FAQS - Presessional Foundation English Programmes

Please see some specific questions about the presessional english programmes for the Foundation Pathways:  

My offer is conditional upon my English. What can I do?

If your offer is conditional on improving your English language level, you have a couple of options:

  • You can either take an English language test to fulfil the condition in your offer
  • or you could attend the Foundation Presessional English programmes.

What is the Foundation Presessional Programme?

This programme which takes place before the start of your first term will help you improve your level of English, and successful completion allows you to progress to the Foundation Pathways without retaking another English language test. It’s also a great way of preparing for student life at the University.

You will benefit from a high level of support, with an average of 19 hours of classes per week and regular tutorials. The programme is taught by our specialist English for International Students Unit (EISU), which provides language and study skills programmes for all international students at the University. All its teachers have extensive experience in teaching English for Academic Purposes.

A varied social programme is also included to help you make friends and feel at home in Birmingham.

A recent British Council accreditation review has rated the standard of English language teaching at the University of Birmingham as being outstanding, placing us as one of the best providers of English language teaching in the HE sector.

We offer foundation presessional programmes for both a September and January start date.

What will this programme enable me to do?

The Presessional programme will enable you to:

  • develop your confidence and fluency in English in a relatively short time
  • You will have plenty of opportunities to practise speaking, both for academic purposes and for social communication and life at University
  • A high level of support with an average of 19 hours of classes per week, which will include grammar, listening, reading and writing skills
  • Weekly individual tutorials
  • Successful completion allows progression to the Foundation Pathways without retaking IELTS 

How do I apply?

To apply for the Foundation Presessional course please apply online.

What is the deadline for applications? 

The deadline for applications is four weeks before the start date of the course that you wish to apply for.

If you are applying after the deadline, it is very important that you check you are able to get a visa in time to be present on the first day of the course and also check the availability of flights. We regret that students are unable to start the course late.

What are the entry requirements?

You must have an offer for a place on Foundation Pathways.

The entry requirements for the Presessional Foundation English programme will depend upon the Foundation Pathway for which you have an offer. If you have an offer letter, it will tell you the English language test score needed.

You can see a full list of entry requirements 

How long is the programme?

The length of course you should attend depends on your present level of English and the English language requirement given in your offer letter.

You can find out which Presessional programme is right for you. 

How much does it cost and when do I start?

There are Foundation Presessional English programmes available for entry to both September 2016 and January 2016.

The dates and prices for the Foundation Presessional English programmes are:


presessional programmes
 Course Length   Course Dates Fees
 42-week 28 September 15 - 16 September 16  £12,390  
 31-week 11 January 16 - 16 September 16 £9,145  
 20-week 25 April 16 - 16 September 16 £5,900  
 15-week 31 May 16 - 16 September 16 £4,425  
 10-week 11 July 16 -  16 September 16 £2,950  
 6-week 8 August - 16 September 16 £1,770  


January presessional programmes
 Couse Length  Course Dates                                                  Fees  
 11-week  28 September 15 - 11 December 15            £3,245    
 6-week  2 November 15 - 11 December 15                £1,770    

Is accommodation provided?

During your Presessional course you will be guaranteed accommodation within walking distance of the University campus in safe, welcoming and sociable surroundings.

Further information about the accommodation available, including virtual tours.

Please apply for your accommodation online.

For any further information please contact an Accommodation Consultant by email: living@contacts.bham.ac.uk 

How do I find out more about the presessional programmes?

If you have any questions about the Presessional course, including the length of course that you should attend, please contact:

Name: Esther Reeves

Email: e.h.reeves@bham.ac.uk

Telephone: +44(0)121 415 8492