School of Education
Centre for English Language Education

Presessional English for Academic Purposes - Built Environment

The Presessional English for Academic Purposes - Built Environment programme is for students who are close to their English language requirement. 

The five-week programme jointly taught with CELE and the Department of Architecture and Built Environment to give you the best preparation to join postgraduate and undergraduate degrees in Architecture and Built Environment.

Students who took the Built Environment presessional programme are much more settled in comparison with students who arrive directly. Presessional students are familiar with the department's teaching methodology and approach and this helps them integrate very well into our teaching and learning system.

Dr Amy Yue Tang, Lecturer in Architecture and Urban Design

Joint offer

If you meet the entry requirements for your postgraduate degree, you may be eligible for a joint offer. This means:

  • you only need one TIER 4 visa and CAS
  • you take an English Language and Academic Skills presessional course and then go on to your postgraduate course
  • you have a guaranteed place on your postgraduate course
  • your progression to the postgraduate course is automatic, provided your attendance is 80% or above and you complete all the coursework
Entry requirements (IELTS)
Academic course requirementsCELE presessional course requirements
Overall 6.0, minimum 5.5 in each element

5 week subject specialist course
5.5, minimum 5.5

Overall 6.5, minimum 6.0 in each element

5 week subject specialist course
6.0, minimum 5.5 with 6.0 in writing

10 week standard PEAP 4 course
6.0, minimum 5.5

If you have an overall IELTS score of 5.5, but below the minimum of 5.5 in any element, you can still apply to join your course with a standard presessional offer. Please contact us for details.

What you will learn

The main aims of the programme are to:

  • develop and improve your language skills in all areas so that you can meet the English language level required by your degree programme
  • prepare for the kinds of tasks you will need to perform in your future academic studies 
  • increase your understanding of the departmental expectations
  • work collaboratively with other students 
  • develop the confidence and study skills necessary to succeed in your academic studies

What you will do

You will be asked to do a series of tasks:

  • Participate in seminars and studio critiques
  • Plan and write a library-based coursework assignment on a Built Environment topic
  • Read academic textbooks and articles  
  • Reflect on academic learning and writing processes
  • Analyse and evaluate academic argument  

View a sample timetable to get a better idea of the content of the course.

How you will be assessed

At the end of the programme you will be assessed to see if you are ready to move on to your academic course. You will:

  • write a Design Strategy Paper
  • give a spoken presentation about your design
  • write a Re-Analysis Paper based on discussion about your design

What's next?

At the end of this course, successful students will progress to their main academic programme.

Contact us

Centre for English Language Education

School of Education
Dearing Building
Jubilee Campus, Wollaton Road
Nottingham NG8 1BB

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insessional email: