Applications for the 20-week course are now closed.
Our 20-week summer pre-sessional course focuses on developing the English language and core study skills you need to study effectively on an academic course in the UK.
You can choose to complete the course online or to join us on campus for the second part of the course.
Course dates and times
The 20-week course will run from 26 April to 10 September 2021.
|Course component||Start date||End date|
|Part 1 (online only)||26/04/2021||16/07/2021|
|Part 2 (on campus or online)||19/07/2021||10/09/2021|
In weeks 1 – 12, all teaching activity will be offered online between 9:00 and 13:30 UK time (British Summertime) with additional hours of guided practice and self-study.
This blended approach will include live classes every day on the University campus in weeks 13 - 20, as well as live online sessions and self-study between 9:00 and 15:00 UK time (British Summertime).
The online 20-week course in weeks 13 - 20 will include live classes and class tasks, plus seminars and tutorials between 9:00 and 13:30 UK time (British Summertime) with additional hours of guided practice and self-study.
The course fee for 2021 entry is £6,565.
The 20-week course is for students with IELTS (Academic) 5.0 overall who have a score of 4.5 in Writing and Speaking (and all other sub-scores at 4.0 or higher) and have a course entry requirement of IELTS 6.5 overall.
Pearson Test of English Academic
Applicants who have Pearson Test of English Academic must have a minimum score of 44 overall with at least 39 in Writing and Speaking and at least 36 in all other sub-scores.
Applicants for the on campus course will need to ensure that they take the IELTS (Academic) for UKVI test or the Pearson Test of English Academic UKVI test.
Students who are taking the online pre-sessional course and who are not planning to travel to the UK can use a TOEFL iBT or the non-UKVI version of IELTS (Academic) or Pearson Test of English Academic to meet our entry requirements.
Schools accepting this course
These Academic Schools will accept the 20-week on campus and online pre-sessional courses in 2021:
College of Arts, Humanities and Social Sciences
- English, Communication and Philosophy (case by case)
- Geography and Planning (except for PhD offers requiring 7.0 in writing)
- History, Archaeology & Religion
- Modern Languages
- Social Sciences (Not for MSc SSRM CARBS pathways)
College of Biomedical and Life Sciences
- Biosciences (undergraduate and postgraduate taught only, including MRes)
- Healthcare Sciences (postgraduate taught only)
- Optometry and Vision Sciences (undergraduate only)
College of Physical Sciences and Engineering
- Computer Science and Informatics
- Earth and Environmental Sciences
- Physics and Astronomy
We regret that these schools do not accept the 20-week course:
- Journalism, Media and Culture (apart from BA Journalism Media and Sociology)
- Law and Politics
The on campus and online courses 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.
Part 1: weeks 1 - 12
The primary focus of weeks 1 - 7 of Part 1 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.
Following a Reading Week in week 8, weeks 9 – 12 will concentrate on basic academic skills in preparation for Part 2 of the course.
Part 2: weeks 13 - 20
The final part of the programme is 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:
- text structure
- data analysis
- understanding lectures
- making presentations
- participating in seminars and tutorials.
During Part 2 of the course you will be introduced to the campus and academic facilities. You will also be provided with a basic introduction to using the computer operating systems and resource centres. You will also learn about the conventions and expectations of the academic community and how these should be met.
Our intention to offer Part 2 of this course on campus in Cardiff from July 2021, as described on this page, 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.