Length of course (Birmingham Foundation Academy Presessional)

The Birmingham Foundation Academy Presessional has a duration of  31, 20, 15, 10 or 6 weeks, depending on your level of English.

Choosing the right length of course

The length of BFA Presessional course you should do depends on your current level of English and the level required by your particular BFA programme. Under the headings below, you can see which BFA courses at the University of Birmingham require which IELTS score.

BFA 1 year programme (except Law, English Literature or Pharmacy) 

You wish to enter the BFA 1 year programme leading to all degrees exept Law, English, Literature or Pharmacy. The entry requirement for your 1 year BFA programme: IELTS 5.5 (5.0 in all bands) or  TOEFL iBT 68 (Reading 17, Listening 15, Speaking 19, Writing 17)

Length of course by current IELTS score
Your current IELTS
score
Length of course
required
4.0 (4.0 in all skills) 31 weeks
4.5 (4.0 in all skills) 20 weeks
5.0 (4.0 in all skills) 15 weeks
5.0 (4.5 in all skills) 10 weeks
5.5 (4.5 in all skills) 6 weeks

BFA 1 Year programme leading to Law or English Literature

You wish to enter the BFA 1 year programme leading to a degree in Law or English Literature. The entry requirement for your 1 year BFA programme: IELTS 6.0(55 in all bands) or TOEFL iBT 80(Reading 19, Listening 20, Speaking 21, Writing 20

Length of course by current IELTS score
Your current IELTS
score
Length of course
required
4.5 (4.0 in all skills) 31 weeks
5.0 (4.0 in all skills) 20 weeks
5.0 (4.5 in all skills) 15 weeks
5.5 (4.5 in all skills) 10 weeks
6.0 (5.0 in all skills) 6 weeks

BFA 1 Year programme leading to a degree in Pharmacy

You wish to enter the BFA 1 year programme leading to a degree in Pharmacy.  The entry requirement for your 1 year BFA programme: IELTS 6.0 (6.0 in all bands) or TOEFL iBT 84 (Reading 21, Listening 20, Speaking 22, Writing 21)

Length of course by current IELTS score
Your current IELTS
score
Length of course
required
4.5 (4.0 in all skills) 31 weeks
5.0 (4.5 in all skills) 20 weeks
5.0 (5.0 in all skills) 15 weeks

5.5 (5.0 in all skills)

10 weeks
6.0 (5.5 in all skills) 6 weeks

BFA  4 year programmes (except Law and English Literature)

You wish to enter the BFA 4 year programme leading to all degrees except Law and English Literature.  The entry requirement for your 4 year programme is IELTS 5.5 (5.5 in all bands) or TOEFL iBT 72 (Reading 18, Listening 17, Speaking 20, Writing 17)

 Length of course by current IELTS score Length of course by current IELTS score
Your current IELTS
score
Length of course
required
4.0 (4.0 in all skills) 31 weeks
4.5 (4.0 in all skills) 20 weeks
5.0 (4.0 in all skills) 15 weeks
5.0 (4.5 in all skills) 10 weeks
5.5 (minimum
5.0 in all skills)
6 weeks

BFA  4 year programme leading to degrees in Law and English Literature

You wish to enter the BFA 4 year programme leading to degrees in Law and English Literature. The entry requirement for your 4 year programme: IELTS 6.0 (5.5 in all bands) TOEFL iBT 80 (Reading 19, Listening 20, Speaking 21, Writing 20)

Length of course by current IELTS score
Your current IELTS
score
Length of course
required
4.5 (4.0 in all skills) 31 weeks

5.0 (4.0 in all skills)
20 weeks
5.0 (4.5 in all skills) 15 weeks
5.5 (5.0 in all skills) 10 weeks
6.0 (minimum
5.0 in all skills)
6 weeks