Length of course
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.
What you will study
The emphasis of this course is on English language improvement in the four skill areas of reading, writing, listening and speaking through the use of business and management content materials. You will be taught in small classes (the average size is 12) where you will explore case studies, journal articles and business texts in both the written and spoken forms. You will also attend lectures given by speakers from the Business School.
On the BME you will:
- Analyse and critically evaluate business case studies
- Learn to read business texts and develop your vocabulary
- Acquire strategies for speaking in seminars and small groups
- Listen to business and management lectures and refine your notetaking strategies
- Develop individual and group presentation skills
- Learn library, referencing and research skills
- Work autonomously and intensively in teams to meet tight deadlines
To pass the BME you must achieve the appropriate mark in each assessed component of the course. The passmark will vary depending on your course-length, but will include all or some of the following: assessed case study, assessed essay, reflective task, oral presentation, feasibility report and final exams. You must also have at least 90% attendance.
Please note: failure to complete the BME Presessional course successfully will mean that you will not have fulfilled the conditions of your offer. The University will not be able to accept any other English language results after this point. Therefore, your offer to study at the University of Birmingham will be withdrawn for that academic year.
You may, however, wish to resubmit your application or defer your entry to the following academic year while you continue to improve your level of English to meet our language requirements. Alternatively, you may be eligible to apply for a 24-month programme after the BME.
Fees and deposit
To book a place on this course, you will need to pay a non-refundable deposit of £450. Once you arrive, you will need to pay the full balance of the course fee.
The following fees and deposit amounts currently apply:
|Course length ||Start date ||Deposit ||Full fee |
There are several ways you can pay your fees.
You can pay using our online shop.
If you pay using a bank transfer, please make sure that you add enough money to cover all bank charges. If we have to pay any bank charges for you, we will ask you to pay us these charges plus an administration fee when you arrive.
Please use the following details to make your transfer:
Name: The University of Birmingham
Account number: 00030191
Our reference: 18670.LPAA.SNC2489 - you MUST include this so that the University's Finance Office know what course you are paying for
Branch sort code: 30-19-14
Branch name and address: Lloyds TSB Bank, 142 Edgbaston Park Road, Birmingham, B15 2TY, UK
IBAN code: GB36 LOYD 3019 1400 0301 91
BIC/SWIFT code: LOYDGB21086
If you pay by cheque, please make sure that you add enough money to cover all bank charges. If we have to pay any bank charges for you, we will ask you to pay us these charges when you arrive.
Cheques must be in pounds sterling (£). You should make your cheque payable to "The University of Birmingham".
In order to study on the BME, you must be an international student with a conditional or unconditional offer to do a GDBA, MBA, MSc, MPhil, DBA or PhD at the Birmingham Business School. The BME Programme is particularly useful if you plan to study:
- Accounting & Finance
- Business Management
- Human Resource Management
- International Business
The minimum IELTS score you need for the BME course depends on the IELTS score required for your future degree at the University of Birmingham. You can find this score on your offer letter.
Note: there are different entry requirements for each BME course length. Use the following table to find out if you have the minimum IELTS score for the BME course of your choice.
|IELTS score on your offer letter ||Minimum IELTS score for BME |
||Overall 5.0 (4.0 minimum in writing and 4.0 minimum in reading, listening and speaking)
||Overall 5.0 (5.0 minimum in writing and 4.0 minimum in reading, listening and speaking)
||Overall 6.0 (5.5 minimum in writing and 4.0 minimum in reading, listening and speaking)
Please note that in order to meet UKVI entry requirements you will need to show evidence of attaining at least a B1 level of English in all skills, proven by a Secure English Language Test (SELT). The UK Home Office recently made changes to the rules about English language tests for presessional courses. Please see our Update
If you do not have the minimum IELTS score for the BME course you may be able to take the EAP-1 Presessional course.