Summer pre-sessional teaching (July–September 2021)
Please see the undergraduate pre-sessional English page for details of how we'll teach our summer pre-sessional courses under the latest COVID-19 restrictions.
2020-21 full-time pre-sessional courses (for degrees starting in September 2021)
|Term||Term start date||Term end date||Course length options||Fee per term||Application deadline (UK time)|
|1 – course not running||Not applicable||Not applicable||Not applicable||Not applicable||Not applicable|
|2 – online teaching||4 January 2021||12 March 2021||10/20/30 weeks||£3,930||Deadline passed|
|3 – online teaching||29 March 2021||4 June 2021||10/20 weeks||£3,930||Deadline passed|
|4||5 July 2021||10 September 2021||10 weeks||£3,930||6 June 2021, 5pm|
|4||2 August 2021||10 September 2021||6 weeks||£2,358||6 June 2021, 5pm|
2021-22 full-time pre-sessional courses (for degrees starting in September 2022)
|Semester||Semester start date||Semester end date||Fee per semester||Application deadline (UK time)|
|Autumn||27 September 2021||21 January 2022||£5,600||TBC|
|Spring||24 January 2022||20 May 2022||£5,600||TBC|
|Summer (10 week course)||27 June 2022||2 September 2022||£5,000||TBC|
|Summer (6 week course)||25 July 2022||2 September 2022||£3,000||TBC|
Your pre-sessional course will include teaching and assessment time, as well as dates when the University will be closed, such as for Christmas, Easter and other public holidays.
Academic year structure
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Frequently asked questions
Which English Language certificates do you accept?
- IELTS (International English Language Testing System) Academic. We can only accept results from these tests if they are less than two years old on the start date of the course you intend to study.
- IELTS for UKVI (Academic). This test is a SELT (Secure English Language Test). We can only accept results from these tests if they are less than two years old on the start date of the course you intend to study.
- Pearson PTE (Pearson Test of English) Academic. We can only accept results from these tests if they are less than two years old on the start date of the course you intend to study.
- Pearson PTE Academic UKVI. This test is a SELT (Secure English Language Test). We can only accept results from these tests if they are less than two years old on the start date of the course you intend to study.
- TOEFL iBT (Test of English as a Foreign Language Internet-Based Test). We expect candidates to meet the relevant requirements from a single test. We can only accept results from these tests if they are less than two years old on the start date of the course you intend to study.
- Language Cert International English for Speakers of Other Languages (ESOL) B2 Communicator - both the written and the spoken tests, when taken at a test centre.
- Password Skills
- Cambridge Advanced English
- Cambridge Certificate of Proficiency
- iGCSE (International General Certificate of Secondary Education) English as a first or second language
We don't accept IELTS Indicator, Password Skills Solo, TOEFL MyBest scores or TOEFL iBT Home Edition.
Can I combine scores from more than one English language test to meet the pre-sessional entry requirements?
No. We can only assess your eligibility for the pre-sessional course based on your most recent English language qualification.
My academic course offer is unconditional. Can I apply for a pre-sessional course?
I'm eligible for the six week pre-sessional course. Can I apply for the 10 week course?
Can I change from the 10 to the six week pre-sessional course if I provide a new English language qualification?
Yes, if your new English language qualification meets the entry requirements for the six week course and there are places on the course. You’ll need to meet the deadlines for both courses.
When will I receive a response to my application?
We may need additional information from you before we respond to your application. We’ll contact you through your application portal account.
During peak times, it may take us longer to respond to your application.
What’s included in the tuition fees?
- High quality teaching delivered by University of Leeds language tutors
- Dedicated time with your tutor each week
- All learning materials and software needed for the course
- Access to language learning resources through our Language Zone
- Access to University library resources
- Academic skills support services
- Wellbeing and support services
Do I need to pay a tuition fee deposit?
No, you don’t need to pay a tuition fee deposit.
What software will I need for my online classes?
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.
I’m applying for a summer pre-sessional course. What type of CAS will I get?
If you’re applying for an undergraduate degree or the International Foundation Year, you’ll receive a CAS for your pre-sessional course.
Once you successfully complete your pre-sessional course, you’ll receive a CAS for your undergraduate course after you’ve accepted an unconditional offer.
If you’re applying for a study abroad programme, you’ll receive a combined CAS.
How long will this pre-sessional course be valid for?
This pre-sessional course is valid for two years from the date of completion.
If you defer your degree offer, please be aware that the English language requirements may be subject to change so you may be asked to provide further English Language evidence to satisfy the requirements of your degree course.
Facilities and support
Whether you're studying online or on campus, you'll have access to all University facilities and services.
Find out about student support and social activities available, and additional costs you may incur as a student at the University of Leeds.