Term 4 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. Entry requirements are identical for the in-person pre-sessional course and our online pre-sessional course

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

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

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

10 week course - 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 in each component.

6 week course - 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.

4 week course - IELTS 7.5 overall with a minimum of 7.5 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

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

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

10 week course - 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 in each component.

6 week course - 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.

4 week course - IELTS 7.5 overall with a minimum of 6.5 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

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

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

10 week course - IELTS 6.0 overall with a minimum of 6.0 in each component OR LanguageCert B2 Communicator High Pass Overall in Written and Spoken exams with a minimum of 25 points in each component.

6 week course - 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.

4 week course - IELTS 7.0 overall with a minimum of 7.0 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

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

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

10 week course - 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.

6 week course - 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.

4 week course - IELTS 7.0 overall with a minimum of 6.5 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 4.0 in each component

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

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

10 week course - 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.

6 week course - 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.

4 week course - IELTS 7.0 overall with a minimum of 6.0 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

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

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

10 week course - 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.

6 week course - 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.

4 week course - IELTS 7.0 overall with a minimum of 6.5 in writing and 6.0 in all other components

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

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

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

10 week course - IELTS 5.5 overall with at least 5.0 in all component scores and no more than two components at 5.0 OR LanguageCert B2 Communicator Pass Overall in Written and Spoken exams with a minimum of 25 points in each component.

6 week course - 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.

4 week course - IELTS 6.5 overall with a minimum of 6.0 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

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

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

10 week course - IELTS 5.5 overall with at least 5.0 in all component scores and no more than two components at 5.0 OR LanguageCert B2 Communicator Pass Overall in Written and Spoken exams with a minimum of 25 points in each component.

6 week course - 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.

4 week course - IELTS 6.5 overall with a minimum of 5.5 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

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

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

10 week course - IELTS 5.5 overall with a minimum of 5.5 in listening and at least 5.0 in all other component scores with no more than two components at 5.0 OR LanguageCert B2 Communicator Pass Overall in Written and Spoken exams with a minimum of 25 points in each component.

6 week course - 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.

4 week course - IELTS 6.5 overall with a minimum of 6.5 in listening and 6.0 in all other components

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

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

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

10 week course - IELTS 5.5 overall with a minimum of 5.5 in writing and at least 5.0 in all other component scores with no more than two components at 5.0 OR LanguageCert B2 Communicator Pass Overall in Written and Spoken exams with a minimum of 25 points in each component.

6 week course - ELTS 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.

4 week course - IELTS 6.5 overall with a minimum of 6.5 in writing and 5.5 in all other components

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

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

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

10 week course - IELTS 5.0 overall with at least 5.0 in all component scores and no more than two components at 5.0

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

4 week course - IELTS 6.0 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

Start date: June 28 2021

End date: June 11 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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Start date: June 28 2021

End date: April 2 2022

Cost: £12,045 (£365 per week)

Entry requirements

Your Overall IELTS score: No more than 1.5 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 1.5 IELTS bands below the minimum IELTS component requirements for your degree course

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Start date: June 28 2021

End date: December 18 2021

Cost: £8030 (£365 per week)

Entry requirements

Your Overall IELTS score: No more than 1 IELTS band 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 1 IELTS band below the minimum IELTS component requirements for your degree course

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Start date: June 28 2021

End date: September 4 2021

Cost: £3650 (£365 per week)

Entry requirements

Your Overall IELTS score: No more than 1 IELTS band below the overall English language requirement for your degree course

Your Individual IELTS component scores (Reading, Writing, Speaking and Listening): 

  • No component below 5.0
  • A maximum of two components at 5.0
  • No component more than 1.5 bands below the overall IELTS requirement for your degree course
  • No component more than 1.0 below the minimum requirement for that component

You must also hold a conditional or unconditional offer to study a degree course beginning in September or October 2021 at The University of Sheffield before applying for this course

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Start date: July 26 2021

End date: September 4 2021

Cost: £2190 (£365 per week)

Entry requirements

Your Overall IELTS score: No more than half (0.5) an IELTS band below the overall English language requirement for your degree course

Your Individual IELTS component scores (Reading, Writing, Speaking and Listening): 

At least 5.5 in every component and no more than half (0.5) an IELTS band below the minimum IELTS component requirements for your degree course

You must also hold a conditional or unconditional offer to study a degree course beginning in September or October 2021 at The University of Sheffield before applying for this course

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Start date: August 9 2021

End date: September 4 2021

Cost: £1460 (£365 per week)

Entry requirements

You must hold a conditional or unconditional offer to study a degree course beginning in September or October 2021 at The University of Sheffield which you have already met the English language requirements for in full before applying for this course

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The content of our courses is reviewed annually to make sure it is up-to-date and relevant. Individual modules are occasionally updated or withdrawn. This is in response to discoveries through our world-leading research, funding changes, professional accreditation requirements, student or employer feedback, outcomes of reviews, and variations in staff or student numbers. In the event of any change we'll consult and inform students in good time and take reasonable steps to minimise disruption.

Information last updated: 18 November 2020


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