Business Management English (BME) Presessional

Start date
2019-20 entry: Please see course details
Duration
20, 15, 10 and 6 weeks
Course Type
Postgraduate, Presessional English

Business Managment English (BME) Presessional courses offered during term-time and the summer with flexible entry points. The length of course you attend will depend on your current level of English (English Language test score) and the requirements of your main University of Birmingham offer.

Special measures for due to students affected by the COVID-19 outbreak

If you have applied, or intend to apply to our Pre-sessional English programmes please note that we have put in place more flexible arrangements to accommodate the change in circumstances of many of our applicants.

Due to the impact of COVID-19 on test centres the following English language qualifications will also be accepted for Presessional English courses taken online or for when an integrated CAS can be issued for on-campus courses.

IELTS Academic (non-UKVI) qualifications can also be accepted in the same way.

  • TOEFL “At Home” Test
  • Duolingo English Test
  • Chinese College English Test (CET-6)

The CET-6 will be accepted in conjunction with a BIA Speaking test. At least a 6 week Presessional English programme must be completed.

Online course dates are:

  • 20 week – starts 11 May - ends 18 September 2020
  • 15 week – starts 01 June - ends 18 September 2020
  • 10 week – starts 22 June - ends 28 August 2020
  •  6 week – starts 13 July - ends 21 August 2020

You will not be able to register for a campus-based course until the University campus is open for students. We recommend you apply for an online course and we will contact you when the on-campus course opens.

 Campus-based course dates:

  • 10 week - starts 13 July 2020
  • 6 week -  starts 10 August 2020

 Find the right length presessional course for you

If you hold a conditional offer for the Birmingham Business School, with the exception of Economics, you should apply to study on the Business Management English (BME) Presessional. This course is run by Birmingham International Academy (BIA) at University of Birmingham.

You can be assured that all our Presessional English online programmes will be run to the same high standard as our campus-based programmes and designed to develop your English language and academic skills in preparation for your studies at the University of Birmingham. The courses are produced by our own academic staff at the University and are delivered using our own virtual learning environment as well as by video conference.

Frequently Asked Questions for our Presessional English online courses

 

Why Study this Course?

 

The BME Presessional is an intensive, motivating and intellectually challenging programme which focuses on the language, key concepts and study skills necessary for academic success in postgraduate study.

 

Fees

Fees

Once you arrive, you will need to pay the full balance of the course fee.

The following fees currently apply:

Course length  Full fee       
20 weeks £7,200
15 weeks £5,400
10 weeks £3,600
6 weeks £2,160
How to pay these fees is detailed on the Methods of Payment for the Presessional English Courses page.

Additional Course Costs

There are no additional course costs.

How To Apply

Our application deadlines for the Presessional English online courses run one week prior to each course start date.

Please note that the University reserves the right to close applications earlier in the event that the course is full.

 Due to high demand for Presessional English courses you are advised to apply as early as possible.

Before applying please read the following:

Important information about presessional courses at the University of Birmingham

When clicking on the Apply Now button you will be directed to an application specifically designed for the programme you wish to apply for where you will create an account with the University application system and submit your application and supporting documents online.

Apply now 

 If you have any queries please contact: presessional@contacts.bham.ac.uk


Academic requirements

In order to study on the BME, you must be an international student with a conditional 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
  • Investments
  • Marketing

English Language test requirements

Your offer letter will tell you theEnglish Language test score you need for your degree programme at the Business School. This is usually a test score for IELTS (UKVI), TOEFL or Pearsons Academic.

 

Due to the impact of COVID-19 on test centres the following English language qualifications will also be accepted for Presessional English courses taken online or for when an integrated CAS can be issued for on-campus courses.

IELTS Academic (non-UKVI) qualifications can also be accepted in the same way.

  • TOEFL “At Home” Test
  • Duolingo English Test
  • Chinese College English Test (CET-6)

The CET-6 will be accepted in conjunction with a BIA Speaking test. At least a 6 week Pre-sessional English programme must be completed.

Find the right length presessional course for you

Please note that in order to meet UKVI entry requirements all Presessional applicants for our campus based courses (10 and 6-week) who who need a Tier 4 visa must provide a valid official Secure English Language Test (SELT) certificate, attaining at least a B1 level of English in all skills.

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You can be assured that our Presessional English online programme will be run to the same high standard as our campus-based programme. The courses are designed to help you to develop your English language and academic skills in preparation for your studies at the University of Birmingham. They are produced by our own academic staff at the University and are delivered using our own virtual learning environment (Canvas VLE) as well as by video conference using Zoom.

  • They will include a mixture of interactive, class-based discussion and listening tasks set by your dedicated class tutor, as well as guided reading and written tasks with feedback to develop your skills.
  • You will be fully supported throughout your course and will receive regular 1-1 tutorials by video to discuss your progress and answer any questions.
  • You will be assessed using a mixture of coursework and online tests.
  • Timetabled sessions will take into account the needs of students studying in different time zones.

 

Contact Hours

Typical timetables

Timetabled sessions will take into account the needs of students studying in different time zones.

There is no teaching on Saturday or Sunday. There is a one week teaching break between 6 to 10 July 2020. 

The University closes for 15 days in each academic year, from 1 October to the following 30 September. Eight of these days are public holidays: Christmas Day, Boxing Day, and New Year's Day holidays; Good Friday and Easter Monday; May Day; Whit Monday; August Bank holiday Monday.

For all bank holidays and University-closed days please click here

Assessment Methods

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 summative assessments:

  • An Academic Research Paper (ARP)
  • Answering Set Questions on a case study (ASQ)
  • A listening test
  • An individual presentation

Progression

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 (applicable for campus-based courses)
  • 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
Coursework 30%

Academic Research Project (2,500 words)

     
  20% Listening  (40 minutes)
Final Exams 30% Case Study (ASQ, 2.5 hours)
  20% 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. 

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