English Presessional Programmes

Presessional courses are designed for students who wish to improve their knowledge of spoken and written English in preparation for academic study at the University of Birmingham. Students with conditional offers have the option of attending one of these courses instead of retaking IELTS.

We offer courses during term-time and the summer with flexible entry and exit points depending on your current level of English (IELTS score) and the requirements of your main UoB offer for: Foundation Pathways, Undergraduate study and Postgraduate study. 

The length of course you need depends on your existing level of English, and on the score specified in the offer letter for your University of Birmingham degree.

All our courses are accredited by the British Council with strengths identified in three areas: Course Design, Teaching and Care of Students.

If you wish to apply for one of our presessional programmes you must present an approved English test, usually an IELTS, as proof of your ability in English. You will need a Confirmation of Acceptance of Studies (CAS) for the presessional course in addition to the CAS you will need for your main programme of study.

However,  in certain circumstances the UKVI regulations allow for an integrated CAS (Confirmation of Acceptance of Studies) to be assigned to cover both the presessional course and your main programme of study.

The UK Home Office recently made changes to the rules about English language tests for presessional courses. These are known as SELT (Secure English Language Tests) and more information is available from the Home Office website and our SELT information webpage

Postgraduates with offers to study at the Birmingham Business School 

Postgraduates with conditional offers to study at the Birmingham Business School can usually apply to study on the Business Management English Presessional Programme.  Economics students should apply to study on the English for Academic Purposes Presessional.

Postgraduates with offers to study all other courses

Postgraduates with conditional offers to study at all schools other than the Business School  should apply to study on the English for Academic Purposes Presessional. Economics students should also apply to study on the English for Academic Purposes Presessional.

PhD students with offers to study at the University of Birmingham

Postgraduates with conditional offers to study a PhD at the University of Birmingham can usually either apply to study on the Business Management English Presessional Programme (for the Birmingham Business School) or the English for Academic Purposes Presessional for all other schools. 

In addition to the above courses , which all finish in September, the Birmingham International Academy can also offer January and April start PhD students the opportunity to apply for the English for Academic Purposes (PhD) Presessional.

 

Undergraduate students with offers to study all courses

 All undergraduate students can apply to study on the English for Academic Purposes Presessional. 

Foundation students with offers to study on the Foundation Pathways

Students with conditional offers to study on the Birmingham Foundation Programme can  apply to study on our Birmingham Foundation Pathways Presessional English course

Students with unconditional offers

Students with unconditional offers can apply to study on our 4-week intensive course.

If you cannot find the information that you are looking for on the above course pages, please consult our Frequently Asked Questions page. You can also contact our office directly (presessional@contacts.bham.ac.uk, telephone +44 (0) 121 415 8492).