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


£14,700 for 2019/20

£15,000 for 2020/21

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.


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.

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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