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.

 

Updated: Thursday 20 August 2020, 09:00

Due to the current global COVID-19 situation, our presessional English courses starting in October and November 2020 will be offered online during the autumn term. Campus-based courses will also start from November 2020.

You can be assured that online courses 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 delivered in live Zoom classes, 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.

Presessional English course dates for autumn and spring for the academic year starting 2020
Presessional course Start and end datesLatest start date For more informationDeadline for applications

41 week Presessional English

On line until December 2020

On campus from January 2021

5 October 2020 - 17 September 2021 12 October 2020 English for Academic Purposes Presessional  28 September 2020

31 week (STSV) Presessional English

On line until December 2020

On campus from January 2021

 

5 October 2020 - 2 July 2021 12 October 2020 English for Academic Purposes Presessional  28 September 2020

21 week Presessional English

On line until December 2020

On campus from January 2021

 

5 October 2020 - 26 March 2021 12 October 2020 English for Academic Purposes Presessional  28 September 2020

10 week Presessional English

On line

5 October 2020 - 11 December 2020 12 October 2020 English for Academic Purposes Presessional  28 September 2020

6 week Presessional English

On line and on campus offered*

2 November 2020 - 11 December 2020 9 November 2020    English for Academic Purposes Presessional

On line 26 October 2020

On campus 2 October 2020

31 week Presessional English

On campus

11 January 2021 - 17 September 2021 18 January 2021 English for Academic Purposes Presessional  11 December 2020

21 week Presessional English

On campus

11 January 2021 – 2 July 2021 18 January 2021 English for Academic Purposes Presessional  11 December 2020

11 week Presessional English

On campus

11 January 2021 - 26 March 2021 18 January 2021 English for Academic Purposes Presessional.  11 December 2020

*Our 6 week Presessional English on-campus course option, starting in the autumn term on 2 November 2020, will be a mixture of face-to-face classes and online classes and tasks.

Summer term Presessional English course dates to be released later in the year.
 

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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 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.

We are offering the option of studying on-campus on a short term study visa, with courses finishing in July. You will not need a CAS for these courses but you will be issued with a letter confirming your place for your visa application.

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. 

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.

BIA Presessional courses: Frequently Asked Questions