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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.

 

Why study Pre-sessional?

These courses are specially designed to prepare international students for study at Kent, developing skills in:

  • UK academic culture and familiarity with the facilities, IT systems and e-learning platforms on campus
  • 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

Further benefits of studying on a Pre-sessional course

  • A chance to meet other students through a variety of organised social events (most events are free of charge)
  • Accommodation offered for your main programme of study (if you apply for it before the end of July)
  • Free Tier 4 visa application service delivered by Kent Union with assistance from CEWL
  • Special pre-registration and payment day for your main programme of study prior to the University arrivals weekend to avoid queuing
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Pre-sessional Course Dates and Fees

We offer a series of pre-sessional courses throughout the academic year. They range from 17 to 5 weeks. All of the courses are available at our Canterbury campus and the six-week course is also taught at our Brussels centre. Which course you take depends on your current level of English and the level required for your future degree.

If you plan to study at our Medway campus, please note that your pre-sessional course is likely to take place in Canterbury.

Course IELTS entry level IELTS exit level Dates Tuition fees only Tuition fees and accommodation*Application deadline

 

17 weeks

 

5.0 IELTS (with minimum of 5.0 in all skills)


5.5 IELTS (with minimum of 5.5 in all skills)

6.5

 

7.0

29 April 2018 - 24 August 2018

 

£5,040


£7,560 30 March 2018

10 weeks

5.5 IELTS (with a minimum of 5.5 in reading and writing and 5.0 in listening and speaking)

 

 

6.0 IELTS (with minimum of 6.0 in reading and writing and 5.5 in listening and speaking)

6.5

 

 

7.0

17 June 2018 -

24 August 2018

£3,150

£4,788

 

£5,575 (en suite)

25 May 2018

6 weeks

6.0 IELTS (with a minimum of 6.0 in reading and writing and 5.5 in listening and speaking)

 

6.5 IELTS (with minimum of 6.5 in reading and writing and 6.0 in listening and speaking)

6.5

 

 

7.0

15 July 2018 -

24 August 2018

£1,890

£3,006

 

£3,542 (en suite)

22 June 2018
6 weeks (Brussels)

6.0 IELTS (with a minimum of 6.0 in reading and writing and 5.5 in listening and speaking)

 

6.5 IELTS (with minimum of 6.5 in reading and writing and 6.0 in listening and speaking)

6.5

 

 

7.0

15 July 2018 -

24 August 2018

€2,750
Kent does not offer campus accommodation in Brussels. For advice on rental options, see here 22 June 2018
5 weeks This course is for students who already have an unconditional firm offer for their Kent degree, but who wish to take a pre-sessional course before starting their degree. N/A

12 August 2018 -

14 September 2018

£1,050

£1,662

 

£1,956 (en suite)

23 July 2018

Please note, if your scores in any section of the test are lower than your overall grade, we may require you to join a longer course than may appear to fit your needs in the table above.

*Accommodation starts from the evening before the course starts up until 14th September 2018 when you will move to the accommodation you have booked for your main programme of study. More details will be provided during the course.

For further information, please contact the Pre-sessional admin team, pathways@kent.ac.uk

Tel: (+44) (0)1227 82 4401

Pay Online

 

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Pre-sessional Entry Requirements

This is a summary of the requirements for each course. Contact us if you require any further information or have any questions.

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.


Course name IELTS

17 Weeks

 

5.0 IELTS (with a minimum of 5.0 in all skills) to achieve an exit level of 6.5

5.5 IELTS (with a minimum of 5.5 in reading and writing and 5.0 in listening and speaking) to achieve an exit level of 7.0

10 Weeks

 

5.5 IELTS (with a minimum of 5.5 in reading and writing and 5.0 in listening and speaking) to achieve an exit level of 6.5

5.5 IELTS (with a minimum of 6.0 in reading and writing and 5.5 in listening and speaking) to achieve an exit level of 7.0

6 Weeks

 

6.0 IELTS (with a minimum of 6.0 in reading and writing and 5.5 in listening and speaking) to achieve an exit level of 6.5

6.5 IELTS (with a minimum of 6.5 in reading and writing and 6.0 in listening and speaking) to achieve an exit level of 7.0

6 Weeks (Brussels)

6.0 IELTS with a minimum of 6.0 in Reading, Writing and 5.0 in Listening and Speaking to achieve an exit level of 6.5

or

6.5 IELTS with a minimum of 6.5 in Reading & Writing and 5.5 in Listening and Speaking to achieve an exit level of 7.0

5 Weeks

No English language requirements for this course, but you must hold an unconditional offer for your main programme of study.

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Pre-sessional Course Options

17 Weeks

This course (May to August) is delivered in Canterbury with approximately 25 hours of classes per week.

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 6.5, 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.

For more information, click here

10 Weeks

This course (June to August) is delivered in Canterbury with approximately 25 hours of classes per week. 

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.

For more information, click here

6 Weeks

This intensive course (July to August) is delivered in Canterbury* with approximately 25 hours of classes per week.

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 6.5, 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.

For more information, click here

6 Weeks (Brussels)

This intensive course (July to August) is delivered at our Brussels School of International Studies, with approximately 25 hours of classes per week.

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 6.5, 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.

For more information, click here

5 Weeks

This intensive course (August to September) is delivered in Canterbury and has approximately 25 hours of classes per week (for 4 weeks), with feedback provided through one-to-one tutorials with your tutor during final week.

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.

For more information, click here

 

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Pre-sessional Terms and Conditions

Refunds:

Notification of your withdrawal from any Pre-sessional course must be sent by email to the Presessional mailbox (pathways@kent.ac.uk) as soon as you know that you will not be attending the course and prior to travelling to the UK. A £250 administration fee will be retained from your full payment. If your visa has been refused, please also ensure that you forward your visa refusal letter to us as soon as you receive it.

Please note: Attendance on any of our Pre-sessional courses does not guarantee that you will automatically progress onto a main programme of studies with the University of Kent.

 

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Frequently Asked Questions: 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.

Evaluate your score

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

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.

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 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.

 

 

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Centre for English and World Languages, Keynes College, University of Kent, CT2 7NP

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

Last Updated: 16/04/2018