What you will study
Students benefit from an average of 19 class hours in addition to regular individual tutorials and a social programme.
enhance your level of English language to satisfy entry requirements
improve and develop your academic skills for BFA 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 Birmingham Foundation Academy. You can read a student testimonial in the learning and teaching section.
Length of course
The length of course you need depends on your existing English test score and on the score you need for Birmingham Foundation Academy. Please note that UKVI have temporarily reversed their April decision regarding TOEFL and we are currently pleased to accept the TOEFL test as evidence of English language ability. If you wish to apply for one of our presessional programmes you must present either an IELTS, TOEFL or a PTE Academic test.
Your grade for the course will depend on grades for work you do during the course and your final score in exams.
To complete the course successfully you must reach the minimum final marks required by your intended BFA pathway and have a minimum of 90% attendance. On successful completion of the course, you will progress to the BFA programme without retaking IELTS/TOEFL.
During your presessional course you will be guaranteed accommodation within walking distance of the university campus. Our student accommodation will allow you to enjoy your life in Birmingham in safe and welcoming surroundings.
Further information about our accommodation, including virtual tours of bedrooms and kitchens, can be found online.
Details of where you will be living during your Presessional course and as a Foundation Academy student will be available from January 2013. In the meantime, if you have further questions please contact Diana O'Toole, our accommodation consultant by email: firstname.lastname@example.org
Fees and funding
Fees and deposit
To book a place on this course, self-funding students will need to pay a deposit of £450 (this will be deducted from your tuition fee). You are asked to pay us the balance once you have started the course.
The following fees and deposit amounts currently apply:
Deposit and fees by course length
28 April - 19 September 2014
2 June - 19 September 2014
14 July - 19 September 2014
11 August - 19 September 2014
29 September 2014 - 18 September 2015
12 January 2015 - 18 September 2015
There are several ways you can pay us.
You can pay using our online shop. We recommend this method, since you do not have to pay any bank fees and the payment happens immediately.
If you pay using a bank transfer, please make sure that you have added enough money to cover all bank charges. If we have to pay any bank charges, we will ask you to pay us these charges back when you arrive.
You must have an offer for a place at the University of Birmingham Foundation Academy.
The minimum IELTS score you need for this course depends on the BFA Programme for which you have an offer. If you have an offer letter from the University of Birmingham BFA, it will tell you the required IELTS/TOEFL test score needed for entry to the BFA.
Depending on your chosen course of study, you may also be interested in the Birmingham Foundation Academy, a specially structured programme for international students whose qualifications are not accepted for direct entry to UK universities. Further details can be found on the foundation academy web pages.
How to apply
To apply for the 31-week, 20-week, 15-week, 10-week or 6-week course in 2013, you will need to send us the following:
You can send us these forms and documents:
By e-mail: e-mail scanned copies of the forms and your documents to email@example.com
By fax: fax the forms and your documents to The Administrator ++ 44 (0)121 414 3600
By post: send us your forms and copies of your documents to:
English for International Students Unit,
University of Birmingham
Deadline for receipt of applications
The deadline for applications is four weeks before the start date of the course that you wish to apply for. If you are applying after this date, please contact Esther Reeves first at firstname.lastname@example.org to check that there are still places available.
It is then very important that you check you are able to get a visa in time to be present on the first day of the course, as unfortunately students are unable to start the course late. You will also need to check the availability of your flights.