Summer 2020 - online delivery

Page updated: 22 May 2020

Our six- and 10-week summer 2020 pre-sessional courses will be taught online in response to the Coronavirus 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.

"My tutors are fabulous teachers with endless patient instructions. I like the webinars, and the activities are well-balanced between independent study and collaboration."

Wenjian, studying postgraduate pre-sessional English online

Masters applicants

If you'll be studying a taught postgraduate degree, our postgraduate summer pre-sessional course is tailored to your subject area, so you'll learn academic English that specifically prepares you for your degree. 

Course content in July and August is developed by teaching staff from the Language Centre and from your academic department. These courses can help if you don't meet the English language requirement for your degree, or if you want to gain a better understanding of using academic language in your subject area before your degree starts. You can see the list of our tailored pre-sessional courses at the end of this page.

Research applicants

If you'll be studying a research degree, during the summer you'll have the opportunity to study with other postgraduate researchers. If you apply to study for 10 weeks, the first four weeks of your course will be tailored to postgraduate study within the broader context of your research subject area and you'll study with other postgraduate students.

For the remaining six weeks, or if you apply for our six week pre-sessional course, you'll study with other researchers preparing for a research degree. You'll learn how to use academic English that specifically prepares you for research using material from your degree subject area.

Frequently asked questions

Which English language certificates do we accept?

We accept the following certificates:

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

Check IELTS equivalencies for TOEFL iBT and Pearson tests

You don't need an IELTS for UKVI certificate to apply for this pre-sessional course, as you won't need a visa or a CAS (Confirmation of Acceptance for Studies) to study online.

As a result of the limited availability of English language test centres in some countries, we can now also accept the online English language tests below for entry on to your pre-sessional course:  

  • 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.

What are the entry requirements?

Entry requirements vary depending on which degree you'll be studying after your pre-sessional English course.

Masters applicants
If you'll be studying a taught postgraduate degree, entry requirements for summer pre-sessional courses can be found from the 'Applying, fees and funding' section on your Masters course page.

Research applicants
If you'll be studying a research degree, you can find the entry requirements on our pre-sessional course page.

How do I apply?

Apply via the application portal. Choose either:

  • Summer pre-sessional (10 weeks) English for Postgraduate Studies, or 
  • Summer pre-sessional (6 weeks) English for Postgraduate Studies 

You'll need to submit your application before the deadline (1 May 2020 for the 10-week course, 29 May 2020 for the six-week course) to be considered for a place.

If you don't have a valid English language certificate or your academic documents, you can submit these later, by the document submission deadlines. Further details on all the deadlines are below. If you experience any difficulties, please email the Admissions Enquiries team.

My postgraduate course offer is unconditional. Can I apply for this pre-sessional course?

Yes.

I'm eligible for the six week pre-sessional course. Can I apply for the 10 week course?

Yes.

When will I receive a response to my application?  

During peak times, it may take us longer to respond to your application. 

Masters applicants
We'll review your pre-sessional English application after you've received a decision on your Masters application.

Research applicants
We'll respond to your pre-sessional application after we receive it.

What's included in the tuition fees?

Do I need to pay a tuition fee deposit?

We are accepting deposit payments to secure your place on your pre-sessional course. The deadlines for paying your deposit are below.

The full tuition fee for your pre-sessional English course needs to be paid before you register. We therefore encourage you to pay your tuition fee in full at this stage, rather than paying the deposit only. Your course fee is in your pre-sessional English offer letter.

If you don't attend your pre-sessional English course, any payments you've made will automatically be allocated to your Masters course instead. If you also decline your Masters course offer, your right to a refund of your deposit is limited.

Please refer to the deadlines below to see when you may need to pay your tuition fee deposit.

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

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

What do current students say about studying online?

We switched to online teaching on 30 March 2020. Read about the experiences our current students have had with studying online.

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 and IT equipment 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.

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 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. 

Important dates for Masters applicants

10 week pre-sessional English applicants
Deadline

Apply for your pre-sessional English course after receiving an offer for your Masters.

Friday 1 May 2020, 5pm UK time

Provide your English language qualification. If you wish to be issued a combined offer, meet the academic conditions of your Masters course.

Monday 15 June 2020, 5pm UK time

Accept your pre-sessional English and Masters course offers and pay your pre-sessional English tuition fee deposit, or send us evidence which exempts you from paying the deposit.

How to pay.

By Monday 15 June 2020, 5pm UK time

If you receive your offer on or after 15 June, accept your offer and pay your pre-sessional English tuition fee deposit within 3 working days.

Six week pre-sessional English applicants
Deadline

Apply for your pre-sessional English course after receiving an offer for your Masters.

Friday 29 May 2020, 5pm UK time

Provide your English language qualification. If you wish to be issued a combined offer, meet the academic conditions of your Masters course.

Sunday 5 July 2020, 5pm UK time

Accept your pre-sessional English and Masters course offers and pay your pre-sessional English tuition fee deposit, or send us evidence which exempts you from paying the deposit.

How to pay.

As soon as you receive an offer or by Sunday 12 July 2020, 5pm UK time

Important dates for research applicants 


Deadline for 10 week pre-sessional English applicants Deadline for six week pre-sessional English applicants 

Apply for your pre-sessional English course.

Friday 1 May 2020, 5pm UK time

Friday 29 May 2020, 5pm UK time

Submit your English language certificate.

Monday 15 June 2020, 5pm UK time

Sunday 5 July 2020, 5pm UK time


Read more about our discipline-specific pre-sessional English courses, including entry requirements, start dates and how to apply below:

Pre-sessional English for your Masters course

Pre-sessional English for your research degree 

10 week courses:

Six week course: