Course content 2017-2018
You will have 15 hours and 30 minutes of tuition (or 19 classes of 50 minute lessons). Each 50 minute class is followed by a 10-minute break. Classes are scheduled between 9.00 am and 6.00 pm, Monday to Friday. You will also be expected to do between 12 - 14 hours of independent study a week. Our maximum class size on the BME Presessional is 15 students, so tutors can give you individual attention and regular tutorials to help you meet your progression requirements. All our tutors are qualified and experienced.
Classes are Monday to Friday. All classes are university standard 50 minutes in duration.
There is no teaching on Saturday or Sunday.
There is a one week break between 2 to 6 July 2018.
Public holidays are on:
30 March 2018
2 April 2018
7 and 28 May 2018
27 August 2018
University closed days are on:
3 and 4 April 2018
What you will study
Presessional programmes aim to develop:
- Accuracy and fluency in English for academic study
- The ability to write academically using accurate referencing and avoiding plagiarism
- A range of reading skills for academic texts
- Grammatical competence
- Vocabulary and study skills
- Seminar and presentation skills
- Critical thinking skills
- The ability to listen to lectures and discussions and take notes
- Skills for working independently and with others
On the BME you will also:
- Explore case studies, journal articles and business texts in both the written and spoken forms.
- Attend lectures given by speakers from the Business School
- Analyse and critically evaluate business case studies
- Learn to read business texts and develop your business vocabulary
- Acquire strategies for speaking in seminars and small groups
- 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
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.
20 weeks: 23/04/18 - 14/09/18
15 weeks: 29/05/18 – 14/09/18
10 weeks: 09/07/18 – 14/09/18
6 weeks: 06/08/18 - 14/09/18
Admissions policy regarding length of course you can attend
If you are eligible for the 15-, 10- or 6-week course, it may be possible to consider you for a longer course if there are sound academic reasons for doing so.
If you are interested in this option, please contact:
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 followingsummative assessments:
- An Academic Research Paper (ARP)
- Answering Set Questions on a case study (ASQ)
- A listening test
- An individual presentation
The requirements for successful completion of your EAP BME presessional programme:
- Achievement of the appropriate final mark for all assessed work (examinations and assessed coursework)
- A minimum of 90% attendance
- Meeting the appropriate contact points (a UKVI regulation) for your course
- Fulfilment of university requirements for reasonable diligence
At the end of your course we need to make a decision on whether your English has reached the level required by your department to admit you for your course of study. We need to assess your level of English in order to make this decision. We do this through summative assessments which comprise an Academic Research Paper (ARP); Answering Set Questions on a case study (ASQ), a listening test and an individual presentation.
The table below outlines how these assessments formed final, aggregate summative EAP BME Presessional marks in 2017:
| ||Percentage ||Assessment|
Academic Research Project (2,500 words)
||Listening (40 minutes)
||Case Study (ASQ, 2.5 hours)
||Individual Presentation on ARP topic (10 minutes + Q&A)
Less than 40% - Fail: the student is unlikely to be able to pursue academic study through the medium of English without close formal departmental support and monitoring by BIA during the academic year
|This score is the equivalent to a B1 in the Common European Framework of Reference and is belowthe UKVI requirement for continued studies
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.