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8-week courses

Our 8-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 from your home country or to join us on campus in Cardiff.

Course dates

8-week A (Online only)

The 8-week A course will run from 11 July to 2 September 2022 as a fully online course which you can study from your home country.

The 8-week A course will include live online classes and class tasks, plus online seminars and tutorials between 09:00 and 13:20 UK time (British Summertime) with additional hours of guided practice and self-study.

8-week B (On campus)

The 8-week B course will run from 18 July to 9 September 2022 on campus in Cardiff following a blended learning approach.

  • Week 1 of the course will consist of fully online induction and teaching activities between 09:00 and 13:20 UK time (British Summertime).
  • Weeks 2 – 8 will include live classes every day on the University campus, as well as live online sessions and self-study. Timetables will vary with 08:45 as the earliest class start time and 16:15 as the latest class finish time (British Summertime). The majority of classes will be delivered face to face on campus with a small number of hours delivered live online.


The course fee for 2022 entry is £3,160.

Entry requirements

IELTS (Academic)

The 8-week courses are for students with IELTS (Academic) 6.0 overall who have a score of 5.5 in Writing (and all other sub-scores at 5.0 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 62 overall with 59 in Writing and 51 in all other sub-scores.


On campus

Applicants for the on campus 8-week B 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 8-week A 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.

Course outline

The 8-Week A and B 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.

Improving your academic English

This part of the course will focus on the ways we use the English language in an academic context. We will concentrate on the grammatical structures and vocabulary commonly used in presenting academic work, while improving confidence in communicating with, and responding to, the academic community.

Study skills

Academic study skills are invaluable and we believe that all university students would benefit from this course. In this part of the course, you will learn and practise the core skills needed to complete your chosen degree programme.

They include skills such as note-taking, summarising, text structure, referencing, data analysis, understanding lectures, making presentations and participating in seminars and tutorials.

Academic orientation

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.