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 first level of the 30-week course which consists of PEAP 2-4. 

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 learning process

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