School of Education
Centre for English Language Education

Presessional English for Academic Purposes 3 (PEAP 3)

What is PEAP 3?

PEAP 3 is a 10-week course. This level is studied as the first level of a 20-week course (PEAP 3-4) or as the second level of the 30-week course (PEAP 2-4), depending on your current English language skills. 

For foundation students, it is the second level of a 20-week course (PEAP 2-3).

Who is the course aimed at?

It is for students with a good level of proficiency (IELTS 5.0-6.0 depending on the future target) who are close to meeting their English language requirement.

How is the course delivered?

This course is available to study on campus here in Nottingham, or as an online course.

The information below applies to both modes of study.


How will I learn?

The main aims of the course are to:

  • further develop your skills in communicating in English in a variety of written and spoken academic contexts
  • develop your analytical and critical skills
  • deepen your understanding of academic norms and conventions, secondary research, themed conferences and interdisciplinarity
  • support you to work independently and collaboratively 

What will I do?

You will be asked to do a series of tasks:

  • Conduct a secondary research project linked to your own area of study and set conference theme
  • Prepare for a conference and a conference workshop based on your own research
  • Participate in tutor-led lessons and student-led group work (face-to-face and/or online)
  • Participate in one-to-one and group tutorials
  • Reflect on research processes, your own learning and your academic self-development

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. 

Online courses will include live taught sessions and monitored independent study tasks.

How will I be assessed?

At the end of PEAP 3 you will be assessed to see if you are ready to move on to PEAP 4. You will:

  • complete a literature-based research project
  • present your own research paper at a CELE conference or conference workshop
  • reflect on conference theme and learning processes

How many students will be in my class?

Usually there are 14 to 18 students, but occasionally there may be over 18 per 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 4.

PEAP 4 information

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