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Cert in Pre Eng Aca Purp

Certificate in Pre Sessional English for Academic Purposes (PEAP) 10 weeks (October) / Certificate in Pre Sessional English for Academic Purposes (PEAP) 6 weeks (November) / Certificate in Pre Sessional English for Academic Purposes (PEAP) 20 weeks (March)

PEAP class
  • Level(s) of study: Undergraduate
  • Study mode(s): Full-time
  • Location: City Campus
  • Starting: October 2017 / April 2018 / May 2018 / June 2018 / July 2018
  • Course duration: 1 year(s)
  • Entry requirements: More information

In response to the outbreak of Coronavirus (COVID-19) Nottingham Trent University has now moved to online learning and online support for all students. Pre-sessional English for Academic Purposes (PEAP) course will now be taught online. Teaching will be carried out using an online video communications platform. Our Language School have used this method before and are confident that the course will be delivered to a high standard with staff being able to provide group and one-to-one support throughout your studies.

Pre-sessional English for Academic Purposes (PEAP)
Improve your English, meet your entry requirements, build your skills and confidence.

Our students get great results – our pass rate for 2017/18 was 97.7%.

Our PEAP courses are for international students who need to improve their language skills before starting an NTU course. Our courses range from 6 to 20 weeks depending on ability, the language level you need to achieve, and availability of our courses.

You can also apply for a PEAP course if you are not going to continue your studies on an undergraduate or postgraduate course.

Courses and fees 2019 - 2020

10 weeks 7 October 2019 - 13 December 2019 £3,250
6 weeks 4 November 2019 - 13 December 2019 £1,950
20 weeks 23 March 2020 - 28 August 2020 £6,550
15 weeks 11 May 2020 - 28 August 2020 £4,900
10 weeks 22 June 2020 - 28 August 2020 £3,250
6 weeks 20 July 2020 - 28 August 2020 £1,950

If you have also applied for an undergraduate or postgraduate course, then you will be required to reach a specific PEAP grade before you are able to progress at the end of your PEAP course.

It is important to read the entry requirements on the how to apply section below so that you know which PEAP course is right for you and understand how many weeks you'll be asked to study in order to reach the appropriate level of English.

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How to pay your fees

Depending on the length of your PEAP course, you have the following options:

  • If you’re going to do a 10 or 6 week PEAP course you must pay your PEAP course fees in full. You can do this through Global Pay (Western Union) by entering the full amount into option 5 ‘Pre-sessional English fees’ or by credit/debit card on our Online Store.
  • If you’re going to do a 20 or 15 week PEAP course you have a choice. You can either:
    • pay your fees in full (as above) or;
    • pay an advanced payment of £3,000 to join the course through Global Pay (Western Union) and select option 1 ‘Advanced payment’, or on our Online Store.  You’ll then 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 this if you need any help.

We will issue you with a CAS (Confirmation of Acceptance for Studies) for your PEAP course and your NTU degree course accordingly.


  • You can cancel your place on the PEAP course at any time up to the start date of your course. You can do this by writing an email to the admissions team or completing a course cancellation form.
  • If you start the PEAP course and decide to leave, you can get a refund. This will be a proportion of the cost of PEAP depending on how long you have studied with us. For example, if you decide to leave after studying 60% of your PEAP course, you can get a refund of 40% of your PEAP course fee. You can find further details on our fee payment conditions page.

What you'll study

This course will improve your all-round English language ability. You will also develop your study skills and learn about British university culture.

  • Course content

    Learning outcomes:

    • 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.

    You will develop the following skills on the PEAP course to help you to reach these learning outcomes:

    • 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.

Course specification

View the full course specification
Please note that course specifications may be subject to change

How you’re taught

What to expect from the course

  • You will have 19 hours of online sessions per week. This includes time for individual tutorials.
  • You will also complete study tasks that you complete individually or in groups to prepare for each session.
  • It is important that you have a stable internet connection, a computer, a microphone and a webcam to take part in the online sessions.
  • 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 16.
  • The minimum age of students is 18.
  • You will be assessed with coursework, tests and an individual presentation.

Careers and employability

If you do not meet the English language requirements of your chosen degree, our Pre-sessional English for Academic Purposes (PEAP) courses will help you to achieve the necessary standard - enabling you to access academic institutions in the United Kingdom including Nottingham Trent University, and improving your education and employability. This course does not offer placements.

Entry requirements

Entry requirements for PEAP (students requiring a Tier 4 visa)

*Please note that applicants must be 18 or over at the start of the course*

To comply with Tier 4 visa regulations you must have an IELTS taken at an approved UKVI testing centre.

If you are applying for a PEAP course and you require a Tier 4 visa you must provide an IELTS and achieve the minimum requirements as outlined in the tables below.:

If your degree requirement is IELTS 6.0
I have a current IELTS score of The PEAP course I need is
Overall With no component score lower than
4.04.020 weeks
4.54.015 weeks
5.04.010 weeks
5.54.06 weeks
6.04.06 weeks
6.05.5PEAP not required 

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

If your degree requirement is IELTS 6.5
I have a current IELTS score of The PEAP course I need is
Overall With no component score lower than
4.54.020 weeks
5.04.015 weeks
5.54.010 weeks
6.04.06 weeks
6.54.06 weeks
6.55.5PEAP not required

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

If your degree requirement is IELTS 7.0
I have a current IELTS score of The PEAP course I need is
Overall With no component score lower than
6.54.010 weeks
7.04.010 weeks
7.05.5PEAP not required

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

Visa applications

Please read the following important information:


Please contact us if you are taking one of these courses as the PEAP entry requirements are slightly different:

  • Postgraduate research degree
  • Any 2-year Masters programme in Nottingham Business School
  • Any Journalism course in the Centre for Broadcasting and Journalism
  • BA (Hons) and MA Social Work

Entry requirements for PEAP students who do not require a Tier 4 visa

Current IELTSPearson test of English (Academic only)IELTS requirement
4.53215 weeks20 weeks 
5.03810 weeks15 weeks  
5.546610 weeks  
6.054None6  weeks  
6.562None None10 weeks
  • You will need to provide proof of your current language level in order to be accepted.
  • This course is not suitable if you are a beginner in English.
  • If you need a higher entry level than IELTS 6.5, your University department will need to guide you on what preparation you need.

We offer English language support classes free of charge to all international students when they start their academic course after PEAP.

How to apply

Please use our online system to apply for a pre-sessional English course:

Apply online

If you are applying for a course through UCAS you also need to contact Admissions explaining that you would like to apply for the PEAP course.

Please read our notes on the University's commitment to delivering the educational services advertised.

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