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Courses and Support for International Students

at Cardiff and Vale College International


Academic, Vocational & English

2013/2014

Study at Cardiff and Vale College International, in the capital city of Wales

Study at Cardiff and Vale College International, in the capital city of Wales
Cardiff is one of the best cities in the world to visit*. Cardiff and Vale College International is a great place to study whether you want to take the first steps into higher education, learn a new language or add a vocational or professional qualification to your CV.

Welcome Croeso Bienvenue

Witamy

Our International Mission Statement To provide quality education to international students in a supportive and caring environment


Selamat Datang Bienvenido

Bem Vindo
!

*National Geographic magazine chose Cardiff as one of the 10 best places in the world to visit in Summer 2011.

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Contents

Contents
Introduction 4 Why choose Cardiff, Capital City of Wales? Cardiff and Vale College International International Office Support for International Students - Student Accommodation - Applying for a Visa - Money Matters 5 6 9 11 11 13 14 16 18 20 22 24 28 29 30 32 34 37

How to Choose your Course A Levels Vocational / Technical Courses Access and Higher Education Courses English for International Students (EIS) Cambridge ESOL Exam Centre International Programmes for Groups The Application Process Payment Procedures Our Sites Terms and Conditions

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Introduction

Introduction
Cardiff and Vale College International: First class education + vibrant city = the experience of a lifetime!
Cardiff and Vale College International (CAVCI) is a great place to study and meet new people. You will have the opportunity to meet students from other cultures and to study alongside British students. We have over 30 years experience of welcoming international students and we are very proud of the service that we offer. From initial enquiry right through to course completion, you will receive a personalised service from the International Office team and your tutors. We have an excellent reputation for student welfare and our aim is to help all our international students settle in to their new life in the UK and their courses. CAVCI offers a wide range of programmes including English language, academic and vocational courses. Some courses lead to Higher Education (University) and others to further study at the College. Some students choose courses which will improve their chances of finding employment in the UK whereas others choose courses that will enhance their English language skills in order to improve their career opportunities in their own country. Whatever your reasons for studying, you will have the opportunity to gain nationally and internationally recognised qualifications. We are a friendly college with a good reputation. In fact, the majority of our international students come to us via personal recommendation. Whether you are here for academic, social or cultural reasons, we promise that you will have an experience that you will remember forever.

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Why choose Cardiff, Capital City of Wales?

Why choose Cardiff, Capital City of Wales?


Combining history with modernity, Cardiff has become one of the UKs top tourist destinations, so now is the time to visit and discover the capital of Wales.
Today, Cardiff has a population of 346,000 and attracts more than 18 million visitors a year (2011). Cardiff is a city of parks and has more green space per person than any other UK core city. C  ardiff hosted the very first game of the London 2012 Olympics, two days before the opening ceremony. Cardiff has been named one of the best shopping destinations in the UK. Cardiff will be the European Capital of Sport for 2014. T  he National Museum in Cardiff is home to one of the best Impressionist art collections outside Paris, boasting works by Monet, Renoir, Van Gogh and Czanne. A  recent survey found that Cardiff is a safer University city to live in than Bristol, Birmingham, Leeds, Liverpool, Manchester and London.
Liverpool Bangor

Leeds Manchester

Cardiff City FC joined the Premier League in 2013.

Sheffield Wrexham Birmingham

Getting here
S  ituated just 20 minutes from Cardiff International Airport Within walking distance of all UK transport links 2.5 hours from London Drive times from Cardiff
1/2 Hr 1 Hour

Swansea

CARDIFF Bristol

LONDON

Exeter Plymouth

Southampton

2 Hour 2 Hour

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Why Cardiff and Vale College International?

Why Cardiff and Vale College International?


CAVCI is part of Cardiff and Vale College one of the largest and most exciting Further Education Colleges in the UK, providing excellent education and training for people of all ages. The College offers more than 1,000 courses to 21,000 students. Hundreds of these students are international and come from over 30 different countries. We are licenced with the UKBA to bring international students to the UK for studies.
W  e have over 30 years experience of offering courses to international students. W  e have a wide choice of courses both academic and vocational as well as English as a Foreign Language. T  he College has a good academic reputation and our international students have a very good record of personal and academic achievement. A  ll our teachers are well qualified and highly experienced in teaching. Many have worked overseas or in industry. W  e offer a social and enrichment programme with a variety of cultural activities and visits, including trips to London, Oxford and West Wales. O  ur English for International Students (EIS) classes have a maximum of 18 students per class. Our course fees are very competitive and our courses are excellent value for money, while the cost of living is low compared to many other areas of the UK.

We are:
a  major provider of education and training in Wales.

The thing I like best about Cardiff and Vale College International is the quality of the teaching. Ewa Sawicka, Poland

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Why Cardiff and Vale College International?

We have:
5  ,500 students on full-time and 16,000 on part-time courses 1  ,200 students on apprenticeship programmes b  een welcoming international students for over 30 years a  city centre campus in the heart of Cardiff a five minute walk from the main shopping centre and Queen Street train station and very close to a good range of coffee shops and restaurants.

We offer:
o  utstanding support to students in gaining the very best academic grades r  ecognised academic and vocational qualifications obtained alongside British students dedicated support for students applying to UK universities English for International Students (EIS) a range of part-time day and evening courses accredited by the British Council full-time International English Language Testing System (IELTS) courses University of Cambridge ESOL Examinations the College is an accredited Examination Centre.

We give learners access to:


a  dditional excellent facilities and strengthening advice, support and guidance systems a confidential counselling service e  xpert advice and guidance on university applications and careers a video-conferencing suite a lifestyle and fitness suite restaurant and canteen.

We lead:
t  he way on new curriculum initiatives, working with partner organisations to provide an unrivalled and seamless pathway from school to Higher Education and employment.

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Why Cardiff and Vale College International?

About Further Education Colleges


Further Education (FE) colleges are part of the UK state education system and are officially regulated. Four million people each year attend FE courses in the UK and there are over 413 such colleges throughout the country with 20 in Wales. Colleges of Further Education promote lifelong learning and provide: a  cademic, vocational and professional courses and training for people aged 16+ s  pecialist training courses for employers and employees f  ull-time, part-time and evening courses a  pathway to university for thousands of students each year f  ully accredited qualifications which are nationally recognised and internationally respected a  good range of learning and recreational facilities f  ull support and advice services for students.

Watch our international video


See www.cavc.ac.uk/international for video

I really enjoy the flexibility of the teachers at the College. All the Colleges team have been really helpful. Vincent Kharbachi, France

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International Office

International Office
Our International Office can provide you with information on the issues that affect you as an international student, such as health, insurance, work and accommodation. The office is open to students five days a week. For opening times, please visit our website. Students can also make appointments outside of these times to discuss specific issues. Welfare support
We want you to have the best possible experience while studying with us. Your welfare is very important to us and for this reason your tutor will support you with any academic issues and the international office staff will offer guidance on any practical matters.

Health
Non-EU students are eligible for health cover under the NHS (National Health Service) if their course is for 6 months or more. Students following courses of less than six months will need to arrange private health insurance before coming to the UK. EU nationals are generally covered by the NHS. For more information please visit www.ukcisa.org.uk

Induction
At the start of the course the College offers an induction programme that will help you get to know your teachers, fellow students and will help you settle into the College and your course. CAVCI also uses a buddy system to integrate late enrollers.

Insurance
Please ensure you take advice about insurance before leaving your home country. You will need to consider travel/personal belongings and health insurance. You can find information regarding this from the UKCISA website (above) and www.britishcouncil.org

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International Office

Social events and enrichment programme


The College organises a range of free social activities for full time students during the year. Each year there are organised day excursions to London for sightseeing and shopping, Oxford, Tenby (West Wales) and The National Museum of Wales in St Fagans. EIS teachers also arrange local visits to places such as Cardiff Castle, Cardiff Bay, The National Gallery, Big Pit mining museum, The Vale Heritage Centre, Swansea and the Gower Peninsula. Evening events are arranged at local venues. These can include a play at the Sherman Theatre, a night at the opera in the Wales Millennium Centre, a Premier League football match with Cardiff City FC, an alternative film at Chapter Arts Centre or even a pantomime at the New Theatre, for example. Wednesday afternoons are dedicated to the cross-college Enrichment activities programme, when you can take part in a wide range of sporting, creative and cultural activities with other students in the college. Social events for EIS students also include Welcome Drinks for new students starting in September or January to help get to know each other. The International Christmas Lunch is a feast of colourful food and culture in December, while the end of year Graduation event in June helps us all to see out the year in style.

Taking part in the organised social programme can be a great way to make friends and learn about Welsh and British culture! Note: For some activities organised by the College, there is sometimes an extra cost for tickets/entry (up to 15) such as for a night at the opera, theatre, cinema or bowling.

CAVCI sponsors Cardiff City FC and provides English education for Kim Bo-Kyung of South Korea.

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Support for International Students


At CAVCI we understand that international students may have different needs and we do everything we can to help meet those needs. If you need additional language support to complete coursework, the College has staff that can help in the learning centres. If you feel that you need other kinds of support for personal issues or just someone you can talk to, the College offers a dedicated team of councillors and welfare support staff that you can go to. The College offers prayer rooms at the different campuses which provide a quiet and respectful place for students who need to take time out of their studies to meet their spiritual needs.

Living with a British family


The College will organise this for you. Living with a family is a great way of settling into life in the UK and a good opportunity to meet interesting people and use and practice your language skills. Our accommodation providers are carefully selected according to the British Council code of practice and are regularly inspected by our accommodation officer. Bookings are for a minimum of one month and you will need to pay a deposit of 130 before we can book your stay with a family. If you are interested in applying for this kind of accommodation, please contact us at international@cavc.ac.uk or call +(44) (0)2920 908004 to request an Accommodation Information Pack. We look forward to receiving your completed Accommodation Application Form to begin our search for your host family. Please ensure that we receive the form at least three weeks before you plan to arrive in the UK.

Student Accommodation
Cardiff is an excellent city in which to study. Where you live can be an important part of the experience. Cardiff and Vale College International has an accommodation officer who will be happy to organise catered or selfcatered accommodation with a family for you before you arrive in the UK. We can also advise on other accommodation available.

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Support for International Students

Private rented accommodation


Cardiff is a busy university city so there is a wide selection of private accommodation available for students. From Halls of Residence to sharing a home with other students or renting a house or flat for yourself and your family, be sure to think about what would suit your needs and your budget, before you arrive in Cardiff. Please visit www.cavc.ac.uk/accommodation for more information about the different types of private accommodation available. Cardiff accommodation at a glance
Whats included? Catered Self Catered in a Family Home Halls of Residence Private Accommodation 3 3 3 3 18+ 130 - - 3 3 18+ 100 - - 3 3 18+ From 95 3 18+ From 60

The thing I like best about CAVCI is meeting people from other countries. Sergio, Libya

Half board weekdays Full board weekends Own keys Bills included Ages available from Costs per week

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Applying for a Visa


The UK Border Agency (UKBA) makes regular changes to the guidance it issues on student applications. Before you make your application, check the website http://www.ukba.homeoffice.gov.uk/ and also see the UKCISA information sheets http://www.ukcisa.org.uk/ to make sure you have the most up-to-date information. In general, you do not need to apply for permission to enter the UK if you are a citizen or national of the European Economic Area (the 27 EU countries plus Iceland, Lichtenstein and Norway) or Switzerland. If you are not an EEA or Swiss citizen and you want to come to the UK as a student you need to apply for entry clearance before you leave the country where you live to travel to the UK.

You must ensure that:


t  he college you apply to has a Tier 4 Highly Trusted Sponsor Status. your course is at the required level. you satisfy strict financial requirements - the College may require evidence of this prior to issuing you with a Confirmation of Acceptance for Studies (CAS). you inform the College of any previous study in the UK, the level of the course and what type of visa you had. Please check the UKBA website for more information.

How much money do you need?


When you apply for your visa you will need to prove you have enough money to pay for your course and your stay in the UK. Budgeting for your studies is really important. So do your own research on accommodation and food costs, travel, clothes, social activities etc. There is a lot of really helpful guidance on the UKCISA website or visit www.cavc.ac.uk/studentinfo. The maintenance amount set down by the UKBA is 800 a month for students studying outside London but depending on your lifestyle you may need more than this.

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Support for International Students

Money Matters
Study costs
Budgeting for overseas study is an important part of planning your application. Depending on your residency status in EEA/EU you may need to pay international fees. If you are a national of one of the EU countries and have been living in the EU/EEA or Switzerland for 3 years before the start of your course you may pay the EU/Home course fees. You may need to pay the higher course fees to study if you are not an EU citizen or if you have not been ordinarily resident in the EEA for 3 full years before the start of your course. Please visit www.ukcisa.org.uk for information on costs and budgeting for your studies in the UK.

Living expenses
This will depend on your lifestyle. Cardiff is relatively cheap compared to other areas of the UK and you will need to budget carefully. For more info visit www.cavc.ac.uk/studentinfo.

Working in the UK
If you are on a Tier 4 visa, you may be able to work a limited number of hours during term time. This will be stated on your visa document. If you are hoping to work while you are in Cardiff, please make sure you do some research first to find out the kinds of jobs available to students on limited hours. This will help you get a good idea of how much money you need to have available to you. You will still need to show 800 per month for the number of months of study to the UKBA when you apply for your visa. You may still find that you need more, depending on your lifestyle. If you are on a Student Visitor Visa or an Extended Student Visitor Visa, you are not allowed to work while in the UK and you must have enough money available to you to maintain yourself while completing your course. Visit www.ukcisa.org.uk for more details about working while in the UK.

Travel
If you do not live within walking distance of the College you may need to spend up to 20 per week on public transport.

Accommodation
Depending on the type of accommodation you choose, you may pay from 100 to 130 per week. Privately arranged accommodation costs may vary.

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Course materials
For certain courses (e.g. photography, hair and beauty) you will need to buy specialist equipment or materials. The thing I like best about Cardiff and Vale College International is the opportunity to learn English with a qualified teacher. Maysoon, Saudi Arabia

Insurance cover and medical care


Costs vary depending on the cover you require. We strongly advise you to arrange suitable insurance cover for the duration of your stay in the UK. It is recommended that the cover includes emergency expenses, personal accident, loss of baggage/personal effects and personal liability. EU students are entitled to receive medical care from the UKs National Health service, most of which is registered free. Non-EU nationals who are registered for a full-time course of 6 months or longer can also benefit from this service. However, if you are a non-EU national and will be staying for less than 6 months, you will need to arrange medical insurance. Approximate study costs per year for international students 15,000. This cost includes fees, accommodation and living expenses and therefore may vary.

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How to Choose your Course

How to Choose your Course


Cardiff and Vale College International offers a wide range of courses. You can find detailed descriptions of all of our courses on our website. Please read the course details and entry requirements for your chosen course very carefully and contact us if you have any queries.
The following options are available: 1. Academic A Levels (p.18) 2. Vocational / technical courses (p.20) 3. Access and Higher Education courses (p.22) 4. English for International Students (p.24) It is very important that you spend time choosing the right course for you. The college checks all academic qualifications for UK equivalents through the National Academic Recognition Information Centre (UKNARIC). Please note that in some cases English may not be accepted as a suitable GCSE equivalent. If you need help with this, please contact the International Office, we will be pleased to advise you. If you need to improve your English language skills, we recommend that you follow a full-time English language course with the EIS Programme Area (p.24). If your level of English is already high, you can choose to study for an academic or vocational qualification with British students.

Before deciding on a course, you will need to:


a  ssess your present academic qualifications. The International Office staff will help you compare them to UK qualifications t  hink about your career plans and decide on the best subjects to study for your future success.

Academic and Vocational Courses Finish Date


13 June

Duration
35 weeks

Start Date
2 September

EU Fee
20

International Fee
5,500

5% discount for International Students on all Academic & Vocational courses if full fees are paid prior to enrolment

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M  ainstream students paying international fees will be exempt from any annual fee increase imposed during their studies provided that they are progressing on the same course.  International fees for all part time Academic & Vocational (non EIS) courses are calculated at an hourly rate of 8.50 plus exam fees (students must have a visa which allows part time study).

Courses fill up quickly so apply early to avoid disappointment.

Key Skills and English Language Support


Whichever full-time academic or vocational course you choose, you will be given opportunities to improve your Communication, Numeracy and Information Technology skills, (called Key Skills). If you require English Language support or would like to gain a Cambridge ESOL qualification in addition to your academic or vocational programme, you may attend a part time EIS Course. The English for International Students Programme Area can also help you prepare for the IELTS test for entry into Higher Education if required. Please see the English section of this prospectus or visit our website for more information.

Your route to University and to a degree course


There are four ways in which you can prepare for entry to a UK university: A  two-year programme of GCE A-Levels, in three or four subjects chosen from a wide variety offered A  two-year Extended Diploma in an appropriate discipline A  one-year Access course in an appropriate discipline Y  our existing qualifications, if suitable, with an appropriate IELTS score.

The Structure of Education in the United Kingdom


Age 18+ 16/18 11-16 5-11 Provided by: Universities / Higher Education Sixth Form Colleges / Sixth Form in Schools Secondary School (compulsory) Primary School Also provided by: Further Education Colleges (p.8) Further Education Colleges (p.8)

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A-Levels

A-Levels
The Advanced Level Programme is a traditional academic course and a popular choice with students who would like to gain entry to Higher Education. You select up to four core subjects, which are studied over two years. You take AS (Advanced Subsidiary) exams at the end of year one before progressing to the A-Level (A2) qualification at the end of the second year. Taking an AS and A2 qualification then gives you a full A-Level. A Levels
Dates: Course length: Hours per week: Fees per year: Qualification aim: Entry requirements: Progression: Campus: 2013/14 2 years Approximately 20 hours 5,500 AS (year 1), A2 (year 2). AS + A2 = A Level IELTS 5.5 (in all disciplines) or equivalent 5 GCSEs ( grades A-C including Maths & English) or equivalent University City Centre & Trowbridge

A-Levels present a challenge, but we offer excellent study facilities and strong tutorial support.

The thing I like best about CAVCI is the different teaching system from that in Bulgaria. Petya, Bulgaria

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A-Levels

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This is a selection of our wide choice of A-Level subjects: Art and Design Biology Business Studies Chemistry Communication and Culture Computing Critical Thinking Drama and Theatre Arts Economics English Language English Literature Environmental Studies Film Studies French Geography German Government and Politics Graphics History Information Technology Italian Law Mathematics - Pure, Statistics, Mechanics Media Studies Music Philosophy Photography Physics Psychology Religious Studies Spanish (evening only)* Sociology Welsh World Development Studies

* Tier 4 students cannot include an evening course if it is part of the core hours. The Welsh Baccalaureate is also studied as a compulsory element for full-time students and this incorporates the tutorial support. For more information visit www.wbq.org.uk Please remember that you should match every hour in class with at least one hour of private study.

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Vocational / Technical Courses

Vocational / Technical Courses


As an alternative to academic study, you may prefer to take one of our vocational programmes in the area of your chosen career such as our BTEC/EDEXCEL Extended Diploma courses. These are vocational courses, designed for students who would like a qualification equal to A-Level standard in a work-related subject. They offer a good balance of theory and practice with an emphasis on learning by doing.
BTEC/EDEXCEL students do not usually take exams but are continuously assessed through assignments, projects, case studies and practical exercises. Extended Diploma courses can help you gain access to Higher Education or the work place.

Vocational/technical course areas include:


A  ccountancy A  dministration and secretarial skills A  eronautical Engineering A  rt and Fashion A  utomotive Engineering* B  rickwork* B  usiness, Leadership and Management C  arpentry* C  omputer Aided Design (CAD)* E  lectrical Installation* E  ngineering G  raphic Design and Multimedia Health and Safety Hospitality and Catering* IT and Computing Languages Law (CILEx)* Painting and Decorating* Plastering and Tiling* Plumbing* Retail Sport and Fitness Teaching and Training* Travel and Tourism

*Course may not be suitable for international students attending on certain visas. Check our website for course information

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CAVCI has a vast range of specialist teaching facilities, developed for industry including:
Aerospace engineering facility Arts and performance studios Automotive workshops Construction and engineering workshops Graphic design suites Hairdressing and beauty salons IT training suites Management training suites Professional kitchens and restaurants Science laboratories TV and radio studios

Search for these courses on our website;


www.cavc.ac.uk/international

The thing I like best about Cardiff and Vale College International is the team of professional instructors who have lots of experience for many years in teaching English for foreigners. Venerable Sakda Hemthep, Thailand

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Access and Higher Education Courses

Access and Higher Education Courses


Access courses
These courses are one-year qualifications that allow adults access to higher education in college or university. These courses are for adults who may have been out of education for some years whether you have been working or raising a family. Access courses are not recognised as a qualification for work, so it is best not to choose an Access course unless you intend to move on to higher education, within two years.

Higher Education courses


Cardiff and Vale College International offers a range of higher education courses in partnership with Welsh universities at a variety of levels from HND and Foundation Degrees, right up to degree level. We have strong partnership links with the University of South Wales (previously known as University of Glamorgan and University of Wales Newport) Cardiff Metropolitan University (UWIC) and the Open University.

Access courses include:


A  rt and Design B  usiness C  riminology, Law and Politics H  umanities and Social Sciences H  umanities and Teacher Training L  ife and Biological Science N  ursing and Healthcare* S  ocial Welfare
*Course may not be suitable for international students attending on certain visas. Check our website for course information.

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The benefits of studying a higher education course with Cardiff and Vale College are:
a  ccess to College and University facilities g  aining a standalone qualification or having the option to continue your study to gain a full degree e  xperiencing the teaching and expertise of University and the College b  eing able to study full-time or part-time to fit in with your commitments and visa l  earning the skills the industry needs, boosting your chances of finding your dream career. Higher education courses are offered in Business and Professional, Creative, Care, Engineering, IT, Health, Sport and Teaching areas. Visit www.cavc.ac.uk/hecavci for more information.

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English for International Students (EIS)

English for International Students (EIS)


Courses
The Colleges English for International Students (EIS) offers a variety of full-time and part-time courses from elementary to proficiency level for those wishing to improve their English for general, professional or academic reasons.

Accreditation
British Council Accreditation Our English courses have been accredited by the British Council since 2001 and the college is a full member of English UK, the association of accredited English language centres. British Council Publishable Statement The British Council inspects and accredits Cardiff and Vale College International. The Accreditation Scheme assesses the standards of management, resources, teaching and welfare and accredits organisations which meet the overall standard in each area inspected. See www.britishcouncil.org/accreditation for details. The English language teaching department of this college of further education offers courses in general English for adults. Points of excellence were noted in academic resources, academic management, teaching and pastoral care. The inspection report stated that the organisation met the standards of the scheme. Our last inspection was as Cardiff College International in 2008. A new inspection report is due in 2013 and will be published on our website. Choose from the following: Full-time courses Our full-time courses provide a rich and varied programme which centre on: Listening and speaking Vocabulary development Reading and writing Welsh and British culture Pronunciation Grammar Tutorial/ self-access

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Full Time Courses - Academic Year 2013/2014


Courses run from September until June but start dates can be flexible.

Fees include:
C  ourse books Social activities and enrichment programme A  ll exam fees and certificates Student identity card

U  se of all college facilities, including IT suites and learning centre Printing allowance

General English - 16 hours per week Duration


34 weeks 19 weeks 15 weeks

Start Date
2 September 6 January 2 September

Finish Date
13 June 13 June 20 December

EU Fee
1,550 890 815

International Fee
4,750 2,670 2,360

Note: September-December course includes a 2 hour exam preparation course (18 hours total)

IELTS Preparation & Study Skills - 16 hours per week Duration


34 weeks 19 weeks 15 weeks

Start Date
2 September 6 January 2 September

Finish Date
13 June 13 June 20 December

EU Fee
1,630 970 825

International Fee
5,040 2,880 2,380

10% discount on the above courses if full year fees are paid no later than at enrolment in September

IELTS Intensive - 16 hours per week Duration


8 weeks

Start Date
23 June

Finish Date
15 August

EU Fee
680

International Fee
1,460

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English for International Students (EIS)

Part-time courses Many students choose part-time courses. Full-time students can also combine their A-Level, vocational/technical study or higher education with an additional part-time English class or other part-time college course to suit their timetable and level of English.

Part Time Courses - Academic Year 2013/2014


Hours per week General English (KET-CPE) IELTS Writing Skills Exam Preparation (Internal Students only) Business English (flexible start) 3 3 2 2 3 14 weeks Sept - Dec EU Fee Int. Fee 195 275 130 120 195 11 weeks 400 475 265 260 385 19 weeks Jan - June EU Fee Int. Fee 245 330 170 525 595 360 33 weeks Sept - June EU Fee Int. Fee 390 475 300 870 935 625 -

Please note: There is a one-week mid-term break (study review week) each term. Cambridge ESOL and IELTS exams can be taken at the end of the course in December or June. There are 4 staff development days per year. No lessons will take place on these dates.

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Qualifications
All of our courses, except Writing Skills, lead to internationally-recognised exams. Depending on your course and level you may take one of the following exams: EIS Levels Elementary / Pre-intermediate Intermediate Upper-intermediate Advanced Proficiency CAMBRIDGE KET PET FCE CAE CPE TRINITY Grade 4 Grade 5 - 6 Grade 7 - 9 Grade 10 - 11 Grade 12 IELTS 3-4 4-5 - 5.5 5.5 - 6.5 6.5 - 7.5 7.5 - 9 CEFR A2 B1 B2 C1 C2

Please note that registration for these examinations depends on your attendance, and your tutors advice. You cannot be entered for an examination at a higher level than the course you are on.

The thing I like best about Cardiff and Vale College International is the classes, the friendly tutorial teacher and other teachers. The tutorial teacher is helpful and kind. Pouran, Iran - IELTS (Academic English) f/t course

I have enjoyed meeting a lot of people from different cultures and countries in my classes during the year, especially when we can laugh and have a good time while we are studying and learning. Jorge Carlos lvarez Miano, Spain - EIS

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Cambridge English Examinations Centre

Cambridge English Examinations Centre


Cambridge English the most valuable English qualification in the world.
Cardiff and Vale College International is the only Cambridge ESOL Open Centre in Cardiff. We are authorised to run University of Cambridge ESOL (English Language) examinations for all candidates, including those who are not taking a preparation course at our College. Preliminary English Test (PET) - Covers CEFR levels A2 to B2 First Certificate in English (FCE) - Covers CEFR levels B1to C1 Certificate in Advanced English (CAE) - Covers CEFR levels B2 to C2 Certificate of Proficiency in English (CPE) - Covers CEFR levels C1 to C2

Why choose Cambridge English?


Cambridge English exams are accepted by over 12,000 organisations across the world, including universities and colleges, business organisations and government bodies. These organisations trust Cambridge English exams to be a true reflection of your English level and know that a Cambridge English qualification means that you can use English in real everyday situations.

Exam sessions
We run exam sessions in March, June and November/ December, which means that you can choose to sit your exam at the time of year that best suits you. It even gives you the opportunity to sit your exams more than once a year if you want to.

For more information:


www.cavc.ac.uk/examsEIS examsEIS@cavc.ac.uk +44 (0)2920 908003

Levels
We offer Cambridge English exams at a wide range of levels, ranging from basic English to proficiency level. Our Exam Centre offers the following exams: K  ey English Test (KET) - Covers CEFR levels A1 to B1

www.cambridgeesol.org

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International Programmes for Groups


The Colleges Commercial Services team can provide bespoke programmes for groups of students from schools, embassies, agents, governments and multinational companies and executives. The Commercial Services team works with the International Office and English for International Students to tailor programmes to fit the needs of groups. The programmes are designed to provide the right blend of English language training and cultural and exciting activities, plus any vocational/technical training if needed. Residential English Experience
Cardiff and Vale College International offers a Residential English Language programme to groups of learners from all over the world. Our Residential English Experience programmes are for a duration of three weeks or longer. Students are taught skills lessons in reading, writing, speaking and listening, with a focus on verbal communication to build their confidence in speaking English.

Benefits:
British Council Accredited 15 hours of English language tuition per week Experienced, highly-qualified teachers F  ocus on topic-based English and British culture State of the art classroom facilities Computer suites with internet access Full social programme including full-day and half-day trips as well as evening events Self-catering accommodation close to where you will be studying. For tailored programmes for groups contact commercial@cavc.ac.uk +44(0) 2920 908006

I feel very happy in the UK. I made many, many, many friends and I feel my English has become better and better. Cardiff, the capital of Wales, is a very beautiful place. I have stayed here three weeks and I love it here very much. Lily, China, Residential English Experience

View our international sales brochure for bespoke programmes at; www.cavc.ac.uk/bespoke

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The Application Process

The Application Process


If you would like to apply for one of our courses, please fill in the application form and either post, fax, e-mail or give it to us in person. Please note that e-mail is the quickest way of communicating with us. We try to answer all e-mails within two working days.
Give as many details as you can about yourself and your achievements so that we have all the information we need to process your application. Please make sure you write the personal statement about yourself without any help as this will enable us to assess your level of English. Step 1 Please note that most academic, vocational and English courses start in September and fill up very quickly, so please apply early to avoid disappointment.
Completed forms should be sent to:

Step 4 If you apply for A2 or AS Level courses, please state the exact subjects you would like to study. For example, A-levels: Psychology, History and French. Step 5 Please ensure that you provide with your application a personal statement, a copy of your passport and visa or National ID and academic qualifications. Step 6 If you are planning to apply for a Tier 4 visa you must also include a copy of a valid Secure English Language Test (SELT). Step 7 Once we have received your completed application form and the certificates/ documents required, we will process your application as soon as possible. You can find the application form on the website, or contact the International Office to ask for one. If you are in Cardiff, you can also visit the International Office to pick one up.

COLLEGE USE ONLY

International Application Form


Please complete this application form in CAPITAL LETTERS in black or blue pen.

1. Personal Details
Title: Mr / Mrs / Miss / Ms / Dr First or given name(s): Last name or family name: Date of birth: d COLLEGE USE ONLY
(Please circle as appropriate)

m m

Male

Female

(Students should be aged 18 or over at the start of the course)

What is your country of birth? What is your country of residence? Nationality: First language: Yes No

Have you been ordinarily resident in any European Union country for the past 3 years or more? E-mail address: Please tick the address you want to use prior to the start of the course: Home address: Home

Correspondence

International Office Cardiff College International Cardiff & Vale College 35 The Parade Cardiff CF24 3AD

City / Town: Country: Tel No:


(including national / area code)

Postcode: Mobile: Fax No:


(including national / area code)

Phone: 0044 (0) 2920908004 Fax: 0044 (0) 2920489343 email: international@cavc.ac.uk www.cci.ac.uk

Correspondence address: (if different from above)

City / Town: Country: Tel No: Fax No:

Postcode: Mobile:

You should be aware that information about your application, enrolment, attendance and progress at this establishment may be passed to the UK Border Agency for purposes connected with immigration.

(including national / area code)

(including national / area code)

Step 2 Applications for academic and vocational courses can take some weeks to process and we recommend that you apply by June to give you time to make all the necessary arrangements. Step 3 Please complete all relevant parts of the form and clearly specify which course(s) you want to apply for.

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The Application Process


Send completed application form with full personal statement, academic qualifications and proof of English level/English studies

You will receive an acknowledgement from the College by post or e-mail

OFFER
You will receive an offer confirming details of your course

REFUSED
We cannot make you an offer but we will contact you explaining why and suggesting other options

DECLINE
If you do not wish to take up the offer please let us know by signing and returning the form sent to you with the offer

ACCEPT
If you want to accept the offer, sign the declaration form and return it to the college with your fee payment. Please include the accommodation deposit if you require family accommodation.

EEA student once the deposit is received you will be sent a pre-arrival pack and a letter confirming your place is booked

Visa student once the deposit is received you will be sent a pre-arrival pack and the CAS or confirmation letter which will allow you to apply for a visa

Please keep the College informed of your arrival date

Please keep the College informed of the progress of your visa application and your arrival date

Welcome to the College

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Payment Procedures

Payment Procedures
If we can offer you a place on your chosen course, we will send you a letter confirming the full details of your course: start date, fees and full details of payment arrangements and conditions. You will also be sent an acceptance form which you should sign and return to us if you want to take up our offer. The deadline for payment will be indicated in your acceptance acknowledgement letter. Students requiring a visa must pay the full fee in order to book their place. Once payment is received and the college has the guarantee that the student will be able to fulfil the financial requirements imposed by the UKBA, the Confirmation of Acceptance for Studies (CAS) or confirmation letter will be issued. Students who do not require a visa taking an offer of a place on a course in the English for International Students programmes for a full academic year, or an academic or vocational course for the full year, can pay the fees in two equal instalments. The first payment must be made by the deadline as set in the acceptance acknowledgement letter (prior to enrolment) and will include a 150 deposit to book your place for the rest of the year. The second payment will be the remaining fee and will need to be paid before the second Friday in January. Please see the CAVCI Terms and Conditions for more information. Students applying for accommodation in a family home must pay the full deposit of 130 as part of their first payment.

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Payment details
Credit Card We accept payment by Visa, Mastercard, Delta and Eurocard. Please do not send your credit card details as we are only able to take payments by card in person at the College. International Bank Transfer Our account details are: Account Name: Cardiff and Vale College International Office Account Number: 43026094 IBAN Number: GB44 BARC 2018 1543026094 Sort Code: 201815 Swift Code: BARCGB22 Please include your student reference and full name when paying by bank transfer to enable us to identify your payment quickly. We cannot guarantee your place on a course until payment has been received.

Eurocheque or Travellers Cheque Cheques should be made payable in Pounds Sterling to Cardiff and Vale College - International Office. Payments made by cheque may take longer to process. International Bankers Cheque Cash payments in person at the College are also accepted but not recommended. We would advise students to not carry large amounts of cash on them and would prefer to take your payment by card or bank transfer.

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Our Sites

Our Sites
Cardiff and Vale College has specialist training facilities across 10 sites, ranging from Trowbridge in the East of Cardiff to ICAT in Rhoose. In 2015 the College will open a brand new building, close to Cardiff central train station. Across Cardiff and Vale College sites there are plenty of extra services for students. These include canteens, coffee shops, libraries, learning centres, drop in computer rooms, skills support centres and shops. There are also printing and photocopying facilities open from morning to evening. Visit www.cavc.ac.uk/en/contact-us/sites/ for maps and directions.

Our Vale Sites


International Centre for Aerospace Training (ICAT) Colcot Road Barry Waterfront

ICAT

COL

WATER

- Aircraft Engineering

Art & Design Business Catering Construction Sport Tourism & Hospitality

- Care - Hospitality, Catering, Cleaning - IT

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Our Cardiff Sites

Cardiff Construction Training Centre (CCTC)

Dumballs Road 2

Cardiff Bay Creative Centre (CBCC)

CCTC

DR2

CBCC

- Construction Training - Engineering - English Language

- Creative Industries - English Language

international@cavc.ac.uk

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Our Sites

The Parade

City Road

Trowbridge

PAR

CITY

TROW

- Business & Professional Courses - IT - English Language

-A  -Levels - Hair & Beauty -B  usiness & Professional Courses

-A  utomotive - Catering - Creative & Media Studies - Tourism & Hospitality

www.cavc.ac.uk/international

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Terms and Conditions for International Students


Education provision at Cardiff and Vale College International is subject to the Cardiff and Vale College International (CAVCI) Terms and Conditions for International Students. Please read the following before making any payment or accepting an offer of a place at the College. Payment Conditions Students requiring a visa
A  ll applicants that have accepted a CAVCI offer of a course must pay the full fee for the period of study before a confirmation letter will be issued.. A  Confirmation of Acceptance for Studies (CAS) number or a course confirmation letter, which will enable you to acquire a visa, will not be issued until full payment has been received. For academic and vocational courses this payment must be at least five weeks before the start of the course. For students on all courses, this payment must be made before a place can be guaranteed. The College will cover the cost of one CAS. Any additional CAS will be charged to the student at the current Home Office rate. F  or students requiring a Tier 4 visa, in order to ensure we comply with UK Border Agency regulations, we may request evidence of the students financial situation.

Students not requiring a visa


E  nglish for International Students: For applicants with an offer of a place on an English course from the College for a 10 month period of study, the course fee will be payable in two instalments. The first payment must be made when accepting the offer and before the start of the course. The second payment must be made before the second Friday in January. The first instalment will be equal to the cost of the first terms study plus a deposit of 150 to book a place on the course for the remainder of the academic year. The second instalment will be the remaining balance. P  ayment must be made in full for courses less than a full academic year and this payment must be made at or before enrolment. A  pplicants for part-time courses follow the same payment requirements as detailed above depending on the period of study. The first instalment will be equal to the cost of the first terms study plus a deposit of 40 to book a place on the course for the remainder of the academic year. The first payment must be made before a place on a course can be guaranteed. S  tudents on Academic or Vocational Courses: Students on a course lasting a full academic year will be able to pay their fee in two equal instalments. The first instalment must be paid at or before enrolment and the second instalment must be paid before the second Friday in January.

For all students


S  tudents who do not make their second payment before the deadline will risk being withdrawn from their course. Students will not receive a refund of any fees in this case. The course fee or deposit is not automatically transferable from one term/year to another. The course fee or deposit is not transferable from one person to another. A  ny student wishing to extend their English for International Students course will need to re-enrol for the desired course period within the deadline set by the International Office, if there are places available, and pay a 25 administration fee as well as the new course fee or difference between the paid fee and the new course fee. R  efunds are guaranteed only if the student visa or entry clearance is denied. This is proven by presenting International Office staff with the refusal notice from the British Embassy or Home Office/IND. I  n any other circumstances refunds are at the discretion of the College. The College may request students to present documentary evidence to support their refund request, for example, medical certificates or letters from employers or educational establishments. A  ll refunds for full time courses are subject to a 100 administration fee and refunds for part time courses are subject to a 30 administration fee. Please allow up to four weeks for the College to process a refund.

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Terms & Conditions for International Students

All refund requests must be submitted in writing to international@cavc.ac.uk Any charges incurred through bank transfers must be paid by the student. R  efunds are not normally granted after a course/programme of study has started unless a course is discontinued by the College and no suitable alternative is available. There is no reduction in fees in the case of an early departure from a course. F  or English for International Students fees, students will be charged a proportional amount from the week they enrol on the course until the end of their course. Students will not be able to pay in two instalments after 1st November and must pay their fee in full at enrolment.

Accommodation in a family home


S  tudents must pay a 130 deposit if Accommodation in a Family Home is required and this deposit is payable together with the course fee. D  eposits are returned when a student leaves a host family on condition that there are no outstanding payments or problems including, but not exclusive to, damage to property. A  ccommodation deposits are refunded in the case of visa refusal. A  ccommodation deposits are non-refundable once an official booking has been made with a host family.

Acceptance Conditions
T  he College cannot accept responsibility for arrangements made or information given by third parties other than by accredited Agents of the College. A  ny offer of a place on a course/programme of study at the College is based on information provided by the student at the time of application. A  pplicants requiring a student visa must provide the documents requested on the application form checklist. These documents must include evidence of the applicants English skill level. A  ll qualifications and skills presented to the College as evidence will be deemed genuine. If it is found this is not the case, any place on a course offered by the College may be cancelled and no refund will be given. W  hen an applicant cannot prove their English level, the College may request that the applicant sit an English test, and the results must be seen by the College, before an offer can be made. In this case, the College will provide the applicant with details of the test, but will not cover any costs incurred. I  f an applicants language skills are not deemed sufficient to follow the chosen course successfully, they will be offered an alternative course, where available. F  or students offered a place on an English course, acceptance of the place must be made before the deadline on the offer letter. If a reply is not received by the college before the set deadline, the offer will no longer be valid. Payment deadlines must be adhered to in order to guarantee your place on a course. W  here an offer of a place on a course is made and a prior interview has not been possible, the College may later advise the student to transfer to an alternative course if this is more suitable for the student.

Examinations
E  nglish for International Students (EIS) will be entered by the College to take a formal exam at the end of their course of study, the cost of which is included in the course fee. R  egistration for formal examinations will depend on the students attendance, progress and the advice of EIS teachers. Students will not be entered for an examination at a higher level than the class they are attending. S  tudents wishing to take a Cambridge English Examination not recommended by EIS teachers or outside of the established periods above must apply to do so as an external candidate through the Exam Open Centre (EOC), and pay the cost of the examination separately. S  tudents taking an exam through the EOC as an external candidate while on an EIS course of study may not be able to move on to the next level if there are no places available or if the tutor finds the move academically unsuitable. Students choosing to finish in December will also take the exam preparation course, which will be included in the course fee. C  ertificates from the Cambridge ESOL Exam Board will be posted to students from the College at no extra cost. Students will need to ensure they provide the College with the address they would like the certificate sent to when they sit their exam. T  he College cannot be held responsible for any changes of the dates set by National Exam Boards. The College will notify the student of any changes at the earliest opportunity.

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General Terms and Conditions


E  very effort has been made to ensure the information published is correct and we will take all reasonable steps to ensure the courses and services described here within are provided. W  e reserve the right to make any changes to published information at any time. Where circumstances outside of the control of the College interfere with its ability to provide these courses or services, we will make all reasonable effort to minimise any negative effects that result from said changes. T  he College reserves the right to cancel or discontinue courses as advertised. The College will try to make alternative arrangements in these situations. In this case, and if no suitable alternative is found, course fees will be refunded minus the tuition already taken. Students are required to enrol at or before starting the course. A  t enrolment, you will be required to sign a declaration in which you agree to follow the rules and regulations of CAVC, outlined in the College policies, which are available on the College website, intranet and Moodle. All students are expected to attend lessons regularly and punctually and complete all course work. I  f attendance falls below 90% in any given month and the students personal tutor has not been notified of the reasons for this absence, and agreed to authorise the absence, the College reserves the right to withdraw the student from the course. The College will make every reasonable effort to contact the student to inform them of any attendance issues before a withdrawal is made. No refunds will be given in these circumstances. T  he College will endeavour to run all classes on time and to schedule. In the event of an Act of Nature or third party where classes need to be cancelled to ensure the safety of students and staff, refunds will not be given. I  n the case of international students on a Tier 4 student visa, the College is obliged to comply with established UK regulations and notify the UK Border Agency (UKBA) immediately if a student: does not arrive at the College within 10 days of the start of the course without prior agreement with the College, is asked to leave a course for any reason or leaves of their own free will without agreement or notifying the College or if a student fails to comply with the attendance regulations. This may affect a students stay in the UK. T  he College may take photographs or film images of students during the course period either at the College or during social events organised by the College. These images may be used by the College for internal literature and/or publicity as well as externally available advertising either in print or on a website. Students not wishing for their images to be used must inform the International Office staff in writing at enrolment and sign the disclosure document to authenticate their choice.

international@cavc.ac.uk

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