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Pre-sessional English Courses at Kent

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Pre-sessional English Courses

Our Pre-sessional courses take place before you start your degree at Kent. They focus on developing your English language & study skills so you can meet the level of proficiency needed for your degree.

Due to the current COVID-19 situation, all our courses will run online for the present time. We have amended the dates of our courses to allow time for visa applications (where relevant) from your home country. We intend to run the courses on campus again when possible.

Please also see the University's Applicant Advice page for further information on the University's response to COVID-19, and our Kent English Language Test page for information on our in-house English language testing.

We are delighted to confirm that the Pre-sessional Course results from Summer 2020 can be used for September 2020 and 2021 entry onto your main programme.

The Kent Pre-sessional

All of our Pre-sessional courses have been thoughtfully tailored to be delivered online from May 2020 through to August 2020. We would like to share details about the delivery of our online courses with you and to illustrate how we will maintain the high quality of our delivery in order for students to successfully meet their progression requirements for their intended undergraduate or postgraduate courses. We have maintained 100% progression rate for the past four years and we intend to maintain this trend this year through our online delivery.

If you are unable to demonstrate your English language level because of COVID-19 closures, please see our Kent English Language Test page for information on our in-house testing.

We are delighted to confirm that the Pre-sessional Course results from Summer 2020 can be used for September 2020 and 2021 entry onto your main programme.

Our Pre-sessional courses take place before you start your degree at Kent. They focus on developing your English language & study skills so you can meet the level of proficiency needed for your degree. These courses are specially designed to prepare international students for study at Kent, developing skills in:

  • UK academic culture and familiarity with the IT systems and e-learning platforms used at Kent
  • Academic reading, writing and critical thinking and using academic sources
  • Listening to lectures and in the general academic environment; using information and note-taking
  • Speaking in seminars, delivering presentations

 

Course Structure

Students studying our online Pre-sessional course are expected to undertake a minimum of four hours face-to-face study and 15 hours independent self-study per week. Studying our online Pre-sessional course, students will:

  • participate in face-to-face delivery with their assigned teacher and students in their assigned classes at least three times a week through seminars *
  • attend weekly face-to-face individual and/or small group tutorials with their assigned teacher *
  • be allocated to a class that occurs within a preferable time according to your location and time zone and be able to interact with students across the world from a variety of cultural backgrounds.
  • attend webinars or lectures * (live and recorded) covering a range of disciplines and topics to suit all specialist areas, delivered by academics across the University of Kent and beyond.
  • be able to work at their own pace with access to a range of flexible self-study material to complete each week consisting of pre-recorded video and audio lessons, quizzes and interactive materials to work on with assigned groups. The materials will focus on language and academic skills covering listening, reading and writing skills with some integration of speaking skills.
  • be asked to submit work on a weekly basis in order to receive both online written, oral and face-to-face feedback to continually assess and monitor your progress and highlight strengths and weaknesses to focus on.
  • attend online discussion forums on a regular basis with colleagues in your class and in other classes and your assigned teacher.
  • be able to receive technical support if needed from Monday to Friday 9am to 5pm (BST).

You will find additional information on how the course will run and a technical overview here.

 

Online assessment

Assessments will be administered online and will still consist of both formative and summative assessments. More detailed information will be provided in your course induction and throughout the Pre-sessional course. A brief overview of the assessments is outlined below:
Formative assessments (for feedback only):

  • Draft Essay - based on a given topic with individual feedback highlighting areas of strengths and weaknesses for further improvements.

Summative assessments (count towards your final mark):

  • E-Portfolio – this is an ongoing assessment taking place over the duration of the course consisting of a variety of weekly tasks to be competed and will take in to account an individual’s level of participation through online engagement and interaction.
  • Final Essay – based on a topic related to your chosen discipline that you intend to progress to.
  • Kent International Test of English (KITE) – your language components and academic skills will be tested online through a series of staged tests.

We are delighted to confirm that the Pre-sessional Course results from Summer 2020 can be used for September 2020 and 2021 entry onto your main programme.

 

After the Pre-sessional courses

Upon successfully completing the Pre-sessional course and students have meet their progression requirements, additional support will be provided to Pre-sessional students once they arrive at the University of Kent to help them with the transition on to their main programme of study. In addition, free In-sessional support will be offered to all international students throughout the academic year to help them with their studies.

 

Hear from our Pre-sessional Programme Manager for more information about the course:

 

*Key Terms
A webinar or lecture: Teacher-focused event providing input and instruction
A seminar: Student-focused event encouraging class and group discussions and activities based on previous input, with the opportunity to work on and discuss assignments and tasks
Tutorial: One-to-one or small group discussions focusing on feedback and progress directed at individual learning needs
 

 

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

Last Updated: 29/05/2020