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

COVID-19:

Please refer to the University website for information about arrangements for the Academic Year 2021 / 2022 

 

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 has undergone a range of modifications for the 2021/2022 academic year and the new structure is outlined below.

 

Learning and Teaching: 

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.  In order to follow the 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, we advise that 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. 

Delivery for the 2021/2022 academic year will be blended and lessons could take place in either a physical or virtual classroom.   The Programme will be delivered in a way that integrates remote learning activity alongside some campus delivery, directed study and self-directed study each week.   

 

Course Modules: 

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) 

Professional Development 

Critical Thinking 

Context Analysis 

Each module is worth 20 credits. 

 

Assessment: 

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. 

Applications should be submitted via the links on the Global Engagement applications page. 

 

Dates and fees for 2021/2022: 

The International Foundation Course lasts for one academic year from September, or the equivalent of one academic year if joining in January. 

September 2021: 

Course start date 20th September 2021 

Semester 1 runs from September – January 

Semester 2 runs from January – May 

Course fees:  £9,250 

January 2022: 

Course start date 10th January 2022 

Semester 1 runs from January – May 

Semester 2 runs from May – August 

Course fees:  £10,250 

 
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.  

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.   

 

September Pre-Sessional English - September 2021

Details will be available shortly 


Pre-Sessional Summer Courses - Online for Summer 2021


Please note that our Summer 2021 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 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.

Materials will be provided online, but we recommend that you have access to an advanced learner dictionary to support your studies.  Materials are best viewed on a laptop.

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.  This means that you can have face to face interaction with your teachers and other students, and you will be able to fit your self directed study around your own schedule.

 

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 2021 Pre-Sessional:

Our Summer Pre-Sessional will run from 1st June to 3rd 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

Tuesday 1st June

£4,200

5.0

4.5

10 weeks

Monday 28th June

£3,000

5.5

5.0

6 weeks

Monday 26th July

£1,800 



We are aware that a range of tests are available and we 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

TOEFL iBT
 ​
DuolingoLanguageCertPearson Versant English Placement

Overall

No skill below

Overall

No skill
below

Overall

​Overall

Overall

​No skill below
​14 week course

4.5

4.0​

​32

​* refer to
TOEFL iBT
 website

65

B1 Pass

49

46

​10 week course

5.0

4.5

​35

75

B1 High Pass

52

49

​6 week course

5.5

5.0​

​46

85

​B2 Pass

56

52


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


PLEASE NOTE:  The Summer 2021 Pre-Sessional Course will be available online only. 

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

1:1 Tuition

 

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.