English and Foundation Programmes

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Our students come from all over the world to improve their English and academic skills before starting on their studies.

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English Language Programmes

Our English language teaching centre offers a variety of courses ranging from eight weeks to nine months which cater for most language levels and abilities.

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International Foundation Programme

This one-year programme is designed to give you the academic and English language skills you need to begin a variety of degrees with us.

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Cardiff University is a British Council IELTS test centre offering regular tests to assess the language ability of candidates who need to study or work where English is the language of communication.

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Learn when the written and speaking tests take place and when we'll issue the results.

The test dates refer to the written part of the test. Speaking tests will take place on the Friday before the written test date. Please note that you won't be able to change your speaking test appointment time after they have been allocated.

Applying for a test

When you apply for a test, please make sure you're available for both days. We recommend that you submit your completed application as early as possible before the test date in order to secure your place.

2016 Test datesModules availableResults issued
27 AugustAcademic only FULL9 September
10 SeptemberAcademic and General Training FULL23 September
29 OctoberAcademic and General Training11 November
19 NovemberAcademic and General Training2 December
3 December Academic and General Training16 December

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You can reserve a place on an IELTS test either online, by post or in person.

Before you book

  1. Check that you are applying for the appropriate test for your requirements. We cannot accept responsibility for applications made in error.
  2. Check availability of the test dates. We advise that you submit your completed application as early as possible before the test date.
  3. Read the information for candidates booklet and the candidate identity verification document.

Changes to Secure English Language Tests (SELTS)

There have been important changes to Secure English Language Tests (SELTS) for visa purposes.

These changes do not affect people from the European Union, European Economic Area, Switzerland and 'majority English speaking countries' as defined by the UK Home Office.

To find out more, please read our guidance before applying for a test.

To get started, please enter your details online at the British Council website. Once you have completed this, you'll then need to email us the following documents within 24 hours to secure your place:

  • Scanned copy of your passport or national identity card (EU citizens only).
  • Payment of £160 (either a completed IELTS payment form or a postal order made payable to 'Cardiff University').

If you're under 18 at the time of taking the test, then you'll also need to include an informed consent form.

IELTS is not recommend for under-16s.

To apply by post or in person, you'll need to download and complete the application form and attach:

  • A copy of your passport or national identity card (EU citizens only).
  • Payment of £160 (either a completed IELTS payment form or a postal order made payable to 'Cardiff University'). If you're applying in person, you also have the option to pay by cash (exact change only, please). Please do not send cash by post.

If you are under 18 at the time of taking the test, then you'll also need to include an informed consent form.

IELTS is not recommend for under-16s.

Post your application or deliver by hand to our office.

Cancellation or transfer

If you cancel or request a transfer within five weeks of the test date – or you don't show up on the day – you will not be eligible for a refund.

If you cancel or transfer more than five weeks before the test date, you will get a refund minus a £40 administration fee.

Please make all requests for cancellation or transfer in writing.

Special arrangements

If you need a modified version of the test – for example, a test created in Braille – you must give us three months notice. If you need us to make special administrative arrangements – such as extra time – you must give six weeks notice.

To find out more, please contact us.

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There are a number of ways to prepare for your IELTS test.

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We advise that you prepare thoroughly for the test. Some Universities and English Language Schools offer IELTS preparation courses. There is also a wide range of published preparation material available from reputable bookshops.

Road to IELTS

The Road to IELTS online preparation package offers 30 hours of free online tuition to help you prepare for the test.

After registering for an IELTS test, you will have access to three units, each based on common IELTS topics and covering all four sections of the exam: reading, listening, writing and speaking.

The course allows you to:

  • practise IELTS listening tasks under timed conditions
  • watch videos of sample speaking tests, highlighting good practice
  • develop vocabulary and techniques for writing tasks
  • work on authentic texts for the reading test
  • increase your vocabulary in topic areas commonly covered in the IELTS test.

English language courses

There are a number of English language courses at Cardiff University.

For further information, please see our international pages or email elt@cardiff.ac.uk.

For more information about IELTS preparation courses, please email us.

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IELTS test results will be released to you 13 days after the test.

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You'll receive a Test Report Form (TRF) showing your results in the post. The day you receive your results will depend on the postal service in your area.

If postal delivery isn't suitable, you'll need to email us to let us know. Please note that we can't give results over the telephone or by fax or email.

You can also check your results online at the British Council website for up to 40 days after your test date.

Additional copies

You can request additional copies of your test results which can be sent directly to institutions, organisations or employers. Please note we cannot send additional copies direct to you.

Before your test

We can send up to five copies. If you do this at the time of booking your test there will be no extra charge. You'll just need to make a note of this on your test application form.

After your test

You can also request additional copies after you have taken your test for an administrative charge of £15 per copy. These copies can only be sent direct to institutions or organisations for up to two years after your test date.

To request additional copies, please complete an Application for the Issue of Additional TRF form, which you can request by emailing us.

Result validity and queries

The results are recommended as valid for two years.

If you are unhappy with your results, you can fill in and submit an Enquiry on Results form. You must do this within four weeks of receiving your results. The fee is £60. To request a form, please contact us.