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Pre-sessional English

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We provide a friendly and supportive learning environment, in which you will have the opportunity to improve your language skills, make friends and settle into life at Brunel and the UK. 

Class sizes will be limited to a maximum of 12 and will often be smaller than that – smallest class will be 6.  This is to allow for the best possible experience and to maintain safe social distancing. 

You may study on campus or online. On campus courses may begin on campus or begin online and move to on campus later. We hope his will be around 26 July. To be confirmed. Please do not travel to the UK without checking with the Language Centre.

Our 6-week PSE course can also be studied in Chengdu, PROC. When you apply, please indicate where you wish to study:

Online only

On campus 

In Chengdu

This course focuses on improving your academic English skills. Classes will include modules on:

  • Research Skills and Academic Writing
  • Presentation Skills
  • Listening and Note-taking
  • Seminar Skills
  • Grammar and Vocabulary Development

The Pre-sessional course is a full-time programme and comprises 19 hours classroom study per week, plus a 10 minute tutorial. Classes will be scheduled Monday to Friday between 9am and 5pm. 

Subject Specific Classes

An important part of the teaching programme here at Brunel Language Centre are subject specific classes. These bring together students who will be studying similar degree courses and focus on the skills and vocabulary needed for those subject areas. Students can also get the opportunity to visit interesting London venues to explore their discipline outside of the classroom.

Classes include:

  • Business & Management
  • Design Branding & Marketing
  • Engineering & IT
  • Finance & Accounting 
  • Law & International Relations
  • Media & PR


Sample Timetable (on campus)


Sample Timetable (online)


Course Assessment

At the end of the programme, all students following the Pre-sessional programme will sit the Brunel English Language Test (BrunELT). You will be tested on your writing, reading, speaking and listening skills and will receive a score for each component as well as an overall score.

Progression onto Future Studies

To progress onto your academic course at Brunel you will need to pass the Pre-sessional course and achieve the required BrunELT score to meet the language requirements for your academic programme. You will usually not need to take any other English Test.

To apply for a Pre-sessional course, you must:

To help you decide, which course to apply for, please use the table available below.


You can Apply online Here (Please note the minimum age for all our courses is 17.)

Please note: You will only be able to apply for a Student Visa to undertake a Pre-sessional English course if you have a Secure English Language Test (SELT):

  • IELTS SELT Consortium
  • LanguageCert
  • Pearson
  • Trinity College London
  • PSI Services (UK) Ltd 

Some IELTS centres run both kinds of Academic IELTS so you must make sure you book the UKVI recognised Academic IELTS called ‘IELTS test for UK Visas and Immigration (UKVI) purposes’.


Our Pre-sessional English courses have been designed to provide you with intensive English Language training before the start of your academic studies at Brunel