INTENSIVE ENGLISH LANGUAGE COURSE

(EU and International Students)

Duration

2 or 3 semesters

Entry

September, February

Our Intensive English Language Course is designed for EU and international applicants who have met the academic requirements for a UK university course, but need evidence of the necessary level of English to succeed.

In order to help you achieve the required level of English, we provide small group tuition and teaching approaches that are reflective of what is expected in a higher education environment in the UK, with varied assessment methods to assess language and academic skills development.

You can apply for entry onto our Intensive English Language Course in September or February. The course is offered at three levels over either one, two or three semesters, depending on your English language entry score.

University College Birmingham will accept the Intensive English Language Course certificate as proof of your level of English. If you wish to study elsewhere after this course, it is recommended that you check whether your chosen institution will accept this certificate.

Note: This course is intended to help you improve your academic English skills in preparation for studying on a UK university course – it is not intended for people who simply wish to improve their general English Language skills.

Why should I choose this course?

  • IMPROVE YOUR ENGLISH – Develop your skills for academic reading, writing, speaking and listening in order to prepare you for higher education study
  • EXPERT TUITION – Our intensive English language course is delivered by qualified lecturers with international experience

I now have a job in a luxury hotel that’s part of the Accor Group and while my ultimate goal is not yet reached, it is because of the education I received that I will one day reach it.

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Entry requirements

IELC 1-semester

Non-EU students

IELTS 5.5 with no less than 4.5 in any skill

EU students

  • UCB English test B2- with no less than B1+ in any skill
  • IELTS 5.5 with no less than 5.0 in any skill
  • Cambridge English Test overall 162 with no less than 154 in any skill
  • TOEIC – overall 860 with no less than 600 in listening and reading and 240 in writing and speaking
  • TOEFL iBT overall 72 with at least listening 15, reading 14, writing 16 and speaking 19
  • Pearson PTE overall 51 with no less than 46 in any skill

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.

IELC 2-semester

Non-EU students

IELTS 4.5 with no less than 4.5 in any skill

EU students

  • UCB English test B1 with no less than B1 in any skill
  • IELTS 4.5 with no less than 4.5 in any skill
  • Cambridge English Test overall 147 with no less than 147 in any skill
  • TOEIC – overall 790 with no less than 275 in listening and reading and 240 in writing and speaking
  • TOEFL iBT overall 54 with at least listening 12, reading 9, writing 15 and speaking 18
  • Pearson PTE overall 41 with no less than 41 in any skill

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.

IELC 3-semester

Non-EU students

IELTS 4.0 with no less than 4.0 in any skill

EU students

  • UCB English test B1 with no less than A2+ in any skill
  • IELTS 4.0 with no less than 4.0 in any skill
  • Cambridge English Test overall 142 with no less than 142 in any skill
  • TOEIC – overall 790 with no less than 110 in listening, 115 in reading, 70 in writing and 90 in speaking
  • TOEFL iBT overall 42 with at least listening 9, reading 4, writing 13 and speaking 16
  • Pearson PTE overall 36 with no less than 36 in any skill

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.

Key information

Teaching and assessment

Teaching

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

It is important that you demonstrate a commitment to your studies with high levels of attendance in order to achieve the required results to progress.

Assessment

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)
  • Academic speaking (assessed through a portfolio of speaking tasks throughout the course)

Fees and funding

Tuition fees

Dates Tuition fees (excluding accommodation)
Non - EU Students from September 2020

Intensive English Language Programme 1: £3,700 for 13 weeks

Intensive English Language Programme 2: £7,400 for 26 weeks

Intensive English Language Programme 3: £10,300 for 36 week

EU Students from September 2020

Intensive English Language Programme 1: £1000 (£200 deposit followed by 4 x £200 installments)

Intensive English Language Programme 2: £1400 (£400 deposit followed by 4 x £250 installments)

Intensive English Language Programme 3: £1800 (£600 deposit followed by 4 x £300 installments)

International pre-payment policy

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 Language 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 therefore WILL continue to have access to financial support via student loans for the duration of their course.

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. 

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