Presessional English Programmes

High quality Pressional English programmes are available if you do not yet meet our English language entry requirements.

If you require additional English language tuition, you will able to apply for a specific Foundation Presessesional English programme that takes place before the start of your first term. This programme will typically be from 6 to 20 weeks in duration, depending upon your current English language level.  

You may need a longer Presessional English programme, depending upon your current English language level. If this is the case, we offer longer courses of 31 weeks or 42 weeks. Upon successful completion of the programme, you can transfer to the Foundation Pathways without needing to take another English language test.

If you're starting in September 2016, the dates of available presessional programmes are:

  • 20 week course: 24 April - 15 September 2017
  • 15 week course: 30 May - 15 September 2017
  • 10 week course: 10 July - 15 September 2017
  • 6 week course: 7 August - 15 September 2017

If you're starting in January 2017, the dates of available presessional programmes are:

  • 11 week course: 25 September -10 December 2017
  • 6 week course: 30 October - 10 December 2017

Why take a presessional programme?

The Presessional programme aims to develop your confidence and fluency in English in a relatively short time. You will have approximately 19 hours of classes per week in addition to regular tutorials and a lively social programme. 

Contact us

For more information about the presessional english programmes please contact:

Esther Reeves

Telephone: +44 (0) 121 415 8472


Social programme

Day trips of cultural and historic interest are included in the tuition fees, giving you the opportunity to explore the UK. Previous trips have included visits to Warwick Castle, Cambridge and Bath. 

You will have the opportunity to take part in local events in the evenings and weekends, such as visits to the cinema, bowling or sports activities.


During your presessional course you will be guaranteed accommodation within walking distance of the university campus in safe, welcoming surroundings.
Further information about the accommodation available, including virtual tours
Please apply for your accommodation online
For any further information or help please contact a accommodation Consultant:


Find out more

Please see the brochure for more information about our programmes in 2016-2017.

Find out more details about the Presessional English language programme,including entry requirements, length of course, cost and how to apply.

Please note: the Presessional English Programme is not part of the Foundation Pathways, and will be an additional cost.

Did you know?

A recent British Council accreditation review has rated the standard of English language teaching at the University of Birmingham as being outstanding.

This places us as one of the best providers of English language teaching in the HE sector.