English Language Preparation Programme

English language courses for international students

If you need to improve your English language to reach the required level for your programme at the International Study Centre, you can take our English Language Preparation programme.

English Language Preparation for International Foundation Year

You will need an IELTS 4.5 (minimum 5.0 in writing and no other element less than 4.0) or equivalent to start the International Foundation Year. If you have IELTS 4.0 (4.0 in all bands) or equivalent, you will need one term of English Language Preparation.

This course has two start dates, depending when you begin your International Foundation Year.

June, prior to starting your academic programme in September.
September, prior to starting your academic programme in January.

English Language Preparation for International Year One

You will need an IELTS 5.5 overall (5.5 in all components) or equivalent to start the International Year One. If you have IELTS 4.5 (4.0 in all bands) or equivalent, you will need one term of English Language Preparation. You can start in in June or September before starting the International Year One in September or January respectively.

We also offer English Language Preparation free to any student joining the International Year One who meets the previous International Year One IELTS requirement of 5.0 overall.

There are 2 options available:

4 week course – for students with IELTS 5.5 but lower component scores
8 week course – for students with IELTS 5.0 overall

English Language Preparation for Pre-Masters Programme

Our Pre-Masters Programme requires an IELTS 5.5 in all components, or equivalent. If you have IELTS 5.0 (with no component less than 4.5), or equivalent, you will need one term of English Language Preparation.

This course has two start dates:

  • September, prior to starting your academic programme in January
  • January, prior to starting your academic programme in April

Please note - Students taking an English Language Preparation for International Year One or English Language Preparation for Pre-Masters Programme will study on a B2 GSV visa as these courses are not included as part of the combined visa – this allows them to make the ICAS application in the UK for a combined visa for their pathway and degree study, as well as allowing them to remain in the UK before starting their pathway.

Term dates

Yajun, a student at Kingston International Study Centre
January 2019 07/01/2019 to 15/03/2019
June 2019  10/06/2019 to 09/08/2019
September 2019 10/09/2019 to 30/11/2019
June 2020 08/06/2020 to 07/08/2020

For January 2019 International Year One

October 2018 08/10/2018 to 30/11/2018 (8 week course)
November 2018 05/11/2018 to 30/11/2018 (4 week course)
October 2019 14/10/2019 - 06/12/2019 (8 week course)
November 2019 11/11/2019 - 06/12/2019 ( 4 week course)