Pre-sessional English and Academic Study Skills course (PEASS) Frequently asked questions

What is the PEASS course?

The PEASS course is a Pre-sessional English and Academic Study Skills programme which is designed for students who do not meet the University of Lincoln’s English language qualification requirements. It has been designed to help students to reach the right level of English before they start their main course.

How long does the PEASS course last?

The PEASS course lasts for either 5 or 10 weeks depending on your English language level. It includes 18hours of teaching per week and you will be expected to supplement this with additional study in your own time.

How do I apply?

If you already hold an offer with the University of Lincoln and would like to apply for a PEASS course, you need to complete the PEASS application form. Providing that you meet the necessary entry requirements, we will send you an offer for the course as soon as possible.

I have an offer for my main course which is conditional on 'successful completion of the PEASS', what does that mean?

This means that you have met all the conditions your main course except the English language qualification. You will be required to pass the PEASS course before you can progress onto your main course.

What do I need to apply for my visa?

You will need a Certificate of Acceptance of Study (CAS) to be able to apply for a visa. You can receive a CAS for PEASS and your main academic study course if:

  • Your offer for the main course is unconditional and you are taking PEASS as an introduction to UK study skills
  • or English is the only outstanding condition of your main course offer AND you currently have B1 in one or more element(s) of IELTS. At the end of the PEASS course, you must have progressed to at least B2 in all 4 elements to be able to progress onto the main course.

In all other cases, students must have separate CASs for PEASS. Upon successful completion of the PEASS course and receipt of any outstanding documents, students will be issued with a CAS for their main course.

How do I apply for an extension to my visa?

The University’s Advice Service has specialist advisors who will help you with your visa extension application whilst you are here at the University. The University’s Advice Service is based in the Student Support Centre and will be on hand to guide you through the process during the PEASS course.

How much will it cost?

Please visit the UKVI website for current costs.

How long will it take?

Postal applications usually take 2-3 months to return from UKVI. This can be longer during peak times.

Please note that you must submit your visa application to UKVI before your current leave to remain expires, so that you do not become an over stayer. It does not affect your application if your leave expires while the UKVI are processing your application.

In person applications are decided on the day. If successful your residency permit will be sent to you a few days after your application has been processed. You do need to pre book an appointment, you should try to book this as soon as possible to avoid disappointment.

The University's Advice team will be on hand to guide you through the process during the PEASS course.

Do I have to re-take the IELTS at the end of the course?

No, if you successfully pass the PEASS course you will have fulfilled your English Language condition.

How do I progress onto my degree course?

If you have a conditional offer for your main course then you must successfully complete the PEASS programme in order to progress onto your main course.

If you already have an unconditional offer for your main course then you can progress onto your main course at the end of the PEASS programme.

How is the PEASS course assessed?

Assessment is composed of a combination of work you do throughout the course and end-of-course assessments. You will be given clear guidance throughout the course to prepare you for these assessments.

What happens if I fail the course?

We will monitor your performance throughout the course and if we think that you need extra help we will give you some advice about how to improve your English language. However, your success on the course depends upon how much work you put in to it.

If you fail the course you will not have met the conditions of your main course and we will be unable to issue you with a CAS for your main course.

Is accommodation guaranteed for the PEASS course?

Yes, unless you tell us otherwise we will automatically reserve a place for you in our accommodation for the duration of the PEASS course and let you know when the booking system is open.

Do I have to stay in accommodation?

No, you do not have to stay in accommodation. However, due to the intense teaching on the course we recommend that you do.

What is the accommodation like?

We offer en-suite, self-catering accommodation on campus, with 24-hour security and access to University facilities, such as the Library and Sports Centre. The campus is in the centre of the city, so you do not need to use public transport to get to/from lessons.

Can I stay on in the accommodation after I finish the PEASS course?

On-campus accommodation is guaranteed for the duration of the course only. The University has many different options for accommodation which you can choose to live in after you have finished the PEASS course, including on-campus. We will advise you of your different options during the PEASS course.

Can I continue to get help with my English after the PEASS course?

Yes, we strongly recommend that students continue to practice and improve their English language whilst studying in the UK. The English Language Centre (ELC) is a FREE support service for international students. We offer wide range of support for international students including:

  • A diagnostic English Language assessment and individual learning plan
  • In-sessional English for Academic Purposes (EAP) language support throughout the academic year
  • A drop in service for individual one-to-one tutor support
  • Coach trips to other UK cities

The English Language Centre team are available throughout the academic year, from Monday to Friday: / +44 (0)1522 886102.
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