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Pre-sessional courses at the University of Bath

If you have received an offer to study at Bath but you need to improve your English first, here is how the pre-sessional English (PSE) programme can help.

Students writing in a Pre-sessional class
Develop your English, Academic Skills and intercultural competency

Understanding PSE

The PSE programme has two components:

  • English language
  • academic skills

English language

The language component is designed to improve your accuracy and fluency in English. This part of the programme is based on the Cambridge English syllabus which focuses on the real, everyday English you need to live, work, study and socialise in the UK.

Academic skills

The academic skills component is designed to develop the skills you need to succeed in your degree programme at Bath. It aims to increase your confidence in creating persuasive arguments and producing clear academic writing.

Outline of the Pre-sessional courses at the University of Bath


The English language component is delivered using Microsoft Teams. It takes place online in real time Monday – Friday in the morning, UK time. There are online activities and breaks for you to prepare those activities. This component uses a textbook.

The academic skills component is delivered using Moodle, the University’s virtual learning environment. It takes place online and you complete activities at times convenient to you. This component uses materials created by us.

Both components require substantial preparation and independent study time. Group work is also an important feature of the PSE programme. You often work in pairs and groups to complete activities. These activities improve vital teamwork and digital skills and they are essential in improving your confidence and fluency in speaking.


Bath is one of the most beautiful cities in the world. It is famous for its architecture, its history, and for being the UK’s only thermal spa. Our World Heritage City is small but lively, safe and student-friendly.

The PSE programme uses online Bath-themed projects to introduce you to the city and the University before you arrive. There are also opportunities to meet staff online before you arrive.


Bath offers a range of accommodation options for pre-sessional students. Please contact the Student Accommodation Team for more information.

Email the Student Accommodation Team


How you apply depends on whether you have a conditional or an unconditional offer.

Find out more about applying