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Pre-Top Up Programme in Business (PTUP)

The Pre-Top Programme (PTUP) in Business is a one term top-up preparation programme of 10 weeks duration. Upon successful completion of the PTUP, you will continue directly to the top-up or final year of selected undergraduate business-related programmes at De Montfort University (DMU).

If you do not have the grades required for direct entry to the top-up or final year of an undergraduate degree at DMU, the PTUP is the ideal route for you.  

The PTUP is the first element of an integrated programme, comprising of one term, delivered at Leicester International Pathway College followed by the final year of an undergraduate degree at DMU.   

The PTUP will support you in your transition from learning in your home country to learning alongside UK university students.  The PTUP is designed to help you develop your skills in English Language and acquire advanced study skills and critical thinking skills to continue with confidence to the top-up or final year of your undergraduate degree at the university.

You will start your PTUP in July and upon successful completion, you will continue directly to your chosen undergraduate degree at DMU in September.

Course Structure

English for Academic Purposes (EAP)

This module provides you with practice in all areas of academic Study Skills.

Business Communication

You will focus on language and skills development in the context of building effective communication in a business context.

Introduction to UK university study

This module provides you with the skills and confidence to study at undergraduate degree level, involving written, oral and visual communication skills.

International Business Issues

In this module, you will gain an understanding of current issues facing international business today and a deeper appreciation of the role of business in society, together with an insight into alternative economic and social structures.  

Entry Requirements

English Language

Standard entry IELTS 5.5 (no component below 5.5).  Students with a lower IELTS will be required to do either a 6 week or 12 week pre-sessional English programme.

  • IELTS 4.5 (no component below 4.0) with 12 week pre-sessional English programme


  • IELTS 5.0 (no component below 4.5) with 6 week pre-sessional English programme


  • IELTS 5.5 (any component below 5.5) with 6 week pre-sessional English programme

Academic Requirements

  • A qualifying Diploma from your home country.


 Undergraduate Degree options
 Accounting and Business Management BA (Hons)
Business Management and Finance BA (Hons)
Business Management and HRM BA (Hons)
Business and Management BA (Hons)
Business and Marketing BA (Hons)
Business Entrepreneurship and Innovation BA (Hons)
Human Resource Management BA (Hons)
International Marketing and Business BA (Hons)

See here for dates of the English Language programmes

See here for fees information


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