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Pre-sessional courses at the University of Bath

If you've received an offer to study at Bath but you need to improve your English language first, find out here how we can help you.

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

Developing Your Academic English

Studying with us will help you to develop your skills in academic reading, writing, listening and speaking.

Our courses include weekly lectures delivered by world-class academics here at Bath. As well as being interesting and relevant to your degree programme, these talks give you authentic experience in listening, note-taking and academic discussions.

During your studies with us, you will write an essay based on research that you do throughout the course. This project will build your confidence and ability in academic research, critical thinking and essay writing. You will also gain better control of grammar and increase your range of vocabulary relevant to your field of study.

Group research projects are an important part of your studies here at Bath. On your course you will often work in groups to produce reports, deliver presentations and take part in seminars. As well as improving vital teamwork skills, these activities will provide you with opportunities to develop your confidence and fluency in speaking.


Your course is designed to prepare you for your degree programme and help you to adjust to life on campus. It is hard work, but our students say that the courses really help new international students adapt to life at the University of Bath while improving their English language.

You'll attend classes Monday to Friday, and here's what a typical day of study might look like.

Time Group 1 Group 2
09:15 - 11:05 Class Independent Study
11:15 - 13:05 Independent Study Class
13:15 - 15:05 Class Independent Study
15:15 - 17:05 Independent Study Class

Read about a student's experience of studying with us


It's important to feel at home and have fun during your stay. If you take the time to relax and explore, you can really benefit from living and studying with people from other countries. To help you to do this, we offer a varied and interesting programme of activities which will help you make friends and settle into life at the University of Bath.

Bath is a fantastic place. You will be living in one of the most beautiful cities in the world, famous for its Georgian architecture, the UK's only natural thermal spa, and the glorious Royal Crescent. You'll see that our World Heritage city is small but lively, safe, and very student-friendly.

Living in student accommodation gives you the opportunity to live alongside other students from different countries, so you can practise speaking English and enjoy your free-time together.

We understand that you want to feel safe and secure, and we are proud to say that Bath offers one of the safest university campuses and cities in the UK. Our Security team is here for you 24 hours a day, seven days a week, on and off campus.


How you apply will depend on whether you have a conditional or a combined offer. You can find out which kind of offer you have in the letter you get from your Faculty.

Conditional Offers

A conditional offer means that your Pre-sessional course is separate from your degree course, and you'll need to choose and apply for your Standalone Pre-sessional course.

Combined Offers

A combined offer can only be made to postgraduate students, and means that the Pre-sessional course is combined with your postgraduate degree, making a fourteen-month or thirteen-month course. You may be eligible for a combined offer if your English level is within a 1.0 IELTS band of the entry requirements for your programme, with a minimum of 5.5 in each individual band. If you'd like to apply for a combined offer, please contact the Postgraduate Taught Admissions Team, or the School of Management if you are going to study for an MBA or an MSc.

Conditional Offers: Apply now