School of Education
Centre for English Language Education

Presessional English for Academic Purposes 1 (PEAP 1)

What is PEAP 1?

PEAP 1 is a 10-week course. It is the first level of the 40-week course which consists of PEAP 1-4. 

For Foundation students it will be the first module of a 30-week course (PEAP 1-3).

Who is the course aimed at?

It is designed for students of a lower level English proficiency (IELTS 4.0 or 4.5) who need a longer time to prepare. 

How is the course delivered?

This course is available to study face-to-face here in Nottingham.


How will I learn?

The main aims of the course are to:

  • develop and improve your English language and analytical skills
  • provide an introduction to academic study that will be continued in PEAP 2-4
  • introduce a critical and reflective approach to study
  • introduce the skills of working collaboratively with others
  • provide you with support and guidance

What will I do?

You will be asked to do a series of tasks:

  • Participate in both tutor-led lessons and student-led seminars and workshops
  • Participate in one-to-one and group tutorials
  • Research and write a project (individually and collaboratively)
  • Present the content of your project to an audience (for example a poster presentation)
  • Read a selection of fiction and non-fiction texts, and write reports
  • Analyse key features of academic texts
  • Reflect on own learning and progress, and design a study plan

How many hours will I study?

You will be expected to study for at least 36 hours per week, which includes taught sessions with tutors, tutorials and independent study. 

How will I be assessed?

At the end of PEAP 1 you will be assessed to see if you are ready to move on to PEAP 2. You will:

  • research and write a project in collaboration with other students
  • give an oral presentation in collaboration with other students
  • reflect on learning processes

How many students will be in my class?

Usually there are 14 to 18 students, but occasionally there may be over 18 in the class. 

If the number recruited to the course is low, we may not be able to run it. If this happens, we will inform you at the earliest opportunity. 


What's next?

If you are successful in gaining the required marks in your final assessments, you will be able to move on to PEAP 2.

PEAP 2 information

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