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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.

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.

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 January 2018

 Weeks Start Date End Date FeeApplication Deadline 
 11  27th September 2017 22nd December 2017  £3,265  30th August 2017
 7*  25th October 2017 22nd December 2017  £2,125  27th September 2017

Courses for students with academic offers for September 2018

 Weeks Start DateEnd Date Fee Application Deadline
42 27th September 2017  14th September 2018  £12,385  23rd August 2017 
26 27th September 2017 4th May 2018 £7,540 23rd August 2017
38 25th October 2017  14th September 2018 £10,960 27th September 2017
22 25th October 2017 4th May 2018 £6,400 27th September 2017
30 10th January 2018 14th September 2018  £8,680 6th December 2017
14 10th January 2018 4th May 2018 £4,120 6th December 2017
26 7th February 2018 14th September 2018 £7,540 10th January 2018
10 7th February 2018 4th May 2018 £2,980 10th January 2018

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.

28th August 2017 (Bank Holiday)

25th to 29th September 2017

18th December 2017 to 5th January 2018 (Christmas Holiday)

28th March to 3rd April 2018 (Easter Holiday)

7th to the 18th May 2018

28th May 2018 (Bank Holiday)

27th August 2018 (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 tables 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 2017/8

Entry Requirements 17-8

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