Target English

Course Description

Objective: The aim of this course is to improve your academic and general English. Target English provides flexible study options with courses of between 4 and 30 weeks.

The Target English course offers you the chance to improve your English language skills in a university environment, sharing classes with students preparing for undergraduate or postgraduate study. The course runs during the academic year, between September and June. You will be taught for 20 hours a week, and will also have regular meetings with a personal tutor. Some students join Target English simply to improve their language skills, while others use it as a stepping stone onto another course. Whatever your motivation, Target English offers an intensive and stimulating language learning experience.

Minimum age: 17

Maximum class size: 16

More Information

Who is the course for?

The course is for students who have a level of English equivalent to CEFR B1 and want to develop their skills further in a university environment. The course is open to both long and short stay students. Many students take this course as a stepping stone onto a Pre-sessional course or other degree preparation course.

Age

You must be over 17 years old before the course start date.

Level

You must have an English level of at least CEFR B1 (IELTS 4.0). If you do not have a test certificate, we can arrange a Skype interview to assess your English level.

What will I study?

In the mornings, you will share classes with students on the International Foundation Certificate, developing your language and academic skills. As well as improving your everyday English, you will have opportunities to develop your speaking, listening, reading and writing skills through a variety of academic tasks and projects. The course encourages you to extend your learning beyond the classroom and to develop the skills needed to become an independent learner.

In the afternoons, you will focus on language development and your teachers will guide you through a range of tasks and projects targeted specifically at your own language needs.

The course involves 20 classroom hours per week, with regular one-to-one tutorials and plenty of individual attention.

Timetable

Monday

Tuesday

Wednesday

Thursday

Friday

9-10.30

Reading, Writing & Critical Thinking  or University

9-10.30

Language Enhancement for University          

9-10.30

Listening & Speaking for University  

9-10.30

Language Enhancement for University: Integrated Skills

9-10.30

Language Enhancement for University: Integrated Skills

Break

11-12.30

Reading, Writing & Critical Thinking  or University

11-12.30

Language Enhancement for University

11-12.30

Listening & Speaking for University

11-12

Language Enhancement for University: Integrated Skills

11-12

Language Enhancement for University: Integrated Skills                

Break

2-4

Targeted Language Development & Project Work

2-4       

Targeted Language Development & Project Work

 

2-4

Targeted Language Development & Project Work

2-2.15

Personal tutor meeting

This sample timetable shows you what a typical week on the course looks like. It is not a definitive timetable for your course.

Dates and Fees


Dates and Tuition Fees 2017-2018

 DatesLengthTuition Fees
Term 1 25 September 2017 - 15 December 2017 12 weeks £3,000
Term 2 8 January 2018 - 23 March 2018 11 weeks £2,750
Term 3 16 April 2018 - 1 June 2018 7 weeks £1,750
Holidays

16 December 2017 - 7 January 2018

24 March 2018 - 15 April 2018

7 May 2018

28 May 2018

Christmas Holiday (3 weeks)

Easter Holiday (3 weeks)

Bank Holiday

Bank Holiday

 

 

Dates and Tuition Fees 2018-2019

 

 DatesLengthTuition Fees
Term 1 24 September 2018 - 14 December 2018 12 weeks £3,000
Term 2 7 January 2019 - 5 April 2019 13 weeks £3,250
Term 3 29 April 2019 - 31 May 2019 7 weeks £1,250
Holidays

15 December 2018 - 6 January 2019

6 April 2019 - 28 April 2019

6 May 2019

27 May 2019

Christmas Holiday (3 weeks)

Easter Holiday (3 weeks)

Bank Holiday

Bank Holiday

 

What our students say

Minwoo Jeong, South Korea

Hi, there. I'm Johnny (Minwoo Jeong) from South Korea. I'm majoring in English Literature at Silla University in Korea. Last year, I studied in Aberystwyth for 4 months on the Target English Course. I was really happy there and I am sure that the UK is the best country in Europe to study in. I liked the British accent, culture and people and I really want to go back to the UK. This year is my last year in my uni in Korea, and now I am seriously considering about going back to Aberystwyth to do a Masters.

I really enjoyed the classes and had awesome days with nice teachers and great students. The teachers always prepared interesting study materials, and they love to answer questions. They indicate each students’ weak points and help students very kindly. In Aberystwyth I made a lot of friends. In Korea, I'm not very talkative or sociable, but 4 months in Aberystwyth made me sociable and positive. After class, we hung out and had dinner together. I am still in contact with the guys who studied with me in Aberystwyth. In the winter vacation, I travelled to France, Spain and Italy to meet up with some of them. I really recommend you to study in Aberystwyth’s IEC. My time in Aberystwyth was the best experience of my whole life! Take a look at the video I made. It’s called “Happy in Aberystwyth”.

How to apply

You can download an application here.

  1. Complete the application form and return it to us by email or post, with a copy of your passport and any other documents specified on the application form.
  2. If you would like to stay in the university accommodation, tick this box on your application form. If you have ticked the accommodation box, we will arrange your accommodation. You do not need to do anything more to reserve your place in University Halls of Residence.
  3. We will assess your application to ensure that the course you have applied for is appropriate for your needs, and that you meet our entry requirements. If you have not met the entry requirements we will recommend a course for you (subject to availability).
  4. When we accept your application, we will send you an offer letter and an invoice. You will be asked to pay a deposit for your course. You can choose to pay the full fee at this time, or just the deposit.
  5. Once you have paid your deposit, your course application is complete. If you have not paid the full fee before, you must pay it on the first day of the course.

Key Facts

Course

Target English

Course objective

The aim of this course is to improve your academic and general English. Target English provides flexible study options with courses of between 4 and 30 weeks.

Maximum class size

16

Levels

The course is for students who have a level of English equivalent to CEFR B1 and want to develop their skills further in a university environment.

Available to

Individuals

Taught hours per week

20

Private study periods

Students should typically expect to study independently for an additional 5 – 10 hours per week.

Minimum age

17

Dates

Term 1 – 25 September 2017 – 15 December 2017

Term 2 – 8 January 2018 – 23 March 2018

Term 3 – 16 April 2018 – 1 June 2018

Non-teaching days

There are no classes on Saturdays or Sundays, or during the following holidays:

  • 16 December 2017 - 7 January 2018 (Christmas Holiday)
  • 24 March 2018 - 15 April 2018 (Easter Holiday)
  • 7 May 2018 (Bank Holiday)
  • 28 May 2018 (Bank Holiday)

Tuition Fee

Term 1 – £3,000

Term 2 – £2,750

Term 3 – £1,750 

Course material costs

You may be required to purchase course books. The cost will not exceed £50 per course.

Social life

During the academic year the university offers many opportunities for social activities. You can join clubs and societies at the Students Union; enjoy the variety of films, music, drama and comedy at the University Arts Centre; get active at the University Sports Centre or get involved in the Global Experience Programme with trips, cultural events and international meals.

Accommodation

If you request accommodation when you apply for your course, this will be reserved for you automatically in one of our self-catering halls of residence. Most of our IFC students are allocated rooms in Cwrt Mawr or Pentre Jane Morgan Residences.

These are a 5-10 minute walk from your classroom, and cost £95.41 per week in 2016-17.

You will have a single study bedroom in a 6 or 10 person apartment with shared bathrooms and kitchen facilities, and free Wi-Fi. Accommodation is provided on a self-catering basis.

If you want to live in a single-sex apartment, please inform us when you apply and we will arrange this.

If you want en-suite accommodation, please inform us when you apply. We will do our best to arrange this for you but cannot guarantee it.

Accommodation will be reserved for you from the Saturday before the course starts. Please contact us if you plan to arrive earlier.

When you arrive, you will be offered the option of buying bedding (sheets, pillows, duvet) at the cost of £25. Laundry facilities are located near all Halls of Residence.