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.

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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.  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: 17th September 2018 - 7th June 2019
Up to 21 contact hours per week starting at 9am each weekday.
Cost: £8,950.

This course is delivered on the Cyncoed campus.

Date: 14th January 2019 - 23rd August 2019
Up to 21 contact hours per week starting at 9am each weekday.
Cost: £8,950.

This first two terms of the January course are delivered on the Cyncoed campus.  The third term is delivered on Cyncoed or Llandaff and start times may vary.

Dates and prices for the 2019 academic year to be confirmed.


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

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 2018 Pre-Sessional:

Entry Requirements:
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: 17th September 2018 – 18th January 2019 
21 contact hours per week starting at 9am each weekday.
Cost: £3,450.


Advanced Entry Pre-Sessional (i):

Entry Requirements:
Students must 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: 22nd October 2018 – 18th January 2019
21 contact hours per week starting at 9am each weekday.
Cost: £2,450.


Advanced Entry Pre-Sessional (ii):

Entry Requirements:
Students must 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: 19th November 2018 – 18th January 2019

21 contact hours per week starting at 9am each weekday.
Cost: £1,900.


Dates and prices for the 2019 academic year to be confirmed.

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

 

Pre-Sessional Summer Courses

 

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 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:

 

Summer 2019 Pre-Sessional:

Entry Requirements:
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: To be confirmed 
25 contact hours per week starting at 10am each weekday.
Cost: To be confirmed.


Advanced Entry Pre-Sessional (i):

Entry Requirements:
Students must 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
25 contact hours per week starting at 10am each weekday.
Cost: to be confirmed.


Advanced Entry Pre-Sessional (ii):

Entry Requirements:
Students must 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: To be confirmed

25 contact hours per week starting at 10am each weekday.
Cost: To be confirmed

 

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.

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 have an IELTS level of 4.5 or above or an equivalent grade.

Cost: £17.50 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:
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