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Short course
Pre-Sessional English Programme

About this course

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  • Entry year: 2014/15
  • Course code: YQ33
  • Award type: Short course
  • Applications: University
  • Level: Professional/Short Course
  • Department: Art and Cultural Industries
  • Campus: Frenchay Campus
  • Duration: Various
  • Delivery: Full-time
  • Programme leader: David Phelan


This course is designed for international students who need to acquire the level of English language skills required to undertake a course of Higher Education at UWE.

The course will enable you to cope with all aspects of studying and living in the UK, including understanding lectures and academic texts, writing assignments, speaking in seminars and giving presentations. You will be required to pass a UWE assessment in order to progress from one term to the next and to enter your degree programme.

Our Pre-sessional English Language programme is offered in a variety of durations depending on your current English ability level. On each course, you will usually attend classes between 18 and 22.5 hours per week.

If you have an unconditional offer from UWE Bristol, we offer an English Language and Academic Culture course free of charge to all international fee paying students. This course prepares you academically and socially for life in the UK.

Entry Requirements

Each course length is aimed at a different level of English language.

Type of courseWeeks of studyIELTS level required (total score)
Standard36 weeks

Undergraduate: 4.0

Postgraduate: 4.5

Standard26 weeks

Undergraduate: 4.5

Postgraduate: 5.0

Standard16 weeks

Undergraduate: 5.0

Postgraduate: 5.5

Standard6 weeks

Undergraduate: 5.5

Postgraduate: 6.0

Intensive18 weeks

Undergraduate: 4.5

Postgraduate: 5.0

Intensive12 weeks

Undergraduate: 5.0

Postgraduate: 5.5

Intensive8 weeks (Jan start)

Undergraduate: 5.5

Postgraduate: 6.0

Intensive6 weeks

Undergraduate: 5.5

Postgraduate: 6.0

English Language and Academic Culture2 weeks


·  You have one element below the required entry level (i.e. overall score 6.0 but one component below 5.5)

·  You are a 3rd year Direct Entrant

·  You have an unconditional offer.


You have an unconditional offer.

Please note that unless specified, all students must have a minimum IELTS score of 4.0 in each element.

UWE only accepts UK Border Agency (UKBA) approved Secure English Language Tests (SELTs) as evidence of English language ability. Please see our English language requirements for more details about these tests.

Applicants will be asked to submit a copy of their English Language qualification before an offer can be given.

For EU students or overseas students who do not need a Tier 4 visa to enter the UK, it is possible to take the UWE English Language Placement Test to assess your level for entry. Please contact us to arrange this.

Course content

As well as English language skills, the course will familiarise you with all aspects of studying and living in the UK including:

  • Understanding lectures and academic texts
  • Writing academic assignments
  • Presentation skills
  • Working in groups and individually
  • UK culture
  • Assessment preparation
  • Subject specific lectures (available for selected subject areas)
  • Guest lectures
  • Social activities including days out shopping or in Bristol

Learning and teaching

You will be taught by highly qualified and experienced language teachers. Dedicated tutors will have regular meetings with you to discuss your work and progress.

Classes are small, and you will have between 18 and 22.5 hours class contact per week depending on which course you are on, but you will also be expected to study independently. Students have access to e-learning support, and their progress is monitored continuously through regular one-to-one tutorials with their class tutor.


Students are expected to take the appropriate assessment which takes place after each teaching block. Listening, reading, writing and speaking skills will be tested at the end of each term.

Special Features

Study facilities

You will be able to take advantage of the University's excellent study facilities. These include  a modern, well-stocked library with its wide choice of course books, audio and video material, satellite TV, internet access and a multimedia laboratory.

Study in Bristol

You will be studying in Bristol, the largest city in the south west of England and home to international companies such as Hewlett-Packard, BBC, Aardman Animations, Atkins, Airbus and Rolls-Royce.

Bristol has excellent transport links with regular buses and trains to London, Scotland, Wales and the South Coast. London is only a 90 minute train journey away. Bristol International Airport makes it easy to travel to Europe at weekends if you wish to explore.

From Bristol you will have easy access to traditional English countryside and towns including Bath and Oxford. You are also near to the beautiful Devon and Cornwall coastline.

Prices and dates


The fees vary depending on which duration of course you are taking. The dates of all our courses for 2014/15 can be found below. We run courses for both January and September starts.

Main programmes starting September 2015

Standard Pre-sessional English courses (For September 2015 start):

Start DateEnd DateDurationPrice
6 October 20149 September 201536 weeks (Blocks 1,2,3 and 4)£9,350
19 January 20159 September 201526 weeks (Blocks 2,3 and 4)£6,850
20 April 20159 September 201516 weeks (Blocks 3 and 4)£4,350
27 July 20159 September 20156 weeks (Block 4)£1,850

Intensive Pre-sessional English courses (For January 2015 start):

Start DateEnd DateDurationPrice
22 September 201412 December 201412 weeks£3,300
20 October 201412 December 20148 weeks£2,200

Intensive Pre-sessional English courses (For September 2015 start):

Start DateEnd DateDurationPrice
11 May 20159 September 201518 weeks£4,950
22 June 20159 September 201512 weeks£3,300
27 July 20159 September 20156 weeks£1,850

The two week English Language and Academic Culture course is free for all international fee paying students.

How to apply

If you would like to apply for one of our Pre-sessional English language courses please complete this short registration form. Your details will be passed to our Admissions Team for processing.

Extra information


As a Pre-sessional student you can apply for UWE managed accommodation, however we cannot guarantee that there will be availability. We can provide assistance in finding private accommodation if needed. More information is available on UWE accommodation web pages.

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