Apr 2021 - 18 Jun 2021
11 Dec 2020
15 Feb 2021
Sept 2021
Sept 2021

For Online Presessional, English tests and exams other than IELTS are acceptable. For more information, click here.

Fees Payment

Course fees should be paid in full before the start of the course. Students will not be able to complete online registration and start their studies until they have paid their course fees and the payment has been received by the university.

Payment can be made by any of the following methods:

  • Online by Credit or Debit Card (MasterCard, Visa, Maestro and Delta)
  • Electronic Bank Transfer
  • Cheque / Banker's Draft

Full details are available on the Finance Office web pages.

Refunds

Presessional students are required to pay a non-refundable deposit to secure their place on the Presessional English Language course as set out in the relevant programme specification. If a student withdraws within 14 days of date the University received the non-refundable deposit to secure their place on the Presessional English Language the deposit paid will be returned in full. Otherwise it will not be refundable. Please click here for full details of the refund policy.

  • If you start your course and then decide to leave before completing it, you may be entitled to a full or partial refund depending on the date of your withdrawal:
  • If a student withdraws within 14 days of the course start date the fee liability is Nil (there will be a full refund);
  • The fee liability is determined by the course tuition fee based on the number of weeks in attendance as a proportion of the number of weeks specified in the normal period of registration as set out in the relevant programme specification;
  • A partially completed week is treated as a full week for the fee liability calculation.

Holidays and closure dates

Please find the dates when there will be no teaching here.

Online Presessional 40 weeks (minimum IELTS 4.0)

Modules ABCD - Intensive General and Academic English. Start dates in January 2021, leading to university entry in January 2022
Course information
Entry level:
IELTS 4.0 (Undergraduate Law applicants 4.5)
Visit our entry levels page for more information.
Visa requirement:

no visa requirement for online study, but you will need to plan to apply for a visa when we resume standard face-to-face study

Fee:

£15,000 for 2020/21

Please note:

In light of the COVID-19 pandemic, the ELTU plans to deliver presessional module A online only in Term 2 of 2020/21. Successful completion of online modules will meet the language entry requirements in the normal way.

Course description

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 (Module A)

  • Course DImprove 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 (Module 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 (Module 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 (Module D)

  • Course ELearn 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

Programme materials

All materials are included in the cost of the programme and are carefully selected to prepare you for the level of language you will meet in an English academic environment.

Assessment

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 complete the Presessional Programme will receive a University of Leicester Assessment of English score. If the ULAE meets the language conditions of your offer, you will receive an unconditional offer for your academic programme.

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.

Student Case Studies

Hear what our students have to say about their experience studying online at the ELTU.

Online Presessional 30 weeks (minimum IELTS 4.5)

Modules BCD - Intensive General and Academic English. Start dates in January and April 2021, leading to university entry in October or January.
Course information
Entry level:
IELTS 4.5 (Undergraduate Law applicants 5.0)
Visit our entry levels page for more information.
Visa requirement:

no visa requirement for online study, but you will need to plan to apply for a visa when we resume standard face-to-face study

Fee:

£11,250 for 2020/21

Please note:

In light of the COVID-19 pandemic, the ELTU plans to deliver presessional module B online only in Term 2 of 2020/21. Successful completion of online modules will meet the language entry requirements in the normal way.

Course description

Our 30-week presessional programme will give you the English language and academic skills you need for successful study at a UK university.

Weeks 1-10 (Module B)

  • Course DDevelop 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

Weeks 11-20 (Module 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 21-30 (Module D)

  • Course ELearn 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

Programme materials

All materials are included in the cost of the programme and are carefully selected to prepare you for the level of language you will meet in in an English academic environment.

Assessment

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 complete the Presessional Programme will receive a University of Leicester Assessment of English score. If the ULAE meets the language conditions of your offer, you will receive an unconditional offer for your academic programme.

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.

Student Case Studies

Hear what our students have to say about their experience studying online at the ELTU.

Online Presessional 20 weeks (minimum IELTS 5.0)

Modules CD - Intensive Academic English and Study Skills. Start dates in January and April 2021, leading to university entry in October 2021.
Course information
Entry level: IELTS 5.0 (Undergraduate Law applicants 5.5)
Visit our entry levels page for more information.
Visa requirement:

no visa requirement for online study, but you will need to plan to apply for a visa when we resume standard face-to-face study

Fee:

£7,500 for 2020/21

Please note:

In light of the COVID-19 pandemic, the ELTU plans to deliver presessional module C online only in Term 2 of 2020/21. Successful completion of online modules will meet the language entry requirements in the normal way.

Course description

Our 20-week presessional programme will give you the English language and academic skills you need for successful study at a UK university.

Weeks 1-10 (Module C)

  • Course EKey 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 11-20 (Module 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

Programme materials

All materials are included in the cost of the programme and are carefully selected to prepare you for the level of language you will meet in an English academic environment.

Assessment

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 complete the Presessional Programme will receive a University of Leicester Assessment of English score. If the ULAE meets the language conditions of your offer, you will receive an unconditional offer for your academic programme.

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.

Student Case Studies

Hear what our students have to say about their experience studying online at the ELTU.

Online Presessional 10 weeks (minimum IELTS 5.5)

Module D - Intensive Academic English and Study Skills. Start dates in January and April 2021, leading to university entry in October 2021.
Course information
Entry level:
IELTS 5.5 (IELTS 6.0 for academic programmes requiring 7.0)
Visit our entry levels page for more information.
Visa requirement:

no visa requirement for online study

Fee:

£3,750 for 2020/21

Please note:

In light of the COVID-19 pandemic, the ELTU plans to deliver presessional module A online only in Term 2 of 2020/21. Successful completion of online modules will meet the language entry requirements in the normal way.

Course description

Our 10-week presessional programme will give you the English language and academic skills you need for successful study at a UK university.

Course E

  • 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

Programme materials

All materials are included in the cost of the programme and are carefully selected to prepare you for the level of language you will meet in an English academic environment.

Assessment

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 complete the Presessional Programme will receive a University of Leicester Assessment of English score. If the ULAE meets the language conditions of your offer, you will receive an unconditional offer for your academic programme.

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.

Student Case Studies

Hear what our students have to say about their experience studying online at the ELTU.


Entry levels for the Presessional Programme

English language tests for entry onto the Presessional Programme

To get a Tier 4 Visa, you must have an English language test result which is recognised by United Kingdom Visas and Immigration (UKVI). The two accepted tests are IELTS and Trinity College London ISE.

Entry levels for Presessional Programme

We understand that it can be very difficult for applicants to take an IELTS test in the current context due to many test centres being closed.

For this reason, we have reviewed the list of tests acceptable for entry onto our presessional programmes (see full list in the table below) and can also offer a Leicester Presessional entry test to applicants who have a conditional offer for a presessional programme starting in July or August 2020.

We will accept exam certificates up to two years of their original date.  Any exam certificates older than two years will not be accepted.

Please note, we now also accept Gaokao results for undergraduate presessional entry (76% minimum) and CET6 results for postgraduate presessional entry (550 minimum) with an ELTU interview. For more detailed information, please refer to our FAQs.

Please note: the entry requirement is 0.5 higher for academic programmes with an IELTS 7.0 entrance requirement.

Entry levels .2

We also now accept IELTS Indicator tests for entry onto our presessional programmes.

Language tests for Tier 4 Visa

You may be aware of the recent changes to the UKVI rules affecting Tier 4 visas for pre-sessional courses. Please read the information below carefully.

  • If you are booking an IELTS test for entry onto a presessional course, you must book an IELTS Academic for UKVI test
  • If you are booking a Trinity College London ISE test for entry onto a presessional course, you must book an ISE Tier 4 (Student) test

The table shows the minimum scores required in each language area to obtain a Tier 4 Visa.

ExamSpeakingListeningReadingWritingOverall score
IELTS 4.0 4.0 4.0 4.0 4.0
Trinity ISE I Merit Merit Merit Merit (Not applicable)

For information about Tier 4 minimum in other tests, email us: pspadmissions@le.ac.uk

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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