Presessional Programme

Successful completion of Course D or E meets the English language entry requirements for University of Leicester degree programmes starting in October and January.

Presessional Programme

Students who complete the Presessional Programme with suitable grades will meet the English language entry requirements for University of Leicester degree programmes.
  • Presessional CoursesEntry requirements shown below are IELTS - you must have minimum IELTS 4.0 in all skills (speaking, listening, reading, writing). If you have a different qualification, check our entry levels page.
  • Requires Tier 4 visa, Dependent Visa, or EU passport.
  • The minimum age for enrolment on all programmes is 18.
  • 21 hours per week full-time intensive study.
  • Maximum 16 students in a class.
  • 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
  • Tailored summer presessionals for undergraduates and postgraduates

Choose your programme below, depending on your level of English. If you live outside the European Union (EU), you must apply before the date shown, or your visa will not arrive in time.

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

Choose your
programme
Entry requirement
Start - end dates                   

Apply before
(outside EU)
Enter university

Presessional 40 weeks
(Modules ABCD)

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IELTS 4.0

(IELTS 4.5 for academic programmes requiring 7.0)

13 Jan 2020 - 11 Dec 2020
05 Oct 2020 - 10 Sept 2021
11 Jan 2021 - 10 Dec 2021
18 Nov 2019
10 Aug 2020
16 Nov 2020

Jan 2021
Sept 2021
Jan 2022

Presessional 30 weeks
(Modules BCD)

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IELTS 4.5

(IELTS 5.0 for academic programmes requiring 7.0)

13 Jan 2020 - 11 Sept 2020
30 Mar 2020 - 11 Dec 2020
05 Oct 2020 - 18 June 2021
11 Jan 2021 - 10 Sept 2021

18 Nov 2019
03 Feb 2020
10 Aug 2020
16 Nov 2020

Sept 2020
Jan 2021
Sept 2021
Sept 2021

Presessional 20 weeks
(Modules CD)

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IELTS 5.0

(IELTS 5.5 for academic programmes requiring 7.0)

13 Jan 2020 - 12 Jun 2020
30 Mar 2020 - 11 Sept 2020
06 Jul 2020 - 11 Dec 2020

05 Oct 2020 - 19 Mar 2021
11 Jan 2021 - 18 Jun 2021

18 Nov 2019
03 Feb 2020
11 May 2020
10 Aug 2020
16 Nov 2020

Sept 2020
Sept 2020
Jan 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)

13 Jan 2020 - 20 Mar 2020
30 Mar 2020 - 12 Jun 2020
06 Jul 2020 - 11 Sept 2020
05 Oct 2020 - 11 Dec 2020
11 Jan 2021 - 19 Mar 2021
18 Nov 2019
03 Feb 2020
11 May 2020
10 Aug 2020
16 Nov 2020
Sept 2020
Sept 2020
Sept 2020
Jan 2021
Sept 2021

Presessional 6 weeks
(Module E)

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IELTS 6.0
(IELTS 6.5 for academic programmes requiring 7.0)

03 Aug 2020 - 11 Sept 2020
02 Aug 2021 - 10 Sept 2021

08 Jun 2020
07 Jun 2021

Sept 2020
Sept 2021

Study Skills 2 weeks

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Unconditional offer
from the University
of Leicester

14 Sept 2020 - 25 Sept 2020
06 Sept 2021 - 17 Sept 2021

 

20 July 2020
12 July 2021

Sept 2020
Sept 2021

Take your entry test in Leicester:
If you are already in the UK, we offer a test here in Leicester for entry onto some courses. Contact us for details.

Download the ELTU Pre-sessional brochure here

Holidays and closure dates

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

Fees Payment

Course fees should be paid in full before the start of the course. 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

Pre-sessional students are required to pay a non-refundable deposit to secure their place on the Pre-Sessional 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 Pre-Sessional 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.

Presessional 40 weeks (minimum IELTS 4.0)

Modules ABCD - Intensive General and Academic English. Start dates in October and January, leading to university entry in October or January the following year.
Course information
Entry level:
IELTS 4.0 (Undergraduate Law applicants 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
Fee: £14,700 for 2019/20

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.

More information

Presessional 30 weeks (minimum IELTS 4.5)

Modules BCD - Intensive General and Academic English. Start dates in January, April and October, leading to university entry in October or January.
Course information
Entry level:
IELTS 4.5 (Undergraduate Law applicants 5.0)
You must have 4.0 minimum 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
Fee: £11,025 for 2019/20

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
  • In the afternoon classes, choose to study the areas that you need to improve most

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.

More information

Presessional 20 weeks (minimum IELTS 5.0)

Modules CD - Intensive Academic English and Study Skills. Start dates in October, January, April and July, leading to university entry in October or January.
Course information
Entry level: IELTS 5.0 (Undergraduate Law applicants 5.5)
You must have 4.0 minimum 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
Fee: £7,350 for 2019/20

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.

More information

Presessional 10 weeks (minimum IELTS 5.5)

Module D - Intensive Academic English and Study Skills. Start dates in January, April, July and October, leading to university entry in October and January.
Course information
Entry level:
IELTS 5.5 (IELTS 6.0 for academic programmes requiring 7.0)
You must have 4.0 minimum 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
Fee: £3,675 for 2019/20

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.

More information

Presessional 6 weeks (minimum IELTS 6.0)

Intensive Academic English for Undergraduate/Postgraduate students. Start date in August, leading to university entry in October.

Presessional 6 weeks course is for Undergraduate and Postgraduate students.

Course information
Entry level:
IELTS 6.0 
You must have 4.0 minimum in all skills, and we
recommend a minimum of 6.0 in writing.
Visit our entry levels page for more information.
Visa requirement:
Tier 4 visa, Dependent Visa, or EU passport
Classes: 21 hours per week
Fee:
£2,250

Course description

Our 6-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

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.

More information

Study Skills 2 weeks (unconditional offer)

Study Skills 2 weeks (Unconditional offer)
Intensive academic language and study skills for students with an unconditional offer from the University of Leicester.
Form Folder Apply online - Study Skills 2 weeks (9 Sept - 20 Sept 2019)

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.

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

Entry levels for Presessional Programme

You must have the minimum scores shown in the table above for each language area (speaking, listening, reading, writing). You must also have an overall score as shown in the table below:

Presessional ProgrammeIELTS Trinity College London ISE
40 weeks 4.0 ISE I with Merit in all components
30 weeks 4.5 ISE I with Distinction in all components
20 weeks 5.0 ISE II with Pass in all components
10 weeks 5.5 ISE II with Merit in all components
6 weeks 6.0 ISE II with Distinction in all components

Entry levels for Presessional Programme (academic programmes require IELTS 7.0)

You must have the minimum scores shown in the table above for each language area (speaking, listening, reading, writing). You must also have an overall score as shown in the table below:

Presessional ProgrammeIELTSTrinity College London ISE
40 weeks 4.5 ISE I with Distinction in all components
30 weeks 5.0 ISE II with Pass in all components
20 weeks 5.5 ISE II with Merit in all components
10 weeks 6.0 ISE II with Distinction in all components

The Presessional and Study Skills application form has moved

Presessional 40 / 30 / 20 / 10 / 6 weeks

To apply, please go to the course page (links below) and use the Apply Online Now link (on the top right of each page):

Study skills 3 weeks

To apply for the Study Skills course, click on the link below:

Integrated masters and English language programme

About the integrated masters and English language programme

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.

The benefits of studying an Integrated Masters is that you’ll only need to make one visa application to study in the UK, meaning that you’ll save money and won’t need to renew your visa before you begin your Masters.

Because this is an Integrated English Language course, we can accept a wider range of English tests, including IELTS (standard and UKVI approved), TOEFL iBT and Pearson Test of English (PTE).

The minimum requirements are below:

Overall entry requirementListeningSpeakingWritingReading
IELTS 6.0 overall 5.5 5.5 5.5 5.5
PTE 54 overall 51 51 51 51
TOEFL iBT 80 overall 17 20 17 18

In order to be eligible, applicants must have:

  • successfully completed their undergraduate degree;
  • a conditional offer for postgraduate study at the University in September 2018, with the only condition being that you meet the English language requirement;
  • taken an English language test within 2 years of the start of the postgraduate masters programme;
  • achieved a score in English language which is only slightly lower than the English language requirement for the masters programme.

English language tuition

The pre-sessional English language programme is taught by specialist staff in the English Language Teaching Unit and focuses on the key skills of writing, reading, speaking and listening.

Fees

Students on the integrated programme pay the fee for the English tuition in addition to the fee for the postgraduate degree.  The tuition fee for the 6 week English language course for 2018 is £2,100.

How to apply

  1. Apply online for a postgraduate masters programme.
  2. Upon receipt of a conditional offer, apply for the pre-sessional programme Module E http://www2.le.ac.uk/offices/eltu/fulltime/presessional/e
  3. If you are eligible for an offer for the integrated programme, you’ll be contacted by a member of the PG admissions team. If you wish to take up a place on the integrated programme, you’ll be issued with an unconditional offer letter that integrates the English language tuition with the masters programme.

Tier 4 visas

If you are eligible for an offer for the integrated programme, you’ll be issued with one Confirmation of Acceptance for Studies (CAS) to cover both the English language and the masters programme. This can then be used to apply for one Tier 4 visa.

Progression to the postgraduate masters programme

Students who take up a place with an integrated offer do not automatically progress to their master's. Progression depends upon successfully completing the English language pre-sessional programme.

Your integrated offer remains unconditional provided you successfully complete the English language programme.

If you do not successfully complete the English language programme, your offer for the master's will revert to being conditional on English language and Tier 4 sponsorship will be withdrawn.

If you then meet the English language condition by successfully completing an IELTS test at the appropriate level, you’ll be given an unconditional offer for the masters programme and a new Confirmation of Acceptance for Studies (CAS) to cover the dates of the masters programme only.

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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