Postgraduate pre-sessional English  Six and 10 week summer courses

Preparation and arrival

Read our preparation and arrival information for Language Centre courses.

English language certificates

We accept a range of English language certificates. Check which qualifications we accept, and find out equivalencies for other certificates.

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, you'll have the opportunity to study with others also preparing for a research degree, using material from your own research interests. You'll learn how to use academic English that specifically prepares you for research using material from your degree subject area.

Summer pre-sessional English courses

Online pre-sessional

Find out more about studying your summer 2022 pre-sessional online.

Select a pre-sessional course from the following list to read more about the course, including entry requirements, start dates and how to apply. 

Pre-sessional English for your Masters course

Pre-sessional English for your research degree 

Frequently asked questions

Please note: the following FAQs and deadlines only apply to our on-campus pre-sessionals.

Which English language certificates do you accept?

We accept a range of English language certificates for entry to our pre-sessional courses. Find out more about which certificates we accept.  

Please carefully consider which test you take, as it may affect the type of visa you are eligible to apply for. The Language Centre normally recommends a Secure English Language Test (SELT). Read more about visas.

Can I submit an application without an English language qualification?

Yes. You can submit an application without an English language qualification but you’ll need to provide an eligible qualification before the relevant deadline.

Do I need to retake an English language qualification following the pre-sessional?

No. Upon successful completion of the pre-sessional you won’t need to retake another English language test. 

How long will the results of the pre-sessional course be valid for?

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

If you defer your degree offer, please be aware that the English language requirements are subject to change and you may be asked to provide further English language qualifications to meet the requirements of your degree course. 

What are the entry requirements?

The entry requirements for our pre-sessional English courses are based on your most recent English language test result and the English language requirements for the degree course you plan to study.

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. Find your Masters course page for more information.

Research applicants 

If you’ll be studying a research degree, you can find the entry requirements for the 10 or 6 week research pre-sessional courses on the following course pages:

When you apply, please make sure to upload a copy of your offer letter if you have received it. 

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 

If you satisfy the entry requirements, we will issue you with an offer for a pre-sessional aligned to your intended degree course. 

If you experience any difficulties, please email the Admissions Enquiries team on study@leeds.ac.uk.

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.

Can I change from the 10 to the six week pre-sessional 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.

Can I combine scores from more than one English language test to meet the pre-sessional entry requirements?

No. Eligibility for the pre-sessional course is based on your most recent English language qualification. 

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 contact you about your pre-sessional application shortly after we receive it.

I’m a Masters applicant applying for a 10 week pre-sessional course. What type of CAS (Confirmation of Acceptance for Studies) will I receive?

The type of CAS you will receive depends on whether you have met the academic conditions of your Masters offer and whether you hold a SELT (Secure English Language Test).

I have met the academic conditions of my Masters course  

You'll receive a combined CAS that includes your pre-sessional English and your Masters course.

I haven't met the academic conditions of my Masters course yet and I hold a SELT (Secure English Language Test)  

You'll receive a pre-sessional only CAS. If you meet your academic conditions by 25 May 2022, you can request a combined CAS via the application portal.   

I haven't met the academic conditions of my Masters course yet and I don't hold a SELT (Secure English Language Test)  

You will not receive a CAS and you will need to apply for an alternative visa, such as a Visitor visa, to study the pre-sessional. At the end of the pre-sessional, you will need to leave the UK to apply for a Student visa for your Masters course, and you’ll need to return to the UK by the start of your degree. Read more about visas for Language Centre students.

Please note that it is your responsibility to arrange your travel and visa appointment, and the Language Centre cannot be held liable if you arrive too late to start your Masters. Please contact the admissions team using the contact details in your Masters offer letter if you may arrive late for your Masters. 

If you believe that you will be unable to travel home and back to the UK in time and you wish to study the pre-sessional on a Student visa you can either: 

  • Upload your academic documents to your Masters offer via the applicant portal by 25 May 2022 to receive a combined CAS, or 
  • Upload a SELT (such as IELTS for UKVI) via the applicant portal by 25 May 2022 and request a pre-sessional-only CAS.  

I'm a Masters applicant applying for a six-week pre-sessional course, what type of CAS (Confirmation of Acceptance for Studies) will I receive?

The type of CAS you will receive depends on whether you have met the academic conditions of your Masters offer and whether you hold a SELT (Secure English Language Test).

I have met the academic conditions of my Masters course  

You'll receive a combined CAS that includes your pre-sessional English and your Masters course.

I haven't met the academic conditions of my Masters course yet  

If you meet the academic conditions of your Masters offer by 3 July 2022, you'll receive a combined CAS.

If you can't meet the academic conditions of your Masters offer by 3 July 2022, you'll need to provide a valid SELT (Secure English Language Test) certificate and request a pre-sessional-only CAS via the application portal by 27 June 2022.

Please note that once you request a CAS for your pre-sessional English course only, you won't then be able to request a combined CAS for your pre-sessional and Masters courses even if you meet your academic condition by the deadline.  

I’m a research degree applicant applying for a pre-sessional course. What type of CAS (Confirmation of Acceptance for Studies) will I receive?

I have an unconditional offer for a research degree

You'll receive a combined CAS that includes your pre-sessional English course and your research degree.

I have a conditional research degree offer or I haven't received my research degree offer yet

If you have a SELT (Secure English Language Test) certificate, you'll receive a CAS for your pre-sessional course only.

If you don't have a SELT, you may be eligible to study the pre-sessional course on a Visitor visa. Read more about visas for Language Centre students.

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?

Masters applicants

You’ll need to pay a tuition fee deposit to get your CAS if you require a Student Visa, unless you are able to provide a final award letter confirming that you are receiving full funding from a sponsor or scholarship. You are not required to pay the tuition fee deposit if you don't need a CAS and intend to travel on an alternative visa.

As the full tuition fee for your pre-sessional English course needs to be paid before you register, we encourage you to pay your tuition fee in full at this stage, rather than paying the deposit only.

Your course fee is stated in your pre-sessional English offer letter, and deadlines are listed in the table under the ‘Important dates’ section of this page.

Any payments you make will be shown on your CAS when it’s issued. As your CAS is a live electronic document, any additional payments will be updated on your CAS until you use it to apply for a visa.

You only need to pay the tuition fee deposit once for the pre-sessional and the Masters course. You may receive an automated message asking you to pay again when your Masters offer becomes unconditional; however, a confirmation of payment email will follow shortly.

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. 

Read more about tuition fee deposits

Research applicants 

If you'll be studying a research degree, you don't need to pay a tuition fee deposit for your pre-sessional course.  

How will I be taught on my summer pre-sessional course?

If you are studying an on-campus summer pre-sessional course, we expect students to arrive in Leeds for the start of their pre-sessional course. We want you to have the best possible learning experience at Leeds, where you can actively engage with the people around you. This means you’ll need to be in Leeds for your pre-sessional classes, including seminars, lectures and tutorials on campus.  

Throughout the summer, there will also be opportunities to join in social activities giving you the chance to practise your language and get to know the University, the city and the region. Face to face learning will be complemented and supported by a variety of digital technologies. 

Your health, safety and wellbeing is our top priority and we are putting appropriate safety and hygiene measures in place. Read more information about safety on campus

If you have specific concerns about your ability to travel to Leeds, you’ll need to let us know in advance. If you’re experiencing any difficulties with travel, contact us at langc@leeds.ac.uk.

We’ll continue to review our courses and other elements of the student experience in response to COVID-19 and we may need to adapt our provision to ensure students remain safe. For the most up-to-date information on COVID-19, regularly visit our Coronavirus information for applicants page, which we’ll continue to update as the situation changes. 

What adaptations has the University made in relation to COVID-19?

We will continue to review our courses and other elements of the student experience in response to COVID-19 and we may need to adapt our provision to ensure students remain safe. Please refer to our preparation and arrival information and Coronavirus - information for applicants and offer holders, which we will continue to update as the situation changes.

Can I defer my summer pre-sessional course?

If you hold an offer to join us in summer 2022, you can request a deferral of your pre-sessional to another start date via your applicant portal.

If you are a Masters applicant with an offer to join in September 2022, you cannot request a deferral of your postgraduate offer; however, you can re-apply via your applicant portal for the following September.

Can I start the summer course online if my visa application is delayed?

No, there will be no option to start online for the on-campus course. If you cannot arrive in time for the on-campus pre-sessional you should contact us at langc@leeds.ac.uk.

Important dates for Masters applicants

10 week pre-sessional English course deadlines

Stage of application process 

Deadline 

Apply for your pre-sessional English course 

15 May 2022  

Upload your most recent English language qualification to the portal

25 May 2022

Meet the academic conditions of your Masters course to receive a combined CAS 

Or 

Request a pre-sessional-only CAS via the portal if your English language qualification is a SELT (Secure English Language Test)  

25 May 2022 

Accept your pre-sessional English and Masters course offers.

To get a CAS for your Student Visa, pay your tuition fee deposit or upload exemption evidence to the portal. 

Please don’t book flights or pay for full accommodation until you have your visa. 

5 June 2022 

Six week pre-sessional English course deadlines

Stage of application process

Deadline

Apply for your pre-sessional English course 

12 June 2022 

Upload your most recent English language qualification to the portal 

27 June 2022 

If you are unable to provide your academic documents by the 3 July 2022, upload a SELT (Secure English Language Test) and request a pre-sessional-only CAS via the portal 

27 June 2022 

Accept your pre-sessional English and Masters course offers. 

To get a CAS for your Student visa, pay your tuition fee deposit or upload exemption evidence to the portal.

29 June 2022 

Meet the academic conditions of your Masters course to receive a combined CAS.

Please don’t book flights or pay for full accommodation until you have your visa. 

3 July 2022 

Important dates for research applicants

10 week pre-sessional English course deadlines

Stage of application process

Deadline

Apply for your pre-sessional English course

15 May 2022

Upload your most recent English language qualification to the portal 

25 May 2022

Accept your pre-sessional English course offer.

Please don’t book flights or pay for full accommodation until you have your visa.

5 June 2022

Six week pre-sessional English course deadlines

Stage of application process

Deadline

Apply for your pre-sessional English course

12 June 2022 

Upload your most recent English language qualification to the portal 

    
27 June 2022 

Accept your pre-sessional English course offer.

Please don’t book flights or pay for full accommodation until you have your visa.

29 June 2022