Online course details

Start date

March 2021 or April 2021 or May 2021

Course length

5,8 or 12 weeks

Mode of study

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 the English language and academic skills you need to succeed. 

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 which requires 20 hours attendance of online classes per week 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.

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Discovering Online Learning Webinar: February

Wednesday, 17 February 2021 15.30 - 16.30

During this hour-long webinar, we'll take you through the basic principles of how online learning works and what you can expect as an online learner. The webinar includes a 30-minute presentation and an opportunity to take part in a Q and A.

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Entry requirements

If you want to start your main degree in September 2021

Minimum starting English level (IELTS or equivalent)Required English level for your degreeLength of courseStart dateEnd date
4.5 (minimum 4.0 in all skills) 6.0 12 weeks 8 March 2021 11 June 2021 (includes 2 weeks Easter holiday)
5.0 (minimum 4.5 in all skills) 6.5 12 weeks 8 March 2021 11 June 2021 (includes 2 weeks Easter holiday)
5.0 (minimum 4.5 in all skills) 6.0 8 weeks 19 April 2021 11 June 2021
5.5 (minimum 5.0 in all skills) 6.5 8 weeks 19 April 2021 11 June 2021
5.5 (minimum 5.0 in all skills) 6.0 5 weeks 10 May 2021 11 June 2021
6.0 (minimum 5.0 in all skills) 6.5 5 weeks 10 May 2021 11 June 2021

You can also study this course on-campus.

Fees and funding

These fees will apply to any course studied between September 2020 and August 2021:

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

How to apply

Students should apply directly to the University.

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Documents to support your application

You'll need to provide:

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Contact the University of Derby Online Learning:

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