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Pre-Sessional English Courses

Birmingham City University’s Pre-Sessional courses are delivered in Birmingham and overseas. The courses are designed to equip international students with the academic skills they need to succeed during foundation, undergraduate and postgraduate courses and to raise their English language level to meet the entry requirements of their main programmes.

If your Secure English Language Test (SELT) result is below the required standard, you are eligible to study the University's pre-sessional courses. We have three courses to choose from:

Courseyou have IELTSyou need IELTS
16 week 4.0 (no band less than 4.0) 5.5 (5.5)
4.5 (one band no less than 4.0) 6.0 (5.5)
5.0 (no band less than 4.5) 6.5 (6.0)
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 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)
What can you expect from the courses?

As well as the academic offer we also combine a social programme which takes place alongside class, providing tours of the local area and trips to places around the UK, such as Oxford and London. The Social Programme is led by students of Birmingham City University and provides an excellent opportunity for international students to make friends and enjoy life in the UK.  

16 week course Minimum entry IELTS 4.0 or equivalent Classes: 25 hours per week One-to-one tutorials every week £6,000
10 week course Minimum entry IELTS 4.5 or equivalent Classes: 20 hours per week One-to-one tutorials every two weeks £3,250
6 week course Minimum entry IELTS 5.0 or equivalent Classes: 20 hours per week One-to-one tutorials every two weeks £1,950
16 week10 week6 week
Foundation Language Skills X
Study Skills X
Academic Writing & Reading X X X
Academic Listening X X X
Presentation Skills X X X
Group Discussion X X X
English Grammar and Pronunciation X
Cost £6,000 £3,250 £1,950
Important - your CAS for Pre-Sessional English

For our 10 and six week courses, we may be able to offer a Joint CAS for your pre-sessional and academic course combined. Following successful completion of your Pre-Sessional English course, you will be able to progress onto your academic course. If you are not given a Joint CAS you can extend your visa inside the UK, providing you meet the standard Home Office requirements for an extension. Our International Student Support team can fully support you with this process.

For more information please contact:
E: international.enquiries@bcu.ac.uk
T: +44 (0) 121 331 5389

CourseStart dateFinish date
16 week summer programme Monday 18 May 2020 Friday 4 September 2020
10 week summer programme Monday 29 June 2020 Friday 4 September 2020
6 week summer programme Monday 27 July 2020 Friday 4 September 2020
16 week winter programme Monday 31 August 2020 Friday 18 December 2020
10 week winter programme Monday 12 October 2020 Friday 18 December 2020
6 week winter programme Monday 9 November 2020 Friday 18 December 2020

Fees

The fees for the 10 week pre-sessional English programme is £3,250 and for the six week programme it is £1,950.

Resits

If you have IELTS 4.0 or 4.5 or you feel that you would benefit from a longer English Language programme, we also offer the Foundation Certificate in English for Academic Purposes (September and February starts).

Course: Foundation Certificate in English for Academic Purposes (FCEAP)

You have IELTSyou need IELTSRecommended course
4.5 6.0 FCEAP Full year
5.0 6.0 FCEAP Second semester only
5.0 6.5 FCEAP Second semester only
5.5 6.5 FCEAP Second semester only

* Paying the main course deposit secures your place on the course and must be paid before arrival. Upon successful completion of the pre-sessional English course the deposit will be deducted from your main course tuition fee. ** Includes tuition, social programme and course materials but not accommodation.

Accommodation

There is no need to apply for pre-sessional accommodation at University Locks, a room will be allocated on arrival.

10 weeks pre-sessional Available from 26 June 2020 - 4 September 2020
Accommodation: University Locks       
Cost: £155 per week = £1550 in total
6 weeks pre-sessional Available from 24 July 2020 - 4 September 2020 
Accommodation:  University Locks
Cost: £155 per week = £930 in total