Welcome to the Centre for English Language and Foundation Studies (CELFS) at the University of Bristol

The Centre does many things, but we have three main areas of teaching activity:

  1. International Foundation Programme
    These programmes aim to provide the best academic and language teaching (Foundation) or language teaching (Pre-Masters) within the sector. Our target is to attract those students who will make a contribution to the University as a whole, not only during this initial preparatory six/nine months.

  2. Whether you are an undergraduate on a Science and Engineering course, or a postgraduate within the Arts and Humanities, we know how hard it can be to enter a new academic institution, work in a second language and still fulfil your potential. These courses are specifically designed to recognise these challenges, support you in this transition, and make sure that your time at Bristol is used effectively.

  3. Pre-sessional courses
    For students who have an offer to study at the University of bristol, and need to demonstrate that their language level is of an acceptable standard, we provide an intensive six, ten or fourteen week Academic English course over the summer period. We never promise that achieving your entry conditions will be an easy task and this is a very demanding course. However, we promise to do everything to help you to improve your academic English, to achieve the necessary linguistic level, and to support you throughout your studies.
    For students who do not yet have an offer to study, but want to start a postgraduate degree, we offer six and nine month pre-sessional courses.

We are also a highly successful teacher training Centre, running Cambridge CELTA as well as internal University courses for current Bristol University students (Introduction to TEFL). In addition, we provide specific English language courses for partner institutions during the summer as well as bespoke courses upon request, as and when they fit the University’s internationalisation goals.

Our aim is simple - to provide the best English language and academic learning experience in any British Higher Education institution. As an ambitious Centre within one of the world’s top universities, we are constantly striving to make sure this aspiration is a reality, and that our students are both challenged and motivated but also fully supported as they work towards achieving their goals.

As you would expect, all our courses, from the early weeks of the Foundation to the final days of the teacher training assessment are taught by highly qualified and experienced tutors, supported by a strong management and professional services team.

If you have questions or comments, we're always happy to hear from you; please contact us.

The British Council inspected and accredited the University of Bristol in November 2014. The Accreditation Scheme assesses the standards of management, resources and premises, teaching, welfare and care of under 18s and accredits organisations which meet the overall standard in each area inspected (see the British Council website for details). The large English language teaching department of this university offers courses in academic English for adults (17+). Strengths were noted in the areas of staff management, quality assurance, premises and facilities, academic management, course design, teaching, accommodation and leisure opportunities. The inspection report stated that the organisation met the standards of the Scheme.

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