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12 week course

This course will now be offered online.

This summer 2020 course is for students with IELTS (Academic) for UKVI 5.5 who have a score of 5.0 in Writing (and all other sub-scores at 4.5 or higher) and have a course entry requirement of IELTS 6.5.

Applicants who have TOEFL iBT or TOEFL iBT Special Home Edition must have a minimum score of 68 overall with at least 16 in Writing, 12 in Listening, 10 in Reading and 16 in Speaking.

Applicants who have Pearson Test of English Academic must have a minimum score of 51 overall with at least 44 in Writing and at least 40 in all other sub-scores.

Applicants who have the Duolingo English Test must have a minimum score of 95.

These Academic Schools will accept the 12 week pre-sessional course in 2020:

Course dates

The 12 week course will run from 22 June to 11 September 2020.

Course outline

The 12 week pre-sessional programme will now be offered as a fully online course.

This means that you will be able to study the pre-sessional course from your home country and will not need to travel to Cardiff for the course. This is a new online pre-sessional programme and we are working to ensure that we offer you the quality of experience you would expect from a Cardiff University course.

The online course will:

  • develop your language and skills to prepare you for your academic course at Cardiff University
  • include a full programme of course materials, audio and video input, and self-access materials which will cover the skills of academic reading, writing, listening and speaking
  • offer every student a classroom experience from the safety of their own homes: you will be placed in a group of students for online lessons with one of our experienced and qualified tutors, as well as being guided to self-study tasks to supplement your online learning. We hope that you will enjoy working both independently and with the other students in your group as you develop your skills together
  • provide weekly tutorials 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.

Further details will be sent to all applicants before the start of the course. Following online enrolment, detailed course documentation will be made available to students.

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 2020 entry is £3,552.

This includes a 20% discount specifically for 2020 entry.