- Course length
- Two or three semesters
The Intensive English course is designed for students who have met the academic requirements of their course at university but need evidence of the necessary level of English to succeed on their chosen course. UCB will accept the Intensive English course certificate as proof of your English level. If you wish to study elsewhere after the Intensive English course, it is recommended that you check whether the particular institution will accept the certificate.
In order to help you achieve the required level of English, UCB provides:
- Small group tuition
- Qualified lecturers with international experience
- Teaching approaches which reflect what is expected in a UK HE environment
- Varied assessment methods which assess language and academic skills development
When can I start?
Students can apply for entry to start the Intensive English course in September or February. The course consists of either one, two or three semesters offered at three levels according to your English language entry score.
What is included?
Each 13-week semester course involves
- 12 weeks of teaching with assessments in week 13
- 16 hours of taught sessions each week
- A two-hour academic success workshop each week to monitor progress and provide further support
- A one-hour pastoral tutorial
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 (assessed through a portfolio of speaking tasks throughout the course). On successful completion of the course, students are awarded a UCB certificate. Having enrolled on the UCB Intensive English course, your progression onto courses at UCB will be based on the results achieved on the UCB Intensive English course only.
It is important that students demonstrate a commitment to their studies with high levels of attendance in order to achieve required results in order to progress.
Intensive English Course 1
For those possessing IELTS of 5.5, with no less than 5.0 in each band or equivalent. This 13-week course runs for one semester – either September-January or February-June. For those students who require a visa to study in the UK, you will need to take Home Office approved exams. Information about these can be found here.
Intensive English Course 2
For those possessing IELTS of 4.5 with no less than 4.5 in each band or equivalent, this course runs for two semesters: either September to June (26 weeks) or February to September (24 weeks). For those students who require a visa to study in the UK, you will need to take Home Office approved exams. Information about these can be found here.
Intensive English Course 3
For those possessing IELTS of 4.0, with no less than 4.0 in each band or equivalent, this 36-week course runs for three semesters: either September to September or February to February. For those students who require a visa to study in the UK, you will need to take Home Office approved exams. Information about these can be found here.
Please note, the course is not intended for you if you simply want to improve your general English Language skills. The course is designed to help you improve your academic English skills in preparation for studying on a university course in the UK.
||Tuition fees (excluding accommodation)
|Non - EU Students from September 2019
Intensive English Programme 1: £3,500 for 13 weeks
Intensive English Programme 2: £7,000 for 26 weeks
Intensive English Programme 3: £9,700 for 36 week
|EU Students from September 2019
Intensive English Programme 1: £1000 (£200 deposit followed by 4 x £200 installments)
Intensive English Programme 2: £1400 (£400 deposit followed by 4 x £250 installments)
Intensive English Programme 3: £1800 (£600 deposit followed by 4 x £300 installments)
International pre-payment policy
Students’ tuition fees must be paid one week prior to enrolment. For Non- EU students, the University’s pre-payment policy applies.
Can I still get Student Finance for the Intensive English Programme?
You will NOT receive any Student Finance whilst you are studying this programme. The Intensive English Programme will teach you the English skills needed to progress onto an academic course at UCB. You will, therefore, need to be prepared to support yourself for living costs for the period of time you are studying these courses and you will need to be able to pay the fees yourself.
You can pay for your course in 5 installments, for more information about the installments please click here.
Upon completion of the Intensive English Programme, during your next academic year at UCB, you will be required to make four additional installment payments. This means the total cost for the programme is payable over 18 months of study. Progression and certification will be stopped should you fail to pay the full cost of the programme within the 18 month period.
If you have any further questions, please contact our student finance department on 0121 604 1040.