English language courses

If you would like to improve your English language skills, our range of courses can help you with this.

You will learn a full range of English language skills, including speaking, listening, reading, writing, vocabulary, grammar and pronunciation while studying at the University of Derby.

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.

English language requirements

You can find the English language requirements for all of our course on the course pages under Entry requirements. Find out more about applying for an undergradaute course or applying for a postgraduate course.

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 IELTS.org and follow the instructions for ‘Applying for a UK Visa? Find a test'.

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