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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.



Pre-sessional courses

Which course should I apply for?

To apply for one of our courses, you will need to have a recent IELTS test. The course that you can apply for depends on both your English language qualification and your intended programme of study.

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If you are still unsure which course you should apply for, or require further advice, then please do not hesitate to contact us at

When does the course start?

Which documents do I need to support my application?

To support your application, you will need the following:

  1. Your Secure English Language Test certificate – the validity of these tests is 2 years. Tier 4 visa students, please note: your IELTS test must have been taken at a UKVI approved centre and the certificate must bear the UKVI number.
  2. Passport data page.
  3. Any previous UK visas.

Please upload colour copies of these to your application via the ‘Documents’ section.

If I do a Pre-sessional course, will I be able to progress directly to my main programme?

No, a Pre-sessional course does not guarantee automatic progression. You must meet the required exit level in your final assessments on the Pre-sessional. This level is set by the School you wish to progress to.

Do I need to take another IELTS at the end of the course?

No, you will sit our own exam at the end of the course; this is called the KITE (Kent International Test of English).

How do I apply for accommodation?

When you make your application for one of our Pre-sessional courses, please select ‘Yes’ under ‘Are you applying for accommodation?’

What type of accommodation is available?

You will be staying in a 5 bedroom house, with a shared kitchen and bathroom. Please advise if you require single sex accommodation.
We have a limited number of en suite rooms (a room with a private bathroom) available for some of our Blocks, at an additional charge. You can book this via the online payment system.

For more information, please visit the Accommodation webpages

I have a warning note with my conditional offer- what does this mean?

A warning note is added to Pre-sessional offer letters where components of the English language level are marginally lower than the entry level for a specific Pre-sessional course. The warning is to indicate that you will need to work harder to increase the level of the components specified in order to meet the progression requirements for your further programme of study at the end of the Pre-sessional course. A Pre-sessional course does not guarantee automatic progression. You must meet the required exit level in your final assessments on the Pre-sessional. This level is set by the School you wish to progress to.

How can I pay for the course?

If you are privately funded, please use the online store to pay.

This is the most secure and quickest method. If you are sponsored, you will need to provide a financial support letter from your sponsor, stating your name, the course dates and the amount awarded to you. You will need to upload this document with your application.


How do I make my offer unconditional?

To make your offer unconditional, we need to receive your payment or sponsorship letter.

When will I receive my CAS?

Once you have accepted your unconditional offer, your CAS will be issued within 7 – 10 days. Please leave enough time to apply for and receive your visa to ensure you are in the UK to start your course on time.

Can I get a combined CAS for the Pre-sessional course and my main programme of study?

The University of Kent is trialling a new combined CAS process for certain eligible students who have applied for the 6 week Pre-sessional Course only. A ‘combined CAS’ means you will be given a single CAS to cover both your pre-sessional English programme and your main programme of study. Upon receiving your application, the University of Kent will assess whether you are eligible for a combined CAS and if you are sent a combined CAS, the University will provide further details as certain parts of your visa application may change.

Can I start the course late or leave before it ends?

No. Each course follows an intensive learning syllabus which means that even the shortest break could affect your chances of passing. We strongly advise you against missing any of the course.However, there may be exceptional circumstances, which we will deal with on a case by case basis.

How big are the class sizes on the Pre-sessional courses?

The class size for the Pre-sessional courses would vary according to the total number of students we have applying for the course. Sizes can range from 12 to 18 students per class. We try not to allocate more than 18 students to any class.

How are the classes structured on the Pre-sessional course?

9.00am – 10.30am – Speaking and listening skills. Once a week there is a live lecture delivered by various academics across the University
10.30am -11.00am – Break
11.00am - 1.00pm – Reading and writing (with grammar) skills
1.00pm - 2.00pm – Lunch
2.00pm - 3.30pm – Project class (focusing on assignments) and tutorials; 3 project classes, 1 session of a one-to-one tutorial with your tutor and a free session per week

You will have two teachers across the course, one teacher for your speaking and listening class and another teacher for your reading, writing and project classes. Students are allocated to a speaking and listening class according to their nationality (where possible), to encourage students to only speak English in class and to enrich the cultural experience for students. For reading, writing and project classes, we allocate students according to their subject specific programme of study that they are hoping to progress to. This way we can focus on subject specific skills in the writing and project classes; for example, the appropriate style of referencing used for your area of study, specific essay and report styles used, specific academic texts and so on.



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

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

Last Updated: 01/04/2019