Pre-Sessional English for direct degree entry

Improve your English language ability and gain valuable skills and knowledge before studying a degree at Bournemouth University (BU), with one of our Pre-Sessional English courses.

Conditional offer holders

If you have an offer for a degree at BU that is conditional on English language, our Pre-Sessional English courses give you the best chance of achieving the level you need:

  • The Pre-Sessional English (Fast Track) course focuses on developing your language skills, and is suitable for students who need improve their IELTS score.
  • The Pre-Sessional English with Study Skills option supports you in enhancing your academic skills for UK university study, while also developing English fluency and accuracy.

Suitability for either course depends on your current language profile, and the requirements you are aiming to meet.


Unconditional offer holders

Studying abroad means getting accustomed to a different education system, meeting new people and immersing yourself in a different culture. If you have an unconditional offer to BU, but would like to enhance your academic skills before beginning your degree, we 2 course types:

  • Bachelor’s Enhancement Programme (BEP)
  • Master’s Enhancement Programme (MEP)

Both courses are designed to help you develop critical thinking, and academic and English language skills, while helping you adjust to living and studying in Bournemouth.

Reasons to study Pre-Sessional English

Meet the English language conditions of your BU offer

so that you're fully ready for your degree

Specially designed course

to improve your English language and academic skills

Supportive introduction

to life in Bournemouth and the UK

Range of course lengths

to suit different needs and English levels

Study your Pre-Sessional course on the BU campus

Where you’ll study

You will study your Pre-Sessional English programme at Bournemouth University International College on the University’s Lansdowne Campus, located close to the town centre and the beach. This means you will be part of the BU community, and you can become familiar with the campus, even before you start your degree.

Progressing to Bournemouth University

Once you successfully complete the programme, and meet the entry requirements for your degree at Bournemouth University following your assessments, you’re guaranteed progression to BU.

If you hold an unconditional offer for a BU degree, we expect you to complete the Enhancement Programmes through assessments, but the results of these assessments do not affect your university offer.

Bournemouth University International College Pimlada

Pimlada from Thailand

Pre-Sessional English student, progressed to a master’s degree at Bournemouth University

I enjoy studying here because I meet people from many different countries, and I get to use my English. People in Bournemouth are really friendly and have helped me a lot.

How to apply

If you have a conditional offer for a degree at BU, please complete our application form below with the required documents. The University will contact us to advise on your English language needs. We’ll quickly get back to you with an offer for the most appropriate programme length.

If you have an unconditional offer for a degree at BU, please fill in our application form below to express your interest. The University will confirm you have an offer, and we’ll contact you with more information.

Application form

Still have questions?

If your question is about one of the Pre-Sessional English programmes, please contact us.

If your question is about your Bournemouth University degree offer, please email: [email protected]

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