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

The 2 semester International Year One programme, is a programme where you will study a combination of core and subject-specific modules that focus on the 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.

Pre-Sessional English

If you need to improve your IELTS score before studying on the International Year One, then you can choose to study either the 5 week or 10 week Pre-Sessional English programme. These programmes are designed to develop your English language reading, writing, listening and speaking skills, so that you can meet the entry requirements for the International Year One programme prior to joining in October or January*.

NB: Only IELTS academic for UKVI (SELT) are accepted for Pre-Sessional English course, however, it is included in the Combined Visa.

Please see the Study Plan below for full entry requirements.

*Please note you will need to pass the Language for Study assessment before you can progress to the International Year One

Study plan options

Overall IELTS Length Sep Oct Dec Jan Jun Aug Sep
5.5 Overall (5.5 in all sub-skills) 2       Start year two of your degree
5.5 Overall (5.5 in all sub-skills) 2        
5.5 Overall (5.5 in 3 sub-skills inc. listening) 2.5      
5.0 Overall (5.0 in all sub-skills) 3    
   International Year One (September, October or January start)
   Pre-Sessional English Course (Combined Visa eligible for both Pre-Sessional   English Course and International Year One)
   Start year two of your degree (in September)

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

Combined Visa

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

Doing this means you will benefit from:

  • Just one visa required for the whole length of your study
  • Over 30 alternatives to IELTS accepted as proof of student’s English language level*
  • Allows you to work up to 20 hours per week enhancing CV and graduate prospects
  • Suitable for students who have previously studied academic subjects in the UK
  • Gives you the opportunity to travel and explore the UK between courses

*For International Year One only, for Pre-Sessional English only UKVI Academic IELTS are accepted