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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 our language requirements, it's the best preparation for studying at the University.

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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.
  • You'll be required to reach a specific grade at the end of your PEAP course before you can progress to your bachelors or masters degree.
  • You can apply for PEAP even if you are not going to continue your studies onto a degree at NTU.
  • Course Leader, Walter Nowlan, has over 25 years of English language teaching experience.

Course dates and tuition fees

For online course options, please note that you may need to pay for a premium fast track visa service for the degree course that follows when PEAP is completed.

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

20-weeks: 28 March – 26 August 2022

  • Online course
  • Course fee: £6,550

15-weeks: 3 May – 26 August 2022

  • Online course
  • Course fee: £4,900

10-weeks: 20 June – 26 August 2022

  • Option 1: Online course
  • Option 2: On-campus course
  • For this option, please note that you will require a Secure English Language Test (SELT) for admission to the PEAP course. The SELT that we currently accept is IELTS for UKVI.

  • Course fee for both options: £3,250

6-weeks: 18 July – 26 August 2022

  • Option 1: Online course
  • Option 2: On-campus course
  • For this option, please note that you will require a Secure English Language Test (SELT) for admission to the PEAP course. The SELT that we currently accept is IELTS for UKVI.

  • Course fee for both options: £1,950

Ready to apply?

Please read the information on entry requirements for these courses carefully before you apply.

Please use the NTU online applicant portal to apply for a Pre-sessional English course.

What to expect from your online PEAP course

PEAP class
  • 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.

IT equipment you'll 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. You'll need to download and access the Google Chrome internet browser to take Pre-sessional English assessments.

Interactive learning

PEAP Slide

Your PEAP course. whether online or on-campus. will be very interactive:

  • You'll start by preparing for the session. You may be asked to complete a pre-lesson task, or do some research, for example.
  • 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 is a great preparation for starting academic life at the University.

How to pay PEAP course fees

Payment methods

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.

Language support as part of your studies

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.

More information

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

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

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