Pre-sessional entry requirements

The aim of the pre-sessional course(s) is to provide you with tuition so that you can demonstrate a level of academic English and study skills needed by the University of Bristol. You can apply for the pre-sessional course which you feel is most appropriate for you by ticking the relevant box on your online Offer Letter for your postgraduate degree. You can find more application information on our how to apply page.

As a postgraduate offer holder, you must assess your current score and your entry requirements using the drop-down boxes below. (If you are an undergraduate offer holder, please contact CELFS: celfs-presessional@bristol.ac.uk)

CELFS staff cannot advise which pre-sessional course you should take.

All pre-sessional applicants must provide a valid official Secure English Language Test (SELT) certificate. Further information about SELTs and English language Profiles can be found on the University of Bristol Postgraduate Prospectus.

A valid SELT for the Pre sessional course is:

Please note the new requirements for IELTS test: must be taken in an approved test centre

You do not have an offer to study a degree at the University of Bristol

Your current IELTS score is 5.0 overall (5.0 in writing and 4.5 in each band)

You should apply to do the September (34 week) pre-sessional course

Your current IELTS score is 5.5 overall (5.5 in writing and 5.0 in each band)

You should apply for the January (22 week) course

Your offer letter says you need: Profile A (7.5 overall, minimum 7.0 in any band)

Your current IELTS score is 5.0 overall (5.0 in writing and 4.5 in each band)

You should apply for the September (34 week) pre-sessional course – and ask your school if you can defer your offer.

Your current IELTS score is 5.5 overall (5.5 in writing and 5.0 in each band)

You should apply for the January (22 week) pre-sessional course – and ask your school if you can defer your offer.

Your current IELTS score is 6.5 overall (minimum 6.0 in each band)

You should apply for our 10 week programme

Your current IELTS score is 7.0 overall (minimum 6.5 in each band)

You should apply for our 6 week programme

Your current IELTS score is more than 7.0 overall (minimum 6.5 in each band)

You should apply for our 6 week programme

Your offer letter says you need: Profile B (7.0 overall, minimum 6.5 in any band)

Your current IELTS score is 5.0 overall (5.0 in writing and 4.5 in each band)

You should apply for the September (34 week) pre-sessional course – and ask your school if you can defer your offer.

Your current IELTS score is 5.5 overall (5.5 in writing and 5.0 in each band)

You should apply for the January (22 week) pre-sessional course – and ask your school if you can defer your offer.

Your current IELTS score is 6.0 overall (minimum 5.5 in Listening, Reading and Speaking and 5.0 Writing)

You should apply for our 14 week programme

Your current IELTS score is 6.0 overall (minimum 5.5 in each band)

You should apply for our 10 week programme

Your current IELTS score is 6.5 overall (minimum 6.0 in each band)

You should apply for our 6 week programme

Your current IELTS score is more than 6.5 overall (minimum 6.0 in each band)

You should apply for our 6 week programme

Your offer letter says you need: Profile C (6.5 overall, minimum 6.5 in all bands)

Your current IELTS score is 5.0 overall (5.0 in writing and 4.5 in each band)

You should apply for the September (34 week) pre-sessional course – and ask your school if you can defer your offer.

Your current IELTS score is 5.5 overall (5.5 in writing and 5.0 in each band)

You should apply for the January (22 week) pre-sessional course – and ask your school if you can defer your offer.

Your current IELTS score is 5.5 overall (minimum 5.5 in Listening, Reading and Speaking and 5.0 Writing)

You should apply for our 14 week programme

Your current IELTS score is 5.5 overall (minimum 5.5 in all bands)

You should apply for our 10 week programme

Your current IELTS score is 6.0 overall (minimum 6.0 in each band)

You should apply for our 6 week programme

Your current IELTS score is more than 6.0 overall (minimum 6.0 in each band)

You should apply for our 6 week programme

Your offer letter says you need: Profile D (6.5 overall, minimum 7.0 in Reading and Writing, and a minimum of 6.0 in Listening and Speaking)

Your current IELTS score is 5.0 overall (5.0 in writing and 4.5 in each band)

You should apply for the September (34 week) pre-sessional course – and ask your school if you can defer your offer.

Your current IELTS score is 5.5 overall (5.5 in writing and 5.0 in each band)

You should apply for the January (22 week) pre-sessional course – and ask your school if you can defer your offer.

Your current IELTS score is 5.5 overall (minimum 6.0 in Reading and Writing and minimum 5.0 in Listening and Speaking)

You should apply for our 10 week programme

Your current IELTS score is 6.0 overall (minimum 6.5 in Reading and Writing and minimum 5.5 in Listening and Speaking)

You should apply for our 6 week programme

Your current IELTS score is more than 6.0 overall (minimum 6.5 in Reading and Writing and minimum 5.5 in Listening and Speaking)

You should apply for our 6 week programme

Your offer letter says you need: Profile E (6.5 overall, minimum 6.0 in all bands)

Your current IELTS score is 5.0 overall (5.0 in writing and 4.5 in each band)

You should apply for the September (34 week) pre-sessional course – and ask your school if you can defer your offer.

Your current IELTS score is 5.5 overall (5.5 in writing and 5.0 in each band)

You should apply for the January (22 week) pre-sessional course – and ask your school if you can defer your offer.

Your current IELTS score is 5.5 overall (minimum 5.0 in all bands)

You should apply for our 10 week programme

Your current IELTS score is 6.0 overall (minimum 5.5 in all bands)

You should apply for our 6 week programme

Your current IELTS score is more than 6.0 overall (minimum 5.5 in each band)

You should apply for our 6 week programme

Your offer letter says you need: Profile F (6.0 overall, minimum 6.5 in either Listening or Speaking with minimum 6.0 in other bands)

Your current IELTS score is 5.0 overall (5.0 in writing and 4.5 in each band)

You should apply for the September (34 week) pre-sessional course – and ask your school if you can defer your offer.

Your current IELTS score is 5.5 overall (5.5 in writing and 5.0 in each band)

You should apply for the January (22 week) pre-sessional course – and ask your school if you can defer your offer.

Your current IELTS score is 5.0 overall (minimum 5.5 in Listening or Speaking and minimum 5.0 in other bands)

You should apply for our 10 week programme

Your current IELTS score is 5.5 overall (minimum 6.0 in Listening or Speaking and minimum 5.5 in other bands)

You should apply for our 6 week programme

Your current IELTS score is more than 5.5 overall (minimum 6.0 in Listening or Speaking and minimum 5.5 in other bands)

You should apply for our 6 week programme