Skip to main content

English Language

This course will increase your confidence when using English to communicate at University.

Two students discussing a forthcoming Cambridge exam.
Building confidence in your English

General English course

This 10-week course will help you to improve your general English skills. You will develop your vocabulary and grammar as well as your reading, listening, speaking and writing skills.

You will also develop exam-taking strategies such as reading and listening for specific information.

You can prepare for three levels:

  • C2 Proficiency (CPE)
  • C1 Advanced (CAE) and
  • B2 First (FCE).

The course is for all undergraduate and postgraduate students and staff who use English as a second language.

Visiting and exchange students can get six credits by completing one of these courses.

Semester 2 2021/22 courses

The Semester 2 English language courses start on 15/16 February 2022 (week 20) and end on 4/5 May 2022 (week 31). Class times are:

  • Tuesdays and Thursdays 6:15pm-7:45pm (2 days a week) OR
  • Wednesdays 2:15pm-5:15pm (1 day a week)

The classes will be delivered in-person on campus, subject to any changes in University guidance regarding COVID restrictions and social distancing.

Before signing up for a course please make sure that the day and time do not clash with your academic timetable by using MyTimetable.

How to enrol

You will need to register and take a placement test so you can be put in the most suitable class for you.

Placement test

Online enrolment via Moodle is open from Tuesday 18 January 2022 and closes at 11:59pm GMT on Monday 7 February 2022.

Students who took a general English course in Semester 1 can join a Semester 2 course without repeating the placement test. They will be placed on a new course with approval from their previous teacher.

Once you have taken the placement test, your teacher will give you the details of a course book that you have to buy. Completion of set homework and preparation for classes is also a course requirement.

Enrolment for the Semester 2 English courses has now closed.

Student view

In their feedback on the Semester 1 2020/21 course, students gave an average rating of 4.6/5.0 on the quality of teaching and 4.5/5.0 on the quality of the teaching resources.

"I appreciated the opportunity to learn the differences between formal and informal British English. Also, it was a great chance to meet students from other programs. I am really grateful that you offer this course to students at the University of Bath". (Visiting and exchange student Carolina Larsson from Denmark)

Cambridge English exam

Cambridge English exams are accepted by many academic institutions, professional bodies and employers as a measure of your English level. Taking a Cambridge English exam increases your potential to develop your academic career and employability. The qualification lasts a lifetime.

The University of Bath is unable to offer students the opportunity to take the Cambridge English exams as the University is not an exam centre. However, you can find a Cambridge exam centre at other locations on the Cambridge English website.

Contact us

If you have any questions about the General English course, please email us.