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Online Only, Online to On-Campus English Courses

 All of our courses are available online

This September and October you have the choice of learning face-to-face online or on face-to-face on campus. Brunel Language Centre’s autumn courses will begin on 23 September and 21 October and each will begin with a 3-day orientation programme.  Class sizes will be limited to a maximum of 12 and will often be smaller than that – smallest class will be 6.  This is to allow for the best possible experience and to maintain safe social distancing.

Latest update:  

Face-to-Face Online and On-Campus Teaching! (Delayed visa or flight? You can start online and come to the campus when you have your visa and flight. You still need to apply for a visa by the on-campus deadline).

Our On-line to On-campus courses have been developed to help students who are not able to arrive in the UK on time to start their Pre-sessional English Programme.  The Online course content is exactly the same as the On-campus course content for all courses.  Online assessment will be available in December for those students unable to arrive in the UK. 

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Online Beginers to Pre-Intermediate Courses 

Online Beginners to Pre-Intermediate Courses

Our online beginners to pre-intermediate course is designed to bring students up to a level high enough to join one of our Pre-sessional English or English@Brunel courses. There are 3 levels of 10 weeks each. Students are assessed at the end of each level to check how much progress they have made. The available courses are:

Online only for Beginners to Pre-intermediate September 2021 start
 23 September - 18 December 2020 Level 1 (11 weeks) £3,795 
 23 September - 18 December 2020 Level 2 (11 weeks) £3,795
 23 September - 18 December Level 3 (11 weeks)  £3,795

Online only for Beginners to Pre-intermediate February 2021 start

 03 February 2021 - 07 May 2021 Level 1 (11 weeks)  £3,795 
 03 February 2021 - 07 May 2021 Level 2 (11 weeks)  £3,795
 03 February 2021 - 07 May 2021 Level 3 (11 weeks) £3,795  

 

Online Pre-Sessional Courses

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.

Studying an online Pre-sessional English course that finishes in December 2020 will allow you to start your degree course on campus in January 2021.

Studying an online Pre-sessional English course that finishes in September 2021 will allow you to start your degree course on campus in the autumn of 2021.

Online Pre-sessional English Courses for January 2021 intake
Weeks Start Date  End DateFee  Application Deadline
 19  22 July 2020  18 December 2020 £6,555   8 July 2020
 11  23 September 2020  18 December 2020  £3,795  9 September 2020
 7  21 October 2020  18 December 2020  £2,415  7 October 2020
Online Pre-sessional English Courses for September 2021 intake
 Weeks Start Date End Date FeeApplication Deadline 
 27  23 September 2020  7 May 2021  £8,640 9 September 2020 
23   21 October 2020 7 May 2021   £7,040  7 October 2020
 15  6 January 2021  7 May 2021  £5,175  23 December 2020
 11  3 February 2021  7 May 2021  £3,795  20 January 2021
43   23 September 2021 3 September 2021   £13,545  9 September 2020
 39  21 October 2021  3 September 2021  £12,285  7 October 2020
 32  6 January 2021  3 September 2021 £10,080   23 December 2020
 27  3 February 2021  3 September 2021  £8,640  20 January 2021

 Online Summer Pre-sessional English Courses for September 2021 intake

Weeks  Start DateEnd Date Fee Application Deadline 
 16  12 May 2021  3 September 2021  £5,520  28 April 2021
12   9 June 2021  3 September 2021  £4,560  26 May 2021
 10  23 June 2021  3 September 2021  £3,800  9 June 2021
 21 July 2021 3 September 2021  £2,280  7 July 2021
Online Pre-sessional English Courses for January 2022 intake
 Weeks Start Date End Date FeeApplication Deadline 
42   6 January 2021  17 December 2021  £13,230  23 December 2020
 38  3 February 2021  17 December 2021  £11,970  20 January 2021
 27  12 May 2021 17 December 2021  £8,640   28 April 2021
 19  21 July 2021 17 December 2021   £7,220  7 July 2021

Online LBIC Courses

Studying an online Pre-sessional English course that finishes in December 2020 will allow you to start your LBIC degree course on campus in January 2021.

Studying an online Pre-sessional English course that finishes in May 2021 will allow you to start your LBIC degree course on campus in the spring of 2021.

Studying an online Pre-sessional English course that finishes in September 2021 will allow you to start your LBIC degree course on campus in the autumn of 2021.

Online LBIC English Courses for January 2021 intake
 Weeks Start DateEnd Date  FeeApplication Deadline 
 11  23 September 2020  18 December 2020  £3,795 9 September 2020 
 21 October 2020  18 December 2020  £2,415  7 October 2020
Online LBIC English Courses for May 2021 intake
Weeks  Start DateEnd Date  Fee Application Deadline
 27  23 September 2020  7 May 2021  £8,640  9 September 2020
 23  21 October 2020  7 May 2021  £7,040  7 October 2020
15   6 January 2021  7 May 2021  £5,175  23 December 2020
 11  3 February 2021 7 May 2021   £3,795  20 January 2021
Online LBIC English Courses for September 2021 intake
Weeks  Start Date End DateFee  Application Deadline
 43  23 September 2020  3 September 2021  £13,545  9 September 2020
 39 21 October 2020  3 September 2021 £12,285   7 October 2020
 32  6 January 2021   3 September 2021  £10,080  23 December 2020
 27  3 February 2021   3 September 2021 £8,640  20 January 2021 
16   12 May 2021  3 September 2021   £5,520 28 April 2021 
 12 9 June 2021    3 September 2021  £4,560  26 May 2021
 10  23 June 2021   3 September 2021  £3,800 9 June 2021 
 6  21 July 2021   3 September 2021 £2,280  7 July 2021 
Online LBIC English Courses for January 2022 intake
 Weeks Start Date End Date Fee Application Deadline
 42  6 January 2021  17 December 2021 £13,230   23 December 2020
 38  3 February 2021  17 December 2021 £11,970  20 January 2021 
 27  12 May 2021  17 December 2021  £8,640  28 April 2021
19  21 July 2021   17 December 2021 £7,220   7 July 2021

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.

2020:

Monday 31 August 2020 (Bank Holiday)

PLEASE NOTE IT IS IMPORTANT TO STAY ON CAMPUS UNTIL 11TH SEPTEMBER 2020 IN ORDER TO COMPLETE PROGRESSION TO YOUR DEGREE COURSE.

Monday 21 September 2020 to Friday 25 September 2020

Monday 14 December 2020 to Friday 1 January 2021 (Christmas Holiday)  - PLEASE NOTE STUDENTS ON ENGLISH COURSES DUE TO FINISH IN DECEMBER 2020 SHOULD ENSURE THEY ARE IN THE UK AND AVAILABLE UP UNTIL FRIDAY 18 DECEMBER 2020.

2021:

Monday 29 March 2021 to Friday 9 April 2021 (Easter Holiday)

Monday 3 May – Friday 14 (Mid-term break)- PLEASE NOTE STUDENTS ON ENGLISH COURSES DUE TO FINISH IN MAY 2021 SHOULD ENSURE THAT THEY ARE IN THE UK AND AVAILABLE UP UNTIL FRIDAY 7 MAY 2021.

Monday 3 May 2021 (Bank Holiday) 

Monday 31 May 2021(Bank Holiday)

Monday 30 August 2021(Bank Holiday)

Monday 13 December 2021 to Monday 3 January 2022 (Christmas Holiday) - PLEASE NOTE STUDENTS ON ENGLISH COURSES DUE TO FINISH IN DECEMBER 2021 SHOULD ENSURE THEY ARE IN THE UK AND AVAILABLE UP UNTIL FRIDAY 17 DECEMBER 2021.

 

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 (London, UK time). 

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

 TimetableOnline

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, speaking, grammar, reading 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 2020/21

For the entry requirements onto the pre-sessional English courses, please click here.

For the entry requirements onto the English@Brunel English courses, please click here.

For the entry requirements onto the LBIC English courses, please click here.

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’.


What hardware do you need to access classes and course materials?

Devices required: a computer (desktop or laptop) and a mobile device (tablet or smartphone) for certain apps.

Operating system: Windows 10 or Mac OS 10.11 (El Capitain). For the best experience, use the latest version of your operating system.

Processor: 2.5 GHz Dual Intel Core i5 and higher.

Memory: 4GB RAM or more.

HDD: 10GB of available disk space

Bandwidth Requirements (Internet connection): stable internet connection with 2.0 Mbps up and down.

Browser: Chrome, Firefox, Safari or Edge.

Plugins: Latest Version of: Adobe Reader, Flash and Java.

Printer: Access to ink-jet or laser printer.

Sound Card and Speakers: Required.

Monitor/video card: Capable of at least 1280x800 resolution, 1:000:1 contrast ration; DirectX 9 or later, 128MB graphics memory, and 32 bits pre pixel capable format.

Webcam and microphone: Built-in or external webcam and microphone required.

.NET version Windows: Some features may require .NET 3.5 or 4.6 and higher to also be installed.

Scanner: Required (or a scanning app) with a possibility to save documents in pdf and jpg.

What software do we use for teaching, and how does this work in other countries?

Many of our main platforms are web-based e.g. Blackboard Learn, WISEflow, eVision, Quizlet, Kahoot!, Wetransfer, and our Library has resources which are accessible online. All Brunel students can install MS Office for free on their devices. Installing additional apps might be required (such as: Zoom, Quizlet, Kahoot! or MS Teams). You should be able to access Brunel University website anywhere in the world using your preferred Gateway to Brunels resources. Please note that many non-microsoft office suites (such as WPS) should be avoided as they are not fully compatible with many functions of MS Office. When you use MS Office, it is helpful to set your language to English to facilitate communication with your teacher in case you need help.

How do we make materials available to students that they cannot access directly via the web?

All the course materials are available to download from Brunel’s website or are sent to you by email or wetransfer.com. If you have a particular problem, contact your teachers immediately and they will find the best solution.

How much face-to-face time is there in remote teaching?

Our online English Language learning is Face-to-Face: you will see your tutors and fellow students for a minimum of 19 hours a week. In addition, you will have one-to-one weekly tutorials with your personal tutor. You will spend 4 hours in virtual classrooms a day (Mon-Thu) and 3 hours on Fridays.

How does the time difference affect teaching and when will I be required to be on-line?

Most classes will run as follows:

08:30 -10:30 & 11:30-13:30 (London time) Monday - Thursday

08:30 -10:30 & 11:30-12:30 (London time) on Fridays

 

"My first online learning experience was exciting. It could be said that this 6-week pre-sessional course is the most useful English course I have ever taken. Thanks to my teachers for their teaching and encouragement, I have improved my English significantly, especially my academic writing skills."


Zixun Dai, Online Pre-sessional Course 2020

online English Language learning is Face-to-Face – you will see your tutors and fellow students for a minimum of 19 hours a week, you will receive a free digital course book and have one-to-one tutorials with your personal tutor. Maximum class size is now 12.