Year of entry 2023
If English is not your first language, this course will help you to improve your academic English language skills to the level needed to study one of our Masters degrees in sociology, social policy, politics and international studies and prepare you for life and study in the UK.
In this specialised pre-sessional English course, you’ll learn how to use academic reading, writing, speaking and listening skills in the context of your subject area, preparing you for postgraduate study in the fields of sociology, social policy, politics and international studies.
To support your learning, you’ll have access to our Language Zone – a study and resource centre for independent language learning equipped with a computer cluster for personal study, books and magazines, audio and video resources. You’ll also be able to take part in workshops, language groups and language advice drop-ins to get the most out of your studies.
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The curriculum for this course is developed in collaboration with your academic faculty and is informed by research in English language teaching.
During the first four weeks of your course, you’ll improve your academic English language ability for postgraduate study in the field of social science and arts.
As your course progresses, in the final six weeks you’ll focus more closely on the skills you’ll need for your subject area, studying with students progressing to sociology, social policy, politics and international studies degrees. You’ll have the chance to listen to introductory academic lectures, exploring different themes over six weeks. You’ll work on understanding this content and the language used, along with core texts, through a series of language classes and seminars.
The list shown below represents typical modules/components studied and may change from time to time. Read more in our terms and conditions.
Learning and teaching
You’ll learn how to use language appropriate for your degree to express your thoughts and ideas effectively.
To prepare you for study at a UK university, you’ll be taught in classes, lectures or practical sessions and group seminars. You’ll work individually and with others. Independent study is an important element of this course, allowing you to practise your skills, deepen your knowledge and prepare for your degree. Throughout the course, you’ll be encouraged to think critically.
You’ll also have dedicated time with your tutor to address questions you may have about your language and learning.
Classes normally take place between 9am and 5pm from Monday to Friday (find out when the University will be closed). Teaching will take place on the University of Leeds campus.
Teaching staff at the Language Centre contribute to academic research in language teaching. This research informs our course content, which means you’ll receive high quality teaching designed to help you get the most out of your studies.
On this course you’ll be taught by our expert academics, from lecturers through to professors. You may also be taught by industry professionals with years of experience, as well as trained postgraduate researchers, connecting you to some of the brightest minds on campus.
We use a range of assessment methods, which are likely to include written assignments, speaking assignments, presentations and research projects.
The entry requirement for this pre-sessional English course depends on the IELTS requirement of your Masters course. Please check your Masters course page alongside the requirements below:
If your Masters requires an overall IELTS score of 6.5
To apply for this pre-sessional course you'll need:
- A minimum overall IELTS score of 6.0
- Two components below 6.0 allowed
- No components below 5.5
If your Masters requires an overall IELTS score of 7.0
To apply for this pre-sessional course you'll need:
- A minimum overall IELTS score of 6.5
- Two components below 6.5 allowed
- No components below 6.0
For other English qualifications, read English language equivalent qualifications.
The minimum age for students studying on this course is 18 years old.
How to apply
Deadline to apply: 2 June 2023
Deadline to send your English language certificate: 2 June 2023
If you experience any difficulties when applying, please contact the admissions enquiries team.
If you need a Student visa to study in the UK and have met the academic conditions of your Masters course, we may issue one Confirmation of Acceptance for Studies (CAS), which will cover your pre-sessional and your Masters course so that you only need to apply for one visa. Find out more.
Read about visas, immigration and other information in International students. We recommend that international students apply as early as possible to ensure that they have time to apply for their visa.
This course is taught by
The Language Centre
UK: £5,460 (total)
International: £5,460 (total)
Read more about how to pay.
Additional cost information
All learning materials are included in the tuition fee. The Language Centre provides a weekly programme of optional social activities during this course. Some of these are free, and some have a cost, normally no more than £30.
Accommodation is not included in the tuition fee.
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.
Scholarships and financial support
For further information on University of Leeds funding for degree courses, please visit our fees and funding for international students page.
Student profile: Farisza Putri
I had no idea what a Masters is like, especially in countries other than mine, but when I did the pre-sessional, it was like practice for doing the real degree course.Find out more about Farisza Putri's time at Leeds