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Pre-Sessional English Courses
Birmingham City University’s Pre-Sessional courses are delivered in Birmingham and overseas. The courses are designed to equip international students with the academic skills they need to succeed during foundation, undergraduate and postgraduate courses and to raise their English language level to meet the entry requirements of their main programmes.
If your Secure English Language Test (SELT) result is below the required standard, you are eligible to study the University's pre-sessional courses. We have three courses to choose from:
|Course||you have IELTS||you need IELTS|
|16 week||4.0 (no band less than 4.0)||5.5|
|4.5 (one band no less than 4.0)||6.0|
|5.0 (no band less than 4.5)||6.5|
|10 week||5.0 (no band less than 4.5)||6.0|
|5.5 (no band less than 5.0)||6.5|
|6.0 (no band less than 5.5)||7.0|
|6 week||5.5 (no band less than 5.0)||6.0|
|6.0 (no band less than 5.0)||6.5|
|6.5 (no band less than 5.0)||7.0|
What can you expect from the courses?
As well as the academic offer we also combine a social programme which takes place alongside class, providing tours of the local area and trips to places around the UK, such as Oxford and London. The Social Programme is led by students of Birmingham City University and provides an excellent opportunity for international students to make friends and enjoy life in the UK.
|16 week course||Minimum entry IELTS 4.0 or equivalent||Classes: 25 hours per week||One-to-one tutorials every week||£6,000|
|10 week course||Minimum entry IELTS 4.5 or equivalent||Classes: 20 hours per week||One-to-one tutorials every two weeks||£3,250|
|6 week course||Minimum entry IELTS 5.0 or equivalent||Classes: 20 hours per week||One-to-one tutorials every two weeks||£1,950|
|16 week||10 week||6 week|
|Foundation Language Skills||X|
|Academic Writing & Reading||X||X||X|
|English Grammar and Pronunciation||X|
Important - your CAS for Pre-Sessional English
Please note that we don't offer a joint Tier 4 CAS for your Pre-Sessional English course and your main programme of study. Following successful completion of your Pre-Sessional English course, you will normally be able to extend your visa inside the UK, providing you meet the standard Home Office requirements for an extension. Our International Student Support team can fully support you with this process.
For more information please contact:
T: +44 (0) 121 331 5389
|Course||Start date||Finish date|
|16 week summer programme||Monday 20 May 2019||Friday 6 September 2019|
|10 week summer programme||Monday 1 July 2019||Friday 6 September 2019|
|6 week summer programme||Monday 29 July 2019||Friday 6 September 2019|
|16 week winter programme||Monday 2 September 2019||Friday 20 December 2019|
|10 week winter programme||Monday 14 October 2019||Friday 20 December 2019|
|6 week winter programme||Monday 11 November 2019||Friday 20 December 2019|
The fees for the 10 week pre-sessional English programme is £3,250 and for the six week programme it is £1,950.
If you have IELTS 4.0 or 4.5 or you feel that you would benefit from a longer English Language programme, we also offer the Foundation Certificate in English for Academic Purposes (September and February starts).
Course: Foundation Certificate in English for Academic Purposes (FCEAP)
|You have IELTS||you need IELTS||Recommended course|
|4.5||6.0||FCEAP Full year|
|5.0||6.0||FCEAP Second semester only|
|5.0||6.5||FCEAP Second semester only|
|5.5||6.5||FCEAP Second semester only|
* Paying the main course deposit secures your place on the course and must be paid before arrival. Upon successful completion of the pre-sessional English course the deposit will be deducted from your main course tuition fee. ** Includes tuition, social programme and course materials but not accommodation.