All About Academic Skills for Business Pre-sessional (ASBP)


Academic Skills for Business Pre-sessional (ASBP) is a full-time, 10 week business pre-sessional programme perfect for you if:

  • you need to develop your academic skills and English language ability in business and academic English to your required level for university entry for foundation, undergraduate and postgraduate Business programmes or the Pre-Masters Management programme within the International College of Wales Swansea (ICWS).

You can join an ASBP course in October, January and April. See Apply Now for details.

To join ASBP you will need a minimum of IELTS 5.5 (or equivalent) to begin the course. If you are applying for an MSc pathway you must provide evidence of a first degree, three year diploma or equivalent qualification. If you do not meet the IELTS level for ASBP, we recommend you study on our English for University Studies (EUS) pre-sessional programme before progressing to ASBP.


Course Information

The Academic Skills for Business Pre-sessional (ASBP) focuses on the skills you need for successful completion of an undergraduate or post-graduate degree programme in Business. ASBP is divided into a number of modules which will help you to develop the following important academic language and study skills:

  • Language Skills for Academic Business Studies
  • Business Communication Studies
  • Integrated Academic Skills (Academic Reading and Writing)
  • Listening and Note-taking Skills for Academic Business Lectures
  • Academic and Business Vocabulary
  • Academic Writing
  • Presentation and Academic Speaking Skills
  • Using Academic Sources and Referencing Skills
  • Critical Thinking
  • Business Planning

Each week includes 24 hours of organised tuition. Download the  ASBP Sample Timetable to find out more about a typical week. The maximum class size is 18.

During the course you will build a portfolio of coursework which will be used as part of your final assessment. Each ASBP student has a personal tutor who will meet you regularly to help you to develop individual targets so that you are able achieve your academic goals in the field of business and management.

Please note that you will be required to buy a course book which will cost no more than £25.00.

ASBP is excellent preparation for your future university studies in business and management.



You will be assessed using a combination of:

  • a portfolio of the work you do during your course (70%)
  • an end of course exam (30%).

The portfolio provides detailed evidence of your language level and skills, your academic skills and whether you are ready to begin academic study at a UK university.

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There are 3 entry points to the course: October, January, and April.

Academic Year 2015-2016 

TermDatesCourse Fee


October entry

3 October - 9 December 2016 £2850


January entry

9 January - 17 March 2017 £2850


April entry

3 April - 9 June 2017 £2850

Students not intending to enter university but who are interested in improving their Business English and academic study skills in the fields of business and management can join the course at any of these 3 entry points.



The university offers different accommodation options for international students.

Information about other accommodation options can be found on ELTS' accommodation page.


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To apply please download and complete the Academic Skills for Business 2017 Application Form and return it to:


ASBP Course Application

Admissions Department

2nd Floor Digital Technium Building

Swansea University

Singleton Park




Or email your application form to:

For admission queries, please phone: +44 (0)1792 295111

If you are an agent or are applying via an agent, please make sure that you complete the agent contact details at the top of this form.


For more information regarding this course or any others we run at ELTS please contact us.