English Courses Overview

University College Birmingham offers two different types of English language course for international student preparing to study with us. Both aim to improve existing levels of English to enable progression onto full-time study at the University.

If you are starting a programme in September, our Pre-Sessional English Course offers a 10-week course (starting early July), or a more intensive six-week course (starting late July). The course you take depends on your level of ability. In addition to developing your academic skills, the course will enable you to gain experience of studying at higher education level before starting your course. 

We also run an Intensive English Course  with courses usually beginning in late September, or in February. You will study grammar, academic reading and writing skills, academic listening skills and academic speaking skills. You can also be entered for the English Speaking Board (ESB) examination to gain an additional qualification. 

The English Development Centre (EDC) also provides English Development Sessions and English Language Support, which are available throughout your time at University College Birmingham. The English Development Sessions cover areas such as academic writing skills, academic reading skills, grammar for academic writing and listening skills for lectures. English Language Support is a free proof-reading service offered to students who do not speak English as their first language and who are attending or have attended English Development Sessions.