MA 5 week

5 week Academic English with Study Skills Pre-Sessional English course for MA (Postgraduate) Students.

The MA 5 week Academic English with Study Skills 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 explore what the MA 5 week Academic English with Study Skills 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 Experience Office by emailing

Essential Course Information

Key Facts

Monday 27 July-Friday 28 August 2020

Full-time, Monday to Friday

Progress on to your main course of study at AUB

Registration and Payment Deadline

Monday 29 June 2020

Minimum Entry Requirements

Overall UKVI IELTS score of 6.0 with a minimum of 5.5 in each of the four components (Reading, Writing, Speaking and Listening)

Course Fees


Course Content and Structure

The 5 week Academic English with Study Skills Pre-Sessional course is studied at AUB and offers you the opportunity to develop your essential 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 sessions
  • One-to-one tutorials
  • Independent study sessions
  • Library sessions
  • Guest tutors and lecturers
  • Art-based workshops, such as life drawing and screenprinting
  • Study visits

There is a strong focus on active learning and your ability to use new language, knowledge and skills accurately 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 working with your tutors in class and experiencing authentic academic 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 effective time management.

At the end of the 5 week Academic English with Study Skills Pre-Sessional 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 at or above CEFR B2 in each of the four components; reading, writing, listening and speaking. In order to determine your English language level at the end of the course, you will complete a number of summative assessments.

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


Halls of Residence

Whichever Pre-Sessional course/s you intend to complete, there is accommodation available for you in our halls of residence, located in the heart of Bournemouth Town Centre.

Accommodation contract dates are as follows:

  • For students completing the Standard Pre-Sessional course (5 Week Academic English with Study Skills course) prior to their MA degree, contracts commence on 19 July – 29 August 2020 as standard.

How can I book?

The booking process is online and full details including login and other key information will be provided at the time of course booking

Please select the appropriate option depending on your Pre-Sessional course choice:

‘Standard Pre-Sessional and Postgraduate’ (5 Week Academic English with Study Skills Pre-Sessional course followed by MA degree)

When booking your accommodation you will need to book your Pre-Sessional and full-time degree accommodation separately as two bookings.

If you have any accommodation questions please email Student Services or call them on +44 (0) 1202 363780


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 starting on Thursday 24 September 2020, 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.  There is also a day trip of the local area. More details about the programme will be available in May on your ‘MyApplication’ portal.

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 – find out how to book.