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Intensive English Language Course

University College Birmingham
Program overview
2-3 semesters
Part time
Language course
Scholarships available
Virtual open day
Virtual open day
Virtual open day
Virtual open day
Start dates
January 2021

September 2021

Program description

Intensive English Language Course

Our Intensive English Language Course is designed for 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.

Admission requirements

  • IELC 1-semester: IELTS 5.5 with no less than 4.5 in any skill
  • IELC 2-semester: IELTS 4.5 with no less than 4.5 in any skill
  • IELC 3-semester: IELTS 4.0 with no less than 4.0 in any skill

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Program delivery

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

Tuition fees

  • Cost Jan 21: £3,700 (per semester)
  • Cost Sept 21 / Jan 22: £3,900 (per semester)

Scholarships & funding

Several scholarship options are available. Please check the university website for more information.


Program outcomes

Improve your English – Develop your skills for academic reading, writing, speaking and listening in order to prepare you for higher education study.

At the end of the course, you will be assessed in the following skills areas:

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

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About this institute

University College Birmingham

University College of Birmingham 

Based in the heart of the UK’s biggest regional city, University College Birmingham (UCB) is highly respected by employers and industry for providing career-focused education and training. UCB specialises in vocational courses in both the Higher Education and Further Education sectors with...

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Why study at University College Birmingham

Why Choose Us?

Your choice of college or university will play an important part in shaping your career and fulfilling your ambitions.

It’s crucial you pick a place that feels right for you – and where you will be happy. It needs to be a university that will help you achieve your goals; a place you can trust.

So why choose University College Birmingham? Where shall we begin…?

The first thing you need to know is that UCB is a compact, specialist institution in the heart of England’s biggest regional city. Birmingham has the buzz of a major city without the inflated London price tag.

The University is big on vocational courses – the majority of which are accredited by the University of Birmingham – and big on linking academic theory to modern workplace skills. It’s also big on you. Our size and teaching philosophy means the focus is on each individual student. At University College Birmingham, you will never be a face in the crowd.

Contact info

University College Birmingham

UCB; Summer Row
B3 1JB Birmingham
United Kingdom

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