Frequently Asked Questions

These are the most frequently asked questions cover the following areas:

Lancaster University’s PELP How to Apply Paying your deposit Booking your accommodation Applying for your visa Your arrival at Lancaster Other questions

1. Lancaster University’s PELP

Q. What is the PELP?

A. Our Pre-sessional English Language Programme or PELP for short is a specially designed English language preparation programme to improve your English language level, to develop your study skills, and to introduce you to Lancaster’s teaching methods and learning styles.

Q. Do I need to re-take my IELTS at the end of the course?

A. No. You will be assessed during and at the end of the PELP. If your assessment is successful and you reach the English level required you can progress directly to your postgraduate academic course.

Q. How will I be assessed?

A. You will be assessed through a mixture of coursework and exams. This will include the following:

  • Extended essay
  • Formal presentation
  • Reading and listening exam

2. How to Apply

Q. How do I apply for the PELP?

A. If you have applied to one of our postgraduate programmes and you do not meet the minimum English requirement for the course, our Postgraduate Admissions Office will automatically consider you for the PELP as part of considering you for your academic programme. You will not need to submit a separate application for the PELP. Please note you can only study the PELP if you have an offer for a postgraduate degree programme at Lancaster.

Q. What is the final date I can accept my offer for the PELP?

A. You must accept your offer four weeks before the PELP start date.

3. Paying your Deposit

If you do not pay your deposit on time then it might delay the issue of the CAS which you need for your visa application.

Q. How much is the deposit?

A. The deposit is £150 for all PELP courses.

Q. How can I pay the deposit?

A. On-line is the quickest way for us to be able to confirm your offer.

Q. How can I pay my deposit online?

A. You can pay your deposit from the following online payments. You will be asked to complete your student details, fill in the amount of deposit (£150), and then choose your PELP course length from the drop-down menu.

If you do not do this it will mean a long delay before we can issue your CAS which you need for your visa application.

Q. Can I pay my deposit by bank transfer?

A. Yes, you can, but we advise if possible to make the payment online. However, if you wish to pay by bank transfer, our bank details below. You must remember to give your PELP application number to the bank. If you do not do this we will not be able to identify your payment when it arrives at the University. This will mean a long delay before we can issue your CAS which you will need for your visa application.

You must quote the following details to your bank:

  • Bank Name/Branch: Barclays Bank, Barclays Business Centre, Manchester City Office, PO Box 357, 51 Mosley Street, Manchester, M60 2AU
  • Account Name: Lancaster University
  • Sort Code: 20-55-34
  • Account Number: 40981516
  • IBAN Number: GB 74 BARC 2055 3440 9815 16
  • BIC/Swift Code: BARC GB 22
  • UK VAT Number: GB 604 6098 49

Q. If I am a sponsored student, do I need to pay a deposit for the PELP?

A. No. If you are sponsored by your government, a company or other recognised institution you do not have to pay a deposit. However you must send proof of your sponsorship to your Lancaster Faculty Admissions Officer. Please see your offer letter for contact details.

Q. Is my PELP deposit refundable if I do not come to Lancaster?

A. Your deposit may be refunded or transferred under certain circumstances, please see full terms and conditions.

4. Booking Your Accommodation

Q. How do I apply for accommodation for the PELP?

A. After you have accepted your place on the PELP and we have confirmed your deposit payment your details are automatically passed to our Accommodation Office. The Accommodation Office will then book you a room for the duration of the PELP. To help with your integration into campus life for the duration of the PELP you will be placed in flats together with all the other students attending the same course. The flats are located in Graduate College and the room type is superior en suite, which costs approximately £136.01 per week. We have made the allocation for you, so you do not need to do anything further. The Accommodation Office will automatically send you this confirmation.

Q. Do I have to pay a deposit for accommodation for the PELP course?

A. No. You do not have to pay a deposit for your PELP accommodation.

Q. Will I stay in the same room for the PELP and my postgraduate degree programme?

A. No. As you will initially stay with the other students attending the PELP course you will move at the end of this programme to the accommodation allocated for your postgraduate degree. This is a straight forward process and will be towards the completion of the PELP.

Q. How do I apply for accommodation for my postgraduate degree programme?

A. Once you have been made an offer for your postgraduate degree programme our Accommodation Office will contact you to ask you to apply for your accommodation on-line. You will then be allocated an on-campus room, as close to your original choice as possible, in Graduate College. Once an offer of accommodation has been made you will need to pay an accommodation deposit of £200 online in order to accept this offer. You can only pay this deposit, using a credit card at the online payment facility.

Q. From which date can I occupy my accommodation?

A. You can normally occupy your room on campus 2 days before the start of the PELP. Please do not arrive earlier as your room will not be ready for you.

5. Applying for your visa

Q. When will I receive my CAS for my visa?

We aim to notify you of the CAS as soon as your acceptance deposit for the PELP has been processed. If you do not receive your CAS within 2 weeks of receiving confirmation of us having processed your acceptance deposit for the PELP then please contact us at this email with your full name and application number:

Q. Do I have to return home to apply for my visa for the academic course at the end of the PELP?

A. No. If you have a CAS for the PELP only then UK government regulations currently state that you do not have to return home. If you successfully complete the PELP you will need to extend your PELP visa to the academic course at Lancaster. We have an International Student Adviser who will help you with this process.

For more information about UK visas and regulations please visit the UK Border Agency.

6. Your arrival at Lancaster

Q. Which airport should I arrive at?

A. We strongly recommend that you arrive directly at Manchester airport as this is the nearest airport to Lancaster. However, if you are planning to arrive at Heathrow airport, in London, we would recommend that you get a connecting flight to Manchester as this is much more convenient than by going by road or rail.

Q. How can I get from the airport to Lancaster?

A. You have the option of travelling by coach, train or taxi. You can find details of all the options available on our maps and travel page.

7. Other questions

Q. If I improve my IELTS score can I take a shorter PELP course?

A. This may be possible. However, you must meet the entry requirement for the shorter PELP. If you have been accepted one PELP and then meet the requirements for another you must contact your Lancaster Faculty Admissions Officer. Please see your offer letter for contact details.

Q. Can my family stay with me during the course?

A. Yes, it is possible. We have family apartments on campus, which accommodate students with families.

Q. Can my family or friends stay with me for a few days when I first arrive?

A. Our standard rooms on campus are for single occupancy, but accommodation options, in the Lancaster area, for friends and relatives can be found.

For further information please email us.