Page updated: 14 January 2021
Due to coronavirus (COVID-19), the Language Centre will be delivering pre-sessional courses fully online during the period of October 2020 to June 2021. You will not be required to attend the pre-sessional course on the University of Leeds campus and you will not need a visa to attend the pre-sessional course.
We'll continue to review our courses for Term 4 (July - August 2021), with the possibility of on-campus teaching.
I have applied for the 10-week pre-sessional English course starting in Term 3 (start date 29 March 2021). Will the course go ahead as planned?
The 10-week pre-sessional English course will now be delivered fully online, you will not be required to attend the course on our campus and you will not need a visa to attend the course.
I have received an offer for a pre-sessional course starting in Term 3 (start date 29 March 2021), but my offer is for more than 10 weeks of study, when will I receive my CAS (Confirmation of Acceptance for Studies)?
As this pre-sessional course is being delivered online in Term 3 you are not expected to travel to the UK and therefore you will not be assigned a CAS for your studies commencing on 29 March. We cannot yet confirm whether Term 4 starting in July or August will be delivered fully or partly on-campus, or online.
I am studying a pre-sessional course starting in Term 2 (start date 4 January 2021), but my offer is for more than 10 weeks of study, when will I receive my CAS?
As your pre-sessional course is being delivered online in both Term 2 and Term 3 you are not expected to travel to the UK and therefore you will not be assigned a CAS for your studies in Term 3 commencing 29 March. We cannot yet confirm whether Term 4 starting in July or August will be delivered fully or partly on-campus, or online.
I do not have a IELTS (International English Testing System) for UKVI (UK Visas and Immigration). What other English language tests are you accepting?
As our pre-sessional course is being delivered online in Term 1, in addition to SELTs (Secure English Language Testing), we can accept non-SELT English language qualifications for these courses, including:
- Academic IELTS
- Academic IELTS for UKVI
- PTE (Pearson Test of English) Academic
- PTE Academic UKVI
- TOEFL (Test of English as a Foreign Language) iBT (Internet-Based Test)
- Cambridge Advanced English
- Cambridge Certificate of Proficiency
- iGCSE (International General Certificate of Secondary Education) English as a first or second language.
How will I study and have contact with my tutor and other students on the course?
How long is the University of Leeds pre-sessional valid for?
Our pre-sessional course is valid for two years from the date of completion.
Further information on COVID-19
We are fully aware of the impact that the current situation could have on your plans to study with us at Leeds, with a large number of schools and universities around the world being closed, as well as IELTS and visa centres. We want to reassure you that the University of Leeds is taking all necessary steps to ensure that we can be as flexible as possible in terms of our academic and English language entry criteria, submission of documents and access to learning. The situation is fast changing and whilst we cant give specific case by case information for everyone at this stage, we will be updating our information in the near future with more specific details once they are confirmed.
For all other updates and information, visit our coronavirus website.