Pre-sessional courses

Our intensive courses will help you to improve your English language skills in preparation for study in UK universities. We offer academic year courses and summer courses.

What can I study?

Our pre-sessional courses will help you to meet your English language requirements to study in the UK. Look at what you will study.

What grades do I need?

We want students to succeed on the pre-sessional course and at degree level. Find out what academic and language qualifications we ask for.

How much does it cost?

Studying at Bristol is a solid investment in your future career. See our course fees.

How do I apply?

Applying is easy and our friendly staff will help guide you through it. Find out how and apply direct.

Why choose us?

There are many reasons to choose one of our pre-sessional courses – the University, the teaching, the students and the city. Discover what makes Bristol special.

What happens next?

From accommodation to visas, we know that you have lots of questions about your application and "what next?". Find out about accommodation and visas.


We are pleased that so many of our pre-sessional students are successful. Where our students go next.

Before you arrive

You have applied, and you have an offer. You're now thinking about what to do before you arrive. How to prepare for study at Bristol.


The University is 3rd most targeted by UK employers


The University is ranked 41st in the world


More than 500 employer visits to our campus each year


We have taught students from 60 countries

‌Download a guide

Our international guide (PDF, 2,840kB) provides information for all students coming to Bristol from overseas.