Academic Year Pre-sessionals

Academic English for Postgraduate Studies pre-sessional

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The Academic English for Postgraduate Studies pre-sessional prepares you for studies at Masters or PhD level in the British university context.

This programme will help students to:

  • Improve your level of academic English to meet the language requirements of your future academic programme
  • Display linguistic and literacy skills to a level that will enable you to communicate competently within an academic context at postgraduate level
  • Understand the academic culture and context you will find on your postgraduate programme
  • Become familiar with the systems and services available to students at the University of Leeds
  • Be reflective learners, able to work autonomously and in groups, with an awareness and understanding of ethical academic practices.
You will enter the programme at different levels (1 – 4) depending on your current language level, and the academic programme you intend to take. 

You can study on the Academic English for Postgraduate Studies pre-sessional programme full-time, with entry points in September, January and April*. 

*In Summer (July - September) we offer Discipline-specific pre-sessional courses for postgraduate study which are available for 10 weeks or 6 weeks. Find out the application deadlines for these courses and how to apply here.

Download more information about this programme here.

You can find the entry requirements for this course hereFind out the application deadlines and how to apply here

Click here to find out the taught hours, teaching and learning methods for this course

Teaching and learning methods - Level One (for a typical 10 week course)
Delivery type Number Length hours Student hours
Teacher-led class 63 2.00 126.00
Seminars 7 1.00 7.00
Lectures 3 2.00 6.00
Group learning 3 2.00 6.00
Fieldwork 2 2.00 4.00
Online learning in formal classes 2 2.00 4.00
Tutorials 10 0.15 2.50
Class tests, exams and assessment 2 2.00 and 0.5 2.50
Workshop 1 1.00 1.00
Private study hours 191.00
Total contact hours 159.00
Total hours 350.00

Teaching and learning methods - Level Two (for a typical 10 week course)
Delivery type Number Length hours Student hours 
Teacher-led class 64 2.00 128.00
Lectures 6 2.00 12.00
Group learning 6 2.00 12.00
Seminars 5 1.00 5.00
Workshops 5 1.00 5.00
Fieldwork 2 2.00 4.00
Tutorials 11 0.15 2.75
Online learning in formal classes 1 2.00 2.00
Class tests, exams and assessment 2 0.50 1.00
Private study hours 190.25
Total contact hours 159.75
Total hours 350.00

Teaching and learning methods - Level Three (for a typical 10 week course)
Delivery type Number Length hours Student hours
Teacher-led class 55 2.00 110.00
Seminars 8 2.00 16.00
Online learning in formal classes 7 2.00 14.00 
Lectures 4 1.00 4.00
Group learning 2 2.00 4.00
Class tests, exams and assessment 2 1.50 3.00
Tutorials 11 0.15 2.75
Workshops 1 2.00 2.00
Private study hours 194.25
Total contact hours 155.75
Total hours

350.00

Teaching and learning methods - Level Four (for a typical 10 week course)
Delivery type Number Length hours Student hours
Teacher-led class 60 2.00 120.00
Online learning in formal classes 20 2.00 40.00
Lectures 10 2.00 20.00
Private study hours 170.00
Total contact hours 180.00
Total hours 350.00

Course facts
Class times and class size Classes take place during 9.00 - 17.00 Monday – Friday. Classes have a maximum size of 16 students. 
Minimum enrolment age The minimum age for students studying on this course is 18 years old. 

Tuition fees and course dates

Please refer to the fees and dates document, to find out course dates and non-teaching days.

Entry requirements Read more about the English language level required and the length of course you should study on the entry requirements page.
What is included in the tuition fees?

- All programme and learning materials
- Free email and internet access 
- Access to university facilities and services. Please note that for use of the University’s Sports Centre on campus, ‘The Edge’, there will be a user charge 
- Any scheduled course excursions e.g. to a local place of interest 
- End of course certificate 

Accommodation Information about accommodation and the weekly cost is available on the University of Leeds accommodation website
Leisure activities A range of leisure activities are available alongside your studies at the University of Leeds Language centre. Find out more about these activities and costs in our FAQs section.
Additional costs There may be additional costs related to your course or programme of study, or related to being a student at the University of Leeds. Read more about additional costs and cost of living in Leeds.

Pages in this document

  1. Introduction
  2. Academic English for Undergraduate Studies pre-sessional
  3. Academic English for Postgraduate Studies pre-sessional
  4. Academic English for Business and Management pre-sessional