International Pathways


4 weeks

Teachers encouraged us to speak a lot, which is a very effective way to improve our spoken English

~ 4 Week course student

Who is this course designed for?

  • Students holding an Unconditional Firm (UF) offer to study at the University of Kent
  • English language entry requirements: None - English language requirements for programme of study have already been met

The programme is suitable for undergraduate and postgraduate International students intending to study at Kent, who have already met the English language requirements related to their academic course and hold an unconditional offer.


This Pre-sessional course aims to further enhance your linguistic and academic skills, ranging from listening to lectures and note-taking, effective participation in seminar discussions, enhancing your presentation skills and expanding on your range of academic vocabulary, appropriate style and register for academic speaking and writing. The course reviews skills needed to carry out extensive reading (in particular academic articles relating to your area of specialism) and independent research. It also focuses on further improving your ability to appropriately structure and present a range of organisational patterns for written academic assignments, and citing and referencing sources (using the style appropriate to your programme of study). Further emphasis is placed on developing your skills in finding, critically assessing and understanding credible, academic 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

This is also an opportunity to familiarise yourself with the University facilities such as the library, Careers and Employability Service, Student Support and Wellbeing Services) and to meet your academics ahead of starting your programme of study.

Pre-sessional Course Dates, Entry Requirements and Fees

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


While there are no assessments for this course, there are a number of academic activities which are integrated throughout the course: an individual presentation, seminar participation, peer review and writing an essay or a report.  Such activities help to further enhance your academic language and skills, helping you to reflect on and evaluate your abilities during one-to-one tutorials. Further information relating to these activities 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