The course will take place in Cardiff and the full delivery model for 2022/2023 is to be confirmed and will be updated here shortly.
The International Foundation 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.
Students who have completed this course have gone on to study on courses across the university. 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.
The course underwent a range of modifications for the 2021/2022 academic year and the new structure is outlined below.
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.
Tutors on the International Foundation Course use a range of teaching methods and activities including whole class, group work, pair work and individual work.
As well as regular timetabled tutorials, you will be allocated a personal tutor who will support you throughout your course.
You will be provided with a course book and electronic resources. For both classroom sessions and in order to follow any virtual element of the course you will need access to a laptop / tablet with camera and microphone, as well as internet connection. Due to the nature of the course and materials, you should not try to follow the course on a mobile phone.
All course materials are provided, but we recommend that you buy an advanced learner dictionary to support your studies.
The ELTC is based at the Cyncoed campus and this is where the majority of our courses are run. Although this is where our physical classrooms are located, please be aware that our courses can be delivered across the university’s sites.
You will follow these six compulsory modules across both semesters (unless otherwise stated):
English Language Proficiency
English for General Academic Purposes (Semester 1 only)
English for Specific Academic Purposes (Semester 2 only)
Each module is worth 20 credits.
Assessments will take place throughout the academic year, with submissions at the end of each semester. 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; presentations; and posters. All written assessments are submitted electronically. The assessments are designed to provide a range of opportunities to develop a range of skills for HE study.
All your work must be your own and any research sources that you use must be cited and referenced correctly using the Harvard Referencing system.
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 course and UKVI regulations.
Dates and fees for 2022/2023:
The International Foundation Course lasts for one academic year from September, or the equivalent of one academic year if joining in January.
Course start date 19th September 2022
Semester 1 runs from September – January
Semester 2 runs from January – May
Semester 1 runs from January – May
Semester 2 runs from May – August
Students who successfully complete the course will receive a level 3 foundation certificate and be awarded 120 transferrable academic credits from Cardiff Metropolitan University.
Successful outcomes are Pass, Merit and Distinction.
PLEASE NOTE: The ELTC is based at the Cyncoed campus of the university and this is where the majority of our campus delivery takes place. However, please be aware that our courses can be delivered across the university's various sites.
Course Delivery - UPDATE - We are pleased to confirm that the Summer 2022 Pre-Sessional Course will be run on campus in Cardiff. The course could be delivered at either our Cyncoed or Llandaff campus*.
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 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.
Course delivery will be face to face on campus and online using Moodle and Teams.*
* Methods of delivery are subject to Welsh government and University guidance - we will keep you informed in the event of any changes *
Materials will be provided, but we recommend that you have access to an advanced learner dictionary to support your studies. You will need access to a laptop throughout the course.
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 2022 Pre-Sessional:
Our Summer Pre-Sessional will run from 30th May to 2nd 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
Monday 30th May
Monday 27th June
Monday 25th July
Please contact us if you have any enquiries regarding 1:1 tuition.
This can be arranged for individuals and can focus on academic, business or general English,
Cost: Prices start at £60.00 per hour. Please contact us to discuss your requirements.