We are in the process of confirming details for the 2022 pre-sessional courses. The information on these pages is indicative only. Further information will be available soon. 

Online and on-campus study

Our pre-sessional courses offer the best possible preparation for your studies at the University of Bristol, providing the academic language and literacy skills you need to succeed.

Study options

Our courses are suitable for conditional and unconditional international students with a range of language abilities. Check our entry requirements page to see which length of course would be most appropriate for you. 

Study options for our 10-week pre-sessional course
Online courseOn-campus course
Induction: 8 to 10 June and 16 to 17 June (online)

Teaching: 20 June to 26 August 2022 (online)

Induction: 8 to 10 June (online) and 16 to 17 June (location to be confirmed)

Teaching: 20 June to 26 August 2022 (on campus)

Visit the unit catalogue for details of 10-week course content at undergraduate and postgraduate level.

Study options for our 6-week pre-sessional course
Online courseOn-campus course

Induction: 6 to 8 July, and 14 to 15 July (online)

Teaching: 18 July to 26 August 2022 (online)

Induction: 6 to 8 July (online), and 14 to 15 July (location to be confirmed)

Teaching: 18 July to 26 August 2022 (on campus)

Visit the unit catalogue for details of 6-week course content at undergraduate and postgraduate level.

Timetable, workload and study support

All our pre-sessional courses include:

  • teaching in small groups of up to 16
  • 50 per cent synchronous interaction with classmates and teacher
  • opportunities for one-to-one synchronous interaction with a teacher
  • guided learning tasks for you to complete in your own time
  • regular opportunities for personalised feedback on your work from your teacher and classmates.

Classes and one-to-one interactions will take place either online or in person, depending on which course option you have chosen.

Teaching staff

Many of our current teaching staff work on the pre-sessional courses. We also recruit extra teachers to work over the summer. Our reputation for excellence means we employ highly qualified and experienced people.


6-week and 10-week on-campus students

During the teaching period, we will endeavour to ensure you can access in-person classes on our Clifton campus. However, Covid-19 restrictions may cause your classes to be moved online.

The first three days of your induction week will take place online only. There will then be a break, to allow you to travel and move into your accommodation. The location for the final two days of your induction will be confirmed soon.

The UK government’s rules on travelling to England from another country are changing frequently. Please ensure you check the UK government webpages regularly for updates.

6-week and 10-week online students

All interactions will take place online. We have taken many steps to ensure online students get an equally high-quality learning experience. Read our online learning page for details.

Online learning

Our online courses offer the same high-quality experience as our on-campus courses.

Read more about online learning.

This pre-sessional course was truly a great opportunity for me to prepare myself well for my postgraduate programme. Unlike other courses, I was encouraged to find out the most suitable way for myself to learn. This has proved to be a huge help during my postgraduate studies in Bristol.

Muyang Chen (6-week pre-sessional 2021 )

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Pre-sessional visa and CAS information will be available soon. 

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