Birmingham Foundation Pathways Presessional English programme

Start date
2019-20 entry: Please see course details
Course Type
Presessional English

Students who have studied on the EAP Presessional for Foundation Pathways have reported increased confidence in their use of the English language and academic study skills, which better prepares them for their main programme.

Special measures due to 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 Birmingham International Academy (BIA) Speaking test. At least a 6 week Presessional English course 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

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I lacked confidence when I arrived, but I was more prepared for my foundation programme because I did the Presessional. The most useful part of the course for me was learning how to take part in seminars and write academic essays. There are many differences between Universities in China and the UK, especially in academic writing. The teachers helped me a lot and the Presessional gave me an advantage.

Xuan-Yu Liu (China), Completed a 6-week Presessional course

Why Study this Course?

You can be assured that all our Presessional English online courses will be run to the same high standard as our campus-based courses. They are 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.

Our tutors are qualified and experienced in teaching English for academic purposes. Birmingham International Academy is accredited for the teaching of English by the British Council.

Frequently Asked Questions for our Presessional English online courses

 

Fees

Fees

You are asked to pay us the full balance once you have started the course.

The following fees currently apply:

Deposit and fees by course length

Course length  Full fee       
42 weeks £15,120
31 weeks £11,160
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.

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.

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

Standard offer

International Requirements



Academic requirements

You must have an offer for a place on one of the University of Birmingham Foundation Pathways

English Language test requirements

The minimum English Language score you need for this course depends on the Foundation Pathways Programme for which you have an offer. If you have an offer letter from the University of Birmingham Foundation Pathways, it will tell you the required English Language test score needed for entry to the Foundation Pathways.

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 course must be completed.

 

Find the right length presessional course for you

 

Please note that in order to meet UKVI entry requirements all presessional applicants 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.
  • You will be supported along the way by personal tutors and a welfare tutor, who can help with both academic and welfare issues.

Contact Hours

What is a typical timetable?

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

When is there no teaching?

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.

Assessment Methods

Course assessment

Your grade for the course will depend on grades for work you do during the course and your final score in exams.

Progression

The requirements for successful completion of your Foundation English presessional programme is:

  • The achievement of the appropriate final mark for all assessed work (examinations and assessed coursework)
  • A minimum of 90% attendance
  • Meet the appropriate Contact Points (a UKVI regulation) for your course (applicable for campus-based courses)
  • Fulfilment of the university requirements for reasonable diligence

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