6 week programme in Thailand

BRIT Language Centre

On-campus 6-week pre-sessional – Bangkok, Thailand

BRIT Language Centre is an approved learning partner of Heriot-Watt University and will be running its 6-week pre-sessional portfolio course in Bangkok. The course programme and outcomes are identical to those of the course run at Heriot-Watt University's Edinburgh campus.

If you are close to meeting or you have met the English condition for your degree, this very intensive course can top up your language proficiency and raise your awareness of the way you will be expected to study in English.

The course starting in October 2020 will take place in classrooms at the Brit Language Centre and is not an online programme.

Dates and fees

Portfolio Pre-Sessional English Programme

Start date: Monday 5 October 2020
End date: Friday 13 November 2020
Deadline for applications: Friday 25 September 2020
Fee: £2,150

Entry requirements

  • Undergraduate entry level IELTS 5.5 with no skill lower than 5.0
  • Postgraduate entry level IELTS 5.5 with no skill lower than 5.5
  • MSc Translating and Interpreting unconditional offer for the postgraduate degree

Benefits of studying in Thailand

  • No need to take a secure English language test (SELT) at an approved centre
  • Save on visa extensions, accommodation and living costs in the UK
  • If unsuccessful in achieving the required grade, there is still time to retake IELTS 
  • Progression results can be used to satisfy the English language condition at a variety of Scottish universities (ask for details).


The ratio of examination to coursework is 45:55. You are required to achieve a mark of 50% overall for the combined coursework and exam components in order to be recommended to proceed to your degree studies at Heriot-Watt University.

Assessment for the portfolio pre-sessional course is:

  • four practice writing tasks, which will be peer-reviewed with teacher feedback
  • an annotated bibliography to show that you can collect and evaluate sources in your subject area
  • a lecture investigation which involves working in a group to lead a seminar discussion
  • a reflective statement to show your awareness of what you have learned in the course
  • timed formal exams in reading for writing and listening
  • a poster interaction presenting an academic perspective on a topic.

For full details of the portfolio pre-sessional course, view the course outline.

How to apply

Find out how to apply for a pre-sessional academic English course.

For help with your application, contact the BRIT Language Centre: