Entry requirements

Our pre-sessional courses are suitable for international students with a range of language abilities. They provide both conditional and unconditional students with the best possible preparation for their studies.

If you have no language conditions and an offer for direct entry to your degree course, you could consider taking a 6-week pre-sessional course. This would offer you the best possible preparation for study at the University of Bristol.

English language conditions

If your undergraduate or postgraduate offer letter specifies an English language profile, you should refer to the table below. This table tells you which pre-sessional course you will need to apply for. You will need to fully engage with the course to reach the required English language profile.

For further information about Secure English language Tests, please read the latest UKVI guidance.

If you are an undergraduate applicant and do not meet the English language requirements for your course, you may still be eligible for our International Foundation Programme. Postgraduate applicants will need to retake the IELTS test.


In 2021, more than 99 per cent of students progressed to the University of Bristol.

To progress on to further study, you will need to fully engage with the pre-sessional course. Fully engaging with the course will provide the best possible preparation for your studies. Engagement throughout the course is mandatory.

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How to apply

Visit our application page for information on applying to a pre-sessional course.

Admissions statement

The Pre-sessional Admissions Statement 2022 (PDF, 159kB) contains important information about application requirements and process.


Visit the Visa Services page for pre-sessional visa and CAS information. 

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