School of Education
Centre for English Language Education

Presessional English for Academic Purposes 2 (PEAP 2)

What is PEAP 2?

PEAP 2 is a 10-week course. It is the second level of the 40-week course which consists of PEAP 1-4 or the first level of the 30-week course (PEAP 2-4), depending on your current English language skills.

For foundation students, it will be the first level of a 20-week course (PEAP 2-3).

Who is the course aimed at?

It is for students who have an intermediate level of proficiency (IELTS 4.5-5.5 depending on the future target) who need a longer time to prepare for their degree study.

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:

  • introduce you to some key concepts and skills involved in carrying out primary research
  • develop a critical and reflective approach to study
  • introduce the concept of ‘community’ and ‘academic community’ and explore how these might relate to your situation
  • develop and improve your skills in communicating in English in academic contexts
  • support your development as an independent learner
  • develop the skills of working collaboratively with others
  • provide an introduction to academic study that will be continued in levels 3 and 4

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
  • Design and carry out a small-scale primary research project related to your area of study
  • Communicate your research findings to an audience 
  • Reflect on your academic experiences and ways of working

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 2 you will be assessed to see if you are ready to move on to PEAP 3. You will:

  • carry out primary research and write a research report related to your area of study and the CELE community
  • participate in an oral assessment to discuss the findings of your research
  • reflect on your learning

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 3.

PEAP 3 information

Centre for English Language Education

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Nottingham NG8 1BB