Presessional English Programmes

If you’re looking to improve your knowledge of spoken and written English in preparation for studying at Birmingham, our pre-sessional English courses are for you. If you have a conditional offer, you can take one of these courses as an alternative to retaking IELTS or other similar qualifications. 

Our pre-sessional programmes

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The Presessional English programme at the University of Birmingham improves your academic English in readiness for your studies. To add versatility during the global pandemic, we are currently offering online and on-campus options for our pre-sessional English courses. If you are considering applying or already have an offer for a 15 week-on campus starting in May 2022 but you are delayed travelling to the UK due to Covid-19 travel restrictions you can start your course online but you must be in the UK by 30 June 2022. We are monitoring the travel situation and will contact you soon regarding the possibility of continuing your studies online after the 30 June.

Online and on-campus courses

In 2020 all Presessional English programmes moved online. Progression rates of 99% were maintained across all our online Presessional courses in 2020. This is the same high standard of progression as achieved in our on-campus courses over the three years prior. Online Presessional student satisfaction is similarly high. Over 90% of students felt welcomed by the BIA and were able to make friends during the course.  We are now pleased to be able to offer on campus presessional courses again for students who wish to study in the UK.

All programmes include a mixture of live and interactive taught lessons, class-based discussion and listening tasks set by your dedicated class tutor. There are also reading and written tasks with teacher feedback to develop your skills. You will be fully supported throughout your course and will receive regular 1-1 tutorials to discuss your progress and answer any questions.

Students should check the UK government’s webpage regularly for updates on travel to the UK, quarantine requirements and tests.

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

 

Course Title

Course Date Latest start date Apply now

Latest application date

31 week spring Presessional English

On campus

10 January - 16 September 2022 17 January 2022 English for Academic Purposes Presessional

CLOSED FOR APPLICATIONS

11 week spring Presessional English

On campus

10 January - 25 March 2022 17 January 2022 English for Academic Purposes Presessional CLOSED FOR APPLICATIONS

20 week summer Presessional English

On campus

25 April - 16 September 2022 2 May 2022 English for Academic Purposes Presessional CLOSED FOR APPLICATIONS

15 week summer Presessional English

On campus

To arrive in the UK no later than 30 June

30 May - 16 September 2022 6 June 2022 English for Academic Purposes Presessional 20 May 2022

10 week summer Presessional English

Online

20 June - 26 August 2022  27 June 2022 English for Academic Purposes Presessional 10 June 2022

10 week summer Presessional English

On campus

11 July - 16 September 2022 18 July 2022 English for Academic Purposes Presessional 06 June 2022

6 week summer Presessional English

On campus

18 July - 26 August 2022 25 July 2022 English for Academic Purposes Presessional 13 June 2022

6 week summer Presessional English

Online

18 July - 26 August 2022 25 July 2022 English for Academic Purposes Presessional 08 July 2022

4 week EAP (Unconditional) Presessional English

On campus

15 August - 09 September 2022 22 August 2022 English for Academic Purposes Presessional 4 July 2022

 

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 current 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 English for  English for Academic Purposes Presessional. 

Please upload a copy of your offer letter from Kaplan to your Presessional application.

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 all other courses

Postgraduates with conditional offers should 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.

Students with unconditional offers for Foundation, Undergraduate or Postgraduate courses

Students with unconditional offers can attend our 4 week academic skills presessional. English for Academic Purposes (UNC)

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