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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) course can help.

Students writing in a Pre-sessional class
Develop your English, academic skills and intercultural competency

Understanding PSE

The PSE course 2022 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 course 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, producing clear academic writing and engaging critically with your studies.


The English Language component is delivered in-person in class on our University of Bath campus OR as an online live class for students who choose to study from their home country. It takes place Monday to Friday in the morning. This part of the programme is based on the Cambridge English syllabus.

The Academic Skills component is delivered using Moodle, the University’s virtual learning environment. It takes place online, allowing you to complete activities at times convenient to you. This component uses exclusive University of Bath materials created by us.

Both components require substantial preparation and independent study time. Group work is also an important feature of the PSE course. 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.

During your time with us, you will have plenty of opportunities to visit Bath and other sites of cultural and historic interest. You will also have the opportunity to meet other students from different cultural backgrounds and form lasting friendships.

For those studying online, we will be offering an opportunity for you to get to know your fellow students and learn about Bath in an engaging and meaningful way.


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

How to apply for a Pre-sessional course

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If you have any questions about Pre-sessional courses at the University of Bath, please contact us.