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 having a broad portfolio of professional and vocational English language courses.

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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.

Course Aims
Knowledge & Understanding

  • Use the main English verb tenses for a variety of purposes including giving narratives, reporting, expressing possibility and probability.
  • Use passive constructions to express mood and write accounts and instructive texts.
  • Use relative clauses to define subjects and provide additional information.
  • Use conditionals to express likelihood and cause and effect relationships.
  • Use different styles of English including formal and informal register and academic English.
  • Understand the rigours of UK university studies in preparing for and accurately recording lectures, conferences and seminars.
  • Understand the format of writing reports, essays and other texts and using quotation, paraphrase and summary to strengthen their arguments while using the Harvard Referencing System in order to avoid plagiarism.
  • Understand academic and topic-specific vocabulary while avoiding jargon where possible.
  • Discuss aspects of UK life and how they apply to international students.
  • Meaningfully reflect on their experiences of studying in a UK university.

Skills & Other Attributes

  • Improve their literacy skills in order to cope with their chosen progression programme.
  • Identify and organise information they have encountered in a variety of contexts through the receptive skills of listening and reading.
  • Construct simple, compound and complex sentences in order to produce appropriate texts.
  • Take part in meaningful interactions with native speakers in a number of contexts from informal to academic.
  • Give coherent oral presentations on their chosen topic of study.
  • Apply their knowledge and understanding in real-life situations using appropriate vocabulary.
  • Analyse texts to infer a writer's opinions or biases and identify facts.


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


Entry Requirements:
Students must be over the age of 17 and 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: 19th September 2016 - 9th June 2017
Up to 21 Contact hours per week starting at 9am each weekday.
Cost: £8,700.

This course is delivered on the Cyncoed campus.

Date: 16th January 2017 - 25th August 2017
Up to 21 Contact hours per week starting at 9am each weekday.
Cost: £8,700.

This first two terms of this course are delivered on the Cyncoed campus.  The third term is delivered on Cyncoed or Llandaff.

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

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

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International Foundation Course (Art & Design)

 

The International Foundation Course (Art & Design) is a one year full-time programme that aims to develop language and academic skills to a level appropriate for successful progression to an intended undergraduate degree course. The programme provides students on successful completion guaranteed opportunity to join Year 1 (Level 4) of any of the undergraduate three-year honours degree courses within Cardiff School of Art & Design. 
 
The International Foundation Course (Art & Design) is intended for students who fall into one or both of the following categories:
 
1. Students who have not achieved the required A-level or equivalent points score.
2. Students who have not achieved the required level in English proficiency.

The programme will also help International students to develop their creative practice and to become familiar with the art and design teaching methods employed in UK Universities.​​

View the full course entry for International Foundation Course (Art & Design)​​.

​The language​ modules​ of this course are delivered on the Cyncoed campus.  The Art and Design modules are delivered on the Llandaff campus in the Cardiff School of Art and Design.

Pre-Sessional English

This course is designed to improve your English to a level which students are able to undertake study at a UK university. General English is reviewed and developed in order to give a strong foundation for your learning. Training in English for Academic Purposes is delivered across the four skills – reading, writing, speaking and listening, alongside Study Skills, so that the challenges of university studies may be met.

Course Objectives

By the end of the course the students should be able to:

  • Recognise and use the International Phonetic Alphabet for greater spoken accuracy.
  • Pronounce unfamiliar words accurately.
  • Identify parts of speech and use them correctly.
  • Construct a range of sentences using a range of styles.
  • Manage themselves as students in a UK university.
  • Prepare for listening to lectures, conferences and seminars in a variety of styles.
  • Take notes and write them up accurately.
  • Analyse texts to infer a writer's point of view or bias.
  • Plan, research and write an academic body of work.
  • Use quotations, paraphrase and summary.
  • Correctly use the Harvard Referencing System.
  • Explain the meaning and ramifications of plagiarism.
  • Actively take part in debates.
  • Orally present an academic body of work of their own writing.
  • Produce work that meets IELTS standards to a level of 6 or above.
  • Reflect upon their experience as learners.


September 2016 Pre-Sessional:

Entry Requirements:
Students must be over the age of 18 and 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: 19th September 2016 – 20th January 2017
21 Contact hours per week starting at 9am each weekday.
Cost: £3,300.


Advanced Entry Pre-Sessional (i):

Entry Requirements:
Students must be over the age of 18 and have an IELTS level of 5.0 or above or an equivalent grade. A minimum of IELTS 4.0 in each component or equivalent is required under UKVI regulations.

Dates: 24th October 2016 – 20th January 2017
21 Contact hours per week starting at 9am each weekday.
Cost: £2,300.


Advanced Entry Pre-Sessional (ii):

Entry Requirements:
Students must be over the age of 18 and have an IELTS level of 5.5 or above or an equivalent grade. A minimum of IELTS 4.0 in each component or equivalent is required under UKVI regulations.

Dates: 21st November 2016 – 20th January 2017
21 Contact hours per week starting at 9am each weekday.
Cost: £1,750.


January 2017 Pre-Sessional:

Entry Requirements:
Students must be over the age of 18 and 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: 30th January 2017 – 2nd June 2017

 21 Contact hours per week starting at 9am each weekday.
Cost: £3,300.


Advanced Entry Pre-Sessional (i):

Entry Requirements:
Students must be over the age of 18 and have an IELTS level of 5.0 or above or an equivalent grade. A minimum of IELTS 4.0 in each component or equivalent is required under UKVI regulations.

Dates: 6th March 2016 – 2nd June 2017
21 Contact hours per week starting at 9am each weekday.
Cost: £2,300.


Advanced Entry Pre-Sessional (ii):

Entry Requirements:
Students must be over the age of 18 and have an IELTS level of 5.5 or above or an equivalent grade. A minimum of IELTS 4.0 in each component or equivalent is required under UKVI regulations.

Dates: 24th April 2016 – 2nd June 2017
21 Contact hours per week starting at 9am each weekday.
Cost: £1,750.

All students will receive an attendance certificate.
A full range of modern teaching and learning equipment is available on this course.
All students have full access to the internet and computer facilities

 

Pre-Sessional Summer Courses

Please note that in Summer 2017 this course may run on either the Cyncoed or Llandaff campus.

Taking place before the September intake at universities, the Pre-Sessional Programme prepares students for the challenges of studying at a UK university. The main focus of the course is on Study Skills covering research skills, text analysis referencing and presentation skills. This is taught together with English for Academic Purposes subjects. Maximum size 20.

Course Objectives

By the end of the course the students should be able to:

  • Manage themselves as students in a UK university.
  • Prepare for listening to lectures, conferences and seminars in a variety of styles.
  • Take notes and write them up accurately.
  • Analyse texts to infer a writer's point of view or bias.
  • Plan, research and write an academic body of work.
  • Use quotations, paraphrase and summary.
  • Correctly use the Harvard Referencing System.
  • Explain the meaning and ramifications of plagiarism.
  • Orally present an academic body of work of their own writing.
  • Reflect upon their experience as learners.


Full English and Academic Skills course:

Dates: To be confirmed

Students must be over the age of 18 and 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.

Classes run five days a week.

Cost: £3,300

10 week advanced entry English and Academic Skills course:

 

Dates: To be confirmed

Students must be over the age of 18 and have an IELTS level of 5.0 or above or an equivalent grade. A minimum of IELTS 4.0 in each component or equivalent is required under UKVI regulations.

Classes run five days a week, from 9.00am each day.

Cost: To be confirmed


6 week Academic Skills course:

Dates: To be confirmed

Students must be over the age of 18 and have an IELTS level of 5.5 or above or an equivalent grade. A minimum of IELTS 4.0 in each component or equivalent is required under UKVI regulations. 

Classes run five days a week, from 9.00am each day.

Cost: To be confirmed

 

General English and Exam Training Summer Courses

Please note that in Summer 2017 this course may run on either the Cyncoed or Llandaff campus.

During the summer our General English and Examination Summer School is held. This course is specifically designed to improve students' confidence in their use of General English for further studies or personal and professional development. The Examination element prepares students for entry examinations for university courses. This course is recommended in conjunction with our Pre Sessional Course to give students the optimum training for their chosen university course. Maximum size 20.

Course Objectives

By the end of the course the students should be able to:

  • Recognise and use the International Phonetic Alphabet for greater spoken accuracy.
  • Pronounce unfamiliar words accurately.
  • Identify parts of speech and use them correctly.
  • Construct a range of sentences using a range of styles.
  • Actively take part in debates.
  • Orally present work of their own writing.
  • Produce work that meets standards equivalent to an IELTS level of 6 or above.
  • Reflect upon their experience as learner


Entry Requirements:

Students must be over the age of 18 and 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: To be confirmed

Up to 25 Contact hours per week starting at 9am each weekday.
Cost: £1,650


 

Advanced Entry:

Students must be over the age of 18 and have an IELTS level of 5.0 or above or an equivalent grade.  A minimum of IELTS 4.0 in each component or equivalent is required under UKVI regulations.

Dates: To be confirmed

Up to 25 Contact hours per week starting at 9am each weekday. 
Cost: To be confirmed


All students will receive an attendance certificate.
A full range of modern teaching and learning equipment is available on this course.
All students have full access to the internet and computer facilities

 

 

In-Sessional drop-in classes

Students may select which classes from our existing courses that they wish to attend and build their own study plan to suit their needs. Maximum size 20.

Entry Requirements:
Students must be over the age of 18 and 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.

Cost: £12.50 per hour

 

 

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:
Students must be over the age of 18. Students must already have a UK visa.

Cost: £40 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:

Students must be over the age of 18. Students must already have a UK visa.

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