Pre-sessional English courses

Pre-Sessional English Courses

Birmingham City University’s Pre-sessional English and Academic Skills courses will help you prepare for your chosen future degree course. In 2024, our pre-sessional courses will be delivered on-campus and online.

Pre-sessional courses will help you to meet the minimum language entry requirements of your chosen degree course while improving your speaking, listening, reading and writing ability. You should choose a pre-sessional course according to your current English language level, using the table below:

Course

you have IELTS/equivalent

you need IELTS

16 week

4.0 (no band less than 4.0)

5.5 (5.5)

4.5 (no band less than 4.0)

6.0 (5.5)

5.0 (no band less than 4.5)

6.5 (6.0)

5.5 (no band less than 5.0)

7.0 (6.5)

10 week

4.5 (no band less than 4.5)

5.5 (5.5)

5.0 (no band less than 4.5)

6 (5.5)

5.5 (no band less than 5.0)

6.5 (6.0)

6.0 (no band less than 5.5)

7.0 (6.5)

6 week

5.0 (no band less than 5.0)

5.5 (5.5)

5.5 (no band less than 5.0)

6 (5.5)

6.0 (no band less than 5.5)

6.5 (6.0)

6.5 (no band less than 6.0)

7.0

2 week

New 2 week pre-sessional courses for students who have already met language entry requirements of their degree course.

Apply for a pre-sessional course:

If using a PDF application form, apply for the pre-sessional course you need when applying for your main degree programme. If applying online, please mention this in your personal statement. We have three courses that are designed to help you improve your English level to the necessary standard. 

Course dates for September 2024 intake

On-campus pre-sessional courses for degree
programmes starting in September 2024

Start date End date Course fees

16-week on-campus pre-sessional

Monday 13 May Friday 30 August £6,000

10-week on-campus pre-sessional

Monday 24 June Friday 30 August £3,400

6-week on-campus pre-sessional

Monday 22 July Friday 30 August £2,040

Online pre-sessional courses for degree
programmes starting in September 2024

Start date End date Course fees

16-week online pre-sessional

Tuesday 7 May Friday 23 August £6,000

10-week online pre-sessional

Monday 19 February Friday 26 April £3,400

10-week online pre-sessional

Tuesday 7 May Friday 12 July £3,400

10-week online pre-sessional

Monday 17 June Friday 23 August £3,400

6-week online pre-sessional

Monday 18 March Friday 26 April £2,040

6-week online pre-sessional

Monday 3 June Friday 12 July £2,040

6-week online pre-sessional

Monday 15 July Friday 23 August £2,040

Course details

Both on-campus and online versions of the course are designed to equip you with the English proficiency and academic skills necessary to succeed during your main programme. Among the skills you will study on the pre-sessional courses, you will learn how to:

  • Deliver successful academic presentations
  • Write appropriately structured, coherent and concise essays
  • Participate actively in academic contexts
  • Take effective notes when reading and listening
  • Avoid plagiarism while using suitable academic sources in your work

Online Pre-sessional

Birmingham City University’s Online Pre-sessional English courses all feature:

  • Live video classes + regular one-to-one tutorials with personal tutor
  • Authentic academic video, audio and text-based tasks
  • Regular conversation practice to develop your speaking ability
  • 24/7 access to self-study and group work activities

Online class take place Monday-Friday through Microsoft Teams, 8:00-12:00 UK time.

Students will need access to a PC or laptop and a good quality internet connection.

On-campus Pre-sessional

Birmingham City University’s On-campus Pre-sessional English courses take place on our City Centre Campus. You will have small group classes and one-to-one tutorials with your teacher between 8:00 and 15:30, Monday-Friday.

Accommodation

Accommodation can be provided for all 10-week and 6-week on-campus pre-sessional students at University Locks, which is located just a two-minute walk from our City Centre Campus, where all pre-sessional classes take place.

Accommodation is £165 per week, and you will be provided with a duvet and cover, sheet and pillow and pillowcase, as well as a hand and bath towel. You do not need to book accommodation for these courses. It will be allocated on arrival.

More information about University Locks.

Limited accommodation is available for 16-week on-campus pre-sessional students. This is available on a first-come, first-served basis. After accepting your place on the course, please contact: accommodation@bcu.ac.uk

Contact

For more information about Birmingham City University’s Pre-sessional courses, please contact: presessional@bcu.ac.uk