In-Sessional Academic Skills

Our In-Sessional Academic Skills course is perfect if you are an international BPP University student who wants, or are required*, to improve your academic skills while studying your undergraduate or postgraduate degree programme. The course takes place during your first term, alongside your degree studies. You may have to attend the course as a condition of starting your degree or other programme. If this is the case, it will be a compulsory part of your studies.

*This course is compulsory for students who have been accepted onto an undergraduate programme with the Business School with an overall IELTS level of 6.0


Programme details

London City, London Waterloo & Manchester

Start Date

January, May and September

Length of programme
  • One term
  • Three hours a week over 10 weeks
Modes of study



Written and oral tests in reading, writing, speaking and listening

How to apply

To apply for In-Sessional Academic Skills you must first be registered on a BPP University programme.


Key Information

  • You will learn from experienced academics and tutors
  • You can study alongside your degree, with timetabled classes
  • You will develop English skills for academic purposes and increase your confidence
  • You will develop your reading, writing, listening and speaking skills in an academic setting
  • You will have access to online resources on BPP University’s Virtual Learning Environment (VLE) allowing you to access the materials anytime, anywhere
  • Start dates of this course match the start dates for BPP University’s academic programmes

In-sessional Academic Skills

BPP University In-sessional Academic Skills is an excellent way to improve your study and communication skills while you undertake your BPP University degree studies. This support is available to all students who are currently studying a BPP University undergraduate or postgraduate degree programme.

Learning outcomes

The In-sessional Academic Skills sessions will help you develop the study skills you need to get the most out of your time with BPP University. In relation to your chosen field of degree study, you will have the opportunity to:

  • Increase your critical thinking and learning strategies
  • Develop your academic reading and writing ability
  • Improve your academic speaking and listening skills

Study options

In-sessional Academic Skills lasts for 10 weeks. For your convenience, it is designed as a series of individual support sessions that take place alongside your degree studies. This gives you an opportunity to improve your study skills and learning strategies in the context of your area of study and, in turn, your chances of degree and career success.

Pre-Sessional English course also available

Our Pre-Sessional English course is designed for international students who want or need to improve their English before beginning their BPP University degree or foundation programme. Successfully passing the course will guarantee you progression on to your chosen degree programme without needing to re-take any external English language tests. You will have the opportunity to increase your knowledge of general and academic English and develop your reading, writing, speaking and listening skills.

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This module will:

  • Assist you with skills for undertaking undergraduate or postgraduate academic study using effective English
  • Provide you with an opportunity to develop your reading, writing, speaking and listening skills in an academic setting
  • Help you to understand conventions of academic discussions – spoken and written – and develop an effective academic writing style

Entry requirements

This support course is for students who already have a place on a BPP University programme but would benefit from, or are required as a condition of entry, to improve their level of English and Academic study skills.

You must be 18 years or over at the start of the course.

Paying for your support

This course is provided free of charge* to relevant students, for the first three hours per week of tuition in the first term of their undergraduate or postgraduate studies

*A £100 deposit is required which is refundable on completion of 80% attendance (this is to ensure places are not kept open for non-attendees)