BA 13 (8+5) week

13 week Pre-Sessional English course for BA (Undergraduate) Students

This course is made up of an 8 week General Intensive course at Anglo-Continental School of English, our partner language school, and a 5 week English with Study Skills course, studied at AUB.

Please use the tabs below to explore what the BA 13 (8+5) week Pre-Sessional course has to offer.

Make sure to book your course before the deadline – you can read more about how to book your pre-sessional course here.

If you have any questions about any part of the course or how to book, please contact the International Student Adviser by emailing

Essential Course Information

Key Facts

Monday 4th June to Friday 31st September 2018

Full time, Monday to Friday + some Saturday study visits

Complete both the 8 week General Intensive English course and 5 week English with Study Skills course before progressing onto your main course of study at AUB.

Registration and Payment Deadline

Friday 4th May 2018

Minimum Entry Requirements

Entry into year 1 – Overall IELTS score of 5.0 with a minimum of 4.5 in each of the four components (Reading, Writing, Speaking and Listening)

Entry into year 2 or 3 – Overall IELTS score of 5.5 with a minimum or 5.0 in each of the four components (Reading, Writing, Speaking and Listening)

Course Fees

8 week General Intensive English –

£2,540 to be paid directly to Anglo-Continental School of English

5 week Pre-Sessional –

£2,100 to be paid to AUB

8 week General Intensive English Course

The 8 week General Intensive English course is studied at our partner language school, Anglo-Continental School of English.

This course is designed to improve your level of English in the four main areas of reading, writing, listening and speaking, allowing you to progress to the level required for the 5 week English with Study Skills course.

This course is made up of 30 lessons per week (of 45 minutes in length) including:

  • 20 lessons of structured English language tuition and practice
  • 5 lessons of language extension activities
  • 5 lessons of supplementary skills, including areas such as reading and writing; English for work and study and British life and culture

Your English Language level will be assessed by Anglo-Continental on your arrival, before you are allocated to a suitable class for your ability. AUB Pre-Sessional students share classes with Anglo-Continental language students of the same level for the duration of the course, providing a varied learning environment.

You will not have to take an IELTS test at the end of the General Intensive Course, but you are required to complete the course successfully with good attendance, show progression of your English level, show participation in class, complete all homework and pass the on-going assessments. Once you have successfully completed the 8 week General Intensive English course, you will then be eligible to progress onto the 5 week English with Study Skills course at AUB. Please note that students choosing the 13 (8+5) week course must complete both the 8 week General Intensive English and 5 week English with Study Skills courses before they can progress onto their main course of study at AUB.

The start of your life as an AUB student

All students who are enroled on the 8 week General Intensive English course at Anglo-Continental are seen as students of the Arts University Bournemouth, so you will be a true part of the AUB community from your first day of enrolment onto your Pre-Sessional course; this means you will have full access to the AUB campus facilities and support networks during your time at Anglo-Continental. In addition, our International Student Advisor makes frequent visits to Anglo-Continental throughout the 8 week course to meet with Pre-Sessional students and provide help or advice if needed.

5 week English with Study Skills Course

The 5 week English with Study Skills course is studied at the Arts University Bournemouth and offers you the opportunity to develop your essential language and academic skills in a university environment, to help prepare you for your main course of study.

The course is delivered through a combination of the following:

  • English for academic purposes workshops
  • Study skills classes
  • Self-directed learning
  • Academic arts-based lectures
  • Individual tutorials
  • Life drawing classes
  • Independent learning
  • Study visits

There is a strong focus on active learning and your ability to use new language, knowledge and skills accurately and correctly in your academic work. Throughout the course, a range of tasks and assignments are included to help you practise your skills and develop confidence in your use of English – both written and spoken.

The course provides a rich, stimulating learning environment; as well as listening to your tutors in class and lectures, you will also be working in pairs and small groups to share and discuss ideas and complete tasks together. Other aspects of the course encourage independent learning and good time management.

At the conclusion of the 5-week English with Study Skills course, students must have reached the UKVI’s English language requirement for study at degree level and above. UKVI have set the required English level for study at degree level and above at CEFR B2 in each of the four components; reading, writing, listening and speaking. To determine your English language level at the end of the course, there are three assessed assignments:

  • Extended Essay
  • Reflective Essay
  • Group Presentation

Each assignment must be passed before students are able to progress onto their chosen AUB course.



AUB Pre-Sessional students can enjoy Homestay accommodation organised by Anglo-Continental School of English, our partner language school.

Anglo-Continental provide carefully selected, comfortable Homestay accommodation across Bournemouth with English-speaking hosts. The added benefit of Homestay accommodation is that it gives you the opportunity to practice your English outside of the classroom by being a part of the English-speaking community.

You can enjoy a pleasantly furnished single room with shared shower or bathroom facilities, 16 meals per week and a light laundry service.

The fees for Homestay accommodation are:

  • First week – £183
  • Each additional week – £123 per week
  • High season supplement of £37 per week (between 17/06/2018 and 12/08/2018)
  • Under-18 supplement – £10 per week

Homestay accommodation is allocated on a weekly basis, running from Sunday to Sunday.

How can I book?

If you choose to study the full 13 (8+5) week Pre-Sessional Course, Anglo-Continental will contact you directly with details on how you can book Homestay accommodation.

If you choose to study the 5 week English with Study Skills course only, please email, requesting Homestay accommodation and we will pass on your information to Anglo-Continental, who will then contact you with details on how to book.

Halls of Residence

If you are planning to book a room in our Madeira Road Halls of Residence for your main course, you will also have the option of staying there during the 5 week English with Study Skills course, at the same weekly rate.

We are sorry, but this option is not available to students staying at our Winton, Bath Road or George Close Halls of Residences for their main course.

Contracts for the Pre-Sessional and main course combined start on Monday 23rd July as standard, so you will need to make sure you arrange other accommodation in Bournemouth for before this date, if you need it.

How can I book?

Please select the ‘Pre-Sessional and Undergraduate’ option when you book your room for your main course in Madeira Road (make sure to do this before the deadline on 25th May 2018).

If at first you only book Madeira Road Halls of Residence for your main course, but later decide you would also like to book it for the 5 week English with Study Skills course, please email the International Office to request this. We unfortunately cannot always guarantee that rooms will be available for the 5 week English with Study Skills course if they are requested after the deadline.

Other Accommodation in Bournemouth

You may wish to arrange your own accommodation for the duration of your Pre-Sessional studies.

There are plenty of different accommodation options available to you throughout Bournemouth and Poole, including hotels and guesthouses, holiday rentals, private rented accommodation and short-term International student flats and rooms, to name a few.

Bournemouth and Poole covers quite a large area, so whatever accommodation you choose, make sure it has good transport links so you can easily travel to your Pre-Sessional classes.

You can get general advice and information regarding finding and arranging other accommodation from our Student Services team by emailing


After the course

There will be a one week break to travel or relax before the start of your main course at the AUB.

The first week of your main course will be our BA Orientation Programme, starting on Monday 10th September, which is a fantastic opportunity for all new International and EU students studying at BA level to meet, make new friends and learn more about the University; life as a student; studying a creative course; and living in the UK. The programme includes a Welcome Party and day-trip, as well as workshops, talks and group activities. More details about the programme will be available in the near future on your MyApplication portal.

The Orientation Programme is compulsory for Tier 4 visa students.

How can I book this course?

You can book this course in just five easy steps – you can find out how to book here.