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Pre-Masters Courses The best preparation for your masters degree

Students in Pre-Masters class
A major benefit of the Pre-Masters course is that it allows you valuable time to get used to the way of life in the UK and the academic system

If you’re planning on undertaking a Masters degree, you may want to ensure that you make the very best of your financial outlay. Bellerbys College offers a unique, Pre-Masters course which combines English language training, research, presentation and study skills with optional GMAT classes. 

Pre-Masters Courses

Bellerbys College have a long-standing reputation for success in this area, and over the past 15 years, many students have gone on to attain places on a number of MBA, MSc and MA programmes at over 50 of the UK’s most eminent universities. Having taken an undergraduate degree, students can apply to any UK university depending on their final grade. By studying a Pre-Masters course in the UK, you can ensure you are fully prepared for the wider world of work.

Key facts…

  • Age: Students are normally 21 or over
  • Course length: 1 or 2 terms
  • Start dates: June, September, April, January– see term dates
  • Entry requirements: A good first degree (Any subject for most MBA and other conversion courses) and IELTS 5.5 or equivalent for the 1 term course or 4.5 for the 2 term. If you do not meet these requirements you can first study English Language Preparation (ELPP)
  • Fees: Please visit our Fees page to calculate your fees.

The Pre-Masters programme consists of 25 hours per week including personal tutor guidance plus five additional hours of optional GMAT training if required. (GMAT training is charged separately)Your 25 hours class time will include:

  • 10 hours of English for Academic Purposes & IELTS Preparation
  • 6 hours of Meeting and Seminar Skills or Business Presentation Skills
  • 5 hours of Study Skills
  • 4 hours of Case Studies

Typical programme structure in London:

  • Term 1:
    • English for Academic Purposes/IELTS preparation
    • Business English
    • Study Skills
    • Tutorials
  • Term 2:
    • English for Academic Purposes/IELTS preparation
    • Seminar Skills/Current Affairs
    • Research Skills
    • Study Skills
    • Tutorials

Assessment and validation - Pre University in the UK

Students are entered for the external IELTS and GMAT exams (where appropriate) towards the end of their Pre-Masters course at Bellerbys, in addition to completing the college’s own study skills assignments.

Small classes with like-minded mature students

Bellerbys ensures you get the very best tuition and therefore our classes are small and consist entirely of students intending to study a Masters degree. By keeping classes streamlined, students can learn in an intensive and efficient environment. This offers a friendly and relaxed way of learning in an academic atmosphere.

Expert counseling to help you choose the right Masters course

Bellerbys staff will be on hand to help you choose the right university and postgraduate course in support of your chosen career. The college is happy to organise visits to and from UK universities, and will also give you the opportunity to get accustomed to the country’s culture and UK environment. Bellerbys gives you everything you need to make the most of your Masters, without having to worry about a period of adjusting to a new culture. This take the stress and worry out of adapting to a different country and language, whilst experiencing the challenge of a different culture. 

Your academic tutors will help you choose and apply for the right postgraduate course and university for you. The universities will review your application on a case-by-case basis and progression is not guaranteed.

Over the past three years, Bellerbys Pre-Masters students have won places on LLM, MBA, MSc and MA programmes at some of the top UK universities including:

University of Aberystwyth, Anglia Ruskin University, Aston University, University of Birmingham, Bournemouth University, University of Bradford, University of Brighton, University of Buckingham, Cardiff University, University of Central England, City University, Coventry University, De Montfort University, University of Derby, University of Dundee, University of East Anglia, University of East London, University of Exeter, University of Glasgow, Heriot-Watt University, University of Hull, Keele University, University of Kent, Kingston University, Lancaster University, University of Leeds, Leeds Metropolitan University, University of Leicester, Liverpool John Moores University, London Business School, London School of Economics, London South Bank University, Loughborough University, University of Manchester, Manchester Business School, Middlesex University, Newcastle University, University of North London, University of Nottingham, Nottingham Trent University, Oxford Brookes University, University of Portsmouth, Plymouth University, University of Reading, Roehampton University, University of Salford, University of Sheffield, University of Southampton, University of Stirling, University of Strathclyde, University of Surrey, University of Warwick, University of Westminster and University of Wolverhampton.

Academic entry requirements

To study the Pre-Masters you will need the following:

  • A good first degree (any subject for MBA and other 'conversion' courses).
  • Two or three years work experience is normally required for MBA programmes.

English language requirements: 1 term Pre-Masters

You will need to demonstrate an English language level equivalent to the following:

  • IELTS 5.5 TOEFL 513 (computer test equivalent 183)
  • Pearson Test of English Academic 48-51

English language requirements: 2 term Pre-Masters

You will need to demonstrate an English language level equivalent to the following:

  • IELTS 4.5 TOEFL 477 (computer test equivalent 153)
  • Pearson Test of English Academic 40-43

Depending on the type of visa you are entering the UK on you may take the Study Group English Test to determine your English language level.

English Language Preparation Programme (ELPP)

If you do not meet the English language requirements for entry to the 2 term Pre-Masters you can study one, two or three terms of English Language Preparation prior to the start of your academic programme. The length of your English Language Preparation Programme will depend on your current English language level.

Contact a Student Enrolment Adviser to take our English Assessment Test and find out how much preparation you require.

The Bellerbys English Language Preparation Programme is a fast, personalised and highly effective programme that will fully equip you to succeed in your studies. The programme comprises 25 hours per week of general English, examination preparation and skills classes. Throughout the programme you will be closely monitored by a personal tutor and tested regularly to ensure you reach the English language level required for your academic programme.

Please note that the English Language Preparation Programme (ELPP) incurs additional fees on top of your academic tuition fees. Visit our fees page for details and to calculate your fees.