International Pathways


10 weeks (Autumn start)

The general structure of the course was very well organised. Also, I always felt comfortable to share my opinions.

~10 week course student


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Course Structure

Classes focus on reading and writing, project work, and listening and speaking. For pre-sessional courses delivered face-to-face, students are grouped according to the subject of their further programme of study for the reading and writing, and project work sessions. This allows these sessions to focus more specifically on materials and skills relating to a specialist area.  During the listening and speaking session, students’ nationality is taken in to account to create classes containing a wider range of nationalities. For pre-sessional courses delivered online, students are grouped according to where they are located in the world to consider time difference between the UK and student location.  Teaching includes seminars, lectures, individual and group tutorials, independent research tasks, as well as group and pair work.

The course aims to enhance your academic skills in preparation for undergraduate or postgraduate study.

Who is this course designed for?

  • Students holding a Conditional Firm (CF) offer to study an International Foundation Programme at the University of Kent
  • English language entry requirements for exit level of 6.0: 5.0 IELTS (with a minimum of 5.0 in all skills)
  • English language entry requirements for exit level of 6.5: 5.5 IELTS (with a minimum of 5.0 in all skills)
  • English language entry requirements for exit level of 7.0: 6.0 IELTS (with a minimum of 5.5 in all skills)
  • Expected English language exit requirements: 6.0-7.0

The programme is suitable for undergraduate and postgraduate International students intending to study at Kent*, who do not have the required level of English to allow them to start their intended degree programme; this includes all degree programmes with an entry requirement of IELTS 6.0, 6.5, 7.0 or equivalent. If you complete the Pre-sessional Course, and achieve a final grade which meets your condition of entry, you will not need to take an IELTS examination.

* Students who do not have an offer to study a degree at Kent are welcome to attend the online Pre-sessional course but they will need to check with their intended university to see if the Pre-sessional assessments will be accepted by the university as evidence of their current English language level.


This Pre-sessional course aims to further enhance your linguistic and academic skills, ranging from listening to lectures and note-taking in order to take relevant notes from lectures to summarise or paraphrase the content for effective participation in seminar discussions. Enhancing your presentation skills and expanding on your range of academic vocabulary, register and appropriate style for academic speaking and writing. Skills to carry out extensive reading, research, structuring essays and reports, and referencing (using the style appropriate to your programme of study). The course helps you to further develop skills in finding, critically assessing and understanding source material to develop and support your own point of view objectively. The following key transferable skills will be developed:

  • Introduction to UK academic culture
  • Academic writing: structure in essays and/or reports; practice and detailed feedback on academic essays, assignments and/or reports, critical thinking and using academic sources,
  • Skills for academic reading
  • Listening to lectures and in the general academic environment; using information and note-taking
  • Speaking: development of orals skills to structure and present reasoned arguments for seminars and academic presentations
  • IT: introduction to the software, student database and e-learning platform used in Kent, use of word-processing and presentation software

Pre-sessional Course Dates, Entry Requirements and Fees

For Pre-sessional course dates, entry requirements and fees, please refer here


The assessments for this course will be comprised of coursework and a final examination (Kent International Test of English – KITE).
Coursework assessments (formative and summative) include: individual presentations, seminar participation and writing assessments - essay and/or report. Practice KITE tests (formative) will also take place in preparation for the final test. Further information relating to your assessments will be provided in your Student Handbook.


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

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

Last Updated: 29/05/2020