International Year One

Prepare for the second year of your undergraduate degree.

What is the International Year One?

The International Year One is a programme of academic subjects, study skills and English language training that is equivalent to the first year of an undergraduate degree. It is specially designed to develop your academic and language skills so that on completion you can join the second year of your undergraduate degree. This will save you time and money, and will put you on the fast track to your career.

Combined Visa

Save time and money and experience a seamless transition to undergraduate success with the Combined Visa. This means you can study the International Year One and the rest of your undergraduate 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.

Course structure

This two semester programme is equivalent to the first year on an undergraduate degree. The length of programme you study depends on your level of English language on entry. It will help you expand your academic knowledge while developing your English language skills so you’re ready to succeed in your degree at Keele. During the International Year One, you will study a combination of core and subject-specific modules, focused on academic areas most useful to your chosen degree.

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

Pre-Sessional English programme

If you need extra help to reach IELTS entry requirements for the International Year One, you can study the 5 or 10-week Pre-sessional English programme. It is designed to develop your English language reading, writing, listening and speaking skills. You will need to pass the Language for Study assessment before you can progress to the International Year One in October or January.