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English language and English tests

Pre-Sessional English Courses

Improve your speaking, listening, writing and reading before starting your degree course, while studying from the comfort of your home. 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

  • Engaging self-study and group work activities

  • Regular conversation practice to develop your speaking ability

  • 24/7 access to course

Birmingham City University’s pre-sessional courses 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

We deliver pre-sessional courses online through multi-modal courses via Microsoft Teams and BCU Moodle, allowing flexibility to prospective BCU students. Live classes and tutorials take place 8:00-11:00 GMT.

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

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 (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
 
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*

CourseStart dateFinish date
16-week online summer programme Monday 10 May 2021 Friday 27 August 2021
10-week online summer programme 1 Monday 10 May 2021 Friday 16 July 2021
10-week online summer programme 2 Monday 21 June 2021 Friday 27 August 2021
6-week online summer programme 1 Monday 7 June 2021 Friday 16 July 2021
6-week online summer programme 2 Monday 19 July 2021 Friday 27 August 2021

Fees

The fees for the 16-week pre-sessional course are £6,000, the 10-week course is £3,950, and the 6-week course is £1,950