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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

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Pre-sessional English

Start date

To see our start and end dates, please click on this link.


from £340 per week

Entry requirements

Your entry requirement depends on the course duration you are applying for. For more information, please click on this link.


from 4 to 42 weeks, please click on this link.

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Brunel Language Centre is British Council Accredited and recognised by the English Language Gazette as a Centre of Excellence.

Our Pre-sessional courses

  • Study online, on campus at Brunel or on campus in Chengdu (10 and 6-week courses only)
  • Both online and on-campus courses are face-to-face, informative, fun and fully interactive
  • Maximum number of participants 14 (normally no more than 12)
  • 19 hours of study a week, plus individual/small group tutorial
  • Minimum age 17
  • Pass rate is 96% to 100%
  • Free digital course book
  • End-of-course test available online
  • Expert immigration and visa advice both before and during your studies

You can explore our campus and facilities for yourself by taking our virtual tour.

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Entry requirements

To apply for a Pre-sessional course, you must:

  • Hold an offer for your main academic course.
  • Have a recognised English qualification, such as IELTS (students who require a Student Visa must hold a SELT, such as 'Academic IELTS for UKVI')

To help you decide, which course to apply for, please use the table available below.

You can Apply online Here (please note the minimum age for all our courses is 17).

 If you do not want to study for a degree, please apply for English@ Brunel, Summer Courses for Professionals, Summer Courses for University Students, Football + English Experience or English for Beginners

Entry requirements for 2023/24 can be found here.


Please note: You will only be able to apply for a Student Visa to undertake a Pre-sessional English course if you have a Secure English Language Test (SELT):

  • IELTS SELT Consortium
  • LanguageCert
  • Pearson
  • Trinity College London
  • PSI Services (UK) Ltd

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’.

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Please visit our 'Course Fees and Dates' website to see our range of courses that are currently available.

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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.

Read our guide on how to avoid plagiarism in your assessments at Brunel.

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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.


Monday 25 March - Friday 5 April (Easter Break)


Monday 6 May – Friday 17 May (Mid-Term Break)

Monday 27 May (Spring Bank Holiday)

Monday 26 August (Summer Bank Holiday)

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Why Brunel Language Centre?

Brunel Language Centre is a department of Brunel University London and offers a range of English programmes for students, teachers and other professionals. We employ highly-qualified and experienced lecturers, specialising in their particular discipline. We are dedicated and committed to our students achieving the highest standards. We teach in small classes and students can enjoy their learning experience and benefit from personalised support.

We are accredited by the British Council, who recognise our high-quality tuition and excellent pastoral care by awarding us 10 strengths (for quality assurance, care of students, academic staff profile, student administration, teaching, course design, learning resources, learner management, leisure opportunities, premises and facilities). For reports, please see here:

We are also an EL Gazette Centre of Excellence.

We pride ourselves on the excellent teaching and support we offer and as a result have a near 100% retention rate and a 96% to 100% pass rate. Our students report that they really appreciate their experiences studying with us.

We have alumni across the world and welcome students from a wide variety of countries and backgrounds.

To learn more, please see: Our English Language Courses (hyperlink - Our English Language courses | Brunel University London


Please visit our 'Why Brunel Language Centre' webpage for more information.

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Before you arrive

Studying at Brunel Language Centre may be your first stepping stone to life at Brunel. You will be joining a lively student community, in which we provide a friendly and supportive teaching environment in order to help you achieve the results you need for success in your future work or study.


For more information, please visit Before you arrive page.

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Contact us

For general inquiries, call us or send us an email: 

Telephone: +44 (0)1895 268089

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