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Pre-sessional English and Academic Study Skills (PEASS) Courses

Award title: English as a Foreign Language
School: English Language Centre
Campus: Lincoln
Duration: 5 and 10 weeks
Entry Requirements: See below
Hours: Short Course
Fees: See below
Welcome Week International Students

PEASS Courses 2017

The Pre-sessional English and Academic Study Skills (PEASS) programmes are designed for international students who are planning to join either undergraduate or postgraduate courses at the University of Lincoln. We have a number of courses available if you need to increase your English language level for entry or would like to prepare for studying in the UK before starting your degree.

Entry Requirements
Course Dates and Fees
Accommodation and Fees
About the course
Course content
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Entry Requirements

Students who are undertaking PhD study at the University of Lincoln will be considered for the PEASS course. Please contact the English Language Centre for further advice.


English language requirement for main course English language requirements for 10 week PEASS course English language requirements for 5 week PEASS course
IELTS 6.0 or equivalent

IELTS 5.0 with no band lower than 4.5 or equivalent

IELTS 5.5 with no band lower than 5.0 or equivalent
IELTS 6.5 or equivalent*

IELTS 5.5 with no band lower than 5.0 or equivalent

IELTS 6.0 with no band lower than 5.5 or equivalent

IELTS 7.0 or equivalent* PEASS not available

IELTS 6.5 with no band lower than 6.0 or equivalent

*Please note that entry to the PEASS course for higher levels is subject to approval from your academic programme. 

Students who are undertaking PhD study at the University of Lincoln will be considered for the PEASS course on a case-by-case basis. Please contact the English Language Centre for further advice.


If you hold a conditional offer for your main course, you will only be able to apply for the PEASS course if you hold a Secure English Language Test (SELT) from a UKVI approved test centre. For a list of approved tests and providers, please see:

Course Dates and Fees

      PEASS course        Start Date End Date Fees
10 weeks 03/07/2017 08/09/2017 £2800
5 weeks  07/08/2017 08/09/2017 £1400


  • There is a 1 week transition for all PEASS students prior to Welcome Week (from 11/09/2017 to 15/09/2017).
  • Welcome Week 2017 begins on 18/09/2017

CAS Deadlines

PEASS course Outside of the UK Inside the UK
10 weeks Friday 2 June Monday 26 June
5 weeks Friday 7 July Monday 31 July

Accommodation and Fees

We provide modern self-catering accommodation on campus with 24-hour security, and you will have full access to University facilities, including the Library and the Sports Centre. The accommodation is within walking distance of your classes and all local amenities, such as supermarkets. The accommodation is provided with a Student Bedding Pack, which is included in the fee. Apartments and rooms have weekly visits to undertake cleaning of all common areas, rooms and bathrooms.


PEASS course Dates Accommodation Fees
10 weeks Saturday 1 July to Saturday 9 September 2017


You will be required to pay £1000 towards your accommodation in advance.

5 weeks Saturday 5 August to Saturday 9 September 2017


You will be required to pay your accommodation fees in advance.


The University of Lincoln reserves the right to relocate students during the PEASS course in order to manage and maintain service levels. In such circumstances, relocation will be with other students on the PEASS course. PEASS students will receive advice and guidance on further accommodation options throughout the course.

About the course

Pre-sessional courses are specialist courses which aim to prepare international students for study in UK higher education.

As an international student it can take some time to adjust your English language skills to a new environment, so here at the University of Lincoln we deliver a Pre-sessional English and Academic Study Skills programme (PEASS) for international students.

Our PEASS courses are designed to help students:

  • To meet the minimum language requirements required for their academic course.
  • To adapt to an unfamiliar academic culture in order to succeed in UK higher education.
  • To encourage students to use academic English effectively in speech and writing.
  • To work independently during their studies.

Only those students who hold an offer to study at the University of Lincoln may apply for these courses. We can add the PEASS course to your offer automatically if you do not meet the University’s English Language entry requirements.

The PEASS course could also be of great benefit to students with unconditional offers who have already met the requirements for entry onto their course, but would like to familiarise themselves with the conventions of academic study at a UK university

The University of Lincoln PEASS course includes the following:

  • Intensive teaching sessions and support
  • Welcome Pack, including text book
  • Coach trip to a UK city
  • Visa extension and CAS advice and support sessions
  • Accommodation advice sessions

Course Content

The PEASS course includes 18 hours of teaching per week and a personal tutorial. You will also be expected to supplement this with additional study in your own time.

The course will focus on developing your academic English skills, including presentation and seminar techniques, using sources and essay writing skills. The emphasis is on academic English to help you to prepare for university study here at Lincoln and you will be given support and guidance throughout.

In addition we will also provide comprehensive student support advice on visa extensions and accommodation options before the end of the PEASS course.

There will be a maximum of 15 adult students from a variety of different countries. You will be taught by qualified teachers who have experience in teaching Academic English.


Assessment is composed of a combination of work you do throughout the course and end-of-course assessments. The most important assessments will be based on your reading, writing, speaking and listening skills and will take place towards the end of the course. You will be given clear guidance throughout the course to prepare you for these assessments.

If you have a conditional offer for a programme which is dependent on your level of English, you will need to pass assessments at the end of the PEASS course. When you have successfully passed the PEASS course we will assist you in enrolling on your degree programme.

If you have an unconditional offer for a programme and you are taking the PEASS course to improve your English, your offer will not be affected. However, you will still be expected to complete all assessments within the PEASS course.

Further Information

Studying at Lincoln

Lincoln is a beautiful, historic and friendly city and is relatively inexpensive compared to other UK cities. The University of Lincoln has a modern campus with up to date facilities. More details on the University and Lincoln can be found on the University of Lincoln home page.

Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ)

If you have any questions about the PEASS course, please see our Pre-sessional English and Academic Study Skills course (PEASS) FAQ page. If your question is not answered here, please contact the English Language Centre.


You can contact us in the following ways if you have any questions about the PEASS courses.

Telephone: +44 (0)1522 886102

The information provided in this subject outline is correct at the time of publication. It is issued for the general guidance of students entering the University. The University intends to provide the course as outlined, but reserves the right to withdraw or to make alterations to courses if necessary.

Credibility Interviews

As part of your visa application you may be asked to attend an interview with an Entry Clearance Officer (ECO). This is called a ‘Credibility Interview.’

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For further information about international language services please contact us:

University of Lincoln
English Language Centre
Student Services
Brayford Pool

Telephone: +44 (0) 1522 886102