This policy is for you if your course has a start date in the academic year 2021-22.
You must also read the University of Leeds Taught Admissions Policy, as both policies apply.
If your course has a start date in the academic year 2020-21, read the Language Centre admissions policy 2020-21.
This faculty policy is reviewed annually by the facultys committees, and any amendments made after the point of publication will be summarised in the Version control section.
The Language Centre Admissions Policy applies to the following courses:
- Postgraduate pre-sessional English (10, 20, 30 and 40 weeks)
- Undergraduate pre-sessional English (6, 10, 20, 30, and 40 weeks)
- General English Programmes
Six and 10 week discipline-specific summer pre-sessionals:
- Language for Arts and Humanities
- Language for Business Management and Enterprise
- Language for Communication and Society
- Language for Economics and Finance
- Language for Education
- Language for Engineering
- Language for Human Resource Management
- Language for Law
- Language for Marketing
- Language for Science
- Language for Politics and Society
- Language for Postgraduate Research
Please see the Language Centre website for the course list, typical entry requirements, and accepted qualifications.
Criteria for entry to individual programmes of study vary and applicants are advised to check entry requirements before applying.
- Entry requirements for Academic English for Undergraduate Studies
- Entry requirements for Academic English for Postgraduate Studies
- Entry requirements for discipline-specific pre-sessionals
- Entry requirements for General English
English language entry requirements for Postgraduate pre-sessional English, Undergraduate pre-sessional English and discipline-specific summer pre-sessional courses depend on the applicants current language level and the language requirement for the degree programme the applicant wishes to study on.
Documentation and references
Applicants are expected to be able to demonstrate their current level of English at application, through providing a valid English language certificate. Certain qualifications, e.g. IELTS, have a 2 year validity period and must be valid at the commencement of studies. Please visit the How to apply page on the Language Centre website for more information.
Application routes and deadlines
All applicants for pre-sessional courses should apply online via the application portal.
Where a pre-sessional offer includes multiple terms, progression onto the next term is dependent on successful completion of the previous term. Please note that we advise against applicants changing their intended degree course after accepting their Language Centre offer.
All applications for General English courses are made via the application form.
Application deadlines are stated on the respective pages of the Language Centre website in the following list and the completed application must be submitted by this date. The Language Centre may accept applications after the initial closing date subject to availability.
- Postgraduate pre-sessional English fees, dates and deadlines
- Undergraduate pre-sessional English fees, dates and deadlines
- Language for Arts and Humanities: six week course and 10 week course
- Language for Business Management and Enterprise: six week course and 10 week course
- Language for Communication and Society: six week course and 10 week course
- Language for Economics and Finance: six week course and 10 week course
- Language for Education: six week course and 10 week course
- Language for Engineering: six week course and 10 week course
- Language for Human Resource Management: six week course and 10 week course
- Language for Law: six week course and 10 week course
- Language for Marketing: six week course and 10 week course
- Language for Politics and Society: six week course and 10 week course
- Language for Science: six week course and 10 week course
- Pre-sessional English for your research degree - 10 week courses: Language for Business: Postgraduate Research, Language for Science: Postgraduate Research (includes technology, engineering and mathematics) and Language for Social Science and Arts: Postgraduate Research. Six week course: Language for Postgraduate Research
The Language Centre offers study options on a part-time basis only for General English.
CAS and Student visas
Where a Student visa is required, the Language Centre must be confident that applicants meet the UKVI (UK Visas and Immigration) minimum requirements to obtain this. An applicant may be eligible for a CAS covering both the pre-sessional programme and taught postgraduate course at the University of Leeds. For more information, please contact the Language Centre using the information in the Useful contacts and resources section that follows.
Applicants who require a Student Visa and have previously studied in the UK will need to provide documentary evidence detailing any periods of study on a Student visa or a Tier 4 (General) visa in order for the University to be able to carry out checks to ensure compliance with the UKVIs Points Based System. Applicants are encouraged to include documents such as previous CAS, copies of passport pages containing visas or copies of Biometric Residence Permits with their application to assist in processing.
Any information that is not included in the application will be requested when the application is considered, or the University may need to request the applicants permission to check their UK immigration history directly with the UKVI. Please note that, where the UKVI allows exceptions to its policy, the University reserves the right to make its own assessment on whether these are applied. For more information please visit the Applying for a Student visa page of the University website.
Age and safeguarding
In addition to the information relayed in the corresponding section of the University of Leeds Taught Admissions Policy, please note the Language Centres age and safeguarding considerations. The minimum age to study on all Language Centre courses is 18. However, for students who want to take the Undergraduate pre-sessional English course to prepare for the International Foundation Year the minimum age is 16. Read the Language Centre guidance for applicants under 18.
Pre-sessional deferral requests
Applicants who wish to defer an offer of a place should contact Language Centre Admissions Team via the Useful contacts and resources section that follows.
Teaching, assessment and student support will take place in English. Please note that, in order for applicants to be accepted, the Language Centre must be confident that candidates have the proficiency in English language necessary to succeed on the chosen programme of study.
All selection decisions are made on the ability of each applicant to meet criteria for admission to the relevant programme of study. Applicants intending to study on a taught postgraduate degree at the University of Leeds must hold a valid offer in order for an application to a discipline-specific summer pre-sessional to be considered.
The Language Centre reserves the right to interview but does not typically undertake interviews with applicants.
Decisions and communications with applicants
Please refer to the University of Leeds Taught Admissions Policy for information on how decisions will be communicated by the University.
Unsuccessful applicants who wish to request feedback on the reason for the outcome of their application should do so in line with the Feedback section of the above policy, using the relevant email address contact in the Useful contacts and resources section that follows. Generally, where applicants request feedback on why they have not been admitted, feedback will be given. However, please note that initial feedback is given as standard to all unsuccessful candidates who apply via the Applicant Portal.
Appeals and complaints
As per the University of Leeds Taught Admissions Policy, applicants who have sought feedback and wish to challenge the decision made on their application should contact the Qualifications and Pathways Manager, whose details can be found in the Useful contacts and resources section that follows.
Useful contacts and resources
For general enquiries and information relating to courses and admission to the University of Leeds, applicants should contact the Admissions Enquiries Team:
Admissions enquiries specific to the Language Centre should be directed to the Language Centre Admissions Team:
For all Language Centre admissions complaints and appeals please contact the Qualifications and Pathways Manager, Jenny Gibbison:
Page published: 4 September 2020
Page last updated: 4 September 2020
Details of any amendments since first published: