Equip yourself with the skills you need for undergraduate or postgraduate study at Bath Spa University.

Studying at a UK university can be immensely challenging, especially if your first language is not English. Taught at one of the most stunning study locations in the UK, Newton Park campus, our Pre-sessional English Language course can help you gain the skills you need to progress on to Bath Spa University’s degree programmes. 

The Pre-sessional English Language course will help you understand the teaching styles and expectations of UK university study. 

You'll improve your:

  • language
  • academic skills
  • research skills
  • critical thinking
  • analytical abilities

You'll gain confidence and learn to actively engage in the learning environment.

“The Pre-sessional English Language course was really helpful – it prepared me for writing essays and reports on my MA degree course.”
– Mao Takata, postgraduate international student

What you'll learn

On successful completion of the course you'll have gained:

  • English language skills appropriate for progression on to your academic degree course;
  • Knowledge and understanding of the teaching and learning styles and expectations of UK university study;
  • Increased knowledge of your academic subject;
  • Academic and study skills, research skills, critical thinking and analytical skills;
  • Increased confidence and the ability to communicate effectively in a variety of contexts.  

On successful completion of the course, you'll be able to progress on to your undergraduate or postgraduate degree at Bath Spa University.

How you'll be assessed

Assessment methods are designed to adapt to your individual learning style and may include essays, reports, podcasts, presentations, seminar activities and individual reflections.

How you'll be taught

We adopt a communicative, interactive approach to teaching and learning, encouraging you to become active learners and move towards autonomy.

There is an emphasis on independent research and you are encouraged to develop your own academic-subject related interests. Classroom activities require you to work collaboratively in teams, small groups and pairs as well as individually. You will also have opportunities to conduct research beyond the classroom in the local community.

This teaching and learning approach may be very different from your past experience. However, most students find this approach exciting and rewarding, and generally rise to face the new challenges with enthusiasm.

Entry requirements

We’re looking for students whose first language is not English or who have not studied at a UK university environment before. Equally, we also accept candidates who want to improve their current level of English Language.

In addition to meeting the academic requirements of your chosen degree of study at Bath Spa University, you are also need to meet the required level of English Language. This will normally be specified on your Letter of Admission when you apply for a Bachelors or Masters degree at Bath Spa. You can find more information on our English Language Requirements page.

If you require IELTS 6.0 or equivalent in your undergraduate or postgraduate degree:

  • 6 / 5 week programme: IELTS 5.5 or equivalent including a minimum of 5.0 in each component of the test
  • 12 / 11 week programme: IELTS 5.0 or equivalent including minimum of 4.5 in each component of the test.

If you require IELTS 6.5 or equivalent in your undergraduate or postgraduate degree:

  • 6 / 5 week programme: IELTS 6.0 or equivalent including a minimum of 5.0 in each component of the test
  • 12 / 11 week programme: IELTS 5.5 or equivalent including minimum of 4.5 in each component of the test.

Dates and fees

Depending on your current level of English language and the required level for your undergraduate or postgraduate degree at Bath Spa, you will be able to take the 5/6 week, or 11/12 week course.

6 / 5 week programme: £1,400

  • For September/October 2017 intake: 9 August - 15 September 2017 
  • For February 2018 intake: 2 January - 31 January 2018 

12 / 11 week programme: £2,800

  • For September/October 2017 intake: 26 June - 15 September 2017
  • For February 2018 intake: 6 November 2017 - 31 January 2018 (no teaching 15 December 2017 - 2 January 2018 for Christmas vacation)

How to apply

You can apply for English Pre-sessional Language course online.

For any enquiries about the Pre-sessional English course, please contact the International Relations Office who will be happy to assist you.

"The Pre-sessional English Language course taught me how to build a framework for an essay. and what the academic writing style is all about."
- Jing Cai, postgraduate international student

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