Length of course (Birmingham International Academy Presessional)

The Birmingham International Pathways Presessional has a duration of  31, 20, 15, 10 or 6 weeks, depending on your level of English.

Choosing the right length of course

The length of the  Presessional course you should do depends on your current level of English and the level required by your particular Foundation Pathway. Under the headings below, you can see which pathway at the University of Birmingham require which IELTS score.

4-year Foundation pathways (except Law and English Literature) 

For four-year Foundation programmes leading to all degrees except Law and English Literature:

Length of course by current IELTS score
Your current IELTS
score
Length of course
required
4.0 (4.0 in all skills) 31 weeks
4.5 (4.0 in all skills) 20 weeks
5.0 (4.0 in all skills) 15 weeks
5.0 (4.5 in all skills) 10 weeks
5.5 (5.0 in all skills) 6 weeks

1 or 4-year pathways to Law, English Literature or Physiotherapy

For one or four-year Foundation programmes leading to a degree in Law, English Literature or Physiotherapy: IELTS 6.0 overall with at least 5.5 in each band requirement in your offer letter:

Length of course by current IELTS score
Your current IELTS
score
Length of course
required
4.0 (4.0 in all skills) 42 weeks
4.5 (4.0 in all skills) 31 weeks
5.0 (4.0 in all skills) 20 weeks
5.0 (4.5 in all skills) 15 weeks
5.5 (5.0 in all skills) 10 weeks
6.0 (5.0 in all skills) 6 weeks

 1-year Foundation pathway leading to a degree in Pharmacy

For one- year Foundation Programme leading to a degree in Pharmacy: IELTS 6.0 overall with at least 6.0 in each band requirement in your offer letter:

Length of course by current IELTS score
Your current IELTS
score
Length of course
required
4.0 (4.0 in all skills) 42 weeks
4.5 (4.0 in all skills) 31 weeks
5.0 (4.0 in all skills) 20 weeks
5.0 (5.0 in all skills) 15 weeks

5.5 (5.0 in all skills)

10 weeks
6.0 (5.5 in all skills) 6 weeks

 4-year January pathways (except Law and English Literature)

For January start Foundation presessional programmes which lead to four-year programmes (except Law and English Literature): IELTS 5.5 overall with at least 5.5 in each band requirement in your offer letter:

Length of course by current IELTS score
Your current IELTS
score
Length of course
required
5.0 (4.5 in all skills) 11 weeks
5.5 (5.0 in all skills) 6 weeks

1 or 4-year January pathways leading to a degree in Law or English Literature

For January start Foundation presessional programmes which lead to a degree in Law or English Literature: IELTS 6.0 overall with at least 5.5 in each band requirement in your offer letter:

Length of course by current IELTS score
Your current IELTS
score
Length of course
required
5.5 (5.0 in all skills) 11 weeks

6.0 (5.0 in all skills)
6 weeks