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.

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

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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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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