MA 5 week

5 week Pre-Sessional English course for MA (Postgraduate) Students

The MA 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 explore what the MA 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

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.

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 20th 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.