Courses

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​Choose from professional, undergraduate or postgraduate preparation courses

At the ELTC we have been delivering university preparation courses since 2006. We also run the Cardiff Metropolitan University International Foundation Course as well as professional and vocational English language courses.

    

International Foundation Course

This course is intended to provide a vehicle for international students who wish to improve their English language proficiency and become familiar with the conventions of Higher Education in the UK. Students who successfully complete the course will be awarded with 120 transferrable academic credits and will be assisted in applying for their chosen progression courses either within Cardiff Metropolitan University or at other UK universities.  Students who have completed this course have gone on to study on courses across the university. 

The International Foundation Course comprises five modules:

Course Content:
English Language Proficiency
English for Academic Purposes          
Professional Development
Critical Thinking
Context Analysis

The International Foundation Course is a full time course which is designed to improve your English and academic skills to a level which students are able to undertake study at a UK university. 

 

Learning and Teaching:

The International Foundation Course uses a range of teaching environments to best fit your learning needs. Delivery includes classroom based sessions with whole class, group work, pair work and individual work.  We also have weekly sessions in the well-equipped IT suites. As well as regular timetabled tutorials, you will be allocated a personal tutor who will support you throughout your course .

The International Foundation Course focuses on developing your language skills and covers the four skills of Speaking, Listening, Reading and Writing in an academic context.

Your timetable will include English Language Proficiency lessons with course books and supplementary materials.  One of these sessions will be held in the IT suite so that you can develop a portfolio of work.  You will also have sessions in all the other modules of the International Foundation Course, as well as weekly individual or group tutorials.

 

Assessment:

Assessments will take place throughout the academic year, with the first submissions at the end of the first term.  You will be given details of submission dates and assessment criteria in your module handbooks at the start of the course.

Assessments take the form of written submissions such as essays and reflections; portfolios; individual and group presentations; and posters.  All written assessments are submitted electronically.

The assessments are designed to provide a range of opportunities to develop the skills you will need on your chosen progression courses.

 

Employability and Careers:

The aim of the International Foundation Course is to prepare you for your progression course.  Previous students have progressed into all Schools at Cardiff Metropolitan – please see our testimonials page.

 

Entry requirements and how to apply:
Students must have an IELTS level of 4.5 or above or an equivalent grade. A minimum of IELTS 4.0 in each component or equivalent is required under UKVI regulations.

Dates: 16th September 2019 - 29th May 2020
Up to 21 contact hours per week starting at 9am each weekday.
Cost: £8,950.


Date: 13th January 2020 - 21st August 2020
Up to 21 contact hours per week starting at 9am each weekday.
Cost: £9,250.


Certification
Students who successfully complete the course will receive a level 3 foundation certificate and be awarded 120 transferrable academic credits from Cardiff Metropolitan University. 

All course books and materials are provided, but we recommend that you buy an advanced learner dictionary to support your studies.

A full range of modern teaching and learning equipment is available on this course.
Students have full access to the library, internet and computer facilities.

Applications should be submitted via the links on the International pages here

PLEASE NOTE:  The ELTC is based at the Cyncoed campus of the university and this is where the majority of our courses run.  However, please be aware that our courses can be delivered across the university's sites.  Please contact us if you have any queries about the location of your course. 

Pre-Sessional English 

Course Content:

The Pre-Sessional Course is a full time course which is designed to improve your English to a level at which students are able to undertake study at a UK university. 

 

Learning and Teaching:

The Pre-Sessional Course focuses on developing your language skills and covers the four skills of Speaking, Listening, Reading and Writing in an academic context.

Your timetable will include language lessons with the course books and supplementary materials, skills lessons focussing on the four skills, academic vocabulary lessons, language production and tutorials.  You will also have sessions in the IT suite when you will develop a language portfolio of work.

All course books and materials are provided, but we recommend that you buy an advanced learner dictionary to support your studies.

Lessons take place in well-equipped classrooms which encourage whole class, group, pair and individual work.

 

Assessment:

You will be assessed in each of the four skills of Speaking, Listening, Reading and Writing at the end of your course.  A minimum of B2 on the CEFR must be attained in each assessment and it is not possible to compensate between assessments.

Assessments will be timetabled to take place at the end of your course and you will be given information and support in preparation for your assessments throughout the course.

The assessments will take the format of timed exams for Listening, Reading and Writing and conversation, including extended discussion, for Speaking.

 

Employability and Careers:

The aim of the Pre-Sessional Course is to prepare you for your progression course.  Previous students have progressed into all Schools at Cardiff Metropolitan – please see our testimonials page.

 

Entry requirements and how to apply:

September 2019 Pre-Sessional:

Our September Pre-Sessional will run from 16th September 2019 to 10th January 2020, with advanced entry points for higher IELTS (or equivalent) levels.

Please choose the most appropriate start date from the table below:

 Overall IELTS Level (or equivalent)Minimum level in any skillStart dateCourse fees
4.54.016th September£4,200
5.04.514th October£3,000
5.55.011th November £1,800


Applications should be submitted via the links on the International pages here.

PLEASE NOTE:  The ELTC is based at the Cyncoed campus of the university and this is where the majority of our courses run.  However, please be aware that our courses can be delivered across the university's sites.  Please contact us if you have any queries about the location of your course. 

Pre-Sessional Summer Courses - Online for Summer 2020


Please note that our Summer 2020 Pre-Sessional Course will be delivered online.

The course will be a mix of sessions held in virtual classrooms; guided self directed study; and tutorials.

Course Content:

The Pre-Sessional Course is a full time course which is designed to improve your English to a level which students are able to undertake study at a UK university. 

Learning and Teaching:

The Pre-Sessional Course focuses on developing your language skills and covers the four skills of Speaking, Listening, Reading and Writing in an academic context.

Your timetable will include language lessons with the course and supplementary materials, skills lessons focussing on the four skills, academic vocabulary lessons, language production and tutorials.  You will also have sessions to support your development of a language portfolio of work.

Materials will be provided online, but we recommend that you have access to an advanced learner dictionary to support your studies.

Lessons will be held in virtual classrooms as well as through guided self directed study and tutorials.  You will also be encouraged to work online with other students in your class.

 

Assessment:

You will be assessed in each of the four skills of Speaking, Listening, Reading and Writing at the end of your course.  A minimum of B2 on the CEFR must be attained in each assessment and it is not possible to compensate between assessments.

The assessments will take the format of exams, online tests and assignments covering the four skills of Listening, Reading and Writing and conversation, including extended discussion, for Speaking.

 

Employability and Careers:

The aim of the Pre-Sessional Course is to prepare you for your progression course.  Previous students have progressed into all Schools at Cardiff Metropolitan – please see our testimonials page.

 

Entry requirements and how to apply:

Summer 2020 Pre-Sessional:

Our Summer Pre-Sessional will run from 1st June to 4th September, with advanced entry points for higher IELTS (or equivalent) levels.

Please choose the most appropriate start date from the table below:

Overall IELTS level (or equivalent)

Minimum level in any skill

Length of course

Start date

Course fees

4.5

4.0

14 weeks

1st June

£4,200

5.0

4.5

10 weeks

29th June

£3,000

5.5

5.0

6 weeks

27th July

£1,800 



We are aware that new tests are being made available online at the moment and are reviewing the situation as it develops.  If you have questions about other assessments, please contact us.  

Where possible, assessments with online invigilation or proctoring are preferred.  Please note that we prefer assessments which provide results by each of the four skills - speaking, listening, reading and writing.  However, we can still accept blended scores subject to a follow up interview which may include activities to support your application.

All assessments are subject to verification and we may also request an interview. 





​Entry point
​IELTS Indicator
​GETS Higher
​​TOEFL iBT

Duolingo
​LanguageCert
​Overall
No skill below
​Overall
No skill below​Overall
No skill
below
​Overall
​Overall
​14 week course

4.5

4.0​

​58

​50

​32

​* refer to
TOEFL iBT
 website

65

B1 Pass
​10 week course

5.0

4.5

65

​58

​35

75

B1 High Pass
​6 week course

5.5

5.0​

​75

​65

​46

85

​B2 Pass


*Please refer to ETS TOEFL webpages here for the test provider’s own comparison of scores by skill.


PLEASE NOTE:  The Summer 2020 Pre-Sessional Course will be available online only. 

One-to-one classes

Tailor made courses to suit a student's individual needs whether they are for General English at any level, Business English or English for a Specific Purpose. Maximum size 1.

Entry Requirements:
There are no entry requirements as classes are designed for the individual student.  However, students must already have a UK visa (if required).

Cost: £50 per hour 

Bespoke courses

We offer flexible study programmes and can design one specifically to order.

  • Specialist language programmes for businesses.
  • Small groups.
  • Specific courses to suit your needs.


    Entry Requirements:
    There are no entry requirements as classes are designed for the specific requirements of the group.  However, students must already have a UK visa (if required).

    Dates: Dates are set to requirement.
    Cost: Cost are calculated according to requirement