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The Bridge Programme focuses on IELTS Exam preparation, language, study and professional skills and British academic culture. Classes are normally held between 9.00am and 4.00pm. This will include approximately 20 hours per week plus directed study. All students study all areas of the course. The combination and content of each module helps to produce a confident student who is capable of operating in English in every aspect of their life.

The main areas covered are English usage, IELTS strategies, study skills, professional skills and guidance and support.

English Usage

You will develop language ability across the four skills and broaden your proficiency in:

  • grammar
  • vocabulary
  • comprehension
  • communicative fluency
  • pronunciation

providing you with the language base on which to build successful IELTS strategies. All of these skills will allow you to survive outside the classroom and in your chosen career.

IELTS Strategies

Exam strategies are essential to students who need an IELTS score to enter their chosen degree programme or to prove English language proficiency to a variety of employers. Training will be provided on the techniques and strategies necessary to perform successfully as an IELTS candidate. These build on the language provided in English usage. There is an IELTS Test Centre at Cardiff University, and all students can take the IELTS exam near the end of the Bridge Programme. The cost is included in the course fee for all students studying on the 9-month programme and registration will be arranged by the English Language Programmes office.

Study Skills

You will learn and practise the core skills needed to successfully complete your chosen degree programme. Included in these modules are skills such as note-taking, summarising, text structure, understanding lectures, making presentations and participating in seminars and tutorials. These skills will also further your IELTS confidence and competence.

The course also introduces students to learning strategies, British culture and the traditions of British universities. Longer courses introduce students to the Cardiff University campus and academic facilities by providing training in the use of computer systems and software and how to use the University’s resource centres.

Professional Skills

You will learn how to prepare and present professional reports in the style and appropriate language for the business and professional world. You will also learn how to employ your language awareness to successfully adopt critical thinking skills. These skills will also provide greater confidence in approaching the IELTS Test.

Guidance and Support

Students studying on the Bridge Programme will receive educational counselling and support throughout the year, including guidance and advice throughout the application process.

English Language Programmes


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