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Pre-Top Up Programme in Business (PTUP)

The Pre Top-Up 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.


Business Communication

This module has a language and skills development focus but also aims to engage students directly with their business-related studies.  This is achieved by putting language and skills acquisition firmly in the context of effective communication in business.  The value of the generic study is immediately enhanced for the student by context.  It also focuses the student on issues of importance to his or her further undergraduate studies by dealing with questions of sourcing and evaluating material, use of library and VLE, research skills and methods and oral as well as written communication.  

International Business Issues

This module is designed to address a number of current issues facing international business today.  In particular, it aims to provide students with a deeper appreciation of the role of business in society, together with an insight into alternative economic and social structures.  It specifically sets out to challenge many implicit assumptions and accepted norms.  The analytical model employed views business as only one component within an interlocking system with government and society, in which all three components operate and interact within a complex and dynamic environment.  

English for Academic Purposes

As an international student, it is vital you can communicate in English and understand your tutors and classmates.  In additon to the core modules, there are also English language modules.  You will learn how to fully express your opinions and arguments in writing as well as through speech; you will also be able to produce high-quality written academic work and enhance your research skills.

Introduction to UK University Study

This module helps you to gain the confidence and achieve the skills, necessary for study at an advanced level.  It provides opportunities to explore the meaning of learning in a university context.  You will also learn about and practice skills required for essay and report writing. 

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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