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.

Covid-19 update

Presessionals in term 3 (12 April start) will be delivered online. This will allow students to progress their studies despite the restrictions currently imposed on the UK.

Summer presessionals (starting 5 July and 2 August) will offer students the choice of two modes of study: On Campus or Online

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 2021

  • Mode of study: On Campus
  • Dates: 4 October 2021 - 9 September 2022
  • Application deadline: 23 August 2021
  • Enter University: September 2022
  • Fee: £15,300

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 2021

  • Mode of Study: On Campus
  • Dates: 4 October 2021 - 17 June 2022
  • Application deadline: 23 August 2021
  • Enter University: September 2022
  • Fee: £11,475
Learn more and apply

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)

July 2021

  • Mode of study: Online
  • Dates: 5 July 2021 - 10 December 2021
  • Application deadline: 24 May 2021
  • Enter University: January 2022
  • Fee: £7,500

October 2021

  • Mode of study: On Campus
  • Dates: 4 October 2021 - 18 March 2022
  • Application deadline: 23 August 2021
  • Enter University: September 2022
  • Fee: £7,650
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)

July 2021

  • Mode of study: On Campus or Online
  • Dates: 5 July 2021 - 10 September 2021
  • Application deadline: 24 May 2021 for On Campus ; 14 June 2021 for Online
  • Enter University: September 2021
  • Fee: £3,750

October 2021

  • Mode of study: On Campus or Online
  • Dates: 4 October 2021 - 10 December 2021
  • Application deadline: 23 August 2021
  • Enter University: January 2022
  • Fee: £3,825

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)

August 2021

  • Mode of study: On Campus or Online
  • Dates: 2 August 2021 - 10 September 2021
  • Application deadline: 21 June 2021 for On Campus ; 12 July 2021 for Online
  • Enter University: September 2021
  • Fee: £2,295

November 2021

  • Mode of study: On Campus or Online
  • Dates: 1 November 2021 - 10 December 2021
  • Application deadline: 20 September 2021
  • Enter University: January 2022
  • Fee: £2,295

Learn more and apply

HeadStart+ 2 weeks (Unconditional offer)

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

September 2021

  • Mode of study: Online
  • Dates: 13 September 2021 - 24 September 2021
  • Application deadline: 27 August 2021
  • Enter University: September 2021
  • Fee: £500

December 2021

  • Mode of study: Online
  • Dates: 6 December 2021 - 17 December 2021
  • Application deadline: 22 November 2021
  • Enter University: January 2022
  • Fee: £500

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 also accept other tests in addition to IELTS. If you are already in the UK, we offer a test here in Leicester for entry onto the English Language Programme.

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

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