Pre-sessional courses for offer holders

Course options

You must have an offer to study at the University of Bristol to be eligible for these short pre-sessional courses. Your offer can be for either undergraduate or postgraduate study.

These pre-sessional courses will help develop your academic language and literacy. You must meet your offer conditions in order to progress.

Depending on your existing language level, you will choose one of the following options:



Check our entry requirements page to find out which short course you need to take.

Progression and pass rates

On average, over 95 per cent of pre-sessional students progress to a degree programme at the University of Bristol (based on progression rates for the past three years).

Watch a video of the students at their final ceremony in 2016.

Course content

All of our pre-sessional courses will help you:

  • understand life in the UK
  • learn effectively in your lectures
  • understand the academic community
  • be aware of your own strengths and needs
  • develop ways to apply your reading to your work
  • write academic English for different audiences and purposes
  • speak academic English in presentations, seminars and tutorials.

You can find details of course content for the 14-week, 10-week and 6-week pre-sessionals on our unit catalogue.

Timetable, workload and study support

This is an intensive course. In addition to 17.5 hours in the classroom per week, there are daily guided learning and assessment tasks (online and offline). There is also an expectation that you evaluate your own progress and engage in independent review and follow-up activities as needed.

You will have access to all the resources you need, including:

You will be free to explore everything the University and the city of Bristol has to offer in your free time.

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 the best people.


All our pre-sessional courses are all taught on the Clifton campus in the heart of Bristol. Fully integrated into the University, you can access all our academic, social and sports facilities.

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Fees and funding

Get full details of course costs and other expenses.

Admissions statement

Our pre-sessional admissions statement 2019 (PDF, 69kB) contains important information about the admissions process.

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