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Pre-sessional English Language Programme (PREP)

Duration: 30, 20 or 10 weeks
Attendance mode: Full-time
Award: Other
Suitable for international students
Start date: January, April, July
Language Centre


This programme fully prepares you for life and study at the University of Bradford.

The PREP is a flexible suite of courses which improve your English language and academic skills to enable you to engage fully with higher education study.

We expect you to increase your IELTS score by 0.5 per 10-week block.

You will also become familiar with the University, the city, and the UK through our welcoming approach, social programme and our attention to your personal welfare.

Course dates 2017-2018

  • 30 week course:  15 January 2018 - 7 September 2018
  • 20 week course:  16 April 2018 - 7 September 2018 (this includes the Easter vacation)
  • 10 week course:  2 July 2018 - 3 September 2018

Why Bradford?

You are taught by English language teachers using interactive, learner-centred and task-based methods in groups of up to 16 students.

Additional resources and support activities will also be used through Blackboard, the Virtual Learning Environment (VLE).

You are assessed in listening, speaking, reading and writing skills in every course and need to achieve a pass grade to proceed on to the next level.

We take your individual welfare very seriously and provide regular social events, activities and trips to help you gain confidence in using English and to feel at home.

The flexibility of this course allows you to enter at one of the four entry points throughout the year, depending on the English level.

You must attend the full 10 weeks of a course block, as no late arrivals are allowed on this course.

Accommodation in our award-winning Student Village can be arranged through the University’s Accommodation Office.

Entry requirements

To be accepted onto the PREP course, you should already have a conditional offer of study for a degree course at the University of Bradford.

English language requirements:

Visit the Language Centre website.

For a full list of SELTs, please refer to the UKVI website.

Learning activities and assessment

Course structure

  • The course is made up of four blocks. You should start the course at the block which matches your IELTS score.
  • There will be 20 hours of timetabled classes and learning activities each week.
  • There will be a maximum of 16 students in each group and the focus will be on group and pair work as well as task-based sessions.


  • All classes will concentrate on improving English vocabulary, grammar, pronunciation and language skills as well as English for Academic Purposes (EAP).
  • As well as studying reading, writing, listening and speaking skills, other classes will include seminar discussions, note-taking, essay and report-writing and exam techniques.  
  • There will be sessions on how to use the library resources and IT services.  
  • There will be a programme of social and cultural orientation events organised by staff in the International Study Centre.
  • There will be more emphasis on EAP as students progress through the blocks.
  • The final block will focus on the research and writing of academic texts, as well as presentation skills and the development of critical thinking skills.


You will be assessed at the end of each block, and must have successfully completed a block before progression to the next is permitted.

You should be a minimum CEFR Level B2 in all skills by the end of the course.

See the current timetables on the Timetables and Attendance website.

Career support and prospects

Career support

The University is committed to helping students develop and enhance employability and this is an integral part of many programmes. Specialist support is available throughout the course from Career and Employability Services including help to find part-time work while studying, placements, vacation work and graduate vacancies. Students are encouraged to access this support at an early stage and to use the extensive resources on the Careers website.

Discussing options with specialist advisers helps to clarify plans through exploring options and refining skills of job-hunting. In most of our programmes there is direct input by Career Development Advisers into the curriculum or through specially arranged workshops.

Frequently Asked Questions

Which visa should I apply for?

Tier 4 visa

If you have a minimum overall IELTS score of 4.0 (with no sub-tests less than 4.0), you should apply for a Tier 4 visa.  

Upon successful completion of the English language course, you may apply in your own country for the Tier 4 visa for your degree course, as long as there is not a gap of more than 3 months in between courses.  This visa rule applies to English courses of more than 6 months but less than 12 months.

Short term student visa

If you have an overall score of IELTS 4.0 (with sub-tests less than 4.0) you should apply for a short term student visa and you may study 30 weeks of English from block 1.  

Upon completion of the English language course, you must leave the UK to apply for the Tier 4 visa for your degree course from your home country.

Visa advice

For more detailed visa information and contact details for the Visa Support Team, please visit our Visas webpage.



The university also has an International Study Centre where you can study, engage in cultural events and meet other international, EU and Home students.

You will also have full access to the University’s facilities, including Student Central (Students’ Union/Library/Computer Centre), the Health Centre, sports centre/gym, restaurants and cafés.

Fees, Finance and Scholarships

Tuition fees

  • £7,800 for 30 weeks (from January)
  • £5,200 for 20 weeks (from April)

If you start the course in January or April, you are committed to taking all subsequent blocks and paying the remaining tuition fee.

You may pay the tuition fee in instalments throughout the course.

The above tuition fee does not include accommodation costs.

How do I find out more?

Got a question?

Fill in our form and our Enquiries team will answer it for you.

Enquiry form

Contact the Language Centre

Visit the Language Centre website.

How to apply

  1. Complete the online application form.
  2. Send the completed Application form with a copy of your IELTS for UKVI certificate and passport to

How to get a CAS:

  1. Return the Acceptance information (this is sent with your Pre-sessional course offer letter) to
  2. Send a copy of your sponsor letter to or pay the £2000 deposit.
  3. Send a copy of the personal information pages of your passport to


  • You must have an undergraduate or postgraduate degree course offer before we can give you a place on the Pre-sessional course.
  • Check your emails regularly throughout the admissions process and don’t forget to contact us in case of any questions or if your circumstances change.

When will I receive my pre-sessional offer letter?

Standard pre-sessional applications will be processed in three days but this may take longer during busy periods.  January is our busiest time when applications will definitely take longer to process.

You should already have a degree course offer before you can be considered for a pre-sessional course.

When will I receive my CAS?

We can issue you with a CAS within 2 – 5 working days (depending on the time of the year) AFTER we have completed all necessary checks.  A CAS can only be issued if you have provided us with the following evidence that meets the Home Office requirements:

  •   A copy of your passport
  •   Copies of all your qualifications
  •   Advance payment of £2,000 or acceptable official sponsor letter
  •   ATAS certificate for certain applicants (if required, details will be included in your offer email)
  •   Copies of any previous UK visas and CAS issued for any UK institution
  •   Financial evidence that you intend to use for your Tier 4 visa application
  •   TB Certificate (if applicable)

Please note that the receipt of a CAS is not automatic.

This is the current course information. Modules and course details may change, subject to the University's programme approval, monitoring and review procedures. The University reserves the right to alter or withdraw courses, services and facilities as described on our website without notice and to amend Ordinances, Regulations, fees and charges at any time. Students should enquire as to the up-to-date position when applying for their course of study.