October 2017

The following stories below are taken from the October 2017 edition of the Agents Newsletter.

A world top 100 university

Cardiff University entered the world top 100 for the first time in ten years in the Shanghai Academic Ranking of World Universities. Cardiff is placed in 99th place – our highest position since the table began in 2003. The University also improved its national ranking for the third year running, ranking 9th out of 38 UK institutions listed in the top 500

Cardiff University has also gained 20 places in the prestigious Times Higher Education (THE) World University Rankings rising to joint 162nd place from more than 1000 universities worldwide.

Welsh University of the Year

Cardiff University has also climbed 11 places and been named Welsh University of the Year in The Times & The Sunday Times Good University Guide 2018.

Formula Student racing champions

Cardiff Racing For the first time in its 19 year history, the Formula Student UK event at Silverstone was won by a UK team – Cardiff University.

The ‘Cardiff Racing’ team, made up of 56 students from the University’s School of Engineering, beat off competition from over 130 university teams from all over the world. Throughout the weekend, the building and engineering skills of the students were put to the test as the car went under serious scrutiny by the judges, before the students took their car onto the track to perform a number of speed and agility tests.

Cardiff University/ Cardiff Half Marathon

Hundreds of University staff, students and alumni have successfully completed the Cardiff University/Cardiff Half Marathon which took place on 1st October 2017.

Many ran as part of our own #TeamCardiff to raise funds for the University’s research into cancer and neuroscience & mental health.

New IFP subject route in Psychology

A new Psychology route has been added to our International Foundation Programme and is available for enrolment from September 2017.

The course is similar to the IFP in Health & Life Sciences, but in the case of the IFP in Psychology, two of the Chemistry modules have been replaced by ‘Fundamentals of Psychology’ and ‘Advanced English’.  Students may also continue to progress to undergraduate study in Psychology via our IFP Business and IFP Health & Life Sciences routes, but these routes do not include the Psychology module.

Entry requirements for the IFP in Psychology:

  • IELTS (Academic) for UKVI’ scores of 6.0 overall (with at least 6.0 in writing and at least 4.0 in all other scores)
  • Year 12 High School qualifications or equivalent.  Country-specific academic entry requirements can be found on our website.

For further details and to make an application please see the website or email us on foundation@cardiff.ac.uk

New course: 20-week English for University Study

This new course is suitable for students with ‘IELTS (Academic) for UKVI’ scores of 5.0 overall (with at least 4.5 in writing and at least 4.0 in all other scores) who have offers for academic courses at Cardiff University with an IELTS 6.5 entry requirement from the Schools listed below.  This new, longer course will mean that eligible students would not need to go home in June to apply for a new visa before starting a pre-sessional course.

The new 20-week programme is a full-time course which begins on 2 May 2017 and is organised as follows:

  • Part 1 (weeks 1 to 6): students will follow our English for University Study Programme syllabus with progress testing in weeks 5 and 6.
  • Part 2 (weeks 7 to 12): students will follow a 5-week intensive linguistic syllabus which ends with language testing in week 11.  Students who do not pass the language test will be able to progress to Part 3 but will have the opportunity to resit the test at a later date.  The test is followed by a Reading Week (a week without classes where students have time to complete an assignment)
  • Part 3 (weeks 13 to 20): students will follow a pre-sessional syllabus and assessment.

Successful completion of this course will be accepted for academic courses with IELTS 6.5 entry by the following Cardiff University Schools:

  • Architecture
  • Chemistry
  • Computer Science & Informatics
  • Earth and Ocean Sciences
  • English, Communication & Philosophy
  • Engineering
  • Geography and Planning
  • Mathematics
  • Modern Languages
  • Music
  • Physics & Astronomy
  • Social Sciences

The course fee is £5450.

Important information:

  • Students enrolled on our current English for University Study (EfUS) programme: we will inform them of this new course and help them to apply if they are eligible/wish to do so.  Due to UKVI regulations, these students would need to go home at Easter to apply for a new visa for the 20 week course.
  • Students who have already applied for our EfUS programme May – June 2017: we will also inform these students of this new course and ask them if they would like to switch to the new course if they are eligible.
  • This course is not suitable for Combined CASs because it is more than 3 months long (conditions for eligibility for a join CAS include an offer to study on a pre-sessional programme of 3 months or less). Students who successfully complete the 20-week programme will need to renew their visas in September.

For further details and to make an application please see our website, or email us on elt@cardiff.ac.uk