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.

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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