Term 3 entry requirements

The entry requirements for our Pre-sessional English courses are based on your most recent IELTS result (or equivalent) and the English requirements for the degree course you plan on studying.

To find out the example Pre-sessional English entry requirements for your situation, please select the IELTS entry requirement for your prospective degree course.

My degree course requires:

IELTS 7.5 overall with a minimum of 7.5 in each component

40 week course - IELTS 5.5 overall with a minimum of 5.5 in each component

29 week course - IELTS 6.0 overall with a minimum of 6.0 in each component

18 week course - IELTS 6.5 overall with a minimum of 6.5 in each component


12 week course (part-time) - IELTS 7.0 overall with a minimum of 7.0 in each component OR LanguageCert C1 Expert High Pass Overall in Written and Spoken exams with a minimum of 25 in each component.

IELTS 7.5 overall with a minimum of 6.5 in each component

40 week course - IELTS 5.5 overall with a minimum of 4.5 in each component

29 week course - IELTS 6.0 overall with a minimum of 5.0 in each component

18 week course - IELTS 6.5 overall with a minimum of 5.5 in each component


12 week course (part-time) - IELTS 7.0 overall with a minimum of 6.0 in each component OR LanguageCert C1 Expert High Pass Overall in Written and Spoken exams with a minimum of 25 in each component.

IELTS 7.0 overall with a minimum of 7.0 in each component

40 week course - IELTS 5.0 overall with a minimum of 5.0 in each component

29 week course - IELTS 5.5 overall with a minimum of 5.5 in each component

18 week course - IELTS 6.0 overall with a minimum of 6.0 in each component


12 week course (part-time) - IELTS 6.5 overall with a minimum of 6.5 in each component OR LanguageCert C1 Expert Pass Overall in Written and Spoken exams with a minimum of 25 points in each component

IELTS 7.0 overall with a minimum of 6.5 in each component

40 week course - IELTS 5.0 overall with a minimum of 4.5 in each component

29 week course - IELTS 5.5 overall with a minimum of 5.0 in each component

18 week course - IELTS 6.0 overall with a minimum of 5.5 in each component


12 week course (part-time) - IELTS 6.5 overall with a minimum of 6.0 in each component OR LanguageCert C1 Expert Pass Overall in Written and Spoken exams with a minimum of 25 points in each component.

IELTS 7.0 overall with a minimum of 6.0 in each component

40 week course - IELTS 5.0 overall with a minimum of 4.5 in each component

29 week course - IELTS 5.5 overall with a minimum of 5.0 in each component

18 week course - IELTS 6.0 overall with a minimum of 5.0 in each component


12 week course (part-time) - IELTS 6.5 overall with a minimum of 5.5 in each component OR LanguageCert C1 Expert Pass Overall in Written and Spoken exams with a minimum of 25 points in each component.

IELTS 7.0 overall with a minimum of 6.5 in writing and 6.0 in all other components

40 week course - IELTS 5.0 overall with a minimum of 4.5 in Writing and 4.0 in all other components

29 week course - IELTS 5.5 overall with a minimum of 5.0 in Writing and 4.5 in all other components

18 week course - IELTS 6.0 overall with a minimum of 5.5 in Writing and 5.0 in all other components


12 week course (part-time) - IELTS 6.5 overall with a minimum of 6.0 in Writing and 5.5 in all other components OR LanguageCert C1 Expert Pass Overall in Written and Spoken exams with a minimum of 25 points in each component.

IELTS 6.5 overall with a minimum of 6.0 in each component

40 week course - IELTS 4.5 overall with a minimum of 4.0 in each component

29 week course - IELTS 5.0 overall with a minimum of 4.5 in each component

18 week course - IELTS 5.5 overall with a minimum of 5.0 in each component


12 week course (part-time) - IELTS 6.0 overall with a minimum of 5.5 in each component OR LanguageCert B2 Communicator High Pass Overall in Written and Spoken exams with a minimum of 25 points in each component.

IELTS 6.5 overall with a minimum of 5.5 in each component

40 week course - IELTS 4.5 overall with a minimum of 4.0 in each component

29 week course - IELTS 5.0 overall with a minimum of 4.0 in each component

18 week course - IELTS 5.5 overall with a minimum of 5.0 in each component


12 week course (part-time) - IELTS 6.0 overall with a minimum of 5.5 in each component OR LanguageCert B2 Communicator High Pass Overall in Written and Spoken exams with a minimum of 25 points in each component.

IELTS 6.5 overall with a minimum of 6.5 in listening and 6.0 in all other components

40 week course - IELTS 4.5 overall with a minimum of 4.5 in listening and 4.0 in all other components

29 week course - IELTS 5.0 overall with a minimum of 5.0 in listening and 4.5 in all other components

18 week course - IELTS 5.5 overall with a minimum of 5.5 in listening and 5.0 in all other components


12 week course (part-time) - IELTS 6.0 overall with a minimum of 6.0 in listening and 5.5 in all other components OR LanguageCert B2 Communicator High Pass Overall in Written and Spoken exams with a minimum of 25 points in each component.

IELTS 6.5 overall with a minimum of 6.5 in writing and 5.5 in all other components

40 week course - IELTS 4.5 overall with a minimum of 4.5 in writing and 4.0 in all other components

29 week course - IELTS 5.0 overall with a minimum of 5.0 in writing and 4.0 in all other components

18 week course - ELTS 5.5 overall with a minimum of 5.5 in writing and 5.0 in all other components


12 week course (part-time) - IELTS 6.0 overall with a minimum of 6.0 in writing and 5.5 in all other components OR LanguageCert B2 Communicator High Pass Overall in Written and Spoken exams with a minimum of 25 points in each component.

IELTS 6.0 overall with a minimum of 5.5 in each component

40 week course - IELTS 4.0 overall with a minimum of 4.0 in each component

29 week course - IELTS 4.5 overall with a minimum of 4.0 in each components

18 week course - IELTS 5.0 overall with a minimum of 5.0 in each component


12 week course (part-time) - IELTS 5.5 overall with a minimum of 5.5 in each component

Other entry requirements

Please e-mail eltc@sheffield.ac.uk for further advice. If you are not sure which course is suitable for you we recommend that you apply for your preferred course. We can then make a recommendation based on your application.

This is much quicker than e-mailing us to ask before applying, and you are not committed to a course until you accept an offer from us.

You can find the entry requirements for your prospective degree course printed on your conditional offer letter, or in the University's online prospectus:

If you do not currently hold a conditional offer for a degree course, but plan to apply for one at a later date, you can still apply for one of our longer Pre-sessional English courses as long as it is at least 28 weeks in length.

For more information about applying for a degree course at the University of Sheffield, please read the University's webpages for prospective international students.

If you are not sure which course is suitable for you we recommend that you apply for your preferred course. We can then make a recommendation based on your application.

Course details

40 Week Pre-sessional Course

Start date: Monday 19th April 2021

End date: Friday 25th March 2022

Cost: £14,600 (£365 per week)

Entry requirements

Your Overall IELTS score: No more than 2 IELTS bands below the overall English language requirement for your degree course

Your Individual IELTS component scores (Reading, Writing, Speaking and Listening): At least 4.0 in every component and no more than 2 IELTS bands below the minimum IELTS component requirements for your degree course

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Information last updated: 4 February 2021


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