Pre-sessional English Courses at Kent
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.
Which course should I apply for?
To apply for one of our courses, you will need to demonstrate your current level of English. The course that you can apply for depends on both your English language qualification and your intended programme of study. 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.
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When does the course start?
Which documents do I need to support my application?
To support your application, you will need the following:
- Your English language test certificate. 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.
- Passport data page.
- Any previous UK visas.
Please upload colour copies of these to your application via the ‘Documents’ section.
If I do a course in summer 2020, will my results be valid for my main programme if I can only join in September 2021?
We are delighted to confirm that the Pre-sessional Course results from Summer 2020 can be used for Sep 2020 and 2021 entry onto your main programme so if you cannot join your main programme in Sep 2020 you can still use the Pre-sessional results in Sep 2021.
If I do a Pre-sessional course, will I be able to progress directly to my main programme?
Yes if you meet the entry requirement of your main programme. However, 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).
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.
Can I start the course late or leave before it ends?
Preferably not. 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?
Students studying our online Pre-sessional course are expected to undertake a minimum of 3 hours face-to-face study and 15 hours independent self-study per week. You will find useful information on how the course will run and a technical overview here. 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 twice 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.