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Certificate in Pre-sessional English for Academic Purposes (PEAP)

PEAP is designed to develop the academic English language and study skills needed to study at NTU. If you're an international student needing help achieving the University language requirements, you'll find all the advice you need on this page.

We will continue to teach our summer 2021 PEAP courses online, using MS Teams.

Key facts

 

What an online PEAP class is like

You can meet our English language requirements by successfully completing the right PEAP course for you.

  • PEAP courses range from 6 weeks to 20 weeks;
  • The length of course depends on your current language ability, the language level you need to achieve, and the availability of our courses;
  • Each course has entry requirements so you can see which course is right for you and how many weeks you'll be asked to study to reach the required standard of English;
  • If you've applied for an undergraduate or postgraduate course, you'll be required to reach a specific grade at the end of your PEAP course before you can progress to the degree course;
  • You can apply for a PEAP course even if you are not going to continue your studies on an undergraduate or postgraduate course;
  • Course leader, Walter Nowlan, has over 25 years of English language teaching experience.

Course dates and fees

Please check the entry requirements to finalise the length of course you'll need.

Summer 2021 courses

10-week course (online)

21 June 2021 – 27 August 2021

£3,250

6-week course (online)

19 July 2021 – 27 August 2021

£1,950

Autumn 2021 courses

10-week course (online)

4 October – 10 December 2021

£3,250

6-week course (online)

1 November – 10 December 2021

£1,950

How you're taught

PEAP class

You can expect the following from the online PEAP course:

  • you will have 20.5 hours of online sessions per week, including time for individual tutorials;
  • you'll complete study tasks, individually or in groups, to prepare for each session;
  • you'll need to have a stable internet connection, a computer, a microphone and a webcam to take part in the online sessions on MS Teams;
  • you will have classes from 09:00 to 12:00 UK time (includes a 15-minute break) from Monday to Friday, and 13:00 to 14:00 UK time from Monday to Thursday;
  • the maximum class size is 14;
  • the minimum age of students is 18;
  • you will be assessed through your coursework, tests and an individual presentation.

What IT equipment you need

To take part in the online pre-sessional English course you will need:
  • a modern laptop with an up-to-date operating system (further details available here);
  • a webcam
  • a microphone
  • a strong and stable internet connection

We will provide you with the software you need to participate on the Pre-sessional English course and we will show you how to use the online learning software.

Please note that you will need to download and access to the Google Chrome internet browser to take Pre-sessional English assessments.

Circular, interactive learning

PEAP Slide

Your PEAP course will be very interactive.

First, you'll start by preparing for the session. You may be asked to complete a pre-lesson task, or do some research, for example.

Next, whether you are studying with us online or on campus in the future, you'll be working together with others in the session. You'll get feedback from your classmates and teachers.

After the session, you'll be asked to review what you did and prepare for the next session.

'Learning by doing' is an introduction to the NTU way of doing things and a great preparation for starting academic life at the University.

What you'll learn

PEAP Slide

This course will improve your all-round English language ability. You will also develop your study skills and prepare for academic study at the University.

The learning outcomes for the course are listed here. On the course you will learn how to:

  • understand academic texts when you read them quickly and carefully;
  • research, plan and write a well-structured and coherent argumentative essay using standard citation and bibliographic conventions;
  • find, select, summarise, paraphrase and synthesise relevant information from a range of academic sources;
  • understand the purpose, structure and content of a lecture using handouts, slides, and your own notes;
  • work independently and in groups to research an academic topic to give a coherent, well-structured and logically argued academic presentation;
  • give academic presentations using academically appropriate style and register, and comprehensible and appropriate pronunciation;
  • prepare for and participate appropriately and effectively in seminar discussions.

Language and study skills

You will develop the following academic language and study skills on the course:

  • academic vocabulary and grammar development;
  • study skills development;
  • reading a range of academic texts;
  • listening to lectures and note-taking;
  • writing essays;
  • group project work and presentations;
  • group discussions and seminars.
Woman with laptop

Assessment

You will be assessed through a combination of the following assessment methods:

  • coursework essay;
  • writing test;
  • listening test;
  • presentation and discussion;
  • reading test.

I think the writing skills made the most impression because it is very different from my experience before. I learnt when I write an essay I must use the critical aspects to illustrate, and use much more evidence.

Jinhua Ma, China, online PEAP 2020

Our dedicated language support continues when you've completed PEAP. We offer language support ('in-sessional’ English classes) free of charge throughout your studies, including one-to-one help with academic writing.

Ready to apply?

Please read the information on entry requirements for PEAP courses carefully.

Please use our online portal to apply for a Pre-sessional English course.

If you are applying for a course through UCAS you also need to contact Admissions, explaining that you are applying for a PEAP course.

Entry requirements and determining PEAP course length

Please note the following:

  • You must be 18 or over at the start of the course.
  • PEAP is not suitable if you are a beginner in English.

Degree courses requiring an IELTS 6.0 entry level

If your language level now is around IELTS 4.0

If you have any of the below test grades, the length of PEAP course you’ll need is:

  • 20 weeks, starting online 22 March 2021.

You would need to achieve a minimum of PEAP Pass grade to progress to your University course.

IELTS

No score lower than 4.0

TOEFL iBT

Overall score of 31, with:

  • Reading: 2
  • Listening: 2
  • Speaking: 11
  • Writing: 11

PEARSON (PTE ACADEMIC)

Not applicable to this level

LANGUAGECERT

SELT B1 or International ESOL B1 Achiever, 132 overall (scores for 4 components added together), with at least 33 in each component.

If your language level now is around IELTS 4.5

If you have any of the below test grades, the length of PEAP course you’ll need is:

  • 15 weeks, starting online 4 May 2021.

You would need to achieve a minimum of PEAP Pass grade to progress to your University course.

IELTS

Overall score 4.5, with no component score lower than 4.0

TOEFL iBT

Overall score of 33, with:

  • Reading: 2
  • Listening: 2
  • Speaking: 11
  • Writing: 11

PEARSON (PTE ACADEMIC)

Not applicable to this level

LANGUAGECERT

SELT B1 or International ESOL B1 Achiever, 156 overall (scores for 4 components added together), with at least 33 in each component.

If your language level now is around IELTS 5.0

If you have any of the below test grades, the length of PEAP course you’ll need is:

  • 10 weeks, starting online 21 June 2021.

You would need to achieve a minimum of PEAP Pass grade to progress to your University course.

IELTS

Overall score 5.0, with no component score lower than 4.0

TOEFL iBT

Overall score of 37, with:

  • Reading: 2
  • Listening: 2
  • Speaking: 11
  • Writing: 11

PEARSON (PTE ACADEMIC)

Overall score of 38, with at least 36 in each component

LANGUAGECERT

SELT B1 or International ESOL B1 Achiever, 180 overall (scores for 4 components added together), with at least 33 in each component.

If your language level now is around IELTS 5.5

If you have any of the below test grades, the length of PEAP course you’ll need is:

  • 6 weeks, starting online 19 July 2021.

You would need to achieve a minimum of PEAP Pass grade to progress to your University course.

IELTS

Overall score 5.5, with no component score lower than 4.0

TOEFL iBT

Overall score of 48, with:

  • Reading: 2
  • Listening: 2
  • Speaking: 11
  • Writing: 11

PEARSON (PTE ACADEMIC)

Overall score of 46, with at least 36 in each component

LANGUAGECERT

SELT B2 or International ESOL B2 Communicator, 132 overall (scores for 4 components added together), with at least 33 in each component.

If your language level now is around IELTS 6.0

If you have any of the below test grades, the length of PEAP course you’ll need is:

  • 6 weeks, starting online 19 July 2021.

You would need to achieve a minimum of PEAP Pass grade to progress to your University course.

IELTS

Overall score 6.0, with no component score lower than 4.0

TOEFL iBT

Overall score of 62, with:

  • Reading: 2
  • Listening: 2
  • Speaking: 11
  • Writing: 11

PEARSON (PTE ACADEMIC)

Overall score of 54, with at least 36 in each component

LANGUAGECERT

Not applicable at this level.

Higher scores

You do not need to take the PEAP course if you have one of the below language test grades:

IELTS

An overall score of 6.0 with a minimum component score of 5.5

TOEFL iBT

Overall score of 62 with:

  • Reading: 10
  • Listening: 9
  • Speaking: 17
  • Writing: 19

PEARSON (PTE ACADEMIC)

Overall score of 54 with at least 51 in each component

LANGUAGECERT

SELT B2 or International ESOL B2 Achiever, 156 overall (scores for 4 components added together), with at least 33 in each component.

Degree courses requiring an IELTS 6.5 entry level

If your language level now is around IELTS 4.5

If you have any of the below test grades, the length of PEAP course you’ll need is:

  • 20 weeks, starting online 22 March 2021.

You would need to achieve a minimum of PEAP Commendation grade to progress to your University course.

IELTS

Overall score 4.5, with no component score lower than 4.0

TOEFL iBT

Overall score of 33, with:

  • Reading: 2
  • Listening: 2
  • Speaking: 11
  • Writing: 11

PEARSON (PTE ACADEMIC)

Not applicable to this level

LANGUAGECERT

SELT B1 or International ESOL B1 Achiever, 156 overall (scores for 4 components added together), with at least 33 in each component.

If your language level now is around IELTS 5.0

If you have any of the below test grades, the length of PEAP course you’ll need is:

  • 15 weeks, starting online 4 May 2021.

You would need to achieve a minimum of PEAP Commendation grade to progress to your University course.

IELTS

Overall score 5.0, with no component score lower than 4.0

TOEFL iBT

Overall score of 37, with:

  • Reading: 2
  • Listening: 2
  • Speaking: 11
  • Writing: 11

PEARSON (PTE ACADEMIC)

Overall score of 38, with at least 36 in each component

LANGUAGECERT

SELT B1 or International ESOL B1 Achiever, 180 overall (scores for 4 components added together), with at least 33 in each component.

If your language level now is around IELTS 5.5

If you have any of the below test grades, the length of PEAP course you’ll need is:

  • 10 weeks, starting online 21 June 2021.

You would need to achieve a minimum of PEAP Commendation grade to progress to your University course.

IELTS

Overall score 5.5, with no component score lower than 4.0

TOEFL iBT

Overall score of 48, with:

  • Reading: 2
  • Listening: 2
  • Speaking: 11
  • Writing: 11

PEARSON (PTE ACADEMIC)

Overall score of 46, with at least 36 in each component

LANGUAGECERT

SELT B2 or International ESOL B2 Communicator, 132 overall (scores for 4 components added together), with at least 33 in each component.

If your language level now is around IELTS 6.0

If you have any of the below test grades, the length of PEAP course you’ll need is:

  • 6 weeks, starting online 19 July 2021.

You would need to achieve a minimum of PEAP Commendation grade to progress to your University course.

IELTS

Overall score 6.0, with no component score lower than 4.0

TOEFL iBT

Overall score of 62, with:

  • Reading: 2
  • Listening: 2
  • Speaking: 11
  • Writing: 11

PEARSON (PTE ACADEMIC)

Overall score of 54, with at least 36 in each component

LANGUAGECERT

SELT B2 or International ESOL B2 Communicator, 156 overall (scores for 4 components added together), with at least 33 in each component.

If your language level now is around IELTS 6.5

If you have any of the below test grades, the length of PEAP course you’ll need is:

  • 6 weeks, starting online 19 July 2021.

You would need to achieve a minimum of PEAP Commendation grade to progress to your University course.

IELTS

Overall score 6.5, with no component score lower than 4.0

TOEFL iBT

Overall score of 81, with:

  • Reading: 2
  • Listening: 2
  • Speaking: 11
  • Writing: 11

PEARSON (PTE ACADEMIC)

Overall score of 62, with at least 36 in each component

LANGUAGECERT

Not applicable at this level.

Higher scores

You do not need to take the PEAP course if you have one of the below language test grades:

IELTS

An overall score of 6.5 with a minimum component score of 5.5

TOEFL iBT

Overall score of 81 with:

  • Reading: 10
  • Listening: 9
  • Speaking: 17
  • Writing: 19

PEARSON (PTE ACADEMIC)

Overall score of 62 with at least 51 in each component

LANGUAGECERT

SELT B2 or International ESOL B2 Achiever, 180 overall (scores for 4 components added together), with at least 33 in each component.

Degree courses requiring an IELTS 7.0 entry level

If your language level now is around IELTS 6.5

If you have any of the below test grades, the length of PEAP course you’ll need is:

  • 10 weeks, starting online 21 June 2021.

You would need to achieve a minimum of PEAP Distinction grade to progress to your University course.

IELTS

Overall score 6.5, with no component score lower than 4.0

TOEFL iBT

Overall score of 81, with:

  • Reading: 2
  • Listening: 2
  • Speaking: 11
  • Writing: 11

PEARSON (PTE ACADEMIC)

Overall score of 62, with at least 36 in each component

LANGUAGECERT

SELT B2 or International ESOL B2 Achiever, 180 overall (scores for 4 components added together), with at least 33 in each component.

If your language level now is around IELTS 7.0

If you have any of the below test grades, the length of PEAP course you’ll need is:

  • 10 weeks, starting online 21 June 2021.

You would need to achieve a minimum of PEAP Distinction grade to progress to your University course.

IELTS

Overall score 7.0, with no component score lower than 4.0

TOEFL iBT

Overall score of 96, with:

  • Reading: 2
  • Listening: 2
  • Speaking: 11
  • Writing: 11

PEARSON (PTE ACADEMIC)

Overall score of 68, with at least 36 in each component

LANGUAGECERT

Not applicable at this level.

Higher scores

You do not need to take the PEAP course if you have one of the below language test grades:

IELTS

An overall score of 7.0 with a minimum component score of 5.5

TOEFL iBT

Overall score of 96 with:

  • Reading: 10
  • Listening: 9
  • Speaking: 17
  • Writing: 19

PEARSON (PTE ACADEMIC)

Overall score of 68 with at least 51 in each component

LANGUAGECERT

Not applicable at this level.

Entry requirements – exceptions

Please refer to the information below if you are applying for the following courses:

  • Any 2-year Masters programme in Nottingham Business School
  • Postgraduate research degrees
  • Journalism courses
  • BA (Hons) and MA Social Work.

Please note other English language tests may also be accepted. If you have taken a different English language test instead of IELTS, please email international@ntu.ac.uk to check the requirements.

For students applying for a postgraduate research degree or any 2-year Masters course in Nottingham Business School.

Overall IELTS score no lower than...No IELTS components lower than...PEAP course needed
4.54.020 weeks
5.04.015 weeks
5.54.010 weeks
6.04.06 weeks
6.54.06 weeks
6.56.0 in Speaking and Listening 
5.5 in Reading and Writing
6.0 for postgraduate research degrees 
PEAP not required

For students applying for any Journalism course in the Centre for Broadcasting and Journalism, or for BA (Hons) and MA Social Work:

Overall IELTS score no lower than...No IELTS components score lower than...PEAP course needed
6.54.010 weeks
7.04.010 weeks
7.06.0 in Reading and Writing
5.5 in Listening and Speaking
6.5 for BA (Hons) and MA Social Work courses.
PEAP not required

How to pay PEAP course fees

For 6-week and 10-week PEAP courses you must pay your PEAP course fees in full:

  • on WU® GlobalPay for Students (enter the full amount into option 5 ‘Pre-sessional English fees’); or
  • by credit/debit card on our Online Store (select 'Product Catalogue' then 'Arts & Humanities' then 'Pre-sessional English for Academic Purposes').

For 15 or 20-week PEAP courses you can either:

  • pay your fees in full (as above) or;
  • pay an advanced payment of £3,000 through either:

If you choose to pay advanced payment only, you'll also need to arrange an instalment plan to pay the rest of your fees in order to be fully enrolled. Our finance team will help you arrange instalment plans, if you need any support.

If you need to cancel

Hopefully you won't need to, but if necessary you can cancel your PEAP course at any time up to the start date of the course.

You can do this by:

If you start the PEAP course and need to leave, you can get a refund. This will be a proportion of the course cost depending on how long you've studied. For example, if you leave after studying 60% of your PEAP course, you can get a refund of 40% of your PEAP course fee.

If you have any questions or would like any further information about the PEAP programme, contact nlcpeap@ntu.ac.uk and we'll be happy to help.

If you need any advice on studying at NTU as an international student, please email international@ntu.ac.uk and we'll be happy to advise.

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