BA 5 week

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

The BA 5 week Pre-Sessional course is studied at AUB and run by our English for Academic Purposes tutors on the AUB campus.

Please use the tabs below to exlore what the BA 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 Advisor by emailing

Essential Course Information

Key Facts

Monday 30th July to Friday 31st August 2018

Full time, Monday to Friday

Progress on to your main course of study at AUB

Registration and Payment Deadline

Monday 2nd July 2018

Minimum Entry Requirements

Entry into year 1 – Overall IELTS score of 5.5 with a minimum of 5.0 in each of the four components (Reading, Writing, Speaking and Listening)

Entry into year 2 or 3 – Overall IELTS score of 6.0 with a minimum of 5.5 in each of the four components (Reading, Writing, Speaking and Listening)

Course Fees


We offer a special 10% discounted rate on the above course fees if they are paid in full, on or before Friday 8th June 2018.


Course Content and Structure

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 cover 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 your 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 May 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.