Page updated: 11 June 2020 

Q: I have applied, or I am interested in applying for the 10-week pre-sessional English course. Will the course go ahead as planned?

A: 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.


Q: I have applied, or I am interested in applying for the 6-week pre-sessional English course. Will the course go ahead as planned?

A: The 6-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.


Q. I do not have a UKVI IELTS. Given that many English test centres are closed, what other English language tests are you accepting?

As our pre-sessionals are being delivered online, we can now accept non-SELT English language qualifications for these courses, including: 

  • Academic IELTS
  • PTE Academic
  • TOEFL iBT 
  • Cambridge Advanced English,
  • Cambridge Certificate of Proficiency, 
  • iGCSE English as a first or second language.

As a result of the limited availability of English language test centres in some countries, we can now also accept the following online English language tests:

  • Password Solo Test (via the University of Leeds)
  • LanguageCert B2 Communicator Test
  • Duolingo English Test
  • Oxford International English Test

Find out more about what score you will need for your chosen pre-sessional course, if you take an online English language test.


Q: I am due to apply for the University of Leeds 10-week pre-sessional programme, but I am worried about being able to present my language test certificate and/or my university transcript by the deadline. Can the deadline for submitting my results be extended?

A: The application deadline is currently Friday 1st May. You will be able to submit your English language certificate up to Monday 15 June. If you do not have your academic transcript to send to us before the deadline, we can still make an unconditional offer to you for the standalone pre-sessional programme, but only a conditional offer for your degree programme.


Q: I am due to apply for the University of Leeds 6-week pre-sessional programme, but I am worried about being able to present my language test certificate and/or my university transcript by the deadline. Can the deadline for submitting my results be extended?

A: The application deadline is currently Friday 29th May. You will be able to submit your certificate up to Sunday 5th July. If you do not have your academic transcript to send to us before the deadline, we can still make an unconditional offer to you for the standalone pre-sessional programme, but only a conditional offer for your degree programme. 


Q: I have received an offer for the 6 or 10-week pre-sessional course, when will I receive my CAS?

A. You will no longer require a standalone CAS for the pre-sessional course as the course will now be delivered fully online. If you have a combined offer and require a CAS to travel to Leeds for your Masters programme, you will be notified by your School.


Q: I have already received a CAS for my pre-sessional course, when should I apply for my Visa?

A: Please do not apply for a visa. Your CAS will be withdrawn as the course will now be delivered fully online and does not require you to travel to Leeds.


Q: I have received an unconditional offer for my pre-sessional course and a request to pay a deposit to receive a Confirmation of Acceptance for Studies (CAS). Do I have to pay it now?

A: Due to the ongoing situation with COVID-19, our summer pre-sessional programmes are being taught online, so we are therefore not issuing CASs, but we are accepting deposit payments to secure your place on your chosen course. The deadline for paying your deposit is 15 June* for the 10-week course and 12 July for 6-week courses.

 *If you receive an offer for the 10-week course on or after 15 June, pay your pre-sessional English tuition fee deposit within 3 working days.


Q: Will you accept other University pre-sessionals from my country?

A: We may be able to accept other university pre-sessionals on a case by case basis.


Q: How long is the University of Leeds pre-sessional valid for?

A: Our pre-sessional course is valid for two years from the date of completion. 


Emails to applicants 

6 and 10-week pre-sessional programmes 

Email to offer holders who have been issued a CAS - 30th March 2020

Email to offer holders who have received the pre-CAS issuance Document Check email - 30th March 2020


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 can’t 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.