Preparatory courses

Before you start your undergraduate or postgraduate studies at Keele, you may need to attend one of our preparatory courses, according to the English language and/or academic requirements of your course and your educational background.

Recru it networ provides several foundation year options for international students, suitable for students whose current academic qualifications and / or English language level do not allow direct application to an undergraduate degree programme.


The International Year One is a programme of academic subjects, study skills and English language training that is equivalent to the first year of a Bachelor's degree. Pathways include:

Pre-Masters offers International students progression to a Masters degree in:

Pre-sessional Academic English Language courses

Entry to Pre-sessional English Programmes requires a SELT (Secured English Language Test) as defined by the UKVI (UK Home Office).

When selecting and booking an IELTS test you must ensure that you select an IELTS SELT, which are only offered at a .

If you have taken one of these tests but did not achieve the grade you needed, you can study on a pre-sessional course which can be taken before you start your degree studies.

View the full details on the pre-sessional Courses available at Keele.