General English

Students in General English class

Improve your English language and communication skills and learn more about British life and culture. 

During October - June, students can study on the General English programme for a minimum of 10 weeks, with start dates in October, January, and April. 

During the summer (July and August), students can join the General English programme for 10, 6, 5, 4 or 3 weeks.

Please download the fees and dates document for details of course start dates. Students have the option to study full-time or part-time on this course.

Who is the programme for?

The course is for you if you would like to improve your language skills in English and develop your ability to communicate in real-life English language situations.

This course will help you to: 

  • Improve your confidence in using English grammar, vocabulary and pronunciation
  • Know how to speak, write and act appropriately in different English-speaking situations
  • Use real-life, contemporary texts and topics in your classes
  • Be able to have conversations, discussions and make presentations confidently
  • Learn more about life and culture in the UK and other English-speaking countries.

Download further information about this course.

Find out the application deadlines and apply for this course here.

Course facts 

Tuition fees and course dates Please refer to the fees and dates document, to find out course dates and non-teaching days.
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.
English language level Levels range from lower intermediate to advanced, and students should be at a lower intermediate level (CEFR B1) or above for this programme. The progamme is not suitable for beginners or students with an elementary level of English. Find more information on the entry requirements page.
Taught hours See below for information about taught hours and teaching / learning methods.
What is included? - All programme and learning materials
- Free email and internet access 
- Access to university facilities and services, including libraries, computers, and a student card which can offer discounts in various shops. Please note that for use of the University’s Sports Centre on campus, ‘The Edge’, there will be a user charge 
- Access to Leeds University Union (including 250+ student groups and societies which you can join for a small fee)
- End of course certificate
Accommodation Information about accommodation and the weekly cost is available on the University of Leeds accommodation website. For students from partner institutions who are interested in Homestay accommodation, please contact us on
Leisure activities A range of leisure activities is available alongside your studies. 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.

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

Teaching and learning methods (for a typical 10 week programme)

Please note: for the part-time course, the taught hours will typically be 15 hours per week, 3 hours every morning (Monday - Friday) before 1pm.
Delivery type Number 
Number part-time  Length hours   Student hours 
Student hours part-time 
Language classes 48 48  3.00 144.00 144.00
Language classes
(full-time only)
28 0 2.00 56.00 0.00
Fieldwork 2 2 8.00 16.00 16.00
Tutorials 3 3 0.33 1.00 1.00
Private study hours
133.00 89.00
Total contact hours


Total hours 350.00 250.00

For information about course dates and tuition fees please see the Fees and Dates document.

For entry requirements please visit the Entry Requirements page, or apply now to join this course.