Course details

Study options

Full-time: 5/8/12 weeks*

Course level

Access

Start dates

September, June

Location

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 the English language and academic skills you need to succeed.

The course will help you:

The courses now run for 12, 8 and 5 weeks.

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.

The maximum class size is 16.

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
Studied the Pre-Sessional English Language course in 2017

What you will study

During the course, you will improve your:

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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

If you want to start your main degree in September 2021

*end date to take into account the two week Easter break

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 Monday 18 January Friday 23 April
5.0 (minimum 4.5 in all skills) 6.5 12 weeks Monday 18 January Friday 23 April
5.0 (minimum 4.5 in all skills) 6.0 8 weeks Monday 15 February Friday 23 April
5.5 (minimum 5.0 in all skills) 6.5 8 weeks Monday 15 February Friday 23 April
5.5 (minimum 5.0 in all skills) 6.0 5 weeks Monday 8 March Friday 23 April
6.0 (minimum 5.5 in all skills) 6.5 5 weeks Monday 8 March Friday 23 April

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 Monday 7 June  Friday 27 August
5.0 (minimum 4.5 in all skills) 6.0 12 weeks Monday 7 June Friday 27 August
5.0 (minimum 4.5 in all skills) 6.0 8 weeks Monday 5 July  Friday 27 August
5.5 (minimum 5.0 in all skills) 6.5 8 weeks Monday 5 July Friday 27 August
5.5 (minimum 5.0 in all skills) 6.0 5 weeks Monday 26 July Friday 27 August
6.0 (minimum 5.5 in all skills) 6.5 5 weeks Monday 26 July Friday 27 August

Fees and funding

2020/21 Fees

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

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

How to apply

UK/EU students

Apply directly to the University

International students

Apply directly to the University

 

Careers

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.

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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.

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