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English Language

This course will increase your confidence when using English to communicate at University.

Two students in an English language class.
Building confidence in your English

General English course

This 10-week course will help you to improve your general English skills. You will develop your vocabulary and grammar as well as your reading, listening, speaking and writing skills.

You will also develop exam-taking strategies such as reading and listening for specific information.

You can prepare for three levels:

  • C2 Proficiency (CPE)
  • C1 Advanced (CAE) and
  • B2 First (FCE).

The course is for all undergraduate and postgraduate students and staff who use English as a second language.

Visiting and exchange students can get six credits by completing one of these courses.

Semester 1 2022/23 courses

Semester 1 courses start in week 2 (week commencing 10 October 2022) in-person on campus. You will have three hours of teaching per week. This will take place at the following times:

  • Tuesdays AND Thursdays, 6.15-7.45pm

Please check MyTimetable to make sure you are free to attend.

Note, if you want to build your confidence with spoken English, we also run a separate Discussion Skills course.

How to enrol

You will need to register and take a placement test so you can be put in the most suitable class for you.

Once you have taken the placement test, you will be allocated to a class at the right level for you. Your teacher will give you the details of a course book that you have to buy. Completion of set homework and preparation for classes is also a course requirement.

The English class enrolments for Semester 1 are now closed.

Further information about Semester 2 classes will available in January 2023, and the placement test for new students will reopen at the beginning of February 2023.

If you are currently taking a General English class, you will be able to continue in Semester 2 without retaking the placement test.

Student view

"I appreciated the opportunity to learn the differences between formal and informal British English. Also, it was a great chance to meet students from other programs. I am really grateful that you offer this course to students at the University of Bath". (Visiting and exchange student Carolina Larsson from Denmark)

Contact us

If you have any questions about the General English course, please email us.