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Pre-sessional English

Our Pre-sessional English courses have been designed to provide you with intensive English Language training 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.

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We offer a wide range of start dates, accommodating a wide range of English Language abilities. For advice on which course would be most suitable for you, please visit the Entry Requirements tab.

Courses for students with academic offers for September 2019

WeeksStart Date         End DateFeeApplication Deadline
30 9 January 2019 13 September 2019  £9,600 5 December 2018
14 9 January 2019 10 May 2019 £4,340 5 December 2018  
26 6 February 2019 13 September 2019 £8,540 9 January 2019
10 6 February 2019 10 May 2019  £3,100  9 January 2019
16 15 May 2019 13 September 2019 £4,960 17 April 2019
12 12 June 2019 13 September 2019 £3,720 15 May 2019
10 26 June 2019 13 September 2019 £3,100 29 May 2019
6 24 July 2019 13 September 2019 £1,890  26 June 2019

Courses for students with academic offers for January 2020

 Weeks Start Date End Date Fee Application Deadline
43 9 January 2019 20 December 2019 £12,900 5 December 2018
39 6 February 2019 20 December 2019 £11,600 9 January 2019
29 15 May 2019 20 December 2019 £8,700 24 April 2019
19 24 July 2019 20 December 2019 £6,555 26 June 2019
11 25 September 2019 20 December 2019 £3,795 21 August 2019
7 23 October 2019 20 December 2019 £2,415 25 September 2019


Non-Teaching Dates & 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.

26th March to 6th April 2018 (Easter Holiday)

7th to the 18th May 2018

28th May 2018 (Bank Holiday)

27th August 2018 (Bank Holiday)

24th to 28th September 2018


15th to 26th April 2019 (Easter Holiday)

6th May 2019 (Bank Holiday)

27th May 2019 (Bank Holiday)

26th August 2019 (Bank Holiday)


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 19 hours classroom study per week, plus a 10 minute tutorial. Classes will be scheduled Monday to Friday between 9am and 5pm. 

Subject Specific Classes

An important part of the teaching programme here at Brunel Language Centre are subject specific classes. These bring together students who will be studying similar degree courses and focus on the skills and vocabulary needed for those subject areas. Students can also get the opportunity to visit interesting London venues to explore their discipline outside of the classroom.

Classes include:

  • Business & Management
  • Design Branding & Marketing
  • Engineering & IT
  • Finance & Accounting 
  • Law & International Relations
  • Media & PR


Sample Timetable


Course Assessment

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-sessional 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.

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 table available below. Remember that these are for guidance only. For specific advice please feel free to send your most recent English Language qualification to languagecentre@brunel.ac.uk 

Entry Requirements for 2018/9

Entry Requirements 18

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

 Once you have done this you can Apply online Here (Please note the minimum age for all our courses is 17.)

Please note: 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. 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’.

"I had a fantastic time on the English course at Brunel Language Centre. I really improved my writing skills and now I feel prepared for my degree programme. I also made lots of friends and went on interesting trips."

Chenhao Li, China