Please note that your visa status will determine what courses you can apply for at Leicester College. Refer to the visas & immigration section for more information.


An overview of all courses available to international students at Leicester College is available here: Study at Leicester College .

English Language (ESOL) and IELTS

Reflecting Leicester’s multiculturalism, Leicester College offers one of the widest selections of courses in English for Speakers of Other Languages (ESOL) courses in the country. We offer various levels and types of course to help you improve your English language skills for professional development, for employment or to prepare you for further studies in the UK.

Leicester College is a British Council approved International English Language Testing System (IELTS) test centre.

More information on English language (ESOL) courses is available here.

More information on IELTS is available here.

Semester in Leicester! Study Abroad Programmes

Leicester College offers a range of Semester in Leicester ‘study abroad’ programmes specifically developed for international students.

These one-semester programmes are designed to improve a student’s English language skills and allow them to gain experience in selected subject areas, while experiencing life in the UK and our education system. Subject areas available include: Artistic and Special Effects Makeup; Business Studies; Creative Arts and Design and E-media; Computers and IT; Engineering; Health and Social Care; Sport and Exercise Science, and Tourism, Hospitality and Catering.

More information on our Semester in Leicester study abroad programmes (formerly Cultural Exchange Programmes) is available here.

International Foundation Programmes

Leicester College offers a range of programmes that are designed for international students whose school leaving qualifications gained in their home country are not sufficient for direct entry into higher education in the UK.

Our International Foundation Programmes cover a range of discipline areas combined with English language development to provide international students with the skills and knowledge they need to progress to a related undergraduate programme at Leicester College, our partner De Montfort University, or at other higher education institutions in the UK.

For International Foundation Programmes, English language competence to IELTS 5.5 (with a minimum band score for writing of 5.0 and no more than one component at 5.0) is required. Mandatory English language (ESOL) development and support is part of our International Foundation Programmes and is intended to increase a student’s IELTS score to at least 6.5 level by the end of the programme.

The discipline areas covered by our International Foundation Programmes are Business; Computing; Engineering; Humanities and Social Science; Science; Sport; Travel, Tourism and Hospitality; and Health Professions.

Students completing our International Foundation Programmes will be entitled to automatic progression to a related De Montfort University undergraduate (Bachelor’s degree) programme, subject to achieving the minimum required English language levels for university entry.  

De Montfort University also offers a number of fee reduction scholarships specifically to Leicester College International Foundation Programme students progressing onto its undergraduate courses.

More information on International Foundation Programmes is available here.

Higher Education Courses and Further (Vocational) Education Courses

A range of courses are available to international students covering a range of programmes from Level 3 vocational Diplomas/Extended Diplomas to higher education qualifications such as Higher National Diplomas, Foundation Degrees and Bachelor’s Degrees.

Courses are available in Business; Computing; Creative and Digital Arts & Design; Engineering; Sports Education; Travel and Tourism; Hospitality and Professional Cookery; Health and Social Care; Music and Sound Technology; Performing Arts; Construction; and Beauty Therapy and Artistic Makeup.

Generally, international students can study any full-time course at Level 3 or above on the National Qualifications Framework (NQF).  For this a Tier 4  (General) Student Visa is required.

For shorter courses up to 6 months, and English Language (ESOL) courses up to 11 months, you can apply for a Short Term Student Visa.

Please contact the International Office if you need further advice or information on courses.

English Language Requirements for Enrolment

For enrolment in Leicester College programmes, applicants should generally have a minimum Average Band Score of 5.5 (with a minimum band score of 5.5 for speaking, 5.5 for writing and no other component lower than 5.0) or above of the International English Language Testing System (IELTS) run by the British Council.

For International Foundation Programmes, English language competence to IELTS 5.5 (with a minimum band score for of 5.5 for writing and and no other component lower than 5.0) is required. Mandatory intensive English language development and support is part of our International Foundation Programmes and is intended to increase a student’s IELTS score by at least 1 level by the end of the programme.

Refer to individual IELTS entry requirements on the International Foundation Programme page.

For applicants to Higher Education (HNC, HND and Foundation Degree / Degree programmes), additional English language sessions delivered by the College are available to assist you in reaching a minimum IELTS score of 6.0 by the end of your programme, to facilitate progression to further study.