Undergraduate pre-sessional English  Entry requirements and applying

Preparation and arrival

Read our preparation and arrival information for courses starting in September 2021.

Studying a pre-sessional course

If English isn’t your first language, improve your academic English level with our academic English for undergraduate studies course. We’ll also help you transition successfully from high school to studying at a UK university.

How long you need to study for depends on your current English language level and the level required for your main academic course. 

How to apply 

  1. Choose your year of entry
  2. Select the type of study that's relevant to you
  3. Use the table to see how long you should study for
  4. Select your preferred start month for detailed course information, fees and to apply

2021-22 entry 

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.

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 or academic programme

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 or the exchange/study abroad programme

If your degree requires an overall IELTS score of 6.0

  • Your current score: 4.5 with no components below 4.0. You need: Two semesters plus summer starting in September
  • Your current score: 5.0 with no components below 4.5. You need: Two semesters starting in September or one semester plus summer starting in January
  • Your current score: 5.5 with two or more components at 5.0 allowed, none below 5.0. You need: Two semesters starting in September or one semester plus summer starting in January
  • Your current score: 5.5 with one component (not writing) at 5.0 allowed, none below 5.0. You need: One semester starting in SeptemberJanuary or July
  • Your current score: 5.5 with no components below 5.5. You need: Summer starting in August

If your degree requires an overall IELTS score of 6.5

  • Your current score: 4.5 with no components below 4.0. You need: Not eligible to apply
  • Your current score: 5.0 with no components below 4.5. You need: Two semesters plus summer starting in September
  • Your current score: 5.5 with two or more components at 5.0 allowed, none below 5.0. You need: Two semesters starting in September or one semester plus summer starting in January
  • Your current score: 6.0 with one or two components at 5.5 allowed, none below 5.5. You need: One semester starting in SeptemberJanuary or July
  • Your current score: 6.0 with one component at 5.5 allowed, none below 5.5. You need: Summer starting in August

If your degree requires an overall IELTS score of 7.0

  • Your current score: 4.5 with no components below 4.0. You need: Not eligible to apply
  • Your current score: 5.0 with no components below 4.5. You need: Not eligible to apply
  • Your current score: 5.5 with two or more components at 5.0 allowed, none below 5.0. You need: Two semesters plus summer starting in September
  • Your current score: 6.0 with one or two components at 5.5 allowed, none below 5.5. You need: Two semesters starting in September or one semester plus summer starting in January
  • Your current score: 6.5 with one or two components at 6.0 allowed, none below 6.0. You need: One semester starting in SeptemberJanuary or July
  • Your current score: 6.5 with one component at 6.0 allowed, none below 6.0. You need: Summer starting in August

I will be studying the International Foundation Year

If your International Foundation Year requires an overall IELTS score of 5.5

  • Your current score: 4.0 with no components below 4.0. You need: Two semesters plus summer starting in September
  • Your current score: 4.5 with no components below 4.5. You need: Two semesters starting in September or one semester plus summer starting in January
  • Your current score: 5.0 with no components below 5.0. You need: One semester starting in SeptemberJanuary or July
  • Your current score: 5.5 with no components below 5.5. You need: Summer starting in August (unconditional offer holders only)

If your International Foundation Year requires an overall IELTS score of 6.0

  • Your current score: 4.0 with no components below 4.0. You need: Not eligible to apply
  • Your current score: 4.5 with no components below 4.5. You need: Two semesters plus summer starting in September
  • Your current score: 5.0 with no components below 5.0. You need: Two semesters starting in September or One semester plus summer starting in January
  • Your current score: 5.5 with no components below 5.5. You need: One semester starting in SeptemberJanuary or July
  • Your current score: 6.0 with no components below 5.5. You need: 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 at the Leeds International Summer School

  • Your current score: 4.0 with no components below 4.0. You need: Two semesters plus summer starting in September
  • Your current score: 4.5 with two components below 4.5 allowed, none below 4.0. You need: Two semesters starting in September or one semester plus summer starting in January
  • Your current score: 5.0 with two components below 5.0 allowed, none below 4.5. You need: One semester starting in SeptemberJanuary or 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.

Further information 

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.