Keele University

What is the International Year One?

It is a programme of academic subjects, study skills and English language training that is equivalent to the first year of an undergraduate degree.

Choose your subject route:

Structure and length

You will study the 3, 2.5 or 2 semester programme, depending on your academic and English language levels. You will study a combination of core and subject-specific modules that focus on academic areas most useful to your chosen degree. 


To ensure you make steady progress and achieve the results you need, we’ll give you regular assessments. These include exams, coursework, presentations and extended essays.

Progress to your degree

Once you complete the programme, and achieve the required grades, you can enter the second year of your chosen undergraduate degree at Keele University.

Study plan options

Overall IELTS Length Sep Oct Dec Jan Jun Aug Sep
5.5 (5.5 writing) 2     Start year two of your degree
5.5 (5.5 writing) 2        
5.5 (5.0 writing) 2.5    
5.0 (5.0 writing) 3  
   International Year One (September, October or January start)
   Start year two of your degree (in September)

Please note: not all intakes may be available for all subject routes.