English Presessional Programmes

Presessional courses are designed for students who wish to improve their knowledge of spoken and written English in preparation for academic study at the University of Birmingham. Students with conditional offers have the option of attending one of these courses instead of retaking IELTS.

Due to the current global COVID-19 situation, the majority of our pre-sessional programmes will run online in 2020.

Updated: Tuesday 07 July, 2020 16:00

You can be assured that they will be run to the same high standard as our campus-based programmes, and are designed to help you to develop your English language and academic skills in preparation for your studies at the University of Birmingham. 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. Timetabled sessions will take into account the needs of students studying in different time zones.

Details of available Presessional programmes:
 

Presessional Course

Dates

Latest start date

Course details

Deadline for application

20 weeks online

11 May – 18 September

18 May

Foundation Presessional

Closed

Undergraduate Presessional

Business Management English

Postgraduate Presessional

15 weeks online

1 June – 18 September

8 June 

Foundation Presessional

Closed

Undergraduate Presessional

Business Management English

Postgraduate Presessional

10 weeks online 

22 June -28 August

29 June  

Foundation Presessional

Closed

Undergraduate Presessional

Business Management English

Postgraduate Presessional

6 weeks online

13 July – 21 August

20 July

Foundation Presessional

Closed

Undergraduate Presessional

Business Management English

Postgraduate Presessional


 

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Information about our presessional programmes

We offer courses during term-time and the summer with flexible entry and exit points depending on your current level of English (approved English Language test score) and the requirements of your main University of Birmingham offer for: Foundation Pathways, undergraduate study and postgraduate study. 

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.

All our campus-based courses are accredited by the British Council with strengths identified in three areas: Course Design, Teaching and Care of Students.

If you wish to apply for one of our pre-sessional programmes you must present an approved English test as proof of your ability in English. 

Please note that you will not need a CAS for the wholly online pre-sessional programmes, but will require one for your main programme of study in the UK.

The UK Home Office recently made changes to the rules about English language tests for presessional courses. These are known as SELT (Secure English Language Tests) and more information is available from the Home Office website and our SELT information webpage

Foundation students with offers to study on the Foundation Pathways

Students with conditional offers to study on the Birmingham Foundation Programme can apply to study on our Birmingham Foundation Pathways Presessional English course

Undergraduate students with offers to study all courses

All undergraduate students can apply to study on the English for Academic Purposes Presessional. 

Postgraduates with offers to study at the Birmingham Business School 

Postgraduates with conditional offers to study at the Birmingham Business School can usually apply to study on the Business Management English Presessional Programme.  Economics students should apply to study on the English for Academic Purposes Presessional  

Postgraduates with offers to study all other courses

Postgraduates with conditional offers to study at all schools other than the Business School  should apply to study on the English for Academic Purposes Presessional. Economics students should also apply to study on the English for Academic Purposes Presessional. PhD students starting at the University in January or April can also apply to join our September start and January start English for Academic Purposes Presessional.

BIA Presessional courses: Frequently Asked Questions