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University English - Pre-sessional English Course

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Key facts

Start dates

January 2023 / June 2023 / July 2023 / September 2023

Course length

Full time: 12 weeks or 6 weeks (the 6 week option is only available in the summer)

Overview

An Oxford Brookes Pre-sessional English course will help you to meet the English language requirements of your chosen UK degree. Even if your English qualifications are high enough, you may choose to take this course to boost your confidence in English before starting your course.

Depending on your current IELTS level and the IELTS level you need for your course, you can join our course in September, January, June or July. More information can be found on our Pre-sessional English page.

Start this course in January

This course has entry points in September, January, June and July (6-weeks). Your course is 12 weeks (or one semester) so you will study either between September and December, January and April or June and September. If you take the 6-week course, you will study between mid-July and September.

How to apply

Entry requirements

Academic entry requirements

For on campus study options, you will need a UKVI-approved SELT Certificate issued in the last two years.

If the course you would like to progress onto has the following English Language requirements:

  • IELTS 6.0 overall, with: 6.0 Reading 6.0 Writing 5.5 Listening 5.5 Speaking.

You should study:

  • Level 1 if your current IELTS level is 4.5 (minimum 4.0 in all skills)
  • Level 2 if your current IELTS level is 5.0 (minimum 4.5 in all skills)
  • Level 3 if your current IELTS level is 5.5 (minimum 5.0 in all skills)
  • Level 4 if your current IELTS level is 6.0 (minimum 5.5 in all skills)

If the course you would like to progress onto has the following English Language requirements:

  • IELTS 6.5 overall, with: 6.0 Reading 6.0 Writing 6.0 Listening 6.0 Speaking.

You should study:

  • Level 1 if your current IELTS level is 4.5 (minimum 4.0 in all skills)
  • Level 2 if your current IELTS level is 5.0 (minimum 4.5 in all skills)
  • Level 3 if your current IELTS level is 5.5 (minimum 5.0 in all skills)
  • Level 4 if your current IELTS level is 6.0 (minimum 5.5 in all skills)
  • Level 5 if your current IELTS level is 6.5 overall, with no more than two skills lower than 5.5.

Details about our distance learning options and entry requirements can be found on the Pre-sessional English page. 

For details of entry levels using other UK Visas and Immigration approved English language tests, please contact us via admissions@brookes.ac.uk. Our admissions team will make the final decision on the most suitable level for you taking into account your scores in each element of your English language test and your overall academic performance.

Minimum age

The normal minimum age for this course is 18. We will admit 17-year-olds on a case-by-case basis if they turn 18 during the academic year in which the course runs.

Under 18s are only admitted to the University if they live in student accommodation. Find out more about the university's policy on the safeguarding of children.

Terms and Conditions of Enrolment

When you accept our offer, you agree to the Terms and Conditions of Enrolment. You should therefore read those conditions before accepting the offer.

Application process

For assistance with your application contact our admissions team on admissions@brookes.ac.uk

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Tuition fees

Please see the fees note
Home (UK) full time
£4,100 (12 weeks); £2,200 (6 weeks)

Home (UK) distance learning full time
£4,100 (12 weeks); £2,200 (6 weeks)

International full time
£4,100 (12 weeks); £2,200 (6 weeks)

International distance learning full time
£4,100 (12 weeks); £2,200 (6 weeks)

Home (UK) full time
£4,300 (12 weeks); £2,300 (6 weeks)

Home (UK) distance learning full time
£4,300 (12 weeks); £2,300 (6 weeks)

International full time
£4,300 (12 weeks); £2,300 (6 weeks)

International distance learning full time
£4,300 (12 weeks); £2,300 (6 weeks)

Questions about fees?

Contact Student Finance on:

Tuition fees

2022 / 23
Home (UK) full time
£4,100 (12 weeks); £2,200 (6 weeks)

Home (UK) distance learning full time
£4,100 (12 weeks); £2,200 (6 weeks)

International full time
£4,100 (12 weeks); £2,200 (6 weeks)

International distance learning full time
£4,100 (12 weeks); £2,200 (6 weeks)

2023 / 24
Home (UK) full time
£4,300 (12 weeks); £2,300 (6 weeks)

Home (UK) distance learning full time
£4,300 (12 weeks); £2,300 (6 weeks)

International full time
£4,300 (12 weeks); £2,300 (6 weeks)

International distance learning full time
£4,300 (12 weeks); £2,300 (6 weeks)

Questions about fees?

Contact Student Finance on:

+44 (0)1865 483088

financefees@brookes.ac.uk

Financial support and scholarships

For general sources of financial support, see our Fees and funding pages.

Additional costs

Please be aware that some courses will involve some additional costs that are not covered by your fees. Specific additional costs for this course are detailed below.

Learning and assessment

The pre-sessional University English (UE) course helps you to improve your academic English for successful study at an English-speaking university. You will not need to retake a language test (like IELTS) to progress to your degree at Oxford Brookes.

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Start this course in January

This course has entry points in September, January, June and July (6-weeks). Your course is 12 weeks (or one semester) so you will study either between September and December, January and April or June and September. If you take the 6-week course, you will study between mid-July and September.

Learning and teaching

On campus

Teaching takes place in small groups and is organised into modules covering the essential academic English skills of writing, reading, listening and speaking; language and vocabulary development; and study and research skills. You will have access to learning materials on our online learning environment to build on this teaching. You will be taught by highly qualified academic staff who are specialists in English for Academic Purposes (EAP). Our teaching and research expertise includes intercultural communication, IT-enabled learning and academic reading.

Distance Learning

All Distance Learning sessions are live and interactive. They are delivered in the UK during the early morning. Teaching is organised into modules covering writing, reading, listening and speaking. This also includes language and vocabulary development as well as study and research skills. You will have an online academic advisor available for set 'pop-in' hours and official meetings throughout the course.

Assessment

Assessment methods used on this course

You will gain experience of the assessment techniques used in UK universities. Each module contains assessment taks including research essays, in-class tests, presentations and discussions, group assignments and portfolio assignments. You will be allocated an academic advisor to help you with academic issues and guide you through the progression to your next course. 

 

Progression

You can progress to further levels of University English, or onto Foundation, Undergraduate, Pre-Master’s or Postgraduate level courses in a wide range of academic subjects.

If the course you would like to progress onto has the following English Language requirements:

  • IELTS 6.0 overall, with: 6.0 Reading 6.0 Writing 5.5 Listening 5.5 Speaking.

You will be required to achieve the following marks to pass:

  • Level 1 or 2: Pass with at least an average of 60%
  • Level 3 or 4: Pass with at least an average of 50%

If the course you would like to progress onto has the following English Language requirements:

  • IELTS 6.5 overall, with: 6.0 Reading 6.0 Writing 6.0 Listening 6.0 Speaking.

You will be required to achieve the following marks to pass:

  • All levels: Pass with at least an average of 60%

Entry onto a Foundation, Undergraduate, Pre-Master’s or Postgraduate programme will also require appropriate academic qualifications. Please check the specific language and academic entry requirements of the course.

Programme Changes:

On rare occasions we may need to make changes to our course programmes after they have been published on the website.

For more information, please visit our Changes to programmes page.