Improving your IELTS score

We offer English programmes to help you improve your English language skills and your IELTS score. Our programmes start on different dates, but finish by the start of the academic term in September or February.


English Language Programmes

The English language programmes are for students holding a conditional offer for a degree programme at the University, but whose level of English skills do not meet the required IELTS score of their course. 

Our Pre-sessional programmes are designed to improve your English and academic skills and to help you communicate more effectively in an English-speaking environment.

DATE (start - end) 2023 TUITION FEE
IELTS 4.5* or equivalent
(with a minimum of 4.0 in all components)
15 weeks May - September OR August - December £6,000
IELTS 5.0* or equivalent
(with a minimum of 4.5 in writing and 4.0 in all other components)
10 weeks June - September OR September - December £4,100
IELTS 5.5* or equivalent (with a minimum of 5.5 in writing and 5.0
in all other components)
OR IELTS 6.0* or equivalent (with a minimum of 6.0 in writing and 5.5
in all other components)
5 weeks January - February OR August -September OR November - December £2,200

*Students studying a course requiring a higher IELTS score than 6.0 may require a longer pre-sessional English course.

The test

The University of South Wales now uses Password™ to test the level of English language proficiency of prospective students.

Outside the UK

Tests are also available for prospective students outside the UK through our network of trusted representatives. Please contact your in-country representative or the officer responsible for students from your country for further details.

Please note that international students wishing to attend a pre-degree programme such as the Pre-sessional, or Foundation or HNC will need to take a Secure English Language Test in order to obtain a Tier 4 visa. Students should check the UKVI website for the list of approved SELTs.

In-sessional classes are available to any overseas students who want to improve their academic English skills. The course is designed to practise the skills needed to write academic essays and reports.

It also covers approaches to academic reading, research and an introduction to presentation skills. The courses run in blocks of 8 -10 weeks in the autumn and spring terms and classes last for two hours each week.

There will be three classes each week, running at different times. Please check posters at the beginning of term.

We offer a range of short courses and summer schools. These can be booked by individuals (subject to demand) or for closed groups, such as companies, schools or colleges. 

Please email [email protected] for more information.

The Centre for International English provides a range of language and educational training courses for individuals, organisations and educational institutions. 

Our teaching team can come to your place of work, or arrange a bespoke training programme here at the University. We can also arrange guest lectures, tutorials and visits relevant to your subject area.

Please email: [email protected] for more information.

As internationalisation becomes more significant in higher education, learning and teaching through the medium of English is at the forefront of many institutions’ agendas. 

We provide bespoke professional practice programmes for academics from all over the world. 

During these programmes, which range from four to twelve weeks in length, you and your colleagues will develop contemporary teaching techniques as you explore your academic disciplines and further your research interests. 

For more information on Academic Professional Practice and all our programmes, please read our brochure.

Here at the Centre for International English we have a core team of six permanent members of staff as well as several hourly-paid lecturers who teach during our busiest period from July to December. 

Contact us: [email protected]


Dr Emily Powell - Head of Centre

I have been teaching English to International Students for over 19 years and have developed, taught, and co-ordinated a range of modules and courses in the Centre for International English at USW. 

I currently lead the Centre and work on courses in English for specific purposes across the University and am the first port of call for students and staff needing advice on English language support, English language assessment and inclusive student communication. My research lies at the intersection between linguistics and criminology, and applies corpus linguistics to forensic data such as missing person appeals and pre-crime narratives.


Joe Francis - Programme Coordinator

I joined the Centre for International English in late 2015 and have previously taught in Bristol, Bath, London and overseas in Japan. At USW I design and coordinate the pre-sessional English programmes for both on campus and online delivery.

My interests include materials development and integrating skills whilst outside of university I am a keen runner, cyclist and extremely bad drummer!


Rachel Stamp - Programme Coordinator

I first came to work at USW in 2003, and have contributed to many different English courses since then. More recently I have enjoyed co-creating ESP (English for Specific Purposes) courses, including those in the fields of Engineering, Biochemistry and Early Years Education. I also enjoy the variety of teaching across all the campuses of Treforest, Glyntaff, Newport and Cardiff.

I have been teaching English since 1997, and my work has taken me to some exciting places – South Korea, Jordan and Japan – as well as the UK. In Tokyo I worked as an IELTS examiner, taught ballerinas at the New National Theatre, and even a princess at the Imperial Palace! Whatever the location or environment, for me the best aspect of this work is supporting people in reaching their goals and following their dreams.  


Peter Squires - Tutor

I am a graduate of the University of South Wales (formerly Glamorgan) and have been teaching at the Centre for International English since 2011, where I am also the coordinator for USW entrance testing.

I have been teaching English since 2003 and have taught in the UK, Italy, Libya and China. My interests include History, Archaeology and the Arts.


Louise Karabulut - Tutor

I have been teaching English to international students since 2000. I have taught in London, Istanbul and Wales. I started at USW in 2004 designing, co-ordinating and delivering courses at foundation and undergraduate level. 

After several years overseas, I have happily returned to USW. As well as EFL, I have an interest in international relations.

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Gunita Sapa - Tutor

I have been teaching English since 2011, and I have worked in China, Spain, and the UK. Since joining USW in 2017 I have taught on a range of Centre of International English programs. My role also involves assisting in the development of new materials for bespoke programs.  

I have a passion for languages, travelling and most recently – crochet. 


Guy Hicks - Administrator

I have been working at the University of South Wales since 2006, where I started in Campus Administration. I now manage all the administration within the Centre for International English, where I support the students from pre-registration up until they receive their results and move on to further studies. 

I also support the academic staff in the centre, including general admin, IT support and financial records. I have completed a Masters in Sports Therapy and have setup my own business working in the evenings and weekends.