Online and on-campus study

All our pre-sessional courses offer the best possible preparation for your studies at the University of Bristol, providing the academic language and literacy skills you need to succeed.

Study options

For students preparing for undergraduate study:
10-week pre-sessional course6-week pre-sessional course
10-week online course (14 June to 27 August 2021) 6-week online course (12 July to 27 August 2021)
  6-week on-campus course (12 July to 27 August 2021, please see location details)
For students preparing for postgraduate study:
10-week pre-sessional course6-week pre-sessional course
10-week online course (14 June to 27 August 2021) 6-week online course (12 July to 27 August 2021)
  6-week on-campus course (12 July to 27 August 2021, please see location details)

Our courses are suitable for conditional and unconditional international students with a range of language abilities. Check our entry requirements page to see which of our courses would be most appropriate for you. Visit the unit catalogue for details of course content.

Timetable, workload and study support

All our pre-sessional courses 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.

Classes and one-to-one interactions will take place either online or in person, depending on which course option you have chosen.

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.

Location

6-week on-campus students

We will endeavour to ensure you can access in-person classes on our Clifton campus. However, Covid-19 restrictions may cause your classes to be moved online.

Your induction week will be online only. If UK government restrictions allow it, on-campus classes will start on 19 July.

The UK’s rules on red-list countries, quarantining, testing, and related costs are changing frequently. Please ensure you check the UK government webpages regularly for updates.

6-week and 10-week online students

All interactions will take place online. We have taken many steps to ensure online students get an equally high-quality learning experience. Read our online learning page for details.

Online learning

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

Read more about online learning.

Ask a question

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

Visas

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

Because of this course, the way that I learn has changed completely. Instead of just listening to the teachers, I've become more responsible. Every day I was learning and writing for purpose. It was goal-oriented, so that really motivated me a lot. I also really enjoyed the peer sharing and interactions. I could always gain the support of my peers; whenever I had problems, they would always help me.

Ying Zhu, 2020 6-week online pre-sessional
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