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.
Presessional courses are only open to students who hold a University offer. They are suitable for Foundation, Undergraduate, Pre-Masters and Postgraduate students. The BIA brochure gives full details about each programme and further information can also be found below.
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.
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.
Foundation students with offers to study on the Foundation Pathways
Students with conditional offers to study at the Birmingham Foundation Academy can apply to study on our BFA Presessional English course.
Students with unconditional offers
Students with unconditional offers can apply to study on our 4-week intensive course.