Read our preparation and arrival information for Language Centre courses.
We accept a range of English language certificates. Check which qualifications we accept, and find out equivalencies for other certificates.
Find out about the fees and important dates for our undergraduate pre-sessional courses.
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||Deadline to send your English language certificate|
|Autumn||27 September 2021||21 January 2022||£5,600||Deadline passed||Deadline passed|
|Spring||24 January 2022||20 May 2022||£5,600||Deadline passed||Deadline passed|
|Summer (10 week course)||27 June 2022||2 September 2022||£5,000||15 May 2022||25 May 2022|
|Summer (6 week course)||25 July 2022||2 September 2022||£3,000||12 June 2022||27 June 2022|
|Online (10 week course)||27 June 2022||2 September 2022||£5,300||29 May 2022||29 May 2022|
|Online (6 week course)||25 July 2022||2 September 2022||£3,180||26 June 2022||26 June 2022|
2022–23 full-time pre-sessional courses (for degrees starting in September 2023)
|Semester||Semester start date||Semester end date||Fee per semester||Application deadline||Deadline to accept your offer|
|Autumn||3 October 2022||27 January 2023||£5,740||28 August 2022||4 September 2022|
|Spring||30 January 2023||26 May 2023||£5,740||18 December 2022||2 January 2023|
|Summer 10 week course||26 June 2023||1 September 2023||£5,150||To be confirmed||To be confirmed|
|Summer 6 week course||24 July 2023||1 September 2023||£3,090||To be confirmed||To be confirmed|
|Online summer 6 week course||To be confirmed||To be confirmed||To be confirmed||To be confirmed||To be confirmed|
Academic year structure
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.
|Semester||Structure of semester|
Frequently asked questions
Which English Language certificates do you accept?
We accept a range of English Language certificates for entry to our pre-sessional courses. To check which certificates we accept, read the English language equivalent qualifications page. If you’re planning to study the 10 or six week undergraduate summer pre-sessional, you’ll need a SELT (Secure English Language Test).
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.
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 firstname.lastname@example.org.
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 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
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.