English language and English tests

English language requirements and tests

All teaching at Birmingham City University is carried out in English, so you must have a required proficiency in the language. A range of courses are available to help you reach this level of proficiency.

Accepted qualifications and English tests

We accept a range of English language qualifications. These qualifications are all checked by our International Centre for English.

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Pre-sessional English courses

BCU's pre-sessional courses are designed to equip you with the English proficiency and academic skills necessary to succeed during your main programme.

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Online tests

We have partnered with Oxford International to offer the Oxford International Digital Institute English Language Level Test (OIDI ELLT), which you can take from the comfort of your own home.

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United Kingdom Visas and Immigration (UKVI) approved tests

If you have to obtain a student visa before travelling to the UK and enrolling on a full-time course at a UK university, you will be classed as a Visa National by United Kingdom Visas and Immigration (UKVI).

BCU in your country

Links with agents and representatives in your country allow you to explore all of the study options available to you and give you the opportunity to be guided through the application process.

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Contact us

If you have any questions about applying for a programme, or which english language qualifications you need, drop us an email and our friendly team will follow up with you.

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Useful information

Email us

If you have any questions about applying for a programme, to getting advice about living in Birmingham, drop us an email and our friendly team will follow up with you.

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Complete our form below and we'll call you at a convenient time for you. If you can't wait, you can call us on the number below, Monday to Friday, 9am to 5pm GMT.

+44 (0)121 331 5389

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Social media

Our international social media accounts are a great way to find out more about the University, ask questions and make new friends and contacts. We're active on most social media channels so you've always got a friendly person to speak to.

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Visit us

If you’re in Birmingham, pop in and ask to speak to the International Office.

  • Birmingham City University
  • University House
  • 15 Bartholomew Row
  • Birmingham B5 5JU
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Your country

We have representatives across the world, simply find your country and click on the 'agent' tab to find out who you can speak to in your home town.

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