International Year One

What is the International Year One?

The International Year One is designed to prepare international students to join the second year of an undergraduate degree at Kingston University, London. If you would like to get the most out of studying abroad, this programme is offered in three insightful, varied pathways, and will allow you the opportunity to progress to a number of exciting degrees, in a range of different subjects.

Key facts

Course length

Three terms

Find out more about specific term dates for this programme.

Entry points

  • January
  • September

Entry requirements and fees

Find out more about entry requirements and course fees for this programme.

Why study the International Year One?

This programme is designed to prepare you to enter the second year of your undergraduate degree. By studying the International Year One, you will benefit from:

  • the improvement of your academic study skills 
  • condensed class sizes
  • a custom-built curriculum
  • attentive teaching methods developed for international students
  • an introduction to the British education system
  • university culture and student life.

Another benefit of studying the International Year One is that you are able to apply for one single visa to study both this programme and your degree course. Please see below for additional details on this.

Once you have successfully completed the programme, and achieved the required grades, you will be well-equipped to join the second year of your chosen undergraduate degree at Kingston University, London.

What you will study

The International Year One is made up of several core and route-specific modules that will better your understanding of your chosen subject area. Depending on your choice of pathway, you can cater your modules to benefit your future career path. The course will also incorporate English language tuition, which will be focused on improving your speaking, writing and academic language skills, and prepare you for learning in a second language.

English language preparation

If you need to improve your level of English language to enter the International Year One, additional English language training is available at the International Study Centre.

  • One term course: if you have academic IELTS for UKVI 4.5 (min 4.0 in all skills), you can join our one-term intensive English Language Preparation course in June or September before starting the International Year One in September or January respectively.

Please visit the International Year One entry requirements page for more information.

Choose your subject pathway

We offer the International Year One in three insightful subjects. Explore the pathways below and find out which is right for you and your university journey.

Accounting and Finance

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Further your knowledge of finance at Kingston University. Giving you the opportunity to progress to BSc (Hons) Accounting and Finance with Business Experience, this pathway will deliver exposure to topics like law and business analysis.

Business Management

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Prepare for a business degree in a dynamic, entrepreneurial environment. With modules in economics, marketing and business practice, this pathway will give you the vital subject knowledge to study the BSc (Hons) Business Management with Business Experience degree at Kingston University.

Marketing and Advertising

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Be inspired by marketing industry exposure during your studies. In preparing for Kingston University's BSc (Hons) Marketing and Advertising with Business Experience degree, you will learn about subjects such as entrepreneurship, business skills and marketing principles.

Assessments during this programme

There are assessments at the end of each module, which are a combination of examinations, coursework, presentations and extended essays. Continuous assessment is also a feature of the course with lectures, small group seminar work and self directed study.

Study plans

IELTS (overall) Length Jun-Aug Sept-Dec Jan-Mar Apr-Jun Jul-Aug Sept
4.5 4 terms       Progress to second year of your undergraduate degree
4.5 4 terms      
5.0 8 week + 3 terms      
5.0 8 week + 3 terms      
5.5 3 terms      
5.5 3 terms      
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Combined visa

Save time and money, and experience a seamless transition to undergraduate success, by studying our International Year One course and the remainder of your degree with one visa.

Doing this means you will benefit from:

  • Just one visa required for the whole length of your study
  • Alternatives to IELTS for UKVI can be used to join the International Year One programme*
  • No need for an additional IELTS test before joining your undergraduate degree
  • No visa requirement to return home between the courses
  • Work up to 20 hours per week
  • Ideal for students who have exceeded their two years of pre-degree study in the UK

*IELTS or equivalent required, alternatives accepted include TOEFL iBT, Pearson, IGCSE, IB, HKDSE, India HSC (recognised board), Malaysia SPM, WAEC, for more information please visit the Kingston University, London website.

Please note Students taking an 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.

Your study options

Join us on campus

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Find out about studying your programme on campus, what to expect from blended learning and tips for preparing to travel.

Join us online

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If you are unable to join us on campus for the start of your programme, you can start online and join us in the UK at a later date, or study your whole programme online from home*.

Find out more about starting your studies or check the latest COVID-19 information.