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


Brunel Language Centre 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.

Click here to view our 2016/7 brochure


If you have any questions, please email us

Course Dates & Fees

Weeks Start Date End Date Fees Application Deadline
18 2nd August 2017 22nd December 2017  £5,260 5th July 2017
38 2nd August 2017 8th June 2018  £10,960 5th July 2017
50 2nd August 2017 14th September 2018  £14,380 5th July 2017
11 27th September 2017 22nd December 2017 £3,265 23rd August 2017
31 27th September 2017 8th June 2018  £8,965 23rd August 2017
26 25th October 2017  8th June 2018 £7,540 27th September 2017

Post-Beginner/Pre-Intermediate General English


Classes take place from 9.30am to 1pm, Monday to Friday. The course costs £300 per week and full fees or sponsorship will need to be provided before classes begin.

The classes will be taught at a Pre-Intermediate level and would be suitable for those with a minimum IELTS score of 3.0 in Reading, Writing, Listening and Speaking.

Please note that the classes are only available to those who are already in the UK on a valid visa.

Start Date
End Date 

16th January 2017

24th April 2017

24th March 2017

2nd June 2017





 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 19 hours of classroom study per week, plus a 10 minute tutorial.  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 tables for detailed entry requirements:



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 languagecentre@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 languagecentre@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 Brunel Language Centre 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 Brunel Language Centre

Page last updated: Wednesday 08 April 2015