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The Kent International Foundation Programme (IFP) is primarily designed for international students, allowing them to develop their academic knowledge and skills, and if required their English language ability, for entry to undergraduate study at university.
The programme, on offer at the University of Kent for over 40 years, takes place on the Canterbury campus and students are full members of the University with access to University accommodation and all academic, welfare, social and sport facilities on campus.
With academic subject modules and academic skills modules taught by highly qualified University of Kent tutors, the IFP leads to a wide range of degree programmes at the University.
Our IFP provides access to the following honours degrees:
To gain entry on to the IFP, you need the following:
5 passes with grade 4 minimum or grade C, including native language
The University will consider applicants holding BTEC National Diploma and National Extended Diploma qualifications (QCF; NQF; OCR) on a case-by-case basis.
Minimum of 24 points; we also welcome applications from IB Certificate students who have achieved 4s in all subjects
The University will consider applicants holding T level qualifications in subjects closely aligned to the course.
The entry requirements below demonstrate the type of qualifications you will need to apply for the International Foundation Programme (IFP). Some of our courses have subject specific requirements. Please visit the International Programmes site for more information.
The University welcomes applications from international students. To gain entry on to the IFP, you need the following:
For details of entry requirements per country please visit the International Programmes site.
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All students requiring a student visa to study in the UK who are not from a majority English speaking country will need a IELTS for UKVI with a minimum of 5.0 in all skills or a Pearson PTE Academic UKVI with a minimum of 36 in all skills. A list of majority English speaking countries is available on the English Language Requirements website. If you will be applying for a student visa, you need to take the IELTS or PTE at a UKVI accredited centre; the correct tests are called IELTS for UKVI and Pearson PTE Academic UKVI.
Students who do not require a visa can join on their high school grades where suitable or other English language qualifications such as:
If you have another English-language qualification that is equivalent to IELTS, please email us at email@example.com and we will be happy to advise you.
Duration: 9 months
The International Foundation Programme is a modular course taught over two terms, starting in spring.
The Academic Skills Development classes help you work to develop all the necessary skills to fully enjoy your academic experience in the UK, for example, seminar and group work communication skills, developing as an independent student, improving skills in analysis, critique, time management, and project management. You will then take modules which are relevant to your chosen undergraduate degree programme.
This course structure is indicative of the modules available for this programme. Modules are based on the current curriculum and may change year to year in response to new curriculum developments and innovation.
Our IFP is entirely managed and delivered by the University of Kent, allowing us to offer teaching of exceptional quality. Teaching is organised in small groups and includes lectures, seminars, tutorials, workshops and independent learning. Throughout the course, students will be encouraged to apply the skills learnt in one module to all other modules and find relations between modules in order to broaden their education.
Assessment on the majority of modules will be through a combination of final examinations and coursework, including assignments from 1,000 to 2,000 words, online quizzes and tests from 45 minutes to two hours in length.
For a student studying full time, each academic year of the programme will comprise 1200 learning hours which include both direct contact hours and private study hours. The precise breakdown of hours will be subject dependent and will vary according to modules. Please refer to the individual module details under Course Structure.
Methods of assessment will vary according to subject specialism and individual modules. Please refer to the individual module details under Course Structure.
On the IFP you will be provided with:
You will gain knowledge and understanding of:
You will develop intellectual abilities in the following:
You will gain subject-specific skills in the following:
You will gain transferable skills in the following:
Students progress to studying at degree level on a range of courses. For further information on careers, please see the relevant undergraduate degree courses.
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