MA 13 (8+5) week

13 week Pre-Sessional English course for MA (Postgraduate) 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 MA 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 August 2018

Full time, Monday to Friday

Complete both an 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

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 enrolled 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 practice 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.

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 just over 2 weeks to travel or relax before the start of your main course at the AUB.

You will be invited to attend our MA Orientation Programme on Thursday 22nd September, which is a fantastic opportunity for all new International and EU students studying at MA level to meet, make new friends and learn more about the University; life as a student; studying at Masters level; and living in the UK. The programme includes workshops, talks and an evening reception with refreshments. More details about the programme will be available in May on your MyApplication portal.

The Orientation Programme is compulsory for Tier 4 visa students.

All Masters students who attend one of our Pre-Sessional courses will also be invited to attend the BA Orientation Welcome Party further details of this event will be made available to you closer the time.

How can I book this course?

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