School of Education
Centre for English Language Education
   
   
  

Presessional English for Academic Purposes - Law

The Presessional English for Academic Purposes - Law course has been designed for students who are close to their English language requirement.

This 8-week programme has been designed in collaboration with the University of Nottingham's School of Law to prepare students going on to postgraduate programmes in Law, particularly LLM courses.

Joint offer

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

  • 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 taught course
  • you have a guaranteed place on your postgraduate taught course
  • your progression to your postgraduate taught course is automatic, provided your attendance on the CELE presessional course is at least 80% and you complete all the coursework

* does not include distance learning or Executive programme.

Entry requirements (IELTS)
Academic course requirementsCELE presessional course requirements
Overall 7.0, (no less than 7.0 in reading and writing, and 6.5 in speaking and listening)

Overall 6.5, 6.5 in reading and writing, and 6.0 in speaking and listening


You can apply for a joint offer if:

  • you meet CELE entry requirements
  • your CELE presessional course is no longer than 10 weeks
  • you join your postgraduate course directly after the CELE presessional course
  • you attend and pass all the CELE presessional course assessments
  • you have an in-date UKVI approved IELTS
If you do not meet these requirements, you may still be able to join your course with a standard presessional offer. 
 

What you will learn

Over the course of the 8 weeks, the main aims of the bridging programme are to: 

  • develop and improve your English language and analytical skills
  • prepare you for academic study
  • introduce a critical and reflective approach to study
  • introduce the skills of working collaboratively with others
  • provide you with support and guidance

What you will do

You will be asked to do a series of tasks:

  • Plan and write an academic assignment on a Law topic
  • Use the Law library for study and research
  • Write short essays
  • Develop of language proficiency in core areas (grammar and general and subject-related vocabulary)
  • Read and discuss academic articles in the field of Law
  • Understand lectures and practice note-making
  • Practice seminar discussion and presentation skills
  • Improve time-management and independent study skills
  • Take part in one-to-one tutorials with a personal tutor

How you will be assessed 

At the end of the bridging programme you will be assessed to see if you are ready to move on to the School of Law. You will:

  • research and write an essay related to your area of study
  • give an oral presentation
  • write a project related to your area of study 

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

presessional email:
cele-presessionaladmissions@nottingham.ac.uk
insessional email: cele-insessional@nottingham.ac.uk