Summer Pre-Sessional English Course (EU and International Students)

Overview (NV)
Course length
6 or 10 weeks depending on qualifications

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

  • Ten-week course for September starters – 8th June 2020
  • Six-week course for September starters – 13th July 2020

Course start date

  • Summer Pre-Sessional English Course (10 weeks) 1st July 2020 - 4th September 2020
  • Summer Pre-Sessional English Course (6 weeks) 27th July 2020 - 4th September 2020


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.

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

The course is either 10 weeks or 6 weeks long depending on your English language entry score. 

What is included?

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 
  • Academic reading skills.

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. Having enrolled on the UCB Summer English course, your progression onto courses at UCB will be based on the outcomes of the end of course assessments.

It is important that students demonstrate a commitment to their studies with high levels of attendance in order to achieve the course outcomes.

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.  


For any queries please contact our Admissions team:

International applicants

By telephone: +44 121 232 4458

By Fax: +44 121 604 1166

By email: 

EU applicants

By telephone: +44 121 604 1040

By email:



Entry Requirements (NV)

Entry requirements

Summer Pre-Sessional English Course (10 weeks)

  • IELTS 5.0 and with no less than 4.0 in any band or equivalent

Summer Pre-Sessional English Course (6 weeks)

  • IELTS 5.5 with no less than 5.0 in any band or equivalent need only take the six-week course.


Fees & Funding (NV)

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) 1 July 2020 to 4 September 2020

£2,900 excluding accommodation

£4,200 including accommodation


Deposit of £200 followed by 4 x £250 instalments
Summer Pre-Sessional English Course (6 weeks) 27 July 2020 to 4 September 2020

£1,820 excluding accommodation

£2,600 including accommodation


Deposit of £150 followed by 4 x £150 instalments

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.

Can I still get Student Finance for the Intensive English Programme?

You will NOT receive any Student Finance whilst you are studying this programme. 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.

If you have any further questions, please contact our Student Finance Department on 0121 604 1040.

Latest news for EU students

The UK Government has confirmed that EU students will continue to be eligible for ‘home fees’ for entry in September 2020 and January 2021 and therefore WILL continue to have access to financial support via student loans for the duration of their course. Further information can be found here. 

EU nationals who start a higher education course in England in the 2020/21 academic year will remain eligible for undergraduate and postgraduate financial support, Advanced Learner loans as well as FE and apprenticeships support, whether a deal for leaving the EU is in place or not.