Presessional 6 weeks (minimum IELTS 6.0)

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

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

Please note:

In light of the COVID-19 pandemic, the ELTU plans to deliver presessional module E 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 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.


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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Term 1 Presessional Programme Brochure

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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