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Summer Pre-sessional English Language Programme

Duration: 6 weeks or 10 weeks
Attendance mode: Full-time
Award: Other
Suitable for international students
Start date: July
Language Centre


The 10-week and six-week summer pre-sessional courses are designed for students who have an offer to study at a UK university but who need to improve their Academic English and prepare themselves for English medium study before going on to their degree course.

2018 dates

  • 6-week course: 30 July - 7 September 2018
  • 10-week course: 2 July - 7 September 2018

Entry requirements

English language requirements:

Visit the Language Centre website.

Please refer to the IELTS website to learn more about the important changes to the IELTS tests.

If you are applying for a visa to study on a Pre-sessional course you must take the academic IELTS for UKVI test at one of the approved SELT Test Centres.


  • the courses aim to raise your level of English by the equivalent of half an IELTS band
  • you are not required to re-take IELTS upon completion of the pre-sessional course
  • some University of Bradford Faculties may set higher IELTS requirements
  • you should check with your Faculty to find out what level of English is required for your academic degree course

Learning activities and assessment

You will receive 20 hours of tuition each week for 6 or 10 weeks.

You will be taught by highly qualified and experienced staff using up-to-date teaching methods, materials and equipment.

The programme includes:‌

  • Academic listening, speaking, reading and writing skills
  • Understanding lectures delivered in a range of dialects and accents
  • Effective note-taking and note-making
  • Improving pronunciation and spoken fluency
  • Seminar discussion techniques
  • Giving effective oral presentations
  • Building academic vocabulary
  • Developing grammatical accuracy
  • Mastering examination techniques
  • Developing critical thinking and academic research skills
  • Using the Library and Computer Centre effectively for independent study
  • Searching for and using sources and references appropriately
  • Orientation to the area around the University and Bradford city
  • Full programme of social and cultural events
  • Excursions to places of scenic beauty and historical interest

In order to progress to the degree course, you must demonstrate that you have attained a minimum CEFR B2 in all 4 skills (reading, writing, listening and speaking) by the end of the pre-sessional course.

There will be continuous assessment during the pre-sessional course and at the end to ensure that the UKVI English language requirement has been met.

See the current timetables on the Timetables and Attendance website.

Career support and prospects

Career support

The University is committed to helping students develop and enhance employability and this is an integral part of many programmes. Specialist support is available throughout the course from Career and Employability Services including help to find part-time work while studying, placements, vacation work and graduate vacancies. Students are encouraged to access this support at an early stage and to use the extensive resources on the Careers website.

Discussing options with specialist advisers helps to clarify plans through exploring options and refining skills of job-hunting. In most of our programmes there is direct input by Career Development Advisers into the curriculum or through specially arranged workshops.


The university also has an International Study Centre where you can study, engage in cultural events and meet other international, EU and Home students.

You will also have full access to the University’s facilities, including Student Central (Students’ Union/Library/Computer Centre), the Health Centre, sports centre/gym, restaurants and cafés.

Accommodation in our award-winning Student Village can be arranged through the University’s Accommodation Office. More details will be included in the offer letter, or see the Accommodation website.

Fees, Finance and Scholarships

Tuition fees

  • 6-week course: £1,560
  • 10-week course: £2,600

The above tuition fees do not include accommodation costs.

How do I find out more?

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Enquiry form

Contact the Language Centre

Visit the Language Centre website.

How to apply

As well as having the correct IELTS score (or equivalent) for pre-sessional admission (see English Language requirements), students should have an offer from an academic Faculty at the University of Bradford.

Please complete the online application form if you wish to take a pre-sessional course

Contact if you have any issues with the form.

When will I receive my pre-sessional offer letter?

Standard pre-sessional applications will be processed in three days but this may take longer during busy periods.  January is our busiest time when applications will definitely take longer to process.

You should already have a degree course offer before you can be considered for a pre-sessional course.

When will I receive my CAS?

We can issue you with a CAS within 2 – 5 working days (depending on the time of the year) AFTER we have completed all necessary checks.  A CAS can only be issued if you have provided us with the following evidence that meets the Home Office requirements:

  •   A copy of your passport
  •   Copies of all your qualifications
  •   Advance payment of £2,000 or acceptable official sponsor letter
  •   ATAS certificate for certain applicants (if required, details will be included in your offer email)
  •   Copies of any previous UK visas and CAS issued for any UK institution
  •   Financial evidence that you intend to use for your Tier 4 visa application
  •   TB Certificate (if applicable)

Please note that the receipt of a CAS is not automatic.

This is the current course information. Modules and course details may change, subject to the University's programme approval, monitoring and review procedures. The University reserves the right to alter or withdraw courses, services and facilities as described on our website without notice and to amend Ordinances, Regulations, fees and charges at any time. Students should enquire as to the up-to-date position when applying for their course of study.