Pre-sessional English courses

FAQs about pre-sessional English courses for international applicants.

How are pre-sessional courses being delivered?

Pre-sessional courses starting in January 2021 will be delivered online only with no campus based classes. Modules A, B, C and D are due to start on 11th January 2021 and online applications can be made now by visiting the English Language Teaching Unit webpage.

The plan is to deliver courses in Term 3, starting on 12th April 2021, both online and in classrooms in Leicester.

Are the tuition fees for online pre-sessional courses the same?

Yes, tuition fees for online courses remain the same.

What are the features of the online pre-sessional courses?

35 hours per week of study, through a combination of 8 to 10 hours per week of compulsory live streamed classes and guided personal study.

  • A personal tutor to guide you through the module, including one-to-one online tutorials.
  • Small class sizes – a maximum of 16 students per session.
  • High-quality and well-established materials delivered on the University’s online learning platform, Blackboard.
  • Live streamed sessions which allow you to interact with your tutor and with other students. All sessions will be recorded so that students who are unable to join live can catch up at a time convenient for them.
  • Optional extra-curricular activities.
  • Development, practice and assessment of all four skills: Writing: You will develop your grammar, vocabulary, academic style and organisation for writing essays. You will learn to write more effective paragraphs, introductions and conclusions. There are regular submission of written assignments, with feedback and correction from your tutors.
    • Writing: You will develop your grammar, vocabulary, academic style and organisation for writing essays. You will learn to write more effective paragraphs, introductions and conclusions. There are regular submission of written assignments, with feedback and correction from your tutors.
    • Reading: You will learn and develop skills for identifying useful parts of a text, finding the information you need, reading and understanding, and coping with unknown vocabulary.
    • Speaking: You will learn expressions and vocabulary for communicating effectively in different kinds of academic discussions. You will get practice in expressing your opinions and understanding others. You will develop and practise presentation skills.
    • Listening: You will learn to be more effective in lectures, identifying the main points and taking effective notes.
  • Develop your knowledge of your academic area, which consists of a small piece of research to produce a poster for presentation (Module C) or learn how to develop a 1,500 word essay (Modules D and E). You will learn how to reference and avoid plagiarism.
  • You will also learn about the UK, British academic culture and what you need to do in order to be successful in your degree.
  • You can use results from final Module D or Module E assessments to meet entry requirements of University of Leicester academic courses.

What benefits are there to studying online?

Study at home without having to pay for international travel and accommodation fees.

  • There is no need to apply for a visa, saving time and money.
  • There is more flexibility in entry requirements and no need to take a UKVI IELTS test, for instance. An online Leicester Pre-sessional English Test is available if you are unable to take another test.
  • Study at your own pace, scheduling the independent study at times that are convenient for you.

What experience does the ELTU have in delivering online courses?

The ELTU has taught over 2,000 students online since March and has developed expertise in this area. As well as its online pre-sessional courses, the ELTU is teaching English in online classes to over 500 students at partner universities in Chongqing and Liaoning Province in China.

The ELTU has great experience in using technology to teach, and, for instance, offers a Postgraduate Certificate course online.

More widely, the University of Leicester is one of the oldest and most globally recognised providers of online learning in the UK, with over 25,000 graduates across the globe.