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Pre-sessional English and Academic Study Skills (PEASS) Courses September 2018

English as a Foreign Language English Language Centre Lincoln Campus [L] 5 or 10 weeks See belowSee below

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Pre-sessional English and Academic Study Skills (PEASS) are specialist courses which aim to prepare international students for study in UK higher education.

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.

PEASS courses are designed to help students:

  • To meet the minimum language requirements required for their academic course
  • To adapt to an unfamiliar academic culture in order to succeed in UK higher education
  • To encourage students to use academic English effectively in speech and writing
  • To work independently during their studies.

The PEASS course 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.


Course Content

The PEASS course includes an average of 18 hours of teaching per week as well as 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. The emphasis is on academic English to help students to prepare for university study here at Lincoln.

Students will also receive student support advice on visa extensions and accommodation options before the end of the PEASS course.

Class sizes will be a maximum of 15 adult students from a variety of different countries. Students are taught by qualified teachers who have experience in teaching Academic English.

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)
  • Visa extension and CAS advice and support
  • Accommodation advice



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, with the following scores,  in order to progress to the degree programme:

  • 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.

The information provided in this subject outline is correct at the time of publication. It is issued for the general guidance of students entering the University. The University intends to provide the course as outlined, but reserves the right to withdraw or to make alterations to courses where necessary.


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

*Entry to the PEASS course for higher levels is subject to approval from your academic programme.

Students who are undertaking PhD study at the University of Lincoln will be considered for the PEASS course on a case-by-case basis. Please contact the English Language Centre for further advice.

If you hold a conditional offer for your main course, you will only be able to apply for the PEASS course if you also hold a Secure English Language Test (SELT) from a UKVI approved test centre. For a list of approved tests and providers, please see the website.


Course Dates and Fees

PEASS course typeStartEndFees
10 weeks 2 July 2018 7 September 2018 £2,800
5 weeks  6 August 2018 7 September 2018 £1,400

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 10 September 2018 to 14/09/2018.

Welcome Week 2018 begins on 19 September 2018.


Confirmation of Acceptance for Studies (CAS) Deadlines

PEASS courseOutside of the UKInside the UK
10 weeks 2 June 2018* 5 June 2018*
5 weeks 6 July 2018* 30 July 2018*

*CAS deadlines are dependent upon visa processing times and are subject to change



We offer PEASS students the opportunity to rent on-campus self-catering accommodation with 24-hour security for the duration of their PEASS 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


(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


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

The University of Lincoln reserves the right to relocate students during the PEASS course in order to manage and maintain service levels. In such circumstances, relocation will be with other students on the PEASS course. PEASS students will receive guidance on further accommodation options towards the end of the PEASS course.


Credibility Interviews

As part of your visa application you may be asked to attend an interview with an Entry Clearance Officer (ECO). This interview is known as a Credibility Interview.

For more information, please see credibility interviews


Further Information

University of Lincoln 
English Language Centre
Student Services
Brayford Pool

Tel: +44 (0) 1522 886102

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