International English

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International English


This is a full time course with the minimum of 15 study hours per week, where attendance is required every day (Monday—Friday).  Start dates are flexible throughout the year.


Bournville College has a strong reputation in offering English courses for international students full-time and part-time. We welcome students from all parts of the world. They come from a variety of backgrounds including students, academics, professionals, business people and other workers, visitors, dependants of people working or staying in the UK and au pairs.

Our team is very experienced, friendly and understanding.  The course will help students progress from any level towards a target level of IELTS or a Cambridge University qualification.

The course includes exams in Speaking & Listening, Reading and Writing and leads to an internationally recognised qualification at the end of the course.


All of our courses offer a balance of language skills, grammar and vocabulary. Everyone takes an entry test and then joins a group appropriate to their current level in one of these programmes. The programme prepares you for an internationally recognised examination at your level.

In addition to this, you will take modules which give more practice or specialised study in subjects relating to English, for example:

  • Preparation for IELTS
  • English for business
  • IT skills
  • Academic writing and presentation skills

Teaching Methods

Classes are taught wholly in English. A wide range of teaching methods are used. These may include such approaches as role play, presentations and task-based learning. Modern smartboard and interactive technology is widely used in the classroom.


You will work towards completing an Individual Learning Plan, setting goals for your learning with help and advice from your tutor, and these goals will be reviewed throughout the course. Other forms of assessment will also take place, to help both students and teachers monitor progress.

Qualification Gained

The IELTS test will be arranged for students at a nearby testing centre and this will normally be arranged at the end of each semester (end of January and June). Individual students can make their own arrangements to take the IELTS test outside of these dates if they so wish. The Cambridge suite of exams KET, PET and FCE will also be available as Bournville College is a testing centre for these exams.

Opportunities for Progression

A wide range of courses in all subject areas are available across the college. Entry requirements to these courses vary.

Entry Requirements

Appropriate visa requirement and level of English according to the UK Border Agency.

For Further Information

Please contact the International Office on +44 (0)121 477 1600, call in or email [email protected]


£4,995 per full academic year
£1,750 per academic term; Autumn, Spring & Summer
£220 per week English or £250 per week English+
For European students and dependents: £2,500 per year or £850 per term
or £110 per week English; or £125 per week English+
S.E.L.T. requirements (IELTS or equivalent)  Minimum B1 (4.0 in each skill.)
“Student Visitor Visa” or “Tier 4” visa pathways available
For further information on how to apply, please contact the International Office on +44 (0)121 477 1600 or email [email protected]


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