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10-week course

Applications for the 10-week course are now closed.

Our 10-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 10-week course will run from 5 July to 10 September 2021.

Course componentStart dateEnd date
Part 1 (online only)05/07/202123/07/2021
Part 2 (on campus or online)26/07/202110/09/2021

Part 1

In weeks 1 – 3, 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.

Part 2

On campus

This blended approach will include live classes every day on the University campus in weeks 4 - 10, as well as live online sessions and self-study between 9:00 and 15:00 UK time (British Summertime).


The online 10-week course in weeks 4 -10 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 £3,700.

Entry requirements

IELTS (Academic)

The 10-week course is for students with IELTS (Academic) 6.5 overall (with all sub-scores at 5.5 or higher) who have a course entry requirement of IELTS 7.0 overall.


Pearson Test of English Academic

Applicants who have Pearson Test of English Academic must have a minimum score of 62 overall with at least 51 in all sub-scores.


On campus

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.

Course outline

The online and on campus 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.

Our intention to offer 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.