English Language Teaching Unit

Choose your presessional course

We offer start dates all year round, with courses from 2 weeks to 40 weeks, depending on your level of English. Choose from the list below.

Presessional requirements

  • The minimum age for enrolment on all programmes is 18.
  • On campus study requires a Student Route Visa or Dependent Visa. Find out more about visas.
  • Students who complete the Presessional Programme with suitable grades will meet the English language entry requirements for University of Leicester degree programmes.
  • Entry requirements shown below are IELTS - in addition to the overall IELTS score, 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.
  • Course fees should be paid in full before the start of the course. Get more information about fees payment and refunds.
  • You must apply before the application deadline, or your visa will not arrive in time.

Contact us

For general enquiries about the Presessional Programme, please contact pspadmissions@le.ac.uk.

Presessional 40 weeks (IELTS 4.0): Modules A, B, C and D

Entry requirement (IELTS equivalent): 4.0
(IELTS 4.5 for academic programmes requiring 7.0)

October 2023

  • Mode of Study: On Campus
  • Dates: 2 October 2023 - 6 September 2024
  • Application deadline: 28 August 2023
  • Offer acceptance deadline: 4 September 2023 (late applicants should pay their full termly fees via online payment - £3,975 - to accept their offer)
  • Enter University: September 2024
  • Fee: £15,900

Learn more and apply

Presessional 30 weeks (IELTS 4.5): Modules B, C and D

Entry requirement (IELTS equivalent): 4.5
(IELTS 5.0 for academic programmes requiring 7.0)   

October 2023

  • Mode of Study: On campus
  • Dates: 2 October 2023 - 14 June 2024
  • Application deadline: 28 August 2023
  • Offer acceptance deadline: 4 September 2023 (late applicants should pay their full termly fees via online payment - £3,975 - to accept their offer)
  • Enter University: September 2024
  • Fee: £11,925

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Presessional 20 weeks (IELTS 5.0): Modules C and D

Entry requirement (IELTS equivalent): 5.0
(IELTS 5.5 for academic programmes requiring 7.0) 

March 2023

  • Mode of study: Online
  • Dates: 20 March 2023 - 25 August 2023
  • Application deadline: 27 February 2023
  • Offer acceptance deadline: 6 March 2023 (late applicants should pay their full termly fees via online payment - £3,900 - to accept their offer) 
  • Enter University: September 2023
  • Fee: £7,800
  • Mode of study: On campus
  • Dates: 27 March 2023 - 8 September 2023
  • Application deadline: 20 February 2023
  • Offer acceptance deadline: 27 February 2023 (late applicants should pay their full termly fees via online payment - £3,900 - to accept their offer) 
  • Enter University: September 2023
  • Fee: £7,800

Learn more and apply

July 2023

  • Mode of study: On campus
  • Dates: 3 July 2023 - 8 December 2023
  • Application deadline: 29 May 2023
  • Offer acceptance deadline: 5 June 2023 (late applicants should pay their full termly fees via online payment - £3,900 - to accept their offer)
  • Enter University: January 2024
  • Fee: £7,800

Learn more and apply

October 2023

  • Mode of study: On campus
  • Dates: 2 October 2023 -15 March 2024
  • Application deadline: 28 August 2023
  • Offer acceptance deadline: 4 September 2023 (late applicants should pay their full termly fees via online payment - £3,975 - to accept their offer)
  • Enter University: September 2024
  • Fee: £7,950

Learn more and apply

Presessional 10 weeks (IELTS 5.5): Module D

Entry requirement (IELTS equivalent): 5.5
(IELTS 6.0 for academic programmes requiring 7.0)  

March 2023

  • Mode of study: On campus
  • Dates: 27 March 2023 - 9 June 2023
  • Application deadline: 20 February 2023 
  • Offer acceptance deadline: 27 February 2023 (late applicants should pay their full termly fees via online payment - £3,900 - to accept their offer)
  • Enter University: September 2023
  • Fee: £3,900

Learn more and apply

June 2023

  • Mode of study: Online
  • Dates: 19 June 2023 - 25 August 2023
  • Application deadline: 29 May 2023
  • Offer acceptance deadline: 5 June 2023 (late applicants should pay their full termly fees via online payment - £3,900 - to accept their offer)
  • Enter University: September 2023
  • Fee: £3,900

Learn more and apply

July 2023

  • Mode of study: On campus
  • Dates: 3 July 2023 - 8 September 2023
  • Application deadline: 29 May 2023
  • Offer acceptance deadline: 5 June 2023 (late applicants should pay their full termly fees via online payment - £3,900 - to accept their offer)
  • Enter University: September 2023
  • Fee: £3,900

Learn more and apply

October 2023

  • Mode of study: On campus
  • Dates: 2 October 2023 - 8 December 2023
  • Application deadline: 28 August 2023
  • Offer acceptance deadline: 4 September 2023 (late applicants should pay their full termly fees via online payment - £3,975 - to accept their offer)
  • Enter University: January 2024
  • Fee: £3,975

Learn more and apply

Presessional 6 weeks (IELTS 6.0): Module E

Entry requirement (IELTS equivalent): 6.0
(IELTS 6.5 for academic programmes requiring 7.0)

July 2023

  • Mode of study: On campus
  • Dates: 17 July to 25 August 2023
  • Application deadline: 12 June 2023
  • Offer acceptance deadline: 19 June 2023 (late applicants should pay their full termly fees via online payment - £2,400 - to accept their offer) 
  • Enter University: September 2023
  • Fee: £2,400
  • Mode of study: Online
  • Dates: 17 July to 25 August 2023
  • Application deadline: 26 June 2023
  • Offer acceptance deadline: 3 July 2023 (late applicants should pay their full termly fees via online payment - £2,400 - to accept their offer) 
  • Enter University: September 2023
  • Fee: £2,400

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HeadStart+ 2 weeks (Unconditional offer)

Entry requirement: You must have an unconditional offer for a University of Leicester academic programme.

September 2023

  • Mode of study: On campus
  • Dates: 11 September 2023 - 22 September 2023
  • Application deadline: 28 August 2023
  • Offer acceptance and fee payment deadline: 30 August 2023
  • Enter University: September 2023
  • Fee: £550 

Learn more and apply

English Language Programme (IELTS 4.0 - 5.5)

The ELTU’s English Language Programme is for students who do not yet qualify for a Student Visa, but want to improve their English in a UK academic environment.

Entry requirement (IELTS equivalent): 4.0 - 5.5. 

We accept other tests in addition to IELTS and also offer our own entry test for entry onto the English Language Programme.

  • Visa requirement: any visa type which allows full-time study for the whole duration of your programme
  • Study for between 10 and 40 weeks
  • 21 hours per week full-time intensive study

To apply or for more information, email us at pspadmissions@le.ac.uk, telling us your current level of English, when you want to start, and how many weeks you want to study.

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