Summer Pre-Sessional English Course


The Summer Pre-Sessional English Course is suitable for you if you need to improve your existing level of English in order to progress to study at a UK university.  UCB will accept the Summer English Course certificate as proof of your English level.  If you wish to study elsewhere after the Summer English Course, it is recommended that you check whether the particular institution will accept the certificate. 

What will you study? 

The Summer Pre-Sessional English Course is designed to prepare students for future coursework at a UK university. It covers presentation skills, seminar participation, research project writing, listening skills for lectures and academic reading skills.

Study visits also take place. Previous destinations have included Warwick, Stratford-upon-Avon, Oxford and Liverpool. These provide the opportunity to see different aspects of the UK, to use your language skills in a wider context and to experience the hospitality, tourism and leisure industry in the West Midlands and further afield.

On arrival, you will be divided into groups according to your English qualifications/level. At the end of the course, you will be assessed in the following skills areas: academic reading, academic listening, academic writing (assessed through a coursework assignment) and academic speaking. On successful completion of the course, students are awarded a UCB certificate (on request). Progression to a course at UCB is based on achievement in UCB assessments only. Students will need to demonstrate an acceptable level of attendance throughout the course and on study visits.

Entry requirements

Potential students who wish to start their course in September 2018 with IELTS 5.0 and with no less than 4.5 in any band or equivalent will need to take the 10-week course prior to the start of their course. Students with IELTS 5.5 with no less than 5.0 in any band need only take the six-week course.

Course Start Date
Summer Pre-Sessional English Course (10 weeks) Summer Pre-Sessional English Course (6 weeks)
27th June 2018 to 31st August 2018 23rd July 2018 to 31st August 2018

Tuition fees

The tuition fees (excluding accommodation) for the Summer Pre-Sessional English Course are:  

Block Dates Cost (Non-EU) Cost (EU student)
Summer Pre-Sessional English Course (10 weeks) 27th June 2018 to 31st August 2018 £2,100 £2,100
Summer Pre-Sessional English Course (6 weeks) 23rd July 2018 to 31st August 2018 £1,290 £1,290

International pre-payment policy

Please note that there is a partial pre-payment of tuition fees policy for International Students (Non-EU) who apply for a course at University College Birmingham.

Accommodation for Summer Pre-Sessional English Course students

You will be allocated a single room in our halls of residence while attending this course. Visit our Accommodation pages for more detailed information on our halls of residence.  

How to apply

To apply, please fill in the online application form.  

For any queries please contact our International Admissions Office:

By telephone: +44 121 232 4458

By Fax: +44 121 604 1166

By email:

Applications for the Summer Pre-Sessional English Course cannot be accepted after the following dates:

  • Ten-week course for September starters – 1st June 2018
  • Six-week course for September starters – 29th June 2018