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Language for Science: General Science (Full time) 2017 start

  • Overview

    If English is not your first language, this pre-sessional programme will aim to train you to perform effectively in the academic environment of the University of Leeds.

    You’ll develop the language skills, knowledge and understanding required for postgraduate study in the fields of Science, and assessments will be tailored to test the skills you’ll need in this context. Throughout the programme you’ll receive feedback on your progress in these areas.

  • Course content

    This programme is an English language content-based pre-sessional on which you will study language in the context of your subject.

    This will include reading reports and journal articles and listening to lectures about the current interdisciplinary global issue of food security. This will help you develop your English language and core academic skills.

    You will also study texts from your particular discipline and work on tasks of the type you will encounter on your Masters programme, which have been specifically developed by your chosen department. This will help enhance your understanding of the academic requirements of studying in the U.K. and develop your ability to communicate at an appropriate academic level within your chosen field. These include:

    Faculty of Maths and Physical Sciences

    • typical coursework task
    • laboratory session

    Faculty of Biological Sciences

    • laboratory session

    Faculty of Environment

    • formative assessment task
    • typical coursework task

    Faculty of Medicine and Health

    • typical coursework task

    You will use the language you learn to express yourself through spoken and written assignments.

    Course structure

    These are typical modules/components studied and may change from time to time. Read more in our Terms and conditions.

    For more information on typical modules, read Language for Science: General Science in the course catalogue

    Learning and teaching

    The first 4 weeks focus on key language, skills and academic themes within the field of Science. In the next 6 weeks you will explore your particular subject in more detail, focusing on the language and skills that you will need for your postgraduate programme. Each unit will be based around academic content. You’ll then work on understanding this content and the language used, alongside that of core texts, through a series of language classes and seminars. You’ll have the chance to work both individually and with others, and you’ll also produce pieces of independent work.

    You'll study for around 35 hours per week including an average of 16 contact hours per week. Classes will typically take place between 9am and 5pm from Monday to Friday (you can find out dates when the University will be closed at the Almanac). Language classes have a maximum size of 16 students. The minimum age for students studying on this course is 18 years old.


    The final assessments will be based specifically on the core areas of academic language and subject specific literacy. They will ensure that all 4 skills of speaking, writing, reading and listening are covered appropriately for the discipline requirements and as required of a SECURE ENGLISH LANGUAGE TEST (SELT). We will also assess your developing ability to present a critical argument in the context of an independent academic study using appropriate language.

  • Applying, fees and funding

    Entry requirements

    If your degree requires an overall IELTS score of 6.5, to study this language course you will need a minimum overall IELTS score of 6.0. You can have two components with scores below 6.0, but no scores below 5.5.

    If your degree requires an overall IELTS score of 7.0, to study this language course you will need a minimum overall IELTS score of 6.5. You can have two components with scores below 6.5, but no scores below 6.0.

    If your degree requires an overall IELTS score of 6.0, to study this language course you will need a minimum overall IELTS score of 5.5, but no scores below 5.0. You can have one score, other than writing, below 5.5.

    For other English qualifications, read English language equivalent qualifications.

    How to apply

    Students applying to study on a taught postgraduate programme

    If you have applied for a taught postgraduate programme and you are conditional on English language requirements, you may be contacted with details of your pre-sessional options. Please contact if you have any questions about this.

    Students applying to study on a research postgraduate programme

    Please apply to the Language Centre using the application form on the Applying for English language courses webpage.


    UK/EU: £3,000 (total)

    International: £3,000 (total)

    Additional cost information

    All programme and learning materials are included in the tuition fees. The Language Centre provides a weekly programme of optional leisure activities during the summer, some of which are free, and some have a cost, typically no more than £30.

    There may be additional costs related to your course or programme of study, or related to being a student at the University of Leeds. Read more about additional costs