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Professional course

Pre-Sessional English Programme

About this course

Course code:
Professional/Short Course
Arts and Cultural Industries
Frenchay Campus
Programme leader:
David Phelan and Maria Teasdale

Page last updated 14 December 2018


This course is designed for international students who need to acquire the level of English language skills required to study at UWE Bristol.

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 an 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.

You can either attend a Standard Pre-sessional course, for 18 hours a week, or an Intensive Pre-sessional course for 22.5 hours a week.

Please note that all Standard Pre-sessional courses move to an intensive format in the final six weeks of the course, with 22.5 hours of classes 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 (totalscore)
Standard pre-sessional36

Undergraduate  4.0

Postgraduate 4.5

Standard pre-sessional26

Undergraduate 4.5

Postgraduate 5.0

Standard pre-sessional16

Undergraduate 5.0

Postgraduate 5.5

Intensive pre-sessional17

Undergraduate 4.5

Postgraduate 5.0

Intensive pre-sessional11

Undergraduate: 5.0

Postgraduate: 5.5

Intensive pre-sessional6

Undergraduate: 5.5

Postgraduate: 6.0

Intensive pre-sessional2

Undergraduate: 6.0

Postgraduate: 6.5

Applicants with overall required score but with an IELTS score of 5 on one element.

English Language and Academic Culture2

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.



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.

You will have access to e-learning support, and their progress is monitored continuously through regular one-to-one tutorials with their class tutor.


You 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.


Study facilities

You will be able to take advantage of our excellent study facilities. These include a modern library with its wide choice of course books, internet access and it is open 24/7.

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

Supplementary fee information

The fees vary depending on which duration of course you are taking. The dates of all our courses for 2018/19 can be found below. We run courses for both January and September starts.

Degrees starting 2018/19

Intensive pre-sessional for main programmes starting January 2019

Start DateEnd DateDurationPrice
17 September 201814 December 201812 weeks£3,630
15 October 201814 December 20188 weeks£2,420

Vacation break:

  • 29 October to 2 November 2018

Standard pre-sessional for main programmes starting September 2019

Start DateEnd DateDurationPrice
1 October 201830 August 201936 weeks£10,285
14 January 201930 August 201926 weeks£7,535
24 April 201930 August 201916 weeks£4,785

Vacation breaks:

  • 29 October to 2 November 2018
  • 17 December 2018 to 11 January 2019
  • 18 to 22 February 2019
  • 1 to 23 April 2019
  • 27 to 31 May 2019
  • 8 to 19 July 2019

Intensive pre-sessional for main programmes starting September 2019

Start DateEnd DateDurationPrice
7 May 201930 August 201917 weeks£5,445
17 June 201930 August 201911 weeks£3,630
22 July 201930 August 20196 weeks£2,050
27 August 20196 September 20192 weeks£500

English language and Academic Culture (ELAC) 2-week intensive 2019

Start DateEnd DateDurationPrice
27 August 20196 September 20192 weeksFree for applicants with required IELTS score for their main course.

How to apply

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 Bristol accommodation, However, we cannot guarantee that there will be availability. We can provide assistance in finding private accommodation if needed.

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