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 – 26th June 2019
  • Six-week course for September starters – 22nd July 2019


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.

Cultural visits

The Summer English course also includes a series of study visits to 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 events industry in the West Midlands and elsewhere. Previous destinations have included Warwick, Stratford-upon-Avon, Oxford and Liverpool.

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

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


Tuition Fees (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) 26th June 2019 to 30th August 2019 £2,700 £1200 - deposit £200 followed by 4 x £250 installments
Summer Pre-Sessional English Course (6 weeks) 22nd July 2019 to 30th August 2019 £1,620 £750 - deposit £150 followed by 4 x £150 installments

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. 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.