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Summer Pre-Sessional English Course - Online

University College Birmingham
10 weeks
Full time
Summer / Short course
Scholarships available
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Summer Pre-Sessional English Course - Online

Program description

Summer Pre-Sessional English Course - Online

The Online Summer Pre-Sessional English course is suitable for you if you need to improve your existing level of English in order to progress to study at a UK university. UCB will accept the Online Summer English course certificate as proof of your English level. If you wish to study elsewhere after the Online Summer English course, it is recommended that you check whether the particular institution will accept the certificate.

Admission requirements

There is no formal English entry requirement for this course, although you should have English language proficiency equivalent to IELTS 5.0.

In order to apply for the Online Summer English Pre-Sessional Course, you are required to have applied for an undergraduate or postgraduate course and received a conditional offer for the September 2020 intake.  

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Program content

Teaching and learning materials include:

  • pre-recorded videos, covering key aspects of academic skills
  • guided independent study tasks – approximately 5 hours per day
  • interactive online seminars where you will discuss topics with teachers and other students on the course
  • Online discussion board tasks in which you will collaborate with other students on the course and course lecturers
  • Two 15-minute personal tutorials across the course


  • Students will be assessed through continuous portfolio assessment tasks resulting in marks for each of the four skills
  • There will be a resit opportunity for each of the assessed tasks
  • The portfolio will be split across the different skills and will involve a combination of discrete skills tasks and reflective tasks
  • Listening: a comprehension task (30%), a PowerPoint note-taking task (30% and a lecture note-taking task with summary (40%)
  • Reading: reading comprehension tasks (50%), abstracts and critical reading tasks (30%), note-taking task (20%)
  • Writing: a paragraph summary task (20%), a text summary task (30%), a 700-word discursive essay based on written and audio materials (50%)
  • Speaking: an individual interview (20%), a PowerPoint presentation (30%) and an online group seminar (50%)
  • Final assessments will need to be submitted by week commencing 24thAugust with final resits so be submitted by 4thSeptember 2020

Tuition fees

Cost (Non-EU):

£2,900 for 10 weeks online programme;

£1,820 if you have UKVI IELTS overall 5.5 and no elements below 5.0

Cost (EU student): £1,200

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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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University College Birmingham

UCB; Summer Row
B3 1JB Birmingham
United Kingdom

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