Presessional English Programmes

High quality Pressional English programmes are available if you do not yet meet our English language entry requirements.

If you require additional English language tuition, you will able to apply for a specific Foundation Presessesional English programme that takes place before the start of your first term. This programme will typically be from 6 to 20 weeks in duration, depending upon your current English language level.  

You may need a longer Presessional English programme, depending upon your current English language level. If this is the case, we offer longer courses of 31 weeks or 42 weeks. Upon successful completion of the programme, you can transfer to the Foundation Pathways without needing to take another English language test.

If you're starting in September 2019, the dates of available presessional programmes are:

07 January 2019

22 April 2019

28 May 2019

08 July 2019

05 August 2019

19 August 2019

Why take a presessional programme?

You will have 19 classes of 50 minute lessons.

Our maximum class size on the English for Academic Purposes Presessional is 15 students, so tutors can give you individual attention and regular tutorials to help you meet your progression requirements. All our tutors are qualified and experienced. The minimum age for entry to this course is 17 years.

Classes are Monday to Friday.

All classes are university standard 50 minutes in duration.

There is no teaching on Saturday or Sunday.

There is a one week break between 1 to 5 July 2019.

Contact us

For all information about the English for Academic Purposes Presessional programme, please contact:

Telephone: +44 (0) 121 415 8492


Social programme

At the BIA, we organise day trips for international students to places of cultural and historic interest. These day trips are organised throughout the year, during term-time and the summer.

The cost of day trips is included in your tuition fee. However, please note that we may occasionally run a day trip where subsidised costs may apply. You will always be advised when costs to any of our day trips or social activities apply.

In addition to the day trips, the BIA  organises a full and lively social programme for all summer presessionals. This starts in July and includes sports activities, trips to the local cinema and local museums.  Some extra costs may apply for local trips (up to £10).

All students have full access to the University library resources, IT and sports facilities.


Before your presessional starts, you can book self-catering accommodation on the University campus and obtain information on accommodation in the private sector through the University accommodation website. For under-18s, we offer a special level of support and house students in Mason hall or Shackleton. If you are under 18 at the start of the programme, this accommodation is compulsory.

Meal Plan (term-time only)

If you live at the Vale Village, you may be allocated into a Meal Plan room. The Meal Plan is not available during the summer.

During term-time, the Meal Plan gives you a flexible weekly allowance that you can spend on food in University catering outlets including Infusion, The Melt and Pizza Shack on the Vale, as well as 17 other cafés and snack bars across campus. It is a great opportunity to meet other residents and socialise over meals, and helps free up time for studying, as you don't need to worry about food shopping, cooking or washing up.

Most dietary requirements can be catered for.

Under the Meal Plan package, meals are available during term times:

  • 23 September 2019 to 13 December 2019
  • 13 January 2019 to 27 March 2019
  • 27 April 2019 to 19 June 2020

Further information about the accommodation available, including virtual tours
Please apply for your accommodation online
For any further information or help please contact a accommodation Consultant:


Find out more

Find out more details about the Presessional English language programme,including entry requirements, length of course, cost and how to apply.

Please note: the Presessional English Programme is not part of the Foundation Pathways, and will be an additional cost.

Public  holidays are on:
25 and 26 December 2018
1 January 2019
19 April 2019
22 April 2019
6  and 27 May 2019
26 August 2019

University closed days are on:
24, 27 and 28 December 2018
2 January 2019
23 and 24 April 2019