Certificate in English for International Students

The Winchester English Language Teaching Unit has an up to date and highly successful Language programme. The focus of the CEIS is to raise the English language level and subject knowledge for students who already have some knowledge of English (CEFR A2 to B1).

Certificate in English for International Students at University of Winchester

Entry Requirements

Typical offer:

Semester one entry:
NQF 2 equivalent qualification with IELTS 3.0 in writing, reading, listening and speaking.

Semester two entry:
NQF 2 equivalent qualification with IELTS 3.5 in writing and 3.5 in one of the following; reading, listening and speaking. The two remaining language skills will be at IELTS 3.0 or above.

Students studying for only one semester will receive a transcript of study. Other Secure English Languages Tests (SELTs) can be submitted in place of an IELTS examination that demonstrates equivalent scores.

Additional entry requirements:

For students attending from outside the European Economic Area (EEA) the programme is subject to UKVIA visa entry requirements.

Programme duration:

Delivered over two semesters

Course Tuition Fees and Additional Costs

International Students

2017 Entry

£3300 per semester
Total Cost | £6600

Additional costs: 

To find out what general costs are included or excluded in the course fees, such as text books and travel expenses, please click here

Other Information


Taught elements of the course take place on the King Alfred Campus or at West Downs, Winchester 

Suitable for applicants from:

UK, EU and World 

Fact: The Programme is available as a one year programme, but can also be studied on a semester basis.

Fact: All students will receive a transcript of their studies when exiting the programme at the end of any semester. Students with the appropriate entry qualifications can start at the beginning of any semester.

The CEIS has been carefully designed to consider the student's skills and knowledge development prior to entry. The programme content is thus arranged in a progressive way to support the student's further development while on the programme. There are three types of modules on the CEIS:

EFS Modules

English for Study (EFS) modules - Students study a combination of general English and academic English, where the four English skills of writing, reading, speaking and listening are developed through the English for Study (EFS) modules.

Functional English Modules

Students are introduced to language that is presented in context and the productive skills, speaking and writing, are encouraged for the purpose of achieving real communication outcomes. Consequently, it is a broad aim of these modules for students to learn, consolidate and become more fluent in using and understanding functional language. These language tasks are student-centred and typically focus on topics of international interest, vocabulary used in common everyday situations, and authentic materials. 

CLIL Modules

Content and Language Integrated Learning (CLIL) modules - CLIL is neither just subject nor just language learning, but a merger of both whereby the student's knowledge is strengthened around all the various aspects of the language and subject. This integration of content, learning, communication and culture into the whole learning and teaching process promotes authenticity and relevance for the students, thus providing a firm foundation for further study and personal development. 

In addition to this, the programmes' two entry points (at the beginning of each semester) enable students who have a higher level of content and language ability to enter at the appropriate point on the programme. This is especially helpful for international institutions who typically want a programme that offers this type of flexibility for students at different levels. Thus the CEIS offers the possibility of a one year integrated programme or a shorter, more focussed programme (of one semester), depending on the student's existing educational attainment and command of English.

The CEIS explores the importance of the relationship between content knowledge and its specific related English. This encourages enhanced language behaviour within the student for further study or personal development generally. A diverse range of English activities are involved, including English for Study, cultural studies, business studies, literature, heritage studies and the arts. All options are studied through the medium of the English Language.

Semester 1

  • English for Study
  • Oral Practice Conversation and Pronunciation
  • Functional English

Students select one option from the following modules:

  • British Culture through English
  • English Literature through English
  • Business Studies through English
  • Tourism and Heritage Studies through English

Semester 2

  • English for Study
  • Oral Practice Conversation and Pronunciation
  • Functional English

Students select one option from the following modules:*

  • British Culture through English
  • English Literature through English
  • Business Studies through English
  • Tourism and Heritage Studies through English

*The selection must be different from that chosen by the student in semester one.

The CEIS programme enables international students to make the transition from their previous learning and teaching styles in their own culture to the styles of the more autonomous learning environment of the UK Higher Education system. This is undertaken in a highly supportive environment enabling students to engage appropriately as they progress.

The programme employs a variety of teaching and learning strategies, with a focus on developing a range of knowledge and skills, providing students with the ability to apply them to selected areas of study. As well as the development of English language skills, students begin to develop additional study and research skills. All modules develop an independent learning culture, and provide a challenging learning experience. Students reflect on their knowledge and skills, particularly through a process of peer interaction, which includes class discussion, debate and group work. This sharing of experience encourages students to modify and develop their own, and their peers', academic and subject-specific knowledge and practices.

The CEIS reflects excellence in teaching and learning and provides learning experiences which will enable students from a wide range of backgrounds to achieve their full learning potential.

The teaching team have an established track record of teaching excellence, which is reflected in very high levels of student retention and satisfaction, as reported in student feedback. The teaching approach is based upon the University's established values of intellectual freedom, social justice, diversity, spirituality and creativity. Individuals matter and we adopt a caring, supporting but challenging approach. Students at Winchester experience the benefits of a University education on a
human scale. 

Programme Leader

  • Mandy Jones

Teaching team

  • Marija Davis
  • Howard Giles
  • Peter Boniface
  • Kishanthi Samanrupika

Assessment is carefully tailored to the aims and learning outcomes of the course with a wide range of assessment types. To introduce the student to academic practice and learning a variety of assessment patterns are employed. During the CEIS, students increase their study capabilities by working on shorter written tasks, leading up to final essays of 1000 words. Oral Assessments are performed in class include conversations, discussions, debates, individual contributions to a seminar and pronunciation practice. Portfolios are also used relating to a given topic, theme or element of practice, which is produced over a period of time. Students are introduced to reflective accounts, such as a diary. This provides an opportunity for the international student to reflect on their own learning and helps to promote personal development.


Certificate in English for International Students

Students who exit at the end of any semester are given a transcript of study.


At the University of Winchester validated programmes may adopt a range of means of assessing your learning. An indicative, and not necessarily comprehensive, list of assessment types you might encounter includes essays, portfolios, supervised independent work, presentations, written exams, or practical performances. The University is committed to ensuring that all students have an equal opportunity to achieve module learning outcomes. As such, where appropriate and necessary, students with recognised disabilities may have alternative assignments set that continue to test how successfully they have met the module's learning outcomes. Further details on assessment types used in the programme you are interested in can be found on the course page, by attending an Open Day/Evening, or contacting our teaching staff.

At the University of Winchester, we are committed to ensuring all our students gain employability skills to enable you to enter graduate level jobs and pursue the profession of your choice, for more information please read the Employability Statement

Course Enquiries and Applications

Telephone: +44 (0) 1962 827234
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International Students

International students seeking additional information about this programme can send an email to International@winchester.ac.uk or call +44 (0)1962 827023

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