What you will study
You will have an average of 20 hours class per week (including tutorials). You will study in small groups of students (maximum 15) and be taught by experienced, academic English tutors.
- enhance your level of English language to satisfy entry requirements
- improve and develop your academic skills for Foundation Pathways study
- use English grammar effectively and accurately in academic tasks
- improve your listening, speaking, reading and writing skills
- use source material effectively in written tasks
- practise strategies for expanding your vocabulary
- use time management and general study skills
- develop social communication skills
More generally, past students have reported increased confidence in their use of language and skills for academic study which better prepares them for the Foundation Pathway. You can read a student testimonial in the learning and teaching section.
Length of course
We offer courses of between 6 and 20 weeks immediately before the September and January start dates. However, you may need a longer Presessional English programme, depending upon your current English language level. If this is the case, we offer longer courses of 31 weeks or 42 weeks. Upon successful completion of the programme, you can transfer to the Foundation Academy without needing to take another English language test.
If you're starting a Foundation Pathways programme in January 2018, the dates of available presessional programmes are:
- 11-week: 25 September 2017 – 08 December 2017
- 6-week: 30 October 2017 – 08 December 2017
If you're starting a Foundation Pathways programme in September 2018, the dates of available presessional programmes are:
- 42-week: 25 September 2017 - 14 September 2018
- 31-week: 08 January - 14 September 2018
- 20-week: 23 April - 14 September 2018
- 15-week: 29 May - 14 September 2018
- 10-week: 09 July - 14 September 2018
- 6-week: 6 August - 14 September 2018
- 4-week (unconditional students only): 20 August - 14 September
Find out what length of course you need
Your grade for the course will depend on grades for work you do during the course and your final score in exams.
Progression to your academic department is based on achieving the appropriate final score in coursework and final examinations, and at least 90% attendance.
Foundation and Undergraduate Presessional Progression Requirements (Internal assessment equivalent to IELTS)
|EAP1 & EAP(UG) marks||IELTS (approximate equivalence)||CEFR equivalent|
For detailed information about English Language entry requirements to the University of Birmingham’s foundation or undergraduate programmes, please refer to our International student entry requirements