Pre-sessional FAQs

Below you will find answers to some frequently asked questions about the Pre-sessional courses.

FAQ list

You will need a laptop to study both for the on campus and online courses. Our on campus students will be using their laptop in class in order to access a number of the teaching materials and resources. 

Further details on the requirements for the online course are available here.

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.

Yes, Pre-sessional course results from summer 2021 can be used for 2022 entry onto your main programme. 

Yes, as long as 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 academic school that provides the course you wish to progress to.

No, you will sit our own exam at the end of the course; this is called the KITE (Kent International Test of English) and it covers reading, writing, speaking and listening. KITE has been designed to test students’ academic language skills for the purpose of study at the University of Kent. The accessible format and structure allow candidates to apply their language skills to authentic academic situations. 

A warning note on your conditional offer letter means that some components of your English language level are slightly lower than the entry level for a specific Pre-sessional course. You will need to work harder to raise the level of these  components in order to meet the standard needed to progress to your chosen degree programme at the end of the Pre-sessional course. 

A Pre-sessional course does not guarantee automatic progression to a degree programme. You must meet the required standard in your final assessments on the Pre-sessional course. This standard is set by the academic school that provides the degree you wish to progress to.

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. 

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

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.

The class size varies 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.

You must email us at as soon as you know that you will not be attending the course. A £250 administration fee will be retained from your full payment. 

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