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English & Foundation courses

Entry requirements

English Language Entry Guide

The table below is a guide for students wishing to continue with academic study.

Current English language level: I need an IELTS score of: Can I start in September? Can I start in January? Can I start in April? Can I start in April and do a Summer course?
IELTS 4.0 5.5 Yes No No No
IELTS 4.5 5.5 Yes Yes No Yes *
IELTS 5.0 5.5 Yes Yes Yes Yes *
IELTS 4.5 6.5 Yes Yes * No No
IELTS 5.0 6.5 Yes Yes No No
IELTS 5.5 6.5 Yes Yes No Yes *
IELTS 6.0 6.5 Yes Yes Yes Yes *
IELTS 6.0 7.0 Yes Yes No Yes *
IELTS 6.5 7.0 Yes Yes Yes Yes *

*Your tutor will advise you (in June) on which summer course to take.  See pre-sessional course information for further details.

Please note we only accept the IELTS academic test or equivalent secure English language test as proof of English language ability. If you are already in the UK and do not need a Tier 4 Visa for your English for University Study programme, you can arrange to take a free Entry Test in Cardiff. Please contact for more information.

The above table is based on the achievements of international students who complete their course successfully and is not a guarantee of IELTS achievement. "Successful completion" mean students who have a minimum attendance of 90%, who complete all assignments on the course and have a positive attitude to learning.

English Language Programmes


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