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Entry requirements for Pre-sessional English (PEAP)

Determining the length of your PEAP course

The length of PEAP course you'll need to complete depends on your language level now, you'll find all the information in the tables below.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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.

Exceptions

Please refer to this information on exceptional entry requirements 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.

If your overall IELTS score is no lower than:

  • 4.5 with no component lower than 4.0, you'll need to complete a 20-week PEAP course.
  • 5.0 with no component lower than 4.0, you'll need to complete a 15-week PEAP course.
  • 5.5 with no component lower than 4.0, you'll need to complete a 10-week PEAP course.
  • 6.0 with no component lower than 4.0, you'll need to complete a 6-week PEAP course.
  • 6.5 with no component lower than 4.0, you'll need to complete a 6-week PEAP course.
  • 6.5 with no component lower than 6.0 in speaking and listening/5.5 in reading and writing/6.0 for postgraduate research degrees, PEAP is not required.

Journalism

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

If your overall IELTS score is no lower than:

  • 6.5 with no component lower than 4.0, you'll need to complete a 10-week PEAP course.
  • 7.0 with no component lower than 4.0, you'll need to complete a 10-week PEAP course.
  • 7.0 with no component lower than 6.0 in reading and writing/5.5 in listening and speaking/6.5 for BA (Hons) and MA Social Work courses, a PEAP course is not required.

Ready to apply?

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.

If you need any advice on your study options please contact the international team.