The English@Brunel programme has been designed to improve your general and academic English to prepare you for academic study in the UK 


Course Features

  • Study only as long as you need to, with a range of courses to suit your level of English
  • Small class sizes, maximum of 14 students
  • Classes focus on academic English to help prepare you for studies, and general English for day to day situations
  • A fun social programme, which includes weekly events on campus and trips to popular UK destinations, where you can practise your English in an informal setting and make new friends
  • English language test at the end of your programme 
  • Visa support at the end of your programme


New for October 2015 - General English Only


IPLC is pleased to announce a new programme of courses for students with at a post-beginner/pre-intermediate level (IELTS 3.0 - 4.5 or equivalent).

The course is designed to help improve General English for those already living in the UK.


The next start date available is 11th April.

If you have any questions, please email us

Course Dates & Fees

Start Date End Date Fee Weeks

Application Deadline

27th July 2016 19th December 2016 £5,260 18 29 June 16
27th July 2016 2nd June 2017 £10,960 38 29 June 16
 28th September 2016 19th December 2016 £2,980 10 31 August 16
28th September 2016 2nd June 2017 £8,680 30 31 August 16
19th October 2016 2nd June 2017 £7,825 27 21 September 16
11th January 2017 2nd June 2017 £5,260 18 07 December 16
8th February 2017 2nd June 2017 £4,120 14 11 January 17

General English For Beginners


This is a brand new course for Autumn 2015. The course is for students whose English is at a Post-Beginner/Pre-Intermediate Level (IELTS 3.0—4.5 or equivalent).  Please note, this course is not suitable if you are intending to go on to further study at the University/LBIC.

This course is suitable for those on Dependant or Short Term Study Visas. It is not suitable for those on TIER 4 visas or Visitor visas. For further advice, please speak to a member of staff at IPLC (iplc@brunel.ac.uk).

Start Date
End Date 
11th April 2016 27th May 2016

 Non-Teaching Dates and Holidays

We recommend that students only make plans to leave the UK during the longer Brunel Language Centre closure periods of 3 weeks. 

Students are advised not to make plans to leave the UK during term time.


Teaching will not take place on the following dates, which include Brunel Language Centre holiday dates and Bank Holidays. Bank Holidays are public holidays and the university and many businesses will be closed on these dates.


29th August 2016 (Bank Holiday)

19th December 2016 – 8th January 2017 (Christmas Holiday)

8th April 2017 – 23rd April 2017 (Easter Holiday)

1st May 2017 (Bank Holiday)

29th May 2017 (Bank Holiday)

28th August 2017 (Bank Holiday)


Course Content & Assessment

The course focuses on improving your academic and general English skills. Classes will include modules on:

  • General English
  • Academic reading, writing and research skills
  • Listening and note taking
  • Seminar skills
  • Pronunciation and presentation skills
  • Grammar and Vocabulary Development

This is a full time programme and comprises 20 hours study per week.  The course focuses on both general and academic skills

Sample Timetable

 Term 1 


11:00-13:00 General English
15:00-17:00 Writing


10:00-12:00 General English
14:00-16:00 Everyday English


09:00-11:00 General English
13:00-15:00 Project work and independent study


09:00-11:00 General English
13:00-15:00 Writing


09:00-11:00 General English
14:00-16:00 Readers & Discussion and Vocabulary development


Social Programme - Oxford Day Trip

Term 2 and Term 3



09:00-11:00 Reading and Vocabulary
13:00-15:00 Writing Skills


09:00-11:00 Listening and Note-taking Skills
13:00-15:00 Research Skills


09:00-11:00 Writing Skills
13:00-15:00 Seminar and Presentation Skills


09:00-11:00 Academic Reading Skills
13:00-15:00 Grammar and Vocabulary


09:00-11:00 Listening and Note-taking Skills
12:00-13:00 General Listening


Social Programme - Bath Day Trip


Progression onto Future Studies

If you intend to continue your studies at Brunel, you will need to pass the English@Brunel course and achieve the required BrunELT score to meet the language requirements for your academic programme. You will usually not need to take any other English Test.


Pre-Intermediate/Elementary General English 


Example timetable for a typical week:



Progress Test

Reading & Listening

Listening & Speaking Skills
Grammar & Vocabulary
Listening & Speaking Skills
 Speaking Skills

11:30 - 13:00

Writing Skills

11:30 - 13:00

Reading Skills

11:30 - 13:00

Writing Skills

11:30 - 13:00

Listening Skills

 11:30 - 13:00

General Reading and Discussion


Entry Requirements

Improving language skills can take time. The length of English Language course that a student requires will be determined by their current English Language level in addition to their previous academic experience. Before making an application students should take into account the level of English that they wish to meet by the end of the course.

For students who wish to go onto further study after the completion of the English course please see the following links for detailed entry requirements:


Postgraduate Taught

Research Postgraduate (e.g. PhD)


For students who do not have an academic course in mind, please use the following table for guidance on which course to apply for:


to acheive
6.0 (5.5 all)

Jul - Jun

(38 Weeks)

Sep - Jun

(30 Weeks)

Oct - Jun

(27 Weeks)

Jan - Jun

or Jul - Sep

(18 Weeks)

Feb - Jun

(14 Weeks)

Sep - Dec

(10 Weeks)

Jul - Sep

(8 Weeks)

Current IELTS

(4.0 in all)

(4.0 in all)

(4.0 in all)

(4.0 in all)

(4.0 in all)

5 .0
(4.5 in all)

(5 in Writing,

4.5 in all)

Please note that this information is for guidance only. For specific advice please contact iplc@brunel.ac.uk



If you wish to undertake an English@Brunel course at Brunel University London and you need to apply for a Tier 4 (General) student visa, you MUST sit a new version of the IELTS test that is called the ‘IELTS test for UK Visas and Immigration (UKVI) purposes’. This is because you will only be able to apply for a Tier 4 student visa for an English@Brunel course if you hold an ‘IELTS for UKVI’ from a UKVI approved test centre. To book a UKVI recognised IELTS at a UKVI approved centre, visit http://ielts.org/ and select a country under: Applying for a UK visa? Find a test.

 Please note: some IELTS centres run both kinds of Academic IELTS so you must make sure you book the UKVI recognised Academic IELTS called ‘IELTS test for UK Visas and Immigration (UKVI) purposes’.

 You will only be able to apply for a Tier 4 student visa to undertake an English@Brunel course if you take the ‘IELTS for UKVI’ test.







To apply for English@Brunel you must have:

  • Taken a recognised English qualification, such as IELTS
    (If you have not taken a recognised English test please contact iplc@brunel.ac.uk to request a Placement Test)
  • Checked to see which start date is suitable for you

Please note the minimum age for all IPLC courses is 17.

Once you have done this you can Apply online here

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If you would like any further information on English@Brunel, please contact IPLC

Page last updated: Wednesday 08 April 2015