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 prepare you for further study. They will focus on developing your academic language and skills. They are not exam preparation courses. You will be assessed on your development and will need to meet your offer conditions in order to progress.

The courses we currently offer are:



Your existing language level will determine the length of course you need to take. Check our entry requirements page for more information.

If you have already met your language requirements but wish to continue developing your academic language and literacy skills in readiness for your studies, you are also welcome to join these courses.

Progression and pass rates

In 2019, more than 99 per cent of pre-sessional students progressed to a degree programme at the University of Bristol.

Course content

An online pre-sessional course will prepare you to meet your offer conditions in order to progress to further study at undergraduate or postgraduate level at Bristol. The course will focus on raising awareness of expectations in the UK higher education context and helping you to develop your academic language and literacy skills. You will be assessed on your development in key areas throughout the course.  

The main aims of the pre-sessional are: 

  • to develop your ability to communicate in a range of academic contexts 
  • to develop skills and strategies necessary to succeed in a UK higher education context 
  • to help you meet the expectations of your chosen academic programme at Bristol 
  • to develop your ability to identify goals and monitor your learning in any context.

Timetable, workload and study support

Our online pre-sessional courses will include:

  • teaching in small groups of up to 16
  • 50 per cent live interaction with classmates and teacher
  • opportunities for one-to-one live 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
  • a learning portfolio of reflection on your progress.

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.


Due to coronavirus, our pre-sessional courses will be online only in 2020.

Online learning

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

Read more about online learning.

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Phone: +44 (0)117 394 1649

Admissions statement

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

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