This information relates to pre-sessional courses taking place in summer 2021. Information for summer 2022 courses will be available soon. 

Online learning for pre-sessional courses

Our online pre-sessional courses will develop your academic language and prepare you for your degree course. Our online courses offer the same high-quality experience as our on-campus courses. Read on for information about:

Interactive live sessions

In virtual classes, you will be taught live by an experienced teacher. You will be able to send messages and files, interact via audio and video link, and work in groups on shared notebooks. Your class will consist of up to 16 students, but you will do some tasks in smaller groups.

We will record these live classes. If you are unable to attend a session, you can watch the recording.

Contact with teaching staff

During live sessions, you will get individual attention from your teacher.

Outside of class time, your teacher will provide regular feedback on your work. You will also have weekly live progress reviews with your teacher.

Attendance monitoring

We will monitor your attendance to the live daily sessions. In these sessions, you will get to know your teacher and your classmates.

If you ever can’t attend a class, you will be able to watch a recording afterwards.

Engagement monitoring

Each day you will add work to an online portfolio. Once a week, you and your teacher will review your portfolio. Together, you will discuss your engagement and development.

Overseas access

The online course will be accessible from everywhere, including China.

Time zone differences

We will consider time zones when timetabling classes, so a time difference should not affect your studies. For students in some time zones, live sessions may run in the evening.


Your online portfolio will be assessed on an ongoing basis. This ongoing assessment will help you develop and meet your targets. At the end of the course, you will give a video presentation about your development.

You will also be assessed on your participation in a group task. This task will involve reading, presenting ideas and evaluating each other’s work.

Cultural experience

Although you are studying online, you can still learn about UK culture, meet local people and attend events virtually.

As part of the course, you will collaborate with your classmates in real time. You can also attend online events hosted by the University. These experiences will prepare you for arrival in Bristol.

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