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Which Presessional Course is Right for You?

The length of presessional course you will need depends on the entry requirements of your degree course and your current English language skills. To determine which course you should take, follow the instructions below:

  1. Click on the grey box below which is relevant to your current situation
  2. Identify your current IELTS score
  3. This will then give you the length of course presessional course you need to take
  4. Follow the links or use the menu bar to go to the relevant course page for detailed information regarding what you will learn and how you will be assessed
  5. Also visit the course details page for important information regarding course dates, application deadlines and fees 

More information

Once you have identified which course you need, you can view further details relating to:

Please note

You will need the details of the length of your CELE course when you complete your  presessional application.

 

Standard Presessional programmes – open to students in all schools and departments

Your degree course requires IELTS 6.0 (with no score lower than 5.5)
IELTS scores
Your current IELTS scoreLength of PEAP course you needLevel of PEAP course you need
Overall No score lower than
4.0 4.0 40 weeks PEAP 1PEAP 2PEAP 3 and  PEAP 4
4.5 4.0 40 weeks PEAP 1PEAP 2PEAP 3 and  PEAP 4
4.5 4.0 (with 4.5 in writing) 30 weeks PEAP 2PEAP 3 and  PEAP 4
5.0 4.5 20 weeks PEAP 3 and  PEAP 4
5.0 5.0 20 weeks PEAP 3 and  PEAP 4
5.5 5.0 10 weeks PEAP 4
5.5 5.5 5 or 10 weeks PEAP 4
6.0 5.0 (with 5.5 in writing) 5 weeks PEAP 4
6.0 and above 5.5 and above 4 week Academic Study Skills (recommended)
 
Your degree course requires IELTS 6.5 (with no score lower than 6.0)
IELTS scores
Your current IELTS scoreLength of PEAP course you needLevel of PEAP course you need
Overall No score lower than
4.0 4.0 40 weeks PEAP 1PEAP 2PEAP 3 and  PEAP 4
4.5 4.0 40 weeks PEAP 1PEAP 2PEAP 3 and  PEAP 4
4.5 4.0 (with 4.5 in writing) 30 weeks PEAP 2PEAP 3 and  PEAP 4
5.0 4.5 30 weeks PEAP 2PEAP 3 and  PEAP 4
5.0 5.0 20 weeks PEAP 3 and  PEAP 4
5.5 5.0 20 weeks PEAP 3 and  PEAP 4
5.5 5.5 20 weeks PEAP 3 and  PEAP 4
6.0 5.0 (with 5.5 in writing) 10 weeks PEAP 4
6.0 5.5 (with 6.0 in writing) 5 weeks PEAP 4
6.0 6.0 5 weeks PEAP 4
6.5 6.0 4 week Academic Study Skills (recommended)
6.5 6.0 (with 6.5 in reading and writing) 4 week Academic Study Skills (recommended)
6.5 6.5 4 week Academic Study Skills (recommended)
7.0 6.5 4 week Academic Study Skills (recommended)
 
Your degree course requires IELTS 7.0 (with no score lower than 6.0 or 6.5)
IELTS scores
Your current IELTS scoreLength of PEAP course you needLevel of PEAP course you need
Overall No score lower than
4.5 and below 4.0 and below Not eligible to study
4.5 4.0 (with 4.5 in writing) 40 weeks Please contact us
5.0 4.5 40 weeks Please contact us
5.0 5.0 40 weeks Please contact us
5.5 5.0 30 weeks Please contact us
5.5 5.5 30 weeks Please contact us
6.0 5.0 (with 5.5 in writing) 20 weeks Please contact us
6.0 5.5  20 weeks Please contact us
6.0 6.0 20 weeks Please contact us
6.5 6.0 10 week subject specialist course or  PEAP 4
6.5 6.0 (with 6.5 in reading and writing) 5 weeks PEAP 4
6.5 6.5  5 weeks PEAP 4
7.0 6.5 4 week Academic Study Skills (recommended)
 

Specialist Presessional programmes

You have an offer to study an undergraduate or postgraduate Business programme

The University offers a  six or ten-week course for students holding an offer for an undergraduate or postgraduate Business programme, which has been designed in collaboration with the  Nottingham University Business School and will prepare you for studying at undergraduate or postgraduate level.

If you do not meet the presessional Business course requirements, you can first study on one of our standard 20 or 30-week programmes and then move on to the 10-week Business presessional course in the summer. For more information, click on the relevant section of the standard presessional programmes, based on the IELTS score required for your business degree (for example: overall 6.5 or 7.0).

Find out more about the six or ten-week Presessional English for Academic Purposes - Business and Management course.

 
You have an offer to study an undergraduate or postgraduate Engineering programme

The University offers a  five week course for students holding an offer for an undergraduate or postgraduate Engineering programme, which has been designed in collaboration with the  Faculty of Engineering and will prepare you for studying at undergraduate or postgraduate level.

If you do not meet the five-week course requirements, you can also study on one of our standard 10, 20 or 30 or 40-week programmes. For more information, click on the relevant section of the standard presessional programmes, based on the IELTS score required for your engineering degree (for example: overall 6.0 or 6.5).

Find out more about the  five week Presessional English for Academic Purposes - Engineering course.

 
You have an offer to study a postgraduate Law programme

The University offers an  10-week course for students holding an offer for a postgraduate Law programme, which has been designed in collaboration with the  School of Law and will prepare you for studying this subject at postgraduate level.

To join this programme you must have an IELTS 6.0 with 6.0 in writing and reading and 5.5 in listening and speaking. If you do not meet these requirements, you can first study on one of our standard programmes and then move on to the 10-week Law presessional in the summer. For more information, click on the relevant section under Standard Presessional Programmes, based on the required IELTS score for your Law degree (for example: overall 7.0)

Find out more about the  10-week Presessional English for Academic Purposes - Law course.

 
You already have an unconditional offer to study at the University of Nottingham

The University offers a four-week course for students who have an unconditional offer for either a postgraduate or undergraduate degree at The University of Nottingham (including study abroad students Erasmus/Socrates students). This course helps to prepare you for successful academic study at a British university by allowing you to practise and develop essential academic study skills.

Find out more about the four-week Presessional Academic Study Skills for Students with Unconditional Offers (PASS)

 
Your Engineering foundation year requires IELTS 5.5 (with no score lower than 5.0)
IELTS scores
Your current IELTS scoreLength of PEAP course you needLevel of PEAP course you need
Overall No score lower than
4.0 4.0 30 weeks PEAP 1PEAP 2 and PEAP 3
4.5 4.0 30 weeks PEAP 1, PEAP 2 and PEAP 3
4.5 4.0 (with 4.5 in writing) 20 weeks PEAP 2 and PEAP 3
5.0 4.5 10 weeks PEAP 3
5.0 5.0 10 weeks PEAP 3
5.5 and above 5.0 and above Not required
 

 

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