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King's International Foundation - Liberal Arts & Social Science

Key information

Course type:
Foundation
Study mode:
Full-time
Duration:
1 year
Application status:
Closed
Extended start date:
15 August 2022
Start date:
26 September 2022
Priority deadline:
30 April 2022

The King’s International Foundation Programmes are specialist academic courses designed for ambitious international students who want to progress to a related undergraduate degree at King’s College London or another UK university. They are full-time programmes to develop your essential knowledge in a chosen degree subject area; introduce you to the UK education system; and improve your academic English so you are fully prepared for your degree.

Which Foundation should I take?

The Extended King’s International Foundation Programme and Extended King’s International Foundation Blended Programme are for students with an IELTS score of 5.5 with no element below 5.0. These options start in August with an additional 5 weeks of online intensive academic English preparation.

King’s International Foundation Programme and King's International Foundation Blended Programme are for students with an IELTS score of 6.0 with no skill below 5.5. These options start in September and are for students who do not require any additional academic English language support.

Students that choose a blended programme will study the first term online and arrive on campus for face-to-face teaching in January. 

Please note: Applications for the Extended International Foundation Programme and the Extended Blended International Foundation programme for the 2022-23 academic year are now closed.

What does this course cover?

The King's International Foundation provides a structured journey for you to enter into an arts-based undergraduate degree at King’s, or at another university in the UK. 90% of our class of 2019/20 met their entry conditions to progress to King’s for undergraduate study in 2020/21.

You will learn essential skills to prepare you for the demands of undergraduate study including:

  • Critical thinking
  • Essay writing
  • Research
  • Exam techniques
  • Presentation skills

By the end of the programme, you will have improved your overall academic skills, your academic language and have a more detailed understanding of your chosen academic subject.

During the first semester, you will receive dedicated support for making your UK university application through the Universities and Colleges Admissions Service (UCAS).

Base campus

Strand Campus

Located on the north bank of the River Thames, the Strand Campus houses King's College London's arts and sciences faculties.

Ancient History BA

Three years / Full time

Classical Studies with English BA

Three years / Full time

Comparative Literature BA

Three years / Full time

Digital Media and Culture BA

Three years / Full time

English BA

Three years / Full time

English Language & Linguistics BA

Three years / Full time

English with Film Studies BA

Three years / Full time

Film Studies BA

Three years / Full time

Geography BA

Three years / Full time

Global Health & Social Science BA

Three years full-time or four years with a year abroad / Full time

Accepted national school qualifications

International School qualifications - important information

A levels

Successful completion of 3 A levels - BBB. Cannot consider General Studies/Critical Thinking.

AS levels

Successful completion of 3 AS levels only - BBB. Please note: For students who have not gone on to study the full A levels. We cannot consider: Critical Thinking/English General Paper/General Studies/Global Perspectives & Research.

American High School Diploma

Successfully complete the high school diploma with a cumulative GPA of 3.2 on a 4.0 scale.

International Baccalaureate (IB) Diploma

32 points overall with 3 HL subjects at 555.

Dual Diploma Students - National High School Diploma PLUS partial or full completion of International Baccalaureate (IB) Diploma, SAT or APs or A levels

Students will be assessed on the basis of their National High School Diploma only. Students will need to demonstrate previous study of required subjects for certain Foundation courses. See below for details by country.

King's International Foundation programmes are not typically available to students who are nationals of the following countries or have spent more than four years at high school in one or more of these countries: Antigua and Barbuda, Australia, the Bahamas, Barbados, Belize, Canada, Dominica, Grenada, Guyana, Ireland, Jamaica, New Zealand, St Kitts and Nevis, St Lucia, St Vincent and the Grenadines, Trinidad and Tobago, UK, USA.

English language requirements

All students need to show evidence that they meet the English language requirements by providing a copy of a certificate from an approved English language test. All English language tests must have been taken within two years of the King’s International Foundation course start date.

Students that need a visa

If you need to apply for a Student Visa to study in the UK, we can only accept IELTS and Pearson results that have been provided by test centres approved by UK Visas and Immigration: IELTS for UKVI (Academic) and PTE (Academic) UKVI are only valid if taken within two years before the start date of your chosen programme of study. You can find a list of approved test centres on the UKVI website.

Students who don't need a visa

Test King's International Foundation Extended King's International Foundation
Cambridge Exams 169 overall with a minimum of 160 in each skill 162 overall with a minimum of 154 in each skill
IELTS Academic  6.0 overall with no skill below 5.5 From 5.5 overall with no skill below 5.0, to 6.0 overall, with no skill below 5.5
Pearson Test of English (Academic)  59 overall with a minimum of 54 in each communicative skill 54 overall with a minimum of 46 in each communicative skill
TOEFL iBT Institution code: 0394 80 overall with a minimum of 20 in each skills 72 overall with a minimum of 17 in writing/speaking and 15 in listening/reading
Trinity College London Integrated Skills in English (ISE) Level III with pass in each skill Level II with pass in each skill

Teaching

A typical academic week comprises around 15 hours of contact time, although this will vary by week. You are expected to commit to an average of at least an additional 15 hours a week of independent study, including research tasks.

The programme is typically taught through a combination of lectures, seminars and classes. We use a delivery method that ensures students have a rich, exciting experience from the start and typically no more than 16 students per class.* Face-to-face teaching will be complemented and supported with innovative technology so that students also experience elements of digital learning and assessment.

The first term of the blended programmes will be studied online where you will be expected to participate in online and self-directed study tasks, flexibly, for up to 35 hours per week. During the online component of the course, classes will include a combination of self-directed interactive learning units, live online lessons, and collaborative tasks.

Download a sample timetable here.

*Subject to change.

Assessment

The nature of assessment varies by module. Most modules are assessed through a combination of coursework and final examinations. The type of assessment may include:

  • Essays
  • Exams
  • Presentations
  • Practical laboratory examinations

See each module page for more details.

Modules

You will study the following required modules on this course:

*You will either study English for Academic Purposes or Academic Expression & Critical Thinking, depending on your level of English when you start the course.

All modules support your critical thinking skills development as they encourage you to analyse concepts and develop reasoned arguments within your chosen subject area.

Full time tuition fees:

King's International Foundation - £21,840 (2022-2023)
Extended King's International Foundation - £25,300 (2022-2023)

Tuition fees are subject to annual increases, in line with King's terms and conditions.

Deposit

Upon accepting an offer for the King’s International Foundation programme you are required to pay a deposit of £2,000 to secure your place. We highly recommend that you accept by 31 May to guarantee your place. King’s reserves the right to close pathways once they reach capacity.

This deposit is payable when you firmly accept an offer (unconditional or conditional) to study with us, and will be offset against your tuition fees when you join King’s.

Payments are made online through the King's Apply portal.

All students need to pay the deposit, except for sponsored students. If you are being sponsored by an employer or your government for example, you will need to provide a valid Financial Guarantee letter. Please contact our Admissions team if you have any questions.

Additional costs/expenses

In addition to your tuition fees, you can also expect to pay for:

  • Accommodation and living costs
  • Travel costs for travel around London and between campuses
  • Books if you need your own copy or are required for your module
  • Clothing for optional course related events and competitions
  • Library fees and fines
  • Society membership fees

Please see our student Terms and Conditions for further fee details, including our refund policy.

What does this course cover?

The King's International Foundation provides a structured journey for you to enter into an arts-based undergraduate degree at King’s, or at another university in the UK. 90% of our class of 2019/20 met their entry conditions to progress to King’s for undergraduate study in 2020/21.

You will learn essential skills to prepare you for the demands of undergraduate study including:

  • Critical thinking
  • Essay writing
  • Research
  • Exam techniques
  • Presentation skills

By the end of the programme, you will have improved your overall academic skills, your academic language and have a more detailed understanding of your chosen academic subject.

During the first semester, you will receive dedicated support for making your UK university application through the Universities and Colleges Admissions Service (UCAS).

Base campus

Strand Campus

Located on the north bank of the River Thames, the Strand Campus houses King's College London's arts and sciences faculties.

Ancient History BA

Three years / Full time

Classical Studies with English BA

Three years / Full time

Comparative Literature BA

Three years / Full time

Digital Media and Culture BA

Three years / Full time

English BA

Three years / Full time

English Language & Linguistics BA

Three years / Full time

English with Film Studies BA

Three years / Full time

Film Studies BA

Three years / Full time

Geography BA

Three years / Full time

Global Health & Social Science BA

Three years full-time or four years with a year abroad / Full time

Accepted national school qualifications

International School qualifications - important information

A levels

Successful completion of 3 A levels - BBB. Cannot consider General Studies/Critical Thinking.

AS levels

Successful completion of 3 AS levels only - BBB. Please note: For students who have not gone on to study the full A levels. We cannot consider: Critical Thinking/English General Paper/General Studies/Global Perspectives & Research.

American High School Diploma

Successfully complete the high school diploma with a cumulative GPA of 3.2 on a 4.0 scale.

International Baccalaureate (IB) Diploma

32 points overall with 3 HL subjects at 555.

Dual Diploma Students - National High School Diploma PLUS partial or full completion of International Baccalaureate (IB) Diploma, SAT or APs or A levels

Students will be assessed on the basis of their National High School Diploma only. Students will need to demonstrate previous study of required subjects for certain Foundation courses. See below for details by country.

King's International Foundation programmes are not typically available to students who are nationals of the following countries or have spent more than four years at high school in one or more of these countries: Antigua and Barbuda, Australia, the Bahamas, Barbados, Belize, Canada, Dominica, Grenada, Guyana, Ireland, Jamaica, New Zealand, St Kitts and Nevis, St Lucia, St Vincent and the Grenadines, Trinidad and Tobago, UK, USA.

English language requirements

All students need to show evidence that they meet the English language requirements by providing a copy of a certificate from an approved English language test. All English language tests must have been taken within two years of the King’s International Foundation course start date.

Students that need a visa

If you need to apply for a Student Visa to study in the UK, we can only accept IELTS and Pearson results that have been provided by test centres approved by UK Visas and Immigration: IELTS for UKVI (Academic) and PTE (Academic) UKVI are only valid if taken within two years before the start date of your chosen programme of study. You can find a list of approved test centres on the UKVI website.

Students who don't need a visa

Test King's International Foundation Extended King's International Foundation
Cambridge Exams 169 overall with a minimum of 160 in each skill 162 overall with a minimum of 154 in each skill
IELTS Academic  6.0 overall with no skill below 5.5 From 5.5 overall with no skill below 5.0, to 6.0 overall, with no skill below 5.5
Pearson Test of English (Academic)  59 overall with a minimum of 54 in each communicative skill 54 overall with a minimum of 46 in each communicative skill
TOEFL iBT Institution code: 0394 80 overall with a minimum of 20 in each skills 72 overall with a minimum of 17 in writing/speaking and 15 in listening/reading
Trinity College London Integrated Skills in English (ISE) Level III with pass in each skill Level II with pass in each skill

Teaching

A typical academic week comprises around 15 hours of contact time, although this will vary by week. You are expected to commit to an average of at least an additional 15 hours a week of independent study, including research tasks.

The programme is typically taught through a combination of lectures, seminars and classes. We use a delivery method that ensures students have a rich, exciting experience from the start and typically no more than 16 students per class.* Face-to-face teaching will be complemented and supported with innovative technology so that students also experience elements of digital learning and assessment.

The first term of the blended programmes will be studied online where you will be expected to participate in online and self-directed study tasks, flexibly, for up to 35 hours per week. During the online component of the course, classes will include a combination of self-directed interactive learning units, live online lessons, and collaborative tasks.

Download a sample timetable here.

*Subject to change.

Assessment

The nature of assessment varies by module. Most modules are assessed through a combination of coursework and final examinations. The type of assessment may include:

  • Essays
  • Exams
  • Presentations
  • Practical laboratory examinations

See each module page for more details.

Modules

You will study the following required modules on this course:

*You will either study English for Academic Purposes or Academic Expression & Critical Thinking, depending on your level of English when you start the course.

All modules support your critical thinking skills development as they encourage you to analyse concepts and develop reasoned arguments within your chosen subject area.

Full time tuition fees:

King's International Foundation - £21,840 (2022-2023)
Extended King's International Foundation - £25,300 (2022-2023)

Tuition fees are subject to annual increases, in line with King's terms and conditions.

Deposit

Upon accepting an offer for the King’s International Foundation programme you are required to pay a deposit of £2,000 to secure your place. We highly recommend that you accept by 31 May to guarantee your place. King’s reserves the right to close pathways once they reach capacity.

This deposit is payable when you firmly accept an offer (unconditional or conditional) to study with us, and will be offset against your tuition fees when you join King’s.

Payments are made online through the King's Apply portal.

All students need to pay the deposit, except for sponsored students. If you are being sponsored by an employer or your government for example, you will need to provide a valid Financial Guarantee letter. Please contact our Admissions team if you have any questions.

Additional costs/expenses

In addition to your tuition fees, you can also expect to pay for:

  • Accommodation and living costs
  • Travel costs for travel around London and between campuses
  • Books if you need your own copy or are required for your module
  • Clothing for optional course related events and competitions
  • Library fees and fines
  • Society membership fees

Please see our student Terms and Conditions for further fee details, including our refund policy.

Key information

Course type:
Foundation
Study mode:
Full-time
Duration:
1 year
Application status:
Closed
Extended start date:
15 August 2022
Start date:
26 September 2022
Priority deadline:
30 April 2022

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