Course details

Study options

Full-time: 5/8/12 weeks*

Course level


Start dates

September, See below


Kedleston Road, Derby Campus

Course description

If you already have an offer to start a degree at the University of Derby or elsewhere, 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:

The courses now run for 12, 8 and 5 weeks depending on your English language ability.

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

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

Please note: because of the very intensive nature of these courses, late enrolments will not be permitted. You should therefore arrange to fly to the UK a couple of days before the start of your course.

Courses will only run if there is sufficient student demand.

Social life

During the academic year, you will be offered many opportunities for social activities and day trips. You can join clubs and societies at the Union of Students and enjoy the variety of films, music, drama and comedy in the vibrant city. You can also get active at the University Sports Centre.

Pre sessional English Language student, Liqun Wu

This course prepared me for a smooth transition into my masters programme, and also allowed me to familiarise myself with the city and make friends. I would recommend it to anyone who needs additional English language support.

Liqun Wu
Pre-Sessional English Language student

What you will study

During the course, you will improve your:

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A student and parent at graduation
A student working

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.

How you will learn

This is a full-time course with 26 hours of class per week and self-study.

The course is highly interactive, with lots of small group work and discussion. This will enable you to increase your confidence and learn from others.

Entry requirements

This summer this course will be online. To complete this course before September, please see our Pre-Sessional English for Academic Purposes (Online).

Fees and funding

2021/22 Fees (August 2021 - July 2022)

These fees will apply to any course studied on campus between September 2021 and August 2022:


At the end of the course, we will assess your speaking, listening, reading and writing. If you complete these assessments successfully you can move straight on to your chosen degree course at Derby, you do not need to take another IELTS test.

a student reading in the Atrium

Contact us

If you need any more information from us, eg on courses, accommodation, applying, car parking, fees or funding, please contact us and we will do everything we can to help you.

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† Additional information about your studies

5, 8 or 12 weeks, depending on the level of English required by your degree

Teaching hours

Like most universities, we operate extended teaching hours at the University of Derby, so contact time with your lecturers and tutors could be anytime between 9am and 9pm. Your timetable will usually be available on the website 24 hours after enrolment on to your course.

Please note: Our courses are refreshed and updated on a regular basis. If you are thinking about transferring onto this course (into the second year for example), you should contact the programme leader for the relevant course information as modules may vary from those shown on this page.