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 2022, 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

Online pre-sessional courses for degree
programmes starting in January 2023

Start date

End date

Course fees

16-week pre-sessional

Tuesday 30 August

Friday 16 December

 £6,000

10-week pre-sessional

Monday 10 October

Friday 16 December

 £3,250

6-week pre-sessional

Monday 7 November

Friday 16 December

 £1,950

On-campus pre-sessional courses for degree
programmes starting in January 2023

Start date

End date

Course fees

10-week pre-sessional

Monday 10 October

Friday 16 December

 £3,250

6-week pre-sessional

Monday 7 November

Friday 16 December

 £1,950

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.

When studying on our 10 and 6-week On-campus Pre-sessional English courses you will be able to stay in University Locks accommodation next to the campus.

Contact

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