Entry requirements

Our pre-sessional courses are suitable for international students with a range of language abilities. They will provide both conditional and unconditional students with the best possible preparation for their Bristol studies.

Applicants with an unconditional offer from the University of Bristol

If you have no language conditions and an offer for direct entry to your degree course, you could consider taking a 6-week pre-sessional course. This would offer you the best possible preparation for study at the University of Bristol.

Applicants with a conditional offer from the University of Bristol

If your undergraduate or postgraduate offer letter specifies an English language profile, you should refer to the table below. This table tells you which pre-sessional course you will need to apply for. You will need to fully engage with the course to reach the required English language profile.

If you are applying for an on-campus course, your test must conform to UKVI Secure English Language Test (SELT) standards. For further information about SELTs, please read the latest UKVI guidance.


In 2023, 100 per cent of on-campus students and 99 per cent of online students who completed a pre-sessional course progressed on to a degree at Bristol.

To progress to further study, you will need to fully engage with the pre-sessional course. Fully engaging with the course will also provide the best possible preparation for your studies. Engagement throughout the course is mandatory.

How to apply

Visit our application page for information on applying to a pre-sessional course.

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Email: choosebristol-pg@bristol.ac.uk
Phone: +44 (0)117 394 1649

Admissions statement

The pre-sessional admissions statement 23-24 (PDF, 129kB) contains important information about application requirements and process.


Visit the Visa Services page for pre-sessional visa and CAS information. 

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