Ewch i’r prif gynnwys

12 week course

Mae'r cynnwys hwn ar gael yn Saesneg yn unig.

We intend to offer our 12-week Pre-sessional course on campus in Cardiff in summer 2021, using a blended learning approach. This will include live classes every day on the University campus, as well as live online sessions and self-study.

Course requirements

This course is for students with IELTS (Academic) for UKVI 5.5 who have a score of 5.0 in Writing and Speaking (and all other sub-scores at 4.5 or higher) and have a course entry requirement of IELTS 6.5.

Applicants who have Pearson Test of English Academic UKVI must have a minimum score of 51 overall with at least 44 in Writing and Speaking and at least 39 in all other sub-scores.

These Academic Schools will accept the 12 week Pre-sessional course in 2021:

Course dates

The 12 week course will run from 28 June to 17 September 2021.

Course outline

The course will:

  • develop your language and skills to prepare you for your academic course at Cardiff University
  • include a full teaching programme and course materials which will cover the skills of academic reading, writing, listening and speaking. The course also features 'guided practice' materials which provide extra opportunities to develop key areas of academic language and skills. These are supplemented by self-study materials that you may wish to practise in your own time to check your understanding of different aspects of the course
  • offer every student a rich classroom experience: you will be placed in a group of students for your lessons with our experienced and qualified tutors. We hope that you will enjoy working both individually and with the other students in your group as you develop your skills together
  • provide tutorials with your teacher and individual feedback on your progress
  • offer all students pastoral care from our approachable and caring team
  • introduce you to academic life and provide professional guidance on academic issues and expectations.
Time (BST)MondayTuesdayWednesdayThursdayFriday
09:00-10:00Face-to-face classesFace-to-face classesFace-to-face classesFace-to-face classesFace-to-face classes
10:00-11:00Face-to-face classesFace-to-face classesFace-to-face classesFace-to-face classesBreak
12:00-13:00BreakBreakBreakBreakLive online classes
13:00-14:00Live online classesLive online classesLive online classesLive online classesFree
14:00-15:00Live online classesLive online classesLive online classesLive online classesFree

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Live classes, seminars and tutorials will be held between 9:00 and 15:00 UK time (British Summertime). The timetable above is a sample for illustration: patterns will vary in order to help us to control the flow of students on campus as part of our safe, social-distancing measures.

The course structure has been designed to provide an initial four-week teaching block where the primary focus is to quickly develop your language resource. It will focus on intensive study of the vocabulary and grammatical features common to academic discourse.

As a result, you will practise and develop both receptive and productive skills which are required in an academic context.

The final eight weeks of the programme are designed to develop your general study and research skills. These weeks will focus on providing you with the ability to improve the structure and style of your academic work in line with university expectations and conventions.

It will further assist you in developing your analytical and collaborative skills. In these classes, you will learn and practise the core skills needed to complete your chosen degree programme.

These include skills such as:

  • note-taking
  • summarising
  • text structure
  • referencing
  • data analysis
  • understanding lectures
  • making presentations
  • participating in seminars and tutorials.

All students will be familiarised with University resources provided to students enrolled on academic programmes of study and with the conventions and expectations for the presentation of academic work.


The course fee for 2021 entry is £4,440.

Our intention to offer this course on campus in Cardiff from June 2021, as described above, may need to change in response to the Coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic and any legislation, regulation or government guidance that applies at the relevant time. Any such changes will be made in accordance with the University’s Terms and Conditions of Offer and you will be notified of any changes required as soon as possible.

Ensuring the safety and welfare of our students and staff is our priority. Find out about the protective measures we have put in place to ensure your time with us is safe and enjoyable.