B i r m i n g h a m   C o l l e g e

Welcome Note

Welcome to the Birmingham College website.

Thank you for visiting the Birmingham College ELT website.

We are a friendly college, and think of the students as our family.

Birmingham has many things to see and do, and it is near many popular tourist attractions. The city also has excellent railway links to all of the cities in the UK, including London.

The Birmingham College ELL courses are in the Birmingham Midland Institute building, which is in the city centre.Please see the course information section for more detail.

Since 2010 all our full-time English language students who want to study at university in the UK have gone on to higher education foundation, undergraduate or post graduate programmes. Many students stay in the area to study at local universities and visit us. They also recommend Birmingham College to their friends and relatives so we really are one big family.

I hope the College website answers your questions. If you need further information, please contact the College.

We hope to see you soon!

Rafael Salguero

Vice Principal

  • Birmingham College’s course organiser has 40 years’ experience of teaching English language, and has taught IELTS preparation programmes since 1990.
  • The Assistant Director of Studies has experience of teaching on university pre-sessional programmes and has designed courses for the College.
  • The current team has experience of teaching and living in Spain, Greece, Germany, The UAE, Columbia, Russia, Iraq and China.
  • Our teachers are familiar with IELTS and the Cambridge main suite examination requirements.
  • Our team understand that it can be difficult for students when they come to live and study in a new country. So the teachers and administrators will support you in and out of the classroom.

Essential Information

  • Birmingham College is accredited by the British Council for the teaching of English in the UK.
  • Students studying at the College need to be 18 or over.
  • Non-EU students require a Student Study Visa (SVV) which they can apply for after having an offer letter from the College. (Non-EU students who are already in the UK on a dependent visa can also apply)
  • Courses are continuous enrolment, so new students can start any Monday.
  • Classes are Mondays to Thursdays.
  • The minimum length of study is two weeks.
  • We have a maximum of 15 students per class, with an average class size of 5-7 students per class.
  • When you finish your course you will have a Certificate of Attendance with your CEFR level and a personal Progress Report.
  • Students who stay for three months or longer can work towards the Birmingham College English Language Certificate or Diploma.
  • The College does not have courses for Beginner level students.
  • The College does not have its own accommodation or host families.

Course Features
  • You do not need to buy any textbooks for classes. We loan you books and we supply additional study materials.
  • Flexibility: if there are several classes, you can study in the skills class that is more suitable for your level. For example, you could be in the Pre-Intermediate class for ‘Writing Skills’ but then be in the Intermediate class for ‘Speaking Skills’.
  • Variety: each class will have two or three teachers a day but most teachers will stay with you for the duration of your course for continuity. (Unless on one to one courses).
  • Every two weeks you will have an individual tutorial with a teacher so you can talk about your progress and plan your studies.

Course Options

General English Language Programme (16 hours)
Pre-Sessional /Academic Skills (Groups Only)
Assessment, Monitoring & Support

All students must take an Initial Assessment before starting classes.

This assessment will test:

  • Grammar
  • Writing
  • Speaking/Listening

The test helps you and the teachers see your level, your strengths and weaknesses, and decide which class will be best for you.

At Birmingham College we like to know:

  • WHAT you are studying
  • WHY you are studying it
  • HOW you can study effectively

This helps to establish your study plans. After completing the Initial Assessment Test, you can have feedback. Students benefit greatly from the feedback sessions as they are able to identify their strengths and weaknesses and areas for improvement. This helps you set targets.

Birmingham College Term Dates for the Academic Year 2019-2020

Christmas Holiday 19/12/2019 – 06/01/2020
Good Friday 10/04/2020
Easter Monday 13/04/2020
Early May Bank Holiday 08/05/2020
Spring Bank Holiday 25/05/2020
Summer Bank Holiday 31/08/2020
Student Rep Selection Term 1 Voting begins: 07/10/2019 Results: 10/10/2019
Student Rep Selection Term 2 Voting begins: 09/12/2019 Results: 12/12/2019
Student Rep Selection Term 3 Voting begins: 06/04/2020 Results: 09/04/2020
Students Christmas Party 12/12/2019
University Progression Presentation Term 1 09/11/2019
National Day Celebration Term 2 National Day Celebration
Student Awards & Certificates Term 3 07/05/2020
Portfolio Submissions
Part 1 Start date: 03/10/2019 – Deadline: 05/12/2019
Part 2 Start date: 06/01/2020 – Deadline: 26/03/2020
Part 3 Start date: 30/03/2020 – Deadline: 25/06/2020
IELTS Mock Term 1 19/11/2019 – 20/11/2019
IELTS Mock Term 2 04/02/2020 – 05/02/2020
Academic English Exam Term 3 21/04/2020 – 22/04/2020

Please note additional religious holidays will be granted dependant on the day of the week they fall on.

We welcome learners and visitors from all over the world to Birmingham College.

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