Online course details

Next course date

17 June 2024


5,8 or 12 weeks


Tutored online learning



Online course description

If you already have an offer to start a degree at the University of Derby, this course will give you an IELTS equivalent which will allow you to progress to the University of Derby programmes.

The course will help you:

This course is taught online and depending on your level of English on entry, you will need to study for 12, 8 or 5 weeks. 

If you pass this Pre-sessional English course at the level stated in your degree offer, you will be able to automatically progress to your degree at the University of Derby. You will have achieved a minimum English level of CEFR B2. 

You must be age 17 years or older to enrol on to this course. 

Courses will only run if there is sufficient student demand. 

Structure, certificates and assessment

This course will enable you to improve your skills and knowledge in the following areas: 

Please note that our modules are subject to change. We review the content of our courses regularly, making changes where necessary to improve your experience and graduate prospects.

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How you will learn

This is a full-time course with 20 hours of study per week of which 12-15 hours of attendance of online classes are required alongside self-study. It is a highly interactive course, with lots of small group work and discussion. This will enable you to increase your confidence and learn from others.

Entry requirements

If you want to start your main degree in September 2024

Minimum starting English level (IELTS or equivalent) Required English level for your degree Length of course Start date End date
4.5 (minimum 4.0 in all skills) 6.0 12 weeks 20 May 2024 9 August 2024
5.0 (minimum 4.5 in all skills) 6.5 12 weeks 20 May 2024 9 August 2024
5.0 (minimum 4.5 in all skills) 6.0 8 weeks 17 June 2024 9 August 2024
5.5 (minimum 5.0 in all skills) 6.5 8 weeks 17 June 2024 9 August 2024
5.5 (minimum 5.0 in all skills) 6.0 5 weeks 8 July 2024 9 August 2024
6.0 (minimum 5.0 in all skills) 6.5 5 weeks 8 July 2024 9 August 2024

Fees and funding

2023/24 Fees for new entrants

These fees will apply to any course studied between September 2023 and August 2024:

You will need to pay in full before you start the course.

How to apply

Apply directly to the University.

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For support with completing your application, view our guide to the application process.

Documents to support your application

You'll need to provide:

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