Pre-Sessional English


The Pre-sessional English course has been designed to provide you with English language support before the start of your academic studies at Brunel. We provide a friendly and supportive learning environment, in which you will have the opportunity to improve your language skills, make friends and settle into life at Brunel and the UK.

If you have already met the English requirements for your academic programme, we offer a 4-week pre-sessional course that has been specifically designed to enhance your academic skills prior to your studies.

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Course Features

  • Study as long as you need to, with a range of courses to suit your level of English
  • Small class sizes, maximum 14 in a class
  • Classes focus on key academic English skills to prepare you for success in your studies at Brunel
  • A fun social programme, which includes weekly events on campus and to popular UK destinations
  • English language test at the end of the programme
  • Visa support provided both throughout the application process and during the course itself

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If you have any questions, please email us


Course Dates & Fees

If you are planning to start your academic course in September 2017, the following Pre-sessional English courses will be available:


Number of weeks Start Date End Date Cost Application Deadline
18 11th January 2017 2nd June 2017 £5,260 07 December 2016
14 8th February 2017 2nd June 2017 £4,120 11 January 2017
50 27 July 2016 15 September 2017 £14,380 29 June 2016
42 28 September 2016 15 September 2017 £12,100 31 August 2016
39 19 October 2016 15 September 2017 £11,245 21 September 2016
30 11 January 2017 15 September 2017 £8,680 07 December 2016
26 08 February 2017 15 September 2017 £7,540 11 January 2017
18 03 May 2017 15 September 2017 £5,260  5 April 2017
16 17 May 2017 15 September 2017  £4,690  19 April 2017
12 14 June 2017 15 September 2017  £3,550  17 May 2017
10 28 June 2017 15 September 2017  £2,980  31 May 2017
8 12 July 2017 15 September 2017  £2,410  14 June 2017
6 26 July 2017 15 September 2017  £1,840  28 June 2017
4* 09 August 2017 15 September 2017  £1,270  19 July 2017
 *The 4 week course is only for students who are holding an unconditional offer.

The courses listed below are most suitbale for students wishing to begin their academic studies at Brunel University London in January 2018

Weeks  Start Date End Date Fee Application Deadline
37 8th February 2017 22nd December 2017 £10,675 11th January 2017
18 2nd August 2017 22nd December 2017 £5,260 5th July 2017
11 27th September 2017 22nd December 2017 £3,265 30th August 2017
7* 25th October 2017 22nd December 2017 £2,125 27th September 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

This course focuses on improving your academic English skills. Classes will include modules on:

  • Research Skills and Academic Writing
  • Presentation Skills
  • Listening and Note-taking
  • Seminar Skills
  • Grammar and Vocabulary Development

The Pre-sessional course is a full-time programme and comprises of 19 hours classroom study per week, plus a 10 minute tutorial. Classes will be scheduled Monday to Friday between 9am and 5pm. An example timetable is included below:

Sample Timetable

Monday 9:00-11:00 - Introduction to Pre-sessional Course and Academic Skills
13:00-15:00 - Reading and Vocabulary

9:00-11:00 - Research Skills
13:00-15:00 – Listening                    

Wednesday 9:00-11:00 - Research Skills
13:00-15:00 – Subject related lectures / seminars /presentations (Guest lecturers from the various schools)

9:00-11:00 - Writing
11:00-12:00 - Tutorials
13:00-15:00 - Seminar Skills
Social Programme - 18:00 – 19:30 - Pizza and Quiz Night                  

Friday 9:00-11:00 - Writing
13:00-14:00 - British Culture

Course Assessement

At the end of the programme, all students following the Pre-sessional programme will sit the Brunel English Language Test (BrunELT). You will be tested on your writing, reading, speaking and listening skills and will receive a score for each component as well as an overall score.

Progression onto Future Studies

To progress onto your academic course at Brunel you will need to pass the Pre-sssional 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.

Entry Requirements

Here at the Brunel Language Centre, our aim is to help our students achieve the English Language scores they need to progress onto their chosen academic course.

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 the entry requirements for their chosen academic course.

To help you decide how many weeks English Language you will need to undertake please use the tables available here. Remember that these are for guidance only. For specific advice please feel free to send your most recent English Language qualification to

Changes to IELTS test centres from April 2015

 If you need to undertake a Pre-sessional English course at Brunel University London in order to meet the entry requirements for your chosen degree course and you do not have a valid IELTS taken before April 6 2015, 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 a Pre-sessional English 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 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 a Pre-sessional English course if you take the ‘IELTS for UKVI’ test.


To apply for a Pre-sessional course you must first have:

  • Applied for your main academic course
  • Taken a recognised English qualification, such as IELTS (students who require a Tier 4 visa must hold an 'Academic IELTS for UKVI' certificate)
  • Checked to see which Pre-sessional course is most 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


See what Pre-sessional Programme Leader Fiona Wallace says about studying on a Pre-sessional course:


If you would like more information about Pre-sessional English please contact Brunel Language Centre.

Page last updated: Wednesday 15 April 2015