Coronavirus (COVID-19) update 

Online delivery 

In Term 2 (January to March 2021) and Term 3 (March to June 2021) this course will be taught online in response to the coronavirus (COVID-19) outbreak. You'll be able to study your pre-sessional course from home, you won't be expected to study live online sessions at night and you won't need a visa. 

We'll continue to review our courses for Term 4 (July to August 2021), with the possibility of on-campus teaching.

If you have applied for a pre-sessional English course, please read our pre-sessional English FAQs.

Visit our coronavirus website for all other updates and information.

"I like the live sessions, because we can communicate with our teachers, and try to express our ideas in English." 
Yiping, studying postgraduate pre-sessional English online.

Read our students’ experiences with studying online.

2020-21 teaching and example timetable 

You'll be taught in online classes by University of Leeds teaching staff and you’ll work individually and with others. Independent study is an important element of this course, allowing you to practise your skills, deepen your knowledge and prepare for your academic course. 

You'll interact with tutors and other students on the course in live sessions each week. You’ll also have dedicated time with your tutor to address questions you may have about your language and learning and you’ll get feedback about your work. 

This is a full-time course. Live online sessions normally take place between 9am and 5pm Coordinated Universal Time (+1) from Monday to Friday. 

Example timetable

Monday Tuesday Wednesday Thursday Friday
Live session with tutor via video

Live session with tutor via online chat

Live session with tutor via video Dedicated time with tutor via video Independent study

Independent study

Independent study

Live online group work with other students

Independent study 

Preparation for next week

This example timetable is for guidance only. You'll receive your timetable at the start of your course.


What can I do to prepare for studying online?

Preparing to Learn Online at University is a free course we've developed for you to prepare for studying online.

What software will I need to study online?

When you register, you'll have online access to all software and University systems you'll need to study your course. You should also make sure you have suitable computer equipment to study online. Find out more about our online learning support.

Software you'll use includes Microsoft Teams, Word, Excel and PowerPoint, Zoom and the University's virtual learning environment, Minerva. You'll have an introduction to these platforms before your course starts. You'll also need to be able to view PDF documents. 

You'll need access to a desktop computer, laptop or tablet. Your device must have a webcam, and you need to be able to play and record both sound and video. You may find that headphones help you to listen if you are sharing your space with others.  

We recommend a high-speed broadband internet connection with a minimum speed of 1.5 Megabits per second (Mbps). If possible, your device should access the internet through an ethernet cable (not wireless). This will make your connection more stable – try to get this before your course starts. 

What do current students say about studying online?

We switched to online teaching on 30 March 2020.

Yiging, a student studying postgraduate pre-sessional English online, said: "I like the live sessions, because we can communicate with our teachers, and try to express our ideas in English." 

Read about the experiences our current students have had with studying online.

How long will this pre-sessional course be valid for?

This pre-sessional course is valid for two years from the date of completion.

In normal circumstances, teaching takes place on the University of Leeds campus. You’ll study full-time, with classes scheduled Monday to Friday between 9am to 5pm. Please look at Term dates to see when the University will be closed.