English language courses

English language courses Improve your English language skills for academic study

You will learn a full range of English language skills, including speaking, listening, reading, writing, vocabulary, grammar and pronunciation.

You will learn in small groups so you will get lots of help and support from our well-qualified teachers, and you will have plenty of opportunities to participate in the class.

  • Our International Foundation Programme is for students wanting to study an undergraduate degree and focuses on improving your language and academic knowledge in the area you want to study.
  • If you're about to start your undergraduate degree, and want to improve your general English skills, our pre-sessional English courses can help you.
  • Our language development sessions (undergraduate and postgraduate) focus on developing your academic writing, speaking, listening and reading skills.

If you would like a taster of what it is like to study in the UK whilst also developing your English language skills you can sign up to our residential International Summer School.


Important information:

The UK Visas and Immigration department (UKVI) has made some changes around the English language tests that international students need to take before studying in the UK. It’s vital that you read and understand the information below


The new UKVI IELTS tests are Secure English Language Tests, approved by the UK Visas and Immigration department. The tests are taken at approved testing centres and they provide evidence of your English language level by giving you a score in reading, writing, listening and speaking. The full name of the test you need to take is IELTS Academic for UKVI. This new test came into effect on 6 April 2015 and has the same questions and content as a standard IELTS test.

If you are an International student and want to study a pre-sessional programme at the University of Derby you will need to take an IELTS Academic for UKVI test.

You can take the IELTS Academic for UKVI at an approved IELTS SELT Centre.

Book online at www. IELTS.org  and follow the instructions for ‘Applying for a UK Visa? Find a test.’


British Association of Lecturers in English for Academic Purposes

The University of Derby are institutional members of the British Association of Lecturers in English for Academic Purposes (BALEAP), the foremost organisation for English Language Professionals. BALEAP seeks to ensure that courses in English language and study skills for speakers of other languages are of a high standard and provide an exceptional quality of service.