International Pathways

Online IFP September 2020

Our September-start IFP 2020-2021 will run online and our aim is to also offer the programme in-person. You will find further details of the online course below. If you have any questions relating to this, please do contact us at You can also join one of our information sessions for more details.

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When will the online course start?

The online and in-person courses will run alongside each other, with induction events week commencing 21 September 2020 and classes starting on 28 September 2020. See our Courses page for full dates.

Which programmes will be on offer?

The online course will cover the same modules and learning outcomes as the in-person course and lead to all available degree programmes except those requiring the BI308 Skills for Bioscientist module (Biochemistry, Biology, Biomedical Sciences) as the practical lab-based element will not be delivered online. See our Progression Requirements page for the full list of degree programmes students on the Kent IFP can progress to.

How much will it cost?

Fees for the online IFP are the same as the in-person IFP, £9,250 for Home/EU fee payers and £16,200 for Overseas fee payers. Students will undertake the same amount of hours of learning, although in a different format, and will be full Kent IFP students, with the full range of induction and support events available to them and access to all virtual learning and support resources and services.

How do I apply?

You can apply to the online IFP via the usual application process, available on our How to Apply page. Please simply write 'Online IFP' at the beginning of your personal statement under 'Reasons to Study'.

Do I need a Secure English Language Test to apply?

The requirement for a Secure English Language Test (SELT) is for visa purposes so If you are applying for the IFP online then no, you do not need a SELT. We can accept other English language tests or, in some cases, your high school English grades (e.g. HKDSE, SPM or WAEC). Alternatively, you could take the Kent English language test; details here.

For the in-person course or if you wish to join the in-person course later in the year, you will still need to provide a SELT if you require a visa to study in the UK.

Can I start online and then join the in-person September IFP course?

If the in-person course is able to run, yes. We will keep all students up to date on the situation in the UK and if possible welcome students who started the course online onto campus in January 2021. We will continue to monitor the situation and add other arrival dates if possible. Alternatively, for most progression routes students can choose to defer their start until February 2021.

How will teaching be delivered?

The programme will be delivered through a blend of teaching and learning methods; virtual lectures, seminars and workshops. Alongside this blended delivery are Moodle activities and fora for asking questions in each module. All students will have opportunity for video conferencing one-to-ones with tutors who will provide appropriate academic support for their students in addition to the usual termly tutorials. You should therefore plan to have a good internet connection, webcam, speakers/headphones and a microphone in order to fully engage with the course.

How will my timetable be structured?

Student timetables will be set according to local time zones with clear indication of which classes students can attend live and which classes students will have to watch in their own time. Our aim is to provide students with as many opportunities for live classes as possible.

For seminars and workshops, distance students will be allocated to fora on Moodle and/or live discussions via video conferencing. These can be led by the tutor, or by an elected student. For sessions which students can not attend live, students will be instructed to view recorded lectures, while seminars and workshops will be guided by readings and associated activities to be completed on our virtual learning environment.

How will I be assessed?

There will be some minor changes in the way students are assessed but the majority of our assessment will not be affected. Below is a summary of the proposed changes to assessment (subject to approval).

Take home written assessments

No change required


To be conducted using video conferencing – no change required

In Course Tests

Converted to timed Turnitin submissions or to be tested orally

Seminar Participation

To be conducted using video conferencing – no change required

Group presentation

To be delivered as individual assessment using video conferencing

Reflective Journals

No change required

Maths continuous assessment tests

No change required

Art & Design projects

No change required but students will need to source their own art supplies

Programming take home assessments

No change required but students will need to download the required software (Greenfoot)


What learning support will be availabile to students?

The provision of learning support for the online IFP will mirror the provision on campus. Each student will be allocated an Academic Adviser and will be able to contact our Student Support and Experience Officer during standard office hours. Students will also be able to access Student Support and Wellbeing services virtually for any additional support requirements.



Centre for English and World Languages, Chipperfield Building, University of Kent, CT2 7PE

Enquiries: +44 (0)1227 824401 or contact us

Last Updated: 27/07/2020