Online Pre-sessional English and Academic Study Skills Courses

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Online PEASS Course Information

You can join the online course from your home country. If you would like to join one of our PEASS courses, please apply as soon as possible. You must hold an offer to study on a main programme at the University of Lincoln to be eligible to join a PEASS course.

  • You do not need a visa for the online course (if you study in your country)
  • You do not need to hold a UKVI Secure English Language Test (SELT), but you must have a University of Lincoln approved English Language Test. Accepted tests include LanguageCert, Duolingo, IELTS Indicator, TOEFL iBT at Home, and PTE Academic. (Please see the 'Entry Requirements' section below for more information)
  • Students undertaking online PEASS courses are required to virtually attend live sessions at set times, as well as complete self-study tasks throughout the week.
  • To successfully study during this course, you will need a quiet space for study, a laptop or a desktop computer, and a good internet connection.

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Course Dates and Fees

Online PEASS CourseCourse Start DateCourse End DateFeesApplication Deadline
Summer 2023: 5-weeks 24 July 21 August £1650 10 July
Summer 2023: 10-weeks 19 June 21 August £3300 5 June


Entry Requirements

The entry requirements depend on the level of the main degree course you wish to progress onto. Find your main degree course entry requirements here:

Entry requirements for courses requiring IELTS 6.0 overall with a minimum of 5.5 in each element

Accepted English qualifications10 Weeks PEASS online5 Weeks PEASS online
IELTS   5.0/4.5* 5.5/5.0*
IELTS indicator  5.0/4.5* 5.5/5.0 *
TOEFL iBT 45 (R7, L6, S14, W15) 59 (R12, L11, S17, W18)
TOEFL iBT at Home Same as TOEFL iBT Same as TOEFL iBT
PTE Academic 42/36* 50/42*
LanguageCert ESOL SELT B1 Pass B1 High Pass
LanguageCert online B1 Pass B1 High Pass
Password 5.0/4.5* 5.5/5.0*
Duolingo 80 (with no subscore below 70) 90 (with no subscore below 80)

(*Minimum grade in each skill area)

Entry requirements for courses requiring IELTS 6.5 overall with a minimum of 6.0 in each element

Accepted English qualifications10 Weeks PEASS online5 Weeks PEASS online
IELTS   5.5/5.0* 6.0/5.5*
IELTS indicator  5.5/5.0* 6.0/5.5*
TOEFL iBT 59 (R12, L11, S17, W18) 79 (R18, L17, S20, W20)
TOEFL iBT at Home Same as TOEFL iBT Same as TOEFL iBT
PTE Academic 50/42* 58/51*
LanguageCert ESOL SELT B1 High Pass B2 Pass
LanguageCert online B1 High Pass B2 Pass
Password 5.5/5.0* 6.0/5.5*
Duolingo 90 (with no subscore below 80)
100 (with no subscore below 90)

(*Minimum grade in each skill area)

Course Content

The University of Lincoln’s Pre-sessional English and Academic Study Skills (PEASS) courses are designed to help international students:

  • Meet the English language requirements for their undergraduate or postgraduate degree course
  • Use academic English effectively in speech and writing
  • Develop essential academic English skills, including presentation and seminar techniques, essay writing skills and using sources
  • Become familiar with the academic culture of a UK University

Support and advice will also be provided in areas such as applying for your visa, visa extensions, and accommodation options to enable students to progress onto their undergraduate or postgraduate degree programme, following successful completion of the PEASS course.


What You Can Expect from Your Course

  • Daily sessions in small classes (max 14 students per tutor)
  • Breakout tasks within your class
  • Weekly topic packs, which will include authentic academic reading texts, audio recordings, mini-lectures, and worksheets. These are for independent study and will also form the basis of your continuous assessments.
  • Weekly materials for independent private study, including relevant vocabulary and grammar points, key skills, sample essays and presentations in a range of formats, including presentation slides, videos, and worksheets.
  • A weekly 30-minute one-to-one tutorial with your tutor
  • Personalised support and written feedback on a weekly basis during your one-to-one tutorial, including advice on continuous assessment elements such as timed writings, essay drafts, listening tasks, reading comprehension exercises, presentation practice, as well as participation in seminars and student chat forums.
  • Learn about life in the UK. With guidance, you will research and present some learning content on a specific aspect of British culture. This could take the form of a video, virtual tour, or quiz.


How You Are Assessed

On both online and on-campus PEASS courses, you will be evaluated according to two general components: 

  1. Participation: Every week you will have the opportunity to achieve marks for your active participation both in class as well as during independent study (including interaction on discussion forums, group work, and all other weekly assignments that must be completed).
  2. E-Portfolio: In addition to ongoing participation, you will also be required to create a final e-portfolio including both written work as well as recordings of individual presentations and group discussions. The main purpose of this portfolio is to show that you have made satisfactory progress on the course.

Your e-portfolio will consist of:

  • A fully researched essay on an assigned academic topic
  • A reflective presentation
  • A brief preliminary presentation on one of the topics covered in class
  • Timed writing tasks (on the topics included in your weekly topic pack)
  • Small group seminar discussions (on the topics included in your weekly topic pack)

Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs) 

How do I apply for a PEASS course? 

You must hold an offer to study on a main programme at the University of Lincoln to be eligible to join a PEASS course. Click the blue ‘Apply Now’ button. Complete the application form, and providing you meet the entry requirements, the International Admissions team will process your application and email a PEASS course offer.

What do I do when I have received a PEASS course offer? 

You must log in to your online application account in the OneUni application system to accept your offer. If you haven’t accepted your offer you cannot enrol. The Student Administration team will send you an email asking you to enrol a few weeks before the course starts.

I have applied for PEASS but I am re-taking IELTS to try to directly join a main course.  What shall I do? 

If you are waiting for an English language test result you are advised to enrol and pay for PEASS anyway. If you decide to withdraw from PEASS, you can do this right up to the course start date and any fees paid will be transferred to your main course fee. Online enrolment takes time so if you delay you might lose your place.

I have decided not to join the PEASS course.  What shall I do? 

Please email the International College at and the team will notify International Admissions, and update your records. We will stop contacting you with PEASS course updates and information.

I have a new email address or phone number, what should I do? 

Please email if your contact details change. You will not be able to log in and enrol if we cannot contact you to verify your account. More information on Multi-Factor Authentication (MFA) can be found on the University website at the link.

How do I pay the right amount to enrol onto the PEASS course?  

To enrol you must pay 100% of the PEASS course fee. You do not need to pay a CAS deposit if you are a PEASS student.  Flywire is the preferred method of payment, allowing you to send funds overseas securely. If paying by Flywire, please select ‘PEASS’ and enter the correct PEASS fee amount against this option. Further information on Flywire can be found through this link. If paying by BACS, please email and tell the Finance team your Student ID number, that you have made a BACS payment and how you want the money to be allocated e.g. £3,300 for 10-week PEASS, or £1,650 for 5-week PEASS.

How do I apply for my CAS?

Apply for your CAS as soon as you receive an unconditional offer as you will need it to apply for your Student Visa. You will need to accept the offer before being prompted to apply for your CAS. In some countries, visa processing might be delayed. Detailed information is here Applying for your CAS and Student Visa.   

Complete the online CAS request form by logging into the University's online application system, OneUni. Use your applicant ID number and password to log in and click on the 'My Details' function in the 'Forms' tab. 

If you have a question about visas and immigration please email


Have you used your CAS to apply for a visa?   

As soon as you have your CAS, use it to apply for a Student Visa. Visa processing times vary and we recommend that you visit the UK Government website for guidance. 

You will need to book an appointment to attend a Visa Application Centre with your documents and you may have to attend a Credibility Interview. Your biometric information will be taken, such as your fingerprints and a photograph. You will then receive a decision letter from UK Visas and Immigration (UKVI) regarding the status of your visa application.


Will I get a joint CAS to cover the duration of the PEASS course AND my main programme of study? 

Online PEASS - If you study PEASS online in your home country and if passing is a condition of your main course offer, you will be issued a CAS after you pass your main course. 

On Campus PEASS – You may receive a CAS for PEASS and your main course if you have an unconditional main course offer, or if English language is the only condition of your main course offer and you currently have B1 in one or more elements of your IELTS qualification. You will receive a CAS for On Campus PEASS only if you do not fulfil either criterion. You will receive support from the International Advice team to submit a visa extension application on successful completion of the PEASS course.


How long will it take to get my Student Visa? 

Postal applications usually take 2-3 months to return from UKVI. This can be longer during peak times. You must submit your visa application to UKVI before your current leave to remain expires to ensure you do not become an overstayer. Your application is not affected if your leave to remain expires while 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; at peak times the appointments can get booked up weeks in advance.  


Where can I get up-to-date information on applying for a Student Visa, or extending my visa? 

Please visit the UK Government website at this link Study in the UK on a Student Visato find further information on Student Visas. The University’s International Advice team can advise you further and guide you through the process.  Please email them if required at


What is a Biometric Residency Permit (BRP) and how do I get it? 

The International Advice team have put together some useful information about BRP cards.  Please visit their web page here Biometric Residency Permit.  If you have any questions about visa and immigration, please email 

The video How to get to the main Post Office in Lincoln will help you to find the Stonebow Centre, Silver Street, Lincoln.

Do I need to register with the Police on arrival in the UK and how do I do that? 

There is no longer a requirement for students upon entry to the UK. 

How do I enrol onto the PEASS course?  

If you have accepted your PEASS offer, and we have your correct personal contact details, you will automatically be sent an enrolment email from 4 weeks before the course start date.  You must start the enrolment process as soon as you receive the enrolment email (you cannot enrol until you receive it). 

  • Step 1 - Check and amend your Personal Details
  • Step 2 - Upload a photo for your student ID card, and upload an Identity (ID) verification document 
  • Step 3 – Provide Student Visa Compliance with the requested documents (on-campus courses only)
  • Step 4 - The Student Administration team will verify your documents and check that you have paid the course fee.
  • Step 5 - Once verified, you will receive an email where you must confirm that you have completed your registration. You will then be asked to complete the final form to confirm your intentions to join the course. 

Once you have completed the final form, you will be fully enrolled on to your course. 

Enrolment enquiries can be directed to or 


What information does Student Visa Compliance Team need? 

One stage of enrolment requires international students to upload copies of their immigration documents to evidence their right to study in the UK. This email will be sent to your university email account so please check your inbox regularly. They require your: 

  • Current Passport (the page that has your personal information and photograph) 
  • Entry clearance visa placed in your passport with a stamp on it (stamp is placed when you enter the UK at the airport)  
  • Anything else specified in the email 


What is a Student ID Card for and how do I get it? 

Your Student ID card is needed to access some campus buildings, such as the University Library, and to obtain printing you have requested to print on a university printer.  You may be asked to show it to prove you are a University of Lincoln student. Please look after your card as there will be a charge for a replacement. 

Online PEASS as you will not be in Lincoln you will not need a Student ID card yet. You will get it when you enrol for your main course.

On Campus PEASS - as soon as your enrolment is confirmed, a member of the International College team will arrange for your student ID card to be printed for you to collect from the Studnet Support Centre on the ground floor of the Minerva Building. If you have any questions, please email 

What equipment do I need to study PEASS? 

Please ensure you have a PC, Mac, or laptop whilst you study PEASS. Whilst most applications can be accessed using a mobile phone, you will not be able to complete your work or fully participate in online activities on a small device. If you study on campus, you can access university computers when required.


What is Microsoft Office 365, and do I need it?  

Yes, you will need to use your university Office 365 account to study on the PEASS course. It is available free of charge to students and allows you to access the Microsoft Office suite and OneDrive cloud storage. Before the PEASS course starts, we strongly recommend you become familiar with How To ... Office 365, especially for Online PEASS courses!   

To access your university email account visit and sign in with your university email address and password e.g. 


Microsoft Outlook – access your university email account and check your emails daily. University departments will email you, therefore it is important that you check your inbox daily, from the day you start enrolment.Full instructions can be found here: How To ... Emails. When logged into Office 365, click the blue Microsoft Outlook icon and your mailbox will be displayed. 


Microsoft Teams access study materials and your Teams online teaching sessions. When logged into Office 365, click on the purple Microsoft Teams Icon. You will have the option to download Teams but only do this if you do not share your computer with others. If you share your computer, continue to access Teams via the link  The How To ... Teams guide is a useful resource to learn more about using Teams.


What is Multi-Factor Authentication (MFA) and why is it important? 

When logging into your university IT account, for security reasons, you must confirm your identity and set a password. This process is called on Multi-Factor Authentication (MFA).  You will be sent a verification code to which you must respond, otherwise you will not be able to log in. It is important that you provide your personal email address and mobile phone number, and when you travel to the UK you must tell ICT Helpdesk any new mobile phone number. 

Contact ICT Services on 01522 88 6500, or email The ICT Service Desk opens Monday-Friday 8:00 - 6:00 UK time (24/7 Phone Support). 

How do I get to Lincoln? 

The University offers new international students a free airport pick-up service. For On Campus PEASS, transport is available from London Heathrow airport the Saturday before your course starts. You will be met at the airport and escorted to Lincoln. More information can be found here Getting to Lincoln and you can email 


Where should I stay when studying on the PEASS course?  

It is strongly advised that you base yourself in Lincoln for the duration of the PEASS course. The UK public transport railway network is expensive and can be unreliable, with services regularly cancelled. If your journey involves connecting trains, it can be particularly problematic when bus replacement services are used. These are time-consuming and may result in missed connections and students who commute are often late or miss lessons. 

Missed lessons due to commuting will result in an unauthorised absence.  You could be asked to attend an Attendance Panel Meeting with the Student Visa Compliance team, which can put your Student Visa at risk. 

I don’t know how to research or book accommodation.  Can you help?  

An offer of university-managed student accommodation is guaranteed for all PEASS students, and all rooms are located within a short walk of your seminar rooms. It is important that you accept any offer made by Accommodation Services, by the deadline provided, to secure your room. Please apply for accommodation here:  Accommodation Booking 


Most are single bedrooms with a shared kitchen and dining/social area, or self-contained apartments are available with a kitchenette in your own room. More information can be found here Accommodation Information for International Applicants, or to enquire about other accommodation options please complete theAccommodation Services Query Form. 


Will my accommodation be for PEASS and my main course? 

You can book accommodation for the 5- or 10-week duration of the PEASS course. You can then choose to extend your contract, however, you are advised to do this as soon as possible, as some accommodation options are very popular and get booked up early. An advantage of having a contract with the university is that the University will release you from your accommodation contract if you do not pass the PEASS course. 

What if I have a special request for accommodation? 

Accommodation Services will try to meet any special requests, for example, if you prefer to share your apartment with students of the same sex, gender, or culture. Please complete the ‘Special Requests’ box when using the online application form.   

Can I change accommodation after I have moved in? 

Yes, however, it is advised that you give yourself time to settle in and get used to your new surroundings. If you have concerns, please use the Accommodation Services Query Form, or telephone 01522 88 6198 or 01522 88 6231 and the team will do what they can to support you. 


Does the International College need to know where I am staying when I am on the PEASS course? 

Yes, it is important you tell where you are staying, whether it is university or private accommodation. Please tell us if you move location in case of emergency, email the address to  

What is the PEASS Induction about? 

The online PEASS Induction is an opportunity for you to meet the International College staff who will support you throughout your studies, including the Pre-sessional Programme Manager, academic delivery, and the administration support team.  Afterwards you will know what to expect as a PEASS student and find out about the support services available to you.  It lasts approximately 1 hour 30 minutes and will be recorded so that you can re-watch it later.  A Microsoft Teams meeting invite will be in your Microsoft Teams calendar – please accept this from your university Outlook inbox.  


Will I be shown around Lincoln Brayford Campus? 

Yes, all On Campus PEASS students will be offered a campus and Lincoln city tour when they arrive in Lincoln.  Whether you study PEASS On Campus or online, you can join the Welcome Week activities in the week before your main course begins, when you can book the tours run by the Residential Wardens.  The Residential Wardens are current students who know the university and are available to support students living in university-owned and managed accommodation, as part of the university’s 24/7 support.  You can find out more about Residential Wardens here Residential Wardens.     

Please click the link to access the Brayford Campus Map. 


What will my timetable be? 

All PEASS students MUST attend all teaching and other scheduled sessions to pass PEASS.   

Online PEASSOnline teaching sessions take place each weekday, Monday to Friday inclusive.  For online PEASS, session 1 is from 09:00 to 10:30, and session 2 is from 11:00-12:30 UK time (10:30 to 11:00 is break time).  Individual tutorial sessions, independent study and group work will be scheduled in the afternoons therefore students must also be available for these.   

On Campus PEASS teaching takes place in a seminar room each weekday, Monday to Friday inclusive.  You will learn in a centrally located university seminar room at the Lincoln Brayford Campus.  Sessions are from 09:30 to 11:00, then 11:30 to 13:00 UK time (11:00 to 11:30 is break time).  Tutorials, group work and independent study sessions will be scheduled in the afternoons, therefore students will need to be available for these.  On your first day, a member of the International College team will arrange to meet you and direct you to your seminar room.   

What happens if I cannot attend teaching sessions? 

A register is marked for all students at every session throughout the course, with attendance regularly monitored and assessed as part of the ongoing course assessment.  Students are expected to achieve 100% attendance, except in exceptional circumstances.  Absence requests should be made in advance via email to and a decision will be made as to whether the absence can be authorised.   

As the PEASS course is intensive, any absence can only be approved if you can still successfully complete the course within the validity of your current visa.  Absences for commuting issues will not be authorised.  International College liaise with Student Visa Compliance regarding attendance concerns and students can be withdrawn from the PEASS course, which will result in a student’s visa being cancelled. 


What happens on successful completion of the PEASS course? 

Full engagement and hard work will usually result in students successfully passing the course.  You will be invited to a celebratory Exit Presentation, where you will learn more about what will happen next.  You will receive a PEASS certificate, and the International Admissions team will be sent a copy to update your student record.  If you have met all main course offer conditions you will receive an unconditional offer for your main course.  You will not have to retake IELTS or any equivalent English language test. 

Once you have accepted your main course offer you will receive an enrolment email to complete your main course enrolment, the same as you did to enrol onto PEASS. 


What happens if I fail the PEASS course? 

International College staff will monitor your performance throughout the course and your tutor will help if you need additional support.  However, you will need to study hard and put in a lot of work to pass the course.  If you fail and PEASS was a condition of your main course offer, the University will not be able to issue a CAS for your main course.  


Will I get English language support when I am studying on my main course?

Yes, the International College have a dedicated team of experienced tutors who specialise in teaching English for Academic Purposes (EAP).  We strongly recommend that students continue to practise and improve their English language whilst studying in the UK. You can book one-to-one support and can join various courses and workshops throughout the year.  More information will be available during your PEASS Exit Presentation and can be found here:  In-sessional English Language Support 

For further information and advice please email the International College at  

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