School of Education
Centre for English Language Education

Frequently Asked Questions

How do I know which course is right for me?

This depends on the entry requirements of your degree course, and your existing English language skills. Go to the Which presessional course is right for you? page to find out more.

How do I apply?

Visit our How to apply page, for a step by step guide.

What is the application deadline?

This varies per course. Visit our Course details page for more information.

How much will it cost?
Will I need a visa?

Yes, if you are from outside the EU. Depending on your status, you may be able to apply for:

  • a Tier 4 Student Visa
  • a Short-Term Study Visa
  • a Dependants' Visa

For more details see visa information.

You can also download the University's Applying for your student visa from overseas guide



I've got a target of 6.5 and going on to a Business masters course. On the joint offer page it says I need 6.0 (minimum 5.5) to take a 10-week Presessional course. On the course length page, it says I need 6.0 (minimum 5.0). Which is correct?
You need a 6.0 (minimum 5.5) for a joint CAS. If you haven't got 5.5 in every element, you will need to get a single CAS for the Presessional and extend your visa at the end of your course.
How do I pay my fees?

You can pay your fees online. You will need to show evidence of your ability to fund your studies, in order to apply for your visa.

You can also contact the International Office for more help.

Where will I live while I am studying the course?

You can apply for University accommodation through the Accommodation Office.

If I need further information or support, who can I speak to?

The International Office can help with many different queries you might have, regarding fees, visas, accommodation, arrival in the UK and many more. They are here for you before you arrive and will support you throughout your studies.

You can also contact us here at CELE with any queries regarding your course, and we will be happy to help you.



Can I progress directly to my chosen university course when I have passed my CELE course?

When you have successfully completed your CELE course, you can usually progress directly to your university course without retaking your IELTS or equivalent. Please contact CELE for details of courses that have additional entry requirements.

The target on my academic offer letter is not listed on the Presessional course length page. Can I still attend a Presessional course?
Yes, if you have a different target IELTS, please contact the Admissions Office - and  they will let you know what course length you need.
Can I combine my previous IELTS to meet presessional entry requirements?
This is not possible. UK Visa and Immigration requirements state we must declare all ‘offer documents’ for visa purposes and for English language programmes this must be a single IELTS test.



Centre for English Language Education

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