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Pre-Sessional English Programme

About this course

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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 for UKVI level required (total score)
Standard Pre-sessional6 weeks

Undergraduate: 5.5

Postgraduate: 6.0

Standard Pre-sessional2 weeks

Undergraduate: 6.0

Postgraduate: 6.5

Intensive Pre-sessional12 weeks

Undergraduate: 5.0

Postgraduate: 5.5

Intensive Pre-sessional6 weeks

Undergraduate: 5.5

Postgraduate: 6.0

Intensive Pre-sessional2 weeks

Undergraduate: 6.0

Postgraduate: 6.5

Applicants with overall required score but with one skill below B2 level.

English Language and Academic Culture2 weeks

Undergraduate: 6.0

Postgraduate: 6.5

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

UWE only accepts UK Visas and Immigration (UKVI) 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.

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