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. You will be supported along the way by personal tutors and a welfare tutor, who can help with both academic and welfare issues.
Teaching methods within the classes are interactive and student centred, combining teacher presentations and teacher led discussions; student presentations and student led discussions; language analysis, language practice and problem solving activities.
"…The teaching staff were so helpful and have a high level of knowledge, and they understand the differences between cultural customs and traditions. With this, they dealt with different situations skilfully…" - Bdriya Hijazi, 20-week BME student (Saudi Arabia)
These sample timetables (PDF, 139Kb) provide you with an idea of how your weekly study will be arranged.
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 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.
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.