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.

2020-21 entry 

English language entry requirements for our academic English for undergraduate studies pre-sessional course depend on:

  • your current language level
  • the language requirement for your degree

Select the type of study that's relevant to you from the following list, then select the number of weeks in the corresponding table to see course information and to apply. 

I will be studying an undergraduate degree


Required IELTS (International English Language Testing System) for entry onto your degree


6.0
6.5
7.0
Your current IELTS score
Minimum length of pre-sessional course you should study
4.5
With no components below 4.0
30 weeks
- -
5.0
With no components below 4.5
20 weeks
30 weeks
-
5.5 With two or more components at 5.0 allowed, none below 5.0
20 weeks
20 weeks
30 weeks
With one component (not writing) at 5.0 allowed, none below 5.0
10 weeks
20 weeks
30 weeks
No components below 5.5
6 weeks
20 weeks
30 weeks
6.0  With one or two components at 5.5 allowed, none below 5.5
-
10 weeks
20 weeks
With one component at 5.5 allowed, none below 5.5
-
6 weeks
20 weeks
6.5  With one or two components at 6.0 allowed, none below 6.0
-
-
10 weeks
With one component at 6.0 allowed, none below 6.0
-
-
6 weeks

I will be studying the International Foundation Year



Required IELTS for entry onto the International Foundation Year


5.5
6.0
Your current IELTS score
Minimum length of pre-sessional course you should study
4.0
With no components below 4.0
30 weeks
-
4.5
With two components below 4.5 allowed, none below 4.0
20 weeks
30 weeks
5.0
With two components below 5.0 allowed, none below 4.5
10 weeks
20 weeks
5.5
With two components below 5.5 allowed, none below 5.0
6 weeks (unconditional offer holders only)
10 weeks
6.0
-
-

6 weeks (unconditional offer holders only) 

Please note, if you study this pre-sessional English course you'll also need to have a International English Language Testing System (IELTS) for UK Visas and Immigration (UKVI) test before you start the International Foundation Year.

We recommend that you take an IELTS for UKVI test as soon as possible and no later than two weeks after your pre-sessional English course starts. 

I will be studying on the Exchange or Study Abroad programme

I will be studying at the Leeds International Summer School

Your current IELTS score Minimum length of pre-sessional course you should study
4.0
With no components below 4.0
30 weeks
4.5
With two components below 4.5 allowed, none below 4.0
20 weeks
5.0
With two components below 5.0 allowed, none below 4.5
10 weeks

I will be studying at my home university after the course

Please email us at langc@leeds.ac.uk to discuss the entry requirements for this course.

2021-22 entry 

We’ll accept applications for pre-sessional courses in 2021-22 from February 2021.

You’ll be able to see more detailed information about these courses in February 2021. 

You can study a pre-sessional for different lengths of time depending on your requirements. In 2021-22 our academic year is made up of two semesters (autumn and spring) plus the summer. 
View our 2021-22 semester dates

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.

Select the type of study that's relevant to you from the following list, then select the number of weeks in the corresponding table to see the pre-sessional course you should study. 

I will be studying an undergraduate degree


Required IELTS for entry onto your degree


6.0
6.5
7.0
Your current IELTS score
Minimum length of pre-sessional course you should study
4.5
With no components below 4.0
Two semesters plus summer starting in September - -
5.0
With no components below 4.5
Two semesters starting in September

or

One semester plus summer starting in January
Two semesters plus summer starting in September -
5.5 With two or more components at 5.0 allowed, none below 5.0
Two semesters starting in September

or

One semester plus summer starting in January
Two semesters starting in September

or

One semester plus summer starting in January
Two semesters plus summer starting in September
With one component (not writing) at 5.0 allowed, none below 5.0

One semester starting in September
January 
July

Two semesters starting in September

or

One semester plus summer starting in January
Two semesters plus summer starting in September
No components below 5.5
Summer starting in August Two semesters starting in September

or

One semester plus summer starting in January
Two semesters plus summer starting in September
6.0  With one or two components at 5.5 allowed, none below 5.5
-
One semester starting in September
January 
July
Two semesters starting in September

or

One semester plus summer starting in January
With one component at 5.5 allowed, none below 5.5
-
Summer starting in August Two semesters starting in September

or

One semester plus summer starting in January
6.5  With one or two components at 6.0 allowed, none below 6.0
-
- One semester starting in September
January 
July
With one component at 6.0 allowed, none below 6.0
-
- Summer starting in August

I will be studying the International Foundation Year



Required IELTS for entry onto the International Foundation Year


5.5
6.0
Your current IELTS score
Minimum length of pre-sessional course you should study
4.0
With no components below 4.0
Two semesters plus summer starting in September -
4.5
With no components below 4.5 
Two semesters starting in September

or

One semester plus summer starting in January
Two semesters plus summer starting in September
5.0
With no components below 5.0 
One semester starting in September
January 
July
Two semesters starting in September

or

One semester plus summer starting in January
5.5
With no components below 5.5 
Summer starting in August (unconditional offer holders only) One semester starting in September
January 
July
6.0
With no components below 5.5 - Summer starting in August (unconditional offer holders only)

Please note, if you study this pre-sessional English course you'll also need to have a International English Language Testing System (IELTS) for UK Visas and Immigration (UKVI) test before you start the International Foundation Year.

We recommend that you take an IELTS for UKVI test as soon as possible and no later than two weeks after your pre-sessional English course starts. 

I will be studying on the Exchange or Study Abroad programme

I will be studying at the Leeds International Summer School

Your current IELTS score Minimum length of pre-sessional course you should study
4.0
With no components below 4.0
Two semesters plus summer starting in September
4.5
With two components below 4.5 allowed, none below 4.0
Two semesters starting in September

or

One semester plus summer starting in January
5.0
With two components below 5.0 allowed, none below 4.5
One semester starting in September
January 
July

I will be studying at my home university after the course

Please email us at langc@leeds.ac.uk to discuss the entry requirements for this course.

The minimum age to study on this course is 18. If you want to take the course to prepare for the International Foundation Year, and will be under 18 when the course starts, exceptions can be made on an individual basis. Download our guidance for applicants who are under 18 (PDF). If you have any questions, email us at langc@leeds.ac.uk.

Read our admissions policy and read our course terms and conditions.