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 2022

  • Mode of Study: On Campus
  • Dates: 3 October 2022 - 8 September 2023
  • Application deadline: 29 August 2022
  • Enter University: September 2023
  • Fee: £15,600

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January 2023

  • Mode of Study: On Campus
  • Dates: 9 January 2023 - 8 December 2023
  • Application deadline: 21 November 2022
  • Enter University: January 2024
  • Fee: £15,600

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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 2022

  • Mode of Study: On Campus
  • Dates: 3 October 2022 - 9 June 2023
  • Application deadline: 29 August 2022
  • Enter University: September 2023
  • Fee: £11,700

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January 2023

  • Mode of Study: On Campus
  • Dates: 9 January 2023 - 8 September 2023
  • Application deadline: 21 November 2022
  • Enter University: September 2023
  • Fee: £11,700

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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)

October 2022

  • Mode of study: On Campus
  • Dates: 3 October 2022 - 17 March 2023
  • Application deadline: 29 August 2022
  • Enter University: September 2023
  • Fee: £7,800

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January 2023

  • Mode of study: On Campus
  • Dates: 9 January 2023 - 9 June 2023
  • Application deadline: 21 November 2022
  • Enter University: September 2023
  • Fee: £7,800

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Presessional 10 weeks (IELTS 5.5): Module D

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

October 2022

  • Mode of study: On Campus
  • Dates: 3 October 2022 - 9 December 2022
  • Application deadline: 29 August 2022
  • Enter University: January 2023
  • Fee: £3,900

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January 2023

  • Mode of study: On Campus
  • Dates: 9 January 2023 - 17 March 2023
  • Application deadline: 21 November 2022
  • Enter University: September 2023
  • Fee: £3,900

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Presessional 6 weeks (IELTS 6.0): Module E

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

August 2022

  • Mode of study: On Campus and Online
  • Dates: 18 July to 26 August 2022
  • Application deadline: 6 June 2022 for On Campus, 4 July 2022 for Online
  • Offer acceptance deadline: 13 June 2022 for On Campus, 11 July 2022 for Online (late applicants should pay their full termly fees via online payment - £2,350 - to accept their offer) 
  • Enter University: September 2022
  • Fee: £2,350

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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 2022

  • Mode of study: On campus
  • Dates: 12 September 2022 - 23 September 2022
  • Application deadline: 29 August 2022
  • Offer acceptance and fee payment deadline: 31 August 2022
  • Enter University: September 2022
  • Fee: £525 

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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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