Entry requirements

Our 6-week and 10-week courses are aimed at undergraduate and postgraduate students who already have an offer from the University of Bristol. These courses will help you meet the English language conditions of your offer.

Find out which pre-sessional course to take

Different courses require different levels of language skill. We refer to these skill levels as 'profiles'. Your offer letter will tell you the English language profile required by your course.

Using the list below, find out which pre-sessional course you need to take to meet the terms of your offer. 

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.

Provide a certificate

If you are providing an IELTS, you must provide a valid IELTS Academic test certificate. It must show that you meet the entry requirements for the pre-sessional course you are applying to.

A valid IELTS Academic test certificate:

We do not accept the IELTS Life Skills test. Find further information on the University of Bristol’s English Language entry requirements page.

Think about progression

Our pre-sessional courses for offer holders are designed to help you meet the English language conditions of your offer and prepare you for life at the University.

In 2019, more than 99 per cent of pre-sessional students progressed to a degree programme at the University of Bristol. However, attendance on a pre-sessional course does not guarantee progression to your degree.

You will be formally assessed at the end of your pre-sessional course to see if you have met the English language conditions of your offer. If you do not meet the conditions of your degree course, you could be withdrawn from the degree. We are required to notify the UKVI of this.

Should a student not progress onto their degree course, the University will be able to provide guidance on alternative study options.

Ask a question

Phone: +44 (0)117 394 1649

Admissions statement

Our Pre-sessional Admissions Statement 2019 (PDF, 148kB) contains important information about the admissions process.


Read about visa options for our pre-sessional courses.

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