Length of course (EAP)

The English for Academic Purposes (EAP) course lasts between 42 and 6 weeks depending on your level of English, so you can be sure the course is tailored to your needs.

Choosing a course length

The length of EAP course you should go on depends on your current level of English and the level required by the degree course you wish to apply for. Under the headings below, you can see which courses at the University of Birmingham require which IELTS score.

6.0 IELTS requirement for your degree course

This requirement applies to all courses in the following departments: Biosciences, Chemical Engineering, Chemistry, Civil Engineering, Computer Science, Electronic, Electrical and Computer Engineering, Geography, Earth & Environmental Sciences, Mathematics, Mechanical Engineering (research), Metallurgy & Materials, Physics & Astronomy, and Sport & Exercise Science.

Length of course by current IELTS score
Current IELTS score
(minimum)
Length of course
4.0 (4.0 in all skills) 42 weeks
4.5 (4.0 in all skills) 31 weeks
5.0 (4.0 in writing) 20 weeks
5.0 (4.5 in writing) 15 weeks
5.5 (5.0 in writing) 10 weeks or 11 weeks
6.0 (5.5 in writing) 6 weeks

6.5 IELTS requirement for your degree course

This requirement applies to all courses in the following departments: Archaeology and Antiquity, CURS, Economics, English, Drama and American & Canadian Studies, Government and Society, Health Sciences, Education (taught), History and Cultures
Language, Cultures, Art History & Music, Mechanical Engineering (taught), Philosophy, Theology and Religion, Psychology, and Social Policy.  

Length of course by current IELTS score
Current IELTS overall score
(minimum)
Length of course
4.5 (4.0 in all skills) 42 weeks
5.0  (4.0 in all skills) 31 weeks
5.0 (5.0 in writing) 20 weeks
5.5 (5.0 in writing) 15 weeks
6.0 (5.5 in writing) 10 weeks
6.5 (5.5 in writing) 6 weeks

7.0 IELTS requirement for your degree course

This requirement applies to all courses in the following departments: Education (research), Law School, Medical & Dental Sciences.

Length of course by current IELTS score
Current IELTS overall score
(minimum)
Length of course
5.0 (4.5 in all skills) 42 weeks
5.5 (5.0 in all skills) 31 weeks
6.0 (5.5 in writing) 20 weeks
6.0 (6.0 in writing) 15 weeks
6.5 (6.0 in writing) 10 weeks
7.0 (6.0 in writing) 6 weeks