Pre-sessional English and Academic Study Skills Courses

Pre-sessional English and academic study skills course

Pre-sessional English and Academic Study Skills Courses

Pre-sessional English and Academic Study Skills (PEASS) are specialist courses which aim to prepare international students for study in UK higher education. They can also be of benefit to students with unconditional offers who have already met the requirements for entry onto their course, but would like to familiarise themselves with the conventions of academic study at a UK university. The University offers 5 and 10 week courses for eligible undergraduate and postgraduate applicants. If students do not meet the University’s English language requirements, they will be made an offer to join the relevant PEASS course.

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Course Content

PEASS courses are designed to help students:

  • Meet the minimum language requirements required for their academic course
  • Adapt to an unfamiliar academic culture in order to succeed in UK higher education
  • Use academic English effectively in speech and writing
  • Work independently during their studies.

The course includes 18 hours of teaching per week and a personal tutorial. Students will be expected to supplement this with additional study in their own time.

The course will focus on developing a student's academic English skills, including presentation and seminar techniques, using sources and essay writing skills. Support and advice will also be given on applying for visa extensions and accommodation options before the end of the course.

PEASS course fees also include the following:

  • A welcome Pack, including text book
  • A coach trip to a UK city (refreshments, meals and activity costs are not included)

Entry Requirements

English language requirement for main courseEnglish language requirements for 10 week PEASS courseEnglish language requirements for 5 week PEASS course

IELTS 6.0 or equivalent

IELTS 5.0 with no band lower than 4.5 or equivalent

IELTS 5.5 with no band lower than 5.0 or equivalent

IELTS 6.5 or equivalent*

IELTS 5.5 with no band lower than 5.0 or equivalent

IELTS 6.0 with no band lower than 5.5 or equivalent

IELTS 7.0 or equivalent*

PEASS not available

IELTS 6.5 with no band lower than 6.0 or equivalent


Course Dates and Fees

PEASS course typeStartEndFees

10 weeks

2 July 2018

7 September 2018


5 weeks 

6 August 2018

7 September 2018


There is a full week transition for all Pre-sessional English and Academic Study Skills students prior to Welcome Week. The transition week takes place from 10th to 14th September 2018. Welcome Week 2018 begins on 19th September 2018.

CAS Deadlines

PEASS CourseOutside the UKInside the UK

10 weeks

Friday 1 June 2018

Monday 25 June 2018

5 weeks 

Friday 6 July 2018

Monday 30 July 2018

We offer PEASS students the opportunity to rent on-campus, self-catering accommodation for the duration of their course. Students can benefit from full access to University facilities during this time, including the Library and on-campus Sports Centre. Our accommodation is within walking distance of your classes and all local amenities, such as supermarkets. Apartments and rooms include weekly visits to undertake cleaning of all common areas, rooms and bathrooms.

PEASS course typeAccommodation periodAccommodation Fees

10 weeks

Saturday 30 June to Saturday 8 September 2018

£1468.10 (inclusive of £150 refundable deposit)

You will be required to pay a £1,000 deposit towards your accommodation in advance

5 weeks

Saturday 4 August to Saturday 8 September 2018

£809.05 (inclusive of £150 refundable deposit)

You will be required to pay your full accommodation fees in advance


Students will undertake five assessments in the final week of their PEASS course which will be used as evidence of English language ability:

  • Research essay (undertaken over several weeks)
  • Reading-into-writing examination
  • Listening
  • Seminar discussion
  • Oral presentation

Students must pass these five elements in order to progress to the degree programme with the following scores:

  • IELTS 6.0 – each element must be marked at 40% or higher
  • IELTS 6.5 – each element must be marked at 50% or higher
  • IELTS 7.0 – each element must be marked at 60% or higher

In addition to the summative assessments above, there will be formative assessment throughout the PEASS course which provides the opportunity to develop learning in a variety of tasks.

If you have a conditional offer for a programme which is dependent on your level of English, you will need to pass assessments at the end of the PEASS course. When you have successfully passed the PEASS course we will assist you in enrolling on your degree programme.

If you have an unconditional offer for a programme and you are taking the PEASS course to improve your English, your offer will not be affected. However, you will still be expected to complete all assessments within the PEASS course.