Course details

If English is not your first language, this course will give you the skills to study any undergraduate degree. You will gain an understanding of British culture and universities, improving your English language, academic research and study skills.

You will have the option to take a module on the subject you are interested in studying as your undergraduate degree. Subjects covered are business and management, law and social sciences, architecture and art and design.

You will also become more aware of the requirements of studying at a UK university, helping you to be more successful on your chosen undergraduate degree. You will develop the following areas: English language, academic skills, group work, cultural awareness, maths and a subject module from your undergraduate degree choice.

Some parts of the course may be studied with British students, while others sessions will be with other international students.


Our course prepares you for undergraduate study at a British university.

Successful completion of this course gives you guaranteed entry to a selection of our undergraduate courses.


Class time: Minimum of 12 hours of class time per week, plus personal tutorials, drop in tutorials and 15 hours per week of self-study.

Please note: your class timetable will be provided at induction. All classes take place from Monday to Friday.

Class size: Maximum 23 students, except in the Living in Britain lectures and some subject module classes.

Teaching Materials: The cost of teaching materials varies per module but will not exceed £20 for any one module. Many of the materials are available for loan free-of-charge from the University Library.

The minimum age upon entry to this course is 17. Please note that our English language courses are adult courses. The University does not act `in loco parentis' and cannot provide 24-hour supervision of our 17-year-olds. A signed Parental Consent form for Under 18s is required prior to enrolment.


Twice as many of our staff - 220 - were entered into the research assessment for 2014 compared to the number entered in 2008.

Course Benefits

We will help you improve your skills through projects, essays and practical exercises. Your understanding of British culture and learning at a UK university will develop through our lectures and seminars. You will be assessed by a mixture of coursework and classroom tests in writing, reading, speaking and listening tests. You will also be given access to online self-study resources and allocated a personal tutor who you will meet regularly.

After completing this course, your communication and presentation skills, time management, problem-solving, and organisation and planning skills will all increase. Your intercultural awareness and self-confidence will benefit and you will be able to show greater initiative in all that you do. All of these skills will prepare you for both your next programme of study and when you are looking for work after you graduate.

This course welcomes a range of guest speakers. They will provide unique and insightful views and opinions on settling into the UK and how to achieve the best from your time at university. You will also have the opportunity to attend and take part in a conference where you can meet international foundation students from other universities in the UK. When studying at Leeds Beckett University, you will be able to volunteer for a range of opportunities, both here and abroad.

The English modules on this course are accredited by the British Council and taught by highly qualified and experienced teachers. We are also an approved Cambridge Delta centre.

Entry requirements

Academic study to a minimum of GCSE equivalent plus one year of study or work experience is required.

Where appropriate, experience and professional qualifications will be considered in place of academic qualifications.

You need to show English language ability of IELTS 4.5 overall with no skill below 4.5.

If you require a Tier 4 (General) Student visa for study on this course you must take the 'IELTS for UKVI Academic' test from a UKVI-approved test centre.


Our University welcomes applications from mature applicants who demonstrate academic potential. We usually require some evidence of recent academic study, for example, completion of an access course, however recent relevant work experience may also be considered. Please note that for some of our professional courses all applicants will need to meet the specified entry criteria and in these cases work experience cannot be considered in lieu.

If you wish to apply through this route you should refer to our University Recognition of Prior Learning policy.

Please note that all applicants to our University are required to meet our standard English language requirement of GCSE grade C or equivalent, variations to this will be listed on the individual course entry requirements.

Job Prospects

The majority of our students go on to study for an undergraduate degree. After successfully completing this course, you may be eligible for guaranteed entry onto a range of our courses. You will also develop the required skills to help you study at other Higher Education institutions. Your improved English language and academic skills will help to make integrating into British university life easier.

Careers Advice

Our dedicated Jobs and Careers team offers expert advice and a host of resources to help you choose and gain employment. Whether you're in your first or final year, you can speak to members of staff from our Careers Office who can offer you advice from writing a CV to searching for jobs.

Modules & Learning

Core modules

  • English Skills 1
  • Living in Britain
  • World of Work
  • English Skills 2
  • Degree Subject Module
  • Fundamentals of Maths
  • Art, Architecture & Design Practice
  • Introduction to Business
  • Introduction to Law & Social Sciences

Fees & funding

UK & EU 2018/19

The tuition fee for the year for students entering in 2018/19 is £9250. The amount you will pay may increase each year to take into account the effects of inflation.



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Headingley Campus

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