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FOUNDATION PROGRAMMES 2014 Canterbury

Undergraduate study


CONTENTS Which programme is right for me?

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Why choose Kent?

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International Foundation Programme

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Introduction

Honours degree programmes with a foundation year

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Electronic and Communications Engineering/ Computer Systems Engineering Forensic Science Mathematics Physics

Making an application

Life at Kent

Visit the University

DID YOU KNOW? In the 2012 National Student Survey (NSS), the University of Kent was ranked 3rd in the UK for overall student satisfaction.

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WHICH PROGRAMME IS RIGHT FOR ME? International Foundation Programme (IFP)

Foundation year

What is it?

A year of academic study, with English language support (p6).

A year of academic study prior to a particular undergraduate degree (p9).

Who is it for?

International students who need to improve their qualifications, skills or English language before taking an undergraduate degree (p6).

Students with acceptable English language ability but with school-leaving qualifications below the acceptable level required (p5).

Why should I study it?

To gain entry to a range of undergraduate degrees in the humanities, sciences and social sciences (p6).

To prepare you for the undergraduate degree of your choice (p9).

Am I eligible?

You are eligible if secondary education in your country does not reach a high enough level for direct entry to UK degrees or if you have acceptable academic qualifications but do not yet have a high enough standard of English (p8).

You are eligible if you have a minimum of two passes at A level, or another recognised postGCSE qualification, but not in the subject area needed for your chosen degree, or you did not obtain grades high enough for your chosen degree (p9).

How do I apply?

Online, through UCAS, or through an overseas representative (p8).

Online or through UCAS (p14).

What does it lead to?

A wide range of degree courses (p7).

A Kent degree chosen at the point of application (p9).

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WHY CHOOSE KENT?

• Kent is one of the top 20 universities in the UK according to the The Guardian University Guide 2014 • All foundation year courses are taught on our Canterbury campus • Canterbury is regularly rated as one of the safest university cities in England and Wales • Passing the foundation year at the appropriate level guarantees progression to the degree on which your offer is based • Our International Foundation Programme is designed specifically for international students and leads to entry to a range of undergraduate honours degrees

• You benefit from high-quality teaching from expert staff • Our library and computing facilities are outstanding • You will have access to all of Kent’s extensive study support, welfare, sports and leisure facilities • A scenic campus situated close to London and continental Europe • Students from 140 nationalities study at Kent • On-campus accommodation is offered to all new foundation year students who meet the necessary deadlines • A welcoming and safe environment • Excellent pastoral care

Kent calendar Welcome Week 22 September 2014 – 28 September 2014

Autumn term 29 September 2014 – 19 December 2014

Spring term 19 January 2015 – 10 April 2015

Summer term 11 May 2015 – 19 June 2015


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INTRODUCTION If your education or your experience so far has not given you the qualifications, study skills or the English language ability that you need to take the degree of your choice, you can apply for one of our degree programmes that includes a foundation year.

International Foundation Programme (IFP) This programme, designed especially for international students, includes additional English language support and provides entry to the wide range of subjects in our Faculties of Humanities, Sciences and Social Sciences (see p6).

How do I know if I’m eligible? You are eligible to apply for IFP if: • you are from a country where secondary education does not reach the level needed for direct entry to UK undergraduate degrees and/or • you have reached an academic standard acceptable for first-year entry to a degree programme, but do not have a high enough standard of English language to cope with the demands of a degree programme.

Subject-specific degrees with a foundation year Subject-specific degrees with a foundation year are open to candidates with acceptable English language qualifications, but with either A level equivalent qualifications below the grades required for first-year entry to a degree or national school-leaving qualifications that are at a level below A level. The degrees offered are in: • Chemistry • Computer Systems Engineering • Electronic and Communications Engineering • Forensic Science • Mathematics • Physics.

How do I know if I’m eligible? You are eligible to apply for any of the subject-specific degrees with a foundation year in this leaflet if you have a minimum of two passes at

A level, or another recognised post-GCSE qualification, but: • not in the subject areas needed for your chosen degree or • you did not obtain grades high enough for your chosen degree. If you are not sure whether you are eligible to apply, contact the Recruitment and Admissions Office at the address on p14.

Tuition fees The 2013/14 full-time tuition fees for your foundation year are: • UK or EU students Foundation year £6,000 IFP £9,000 • Overseas (non-EU) students IFP £11,250 For further information on costs, please see www.kent.ac.uk/courses/ funding


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INTERNATIONAL FOUNDATION PROGRAMME If you need to extend your existing academic qualifications, study skills or ability in English for direct entry to university, you can apply for the one-year International Foundation Programme at the University of Kent. The International Foundation Programme (IFP) has been specifically designed to prepare international students for academic study on a wide range of our undergraduate degree programmes in the humanities, sciences and social sciences, including pathways to Architecture, Biosciences, Business, Computer Science, Economics, Electronic Engineering, Law and Psychology. The IFP at the University of Kent was one of the first international foundation programmes to be offered by a British university and has been in existence for over 20 years. The IFP is delivered at our Canterbury campus. When you join the IFP, you become a full member of the University with access to all our leisure, support and study facilities on campus. We also offer you a place in our purpose-built student accommodation. On successful completion of the IFP (and passing with a score required for your subject area), you are guaranteed entry on to

a full undergraduate degree at the University of Kent. For more details, see www.kent.ac.uk/internationalpathways

Why choose the IFP at Kent? As a student on the IFP at Kent, you benefit from: • an internationally recognised course with high-quality teaching in all areas • a flexible qualification providing entry to a range of degrees at Kent and other universities • courses taught on the Canterbury campus, situated close to London and continental Europe • a welcoming and safe international campus environment with on-campus accommodation offered to all new IFP students • access to Kent’s extensive study support, welfare, computing, sports and leisure facilities, and a wide choice of clubs and societies • a specially designed Personal Development Planning Programme to help you manage your learning, succeed academically, think about work experience and plan your career • a structured programme of personal and academic support, including an Academic Advisor who can advise you on your academic decisions throughout the year • an active social programme to help you become familiar with the University and the local

environment, including a special Welcome Week in September with a ‘meet and greet’ at the airport, a welcome dinner, afternoon tea and trips to local attractions • an opportunity to gain experience of your chosen undergraduate degree programme by attending additional skills-based sessions • the opportunity to study languages other than English through our Language Express programme.

What do I study? The IFP is a modular course over three terms, starting in September. There is also a January entry point for students wishing to qualify to join business-related degrees. All students take the modules Skills and Academic English and either English for Academic Study or complete a Project. The Skills and Academic English classes differ from ‘English language’ classes as you will be working to develop skills to fully enjoy your academic experience in the UK. These include, for example, developing your sense of responsibility in seminar/group work and as an independent student, improving your skills in time management, project management and individual responsibility towards learning, and developing your analytical and critical skills.


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Students then choose three other modules, from the list below, depending on their chosen pathway: • Analogue Electronics • Art and Design • Business Management • Computing • Economics • Electrical Principles and Measurements • Film, Drama and Literary Text • Fundamental Human Biology • Genetics and Evolution • History • Law • Life Sciences • Literature • Maths and Statistics • Philosophy • Politics • Psychology • Pure Maths • Sociology. After completing the IFP, you can progress to many of our degree programmes, including:

Biosciences UCAS Code C107 • Biochemistry • Biomedical Science • Biology

Computing UCAS code G408 • Computer Science • Computing • Business Information Technology • Multimedia Technology and Design • Web Computing

Electronics UCAS code H609 • Computer Systems Engineering • Electronic and Communications Engineering • Electronic and Computer Systems

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Humanities UCAS code Q308 • American Studies • Architecture1 • Classical & Archaeological Studies • Comparative Literature • Computing and the Humanities2 • Drama and Theatre • English, American and Postcolonial Literature • English and American Literature • English Language and Linguistics • European Studies3 • Film • Fine Art1 • French3 • German3 • Hispanic Studies3 • History • History & Philosophy of Art • Italian3 • Philosophy • Religious Studies • War Studies

Social Sciences UCAS code L590 • Accounting & Finance • Anthropology • Business Administration • Computing and the Social Sciences2

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Criminology2 Cultural Studies Economics Environmental Studies Health and Social Care International Business Law Politics and International Relations Psychology, Applied Psychology and Social Psychology Social Anthropology Social Policy Sociology Wildlife Conservation

Social Sciences (January start) UCAS code L592 • Accounting & Finance • Business Administration • Economics • International Business Please contact us on ifpinfo@kent.ac.uk for further details of possible programme progressions.

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Portfolio request prior to entry to the foundation year (at Stage 1 level entry quality).

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Joint degrees only.

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Candidates who wish to progress to single or joint honours programmes in European Studies, French, German, Hispanic Studies or Italian must have an acceptable Stage 1 entry level qualification in the intended language before they start the foundation year. Please contact the relevant academic department for further information.

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INTERNATIONAL FOUNDATION PROGRAMME (CONT)

Teaching and assessment Our IFP is taught by our own academics, with occasional visiting experts, and this allows us to offer teaching of an exceptional quality. Teaching is organised in small groups and includes lectures, seminars, tutorials, workshops, IT training and independent learning. Assessment is through a combination of exams and coursework.

• GCSE grade A/B/C Maths or equivalent for some degree programmes. If you do not have this level of qualification, you will need to take the IFP Maths module • 5.0 IELTS with no less than 5.0 in each band; or TOEFL (IBT) with 15 reading, 17 writing, 13 listening, 19 speaking; or Pearson (PTE) 43, with 43 in all four subtests; or equivalent.

Progressing to a degree

Scholarships

For details of the IFP marks required for progression to degree programmes, please see our website at www.kent.ac.uk/ international-pathways

For details on the scholarships available for this programme, please see www.kent.ac.uk/ international-pathways/premastersgdips/fees-and-schol.html

Entry requirements

Making an application

To gain entry to the IFP programme, you need the following: • a good academic school-leaving certificate with particular strengths in subjects that are relevant to your intended area of study

When you apply, you must state which degree programme you want to study after your IFP. For further information on the degree programmes available at Kent, please visit: www.kent.ac.uk/ug

There are two ways to apply: 1 You can apply online, using our direct online application form available at: https://adm.kent.ac.uk/external/ ify_application.php 2 You can apply via the Universities and Colleges Admissions Service (UCAS). If you are applying to other UK universities via UCAS, you must use this route. For detailed instructions on how to apply, see www.ucas.com/students/applying

Overseas representatives We have Kent overseas representatives in countries around the world. They can give you up-todate advice on the courses at Kent, the application process, your visa (if you need to apply for one) and details about living and studying in the UK. To get contact details for your local representative, see www.kent.ac.uk/internationalstudent/ representation

In your country Members of the University regularly visit fairs and exhibitions overseas to meet with students interested in joining our IFP. For details of our next visit to your country, see www.kent.ac.uk/internationalstudent/ overseas-visits.html

Further information Full details can be found on the Kent International Pathways website at www.kent.ac.uk/internationalpathways


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HONOURS DEGREE PROGRAMMES WITH A FOUNDATION YEAR

These subject-specific programmes are offered as one-year, full-time courses before you start Stage 1 (the first year of your degree course). The programmes are open to all students. If you don’t have qualifications in the appropriate subjects for your chosen degree, if your grades are not high enough or if you are applying from a country where secondary education does not reach the level required for direct entry to a UK degree, you should apply for a foundation programme.

Currently, the subjects which offer a foundation year are: • Computer Systems Engineering • Electronic and Communications Engineering • Forensic Science • Mathematics • Physics.

We encourage you to use our comprehensive English language support service, and we may ask you to take an additional English course.

If you register for one of these courses and your first language is not English, we will assess you for language competency. You need to have an English language standard of 5.5 in IELTS (inc 5.0 reading and writing, 4.0 listening and speaking) or 70 internet-based in TOEFL (inc 16 reading, 17 writing, 13 listening, 19 speaking) or 48 in Pearson (PTE) (inc 45 in reading and writing, and 43 in speaking and listening) or an equivalent acceptable to the University.

“I chose my foundation year programme because it allowed me to work on my skills that needed improvement. It also gave me a firm idea of what engineering is all about. The year has been fantastic and has increased my fascination with engineering. I am very much looking forward to going into Stage 1 and I am better prepared for what lies ahead.” Marc Allen Engineering


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ELECTRONIC AND COMMUNICATIONS ENGINEERING/ COMPUTER SYSTEMS ENGINEERING UCAS codes H605 and H614 Once you have successfully completed the foundation year in Electronic and Communications Engineering or Computer Systems Engineering, you are guaranteed a place on one of the following degree courses: • Electronic and Communications Engineering • Computer Systems Engineering. You may also have the opportunity to go on to a programme in Multimedia Technology and Design or Web Computing.

The course The foundation programmes follow a common course structure.

Computing This module provides an introduction to programming, using Matlab, including applications to mathematics and electronics.

Electronics You look at electronic circuits and systems, measuring equipment and methods, digital electronics, DC and AC circuits, and electromagnetics for engineers.

Mathematics In these modules, you study algebra, graphs, geometry, trigonometry, vectors, differential and integral calculus and differential equations.

Practical work Practical work is a particularly important part of the foundation year. Laboratory experiments, including the construction of a transistor radio, complement the work you do in your lecture courses.

Assessment Assessment is by coursework, laboratory work, tests and written examinations at the end of the year.

Entry requirements Minimum course specific entry requirements: DDD in 3 A levels (or equivalent) in subjects acceptable to the School of Engineering and Digital Arts, plus grade C GCSE (or equivalent) in Mathematics, Physics/Science and English. Candidates with international qualifications will be considered on an individual basis and should include successful completion of national school leaving qualifications with good grades in mathematics and physics/science.

“I’m glad I decided to take the foundation year – it has provided me with all the basics required for my degree.” Aaron Smith Electronic and Communications Engineering with a Foundation Year

English language requirements The current minimum level of English needed for entry to this foundation year is 5.5 in IELTS (inc 5.0 reading and writing, 4.0 listening and speaking) or 70 in internetbased TOEFL (inc 16 reading, 17 writing, 13 listening, 19 speaking) or 48 in Pearson (PTE) (inc 45 in reading and writing, and 43 in speaking and listening). If your first language is not English, we can offer you additional classes taught by staff who are specialists in teaching English as a foreign language.

Further information If you have any specific questions on the Electronic and Communications Engineering or the Computer Systems Engineering foundation programmes, please contact: Dr Gareth Howells School of Engineering and Digital Arts T: +44 (0)1227 823724 F: +44 (0)1227 456084 E: eda-admissions@kent.ac.uk www.eda.kent.ac.uk


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FORENSIC SCIENCE

UCAS code F412 Once you have successfully completed the foundation year in Forensic Science, you can then study one of the following degrees: • Forensic Science • Forensic Science with a Year in Industry • Forensic Chemistry • Forensic Chemistry with a Year in Industry • Chemistry • Chemistry with a Year in Industry. Our Forensic Science degrees are accredited by the Forensic Science Society.

Possible modules may include:

Algebra and Arithmetic Basic mathematical skills that are useful for understanding the precision and accuracy of experimental results and, more generally, forensic evidence.

Chemical Reactivity This module enables you to go on to the Stage 1 degree modules Fundamental Chemistry for Physical Scientists and Bioscientists and Introduction to Medicinal Chemistry, by introducing topics such as trends in reactivity, reaction rates and organic chemistry.

The course During the foundation year, you study science subjects to the standard required for degree study. The course is taught entirely on our Canterbury campus within the School of Physical Sciences and School of Mathematics, Statistics and Actuarial Science.

Graphs, Geometry and Trigonometry

The course comprises lectures, practical laboratory classes and regular coursework assessments. It is carefully paced and includes rapid feedback on coursework so that you can monitor your progress throughout the year.

Molecules and Analysis

The University of Kent has run science foundation years since 1993. Since then, large numbers of students have achieved excellent honours degrees and gone on to successful scientific careers.

This module provides you with the mathematical skills for: plotting experimental data; trigonometry, which is required for understanding ballistics later in your programme of study; and vectors.

This module includes topics such as titrations, spectroscopy, thermodynamics and equilibria, and provides you with the necessary knowledge and skills to go on to the Stage 1 modules Skills for Forensic Scientists and Molecules, Matter and Energy.

Properties of Matter Covering radioactivity, states of matter, properties of the elements, chromatography and an overview of forensic science, this module prepares you for the Stage 1

modules Introduction to Forensic Science; Molecules; Matter and Energy; and Skills for Forensic Scientists.

English language requirements The current minimum level of English needed for entry to this foundation year is 5.5 in IELTS (inc 5.0 reading and writing, 4.0 listening and speaking) or 70 in internetbased TOEFL (inc 16 reading, 17 writing, 13 listening, 19 speaking) or 48 in Pearson (PTE) (inc 45 in reading and writing, and 43 in speaking and listening). If your first language is not English, we can offer you additional classes taught by staff who are specialists in teaching English as a foreign language.

Further information If you have any specific questions on the Forensic Science foundation programme, please contact: Dr Stuart Gibson School of Physical Sciences T: +44 (0)1227 823271 F: +44 (0)1227 827558 E: s.j.gibson@kent.ac.uk www.kent.ac.uk/physical-sciences

“The foundation degree is enjoyable. It prepares you for your first year without overloading you with information. The lecturers are always willing to put in the extra effort to help.” Vassilia Spathis Forensic Science


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MATHEMATICS

UCAS code G108

Introductory Mathematics

Entry requirements

Once you have successfully completed the foundation year in Mathematics, you can then study one of the following: • Actuarial Science* • Financial Mathematics • Mathematics • Mathematics and Accounting & Finance • Mathematics and Statistics • Mathematics MMaths.

In this module, you study arithmetic, algebra and trigonometry.

We consider all applications individually, but normally ask for good grades in GCSE Mathematics and English (or their equivalent) in addition to the general entry requirements.

* If you wish to study Actuarial Science after your foundation year, you should enrol in Financial Mathematics at Stage 1. After starting Stage 1, contact the programme convener for Actuarial Science to discuss the process of changing your programme to Actuarial Science at the start of Stage 2. It may also be possible for you to go on to one of the degrees offered by Kent Business School or the rest of the University.

The course The foundation year is taught on the Canterbury campus. We have designed our programme to provide you with a basis for subsequent stages of your degree studies. The course includes the modules listed on this page.

Additional Mathematics You study equations, complex numbers, matrices, series, numbers and functions, limits and techniques of mathematical reasoning.

Calculus This module includes topics such as differential and integral calculus and differential equations.

Geometry You focus on graphs, the geometry of lines and circles, and vectors.

Introduction to Programming This module introduces you to problem solving using microcomputers and Matlab programming.

Mathematics Workshops These sessions review and extend topics covered in other parts of the course. You work under supervision, to consolidate your understanding of course material and to improve your problem-solving skills.

Statistics In this module, you look at data analysis, probability and statistical analysis, including an introduction to statistical computing.

English language requirements The current minimum level of English needed for entry to this foundation year is 5.5 in IELTS (inc 5.0 reading and writing, 4.0 listening and speaking) or 70 in internetbased TOEFL (inc 16 reading, 17 writing, 13 listening, 19 speaking) or 48 in Pearson (PTE) (inc 45 in reading and writing, and 43 in speaking and listening). If your first language is not English, we can offer you additional classes taught by staff who are specialists in teaching English as a foreign language.

Further information If you have any specific questions on the Mathematics foundation programme, please contact: School of Mathematics, Statistics and Actuarial Science T: +44 (0)1227 827181 F: +44 (0)1227 827932 E: imsadmin@kent.ac.uk For more information on the School of Mathematics, Statistics and Actuarial Science, please see www.kent.ac.uk/smsas


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PHYSICS

UCAS code F305 If you successfully complete the foundation year in Physics, you can then study one of the following programmes: • Astronomy, Space Science and Astrophysics • Physics • Physics with Astrophysics. You may also have the opportunity to study programmes in Computer Science, Electronic Engineering or Mathematics.

The course This course provides you with the opportunity to study the mathematics, physics and practical laboratory skills that you need for entry to honours programmes in Physics and Astronomy, Space Science and Astrophysics. The course comprises lectures, practical laboratory classes and regular coursework assessments.

It is carefully paced and includes rapid feedback on coursework so that you can monitor your progress throughout the year. The University of Kent has run science foundation years since 1993. Since then, large numbers of students have achieved excellent honours degrees and gone on to successful scientific careers.

Physics components Possible modules may include: • Electromagnetics for Engineers • Introductory Physics Laboratory and Communication Skills • Motion and Mechanics • Properties of Matter • Waves and Vibrations.

Mathematics components Possible modules may include: • Algebra and Arithmetic • Calculus • Graphs, Geometry and Trigonometry.

English language requirements The current minimum level of English needed for entry to this foundation year is 5.5 in IELTS (inc 5.0 reading and writing, 4.0 listening and speaking) or 70 in internetbased TOEFL (inc 16 reading, 17 writing, 13 listening, 19 speaking) or 48 in Pearson (PTE) (inc 45 in reading and writing, and 43 in speaking and listening). If your first language is not English, we can offer you additional classes taught by staff who are specialists in teaching English as a foreign language.

Further information If you have any specific questions on the Physics foundation programme, please contact: Dr Jingqi Miao School of Physical Sciences T: +44 (0)1227 823834 F: +44 (0)1227 827558 E: spsrecruit@kent.ac.uk www.kent.ac.uk/physical-sciences

“I chose to do a foundation year because I had a long gap between my A levels and taking my degree. I found the year really useful. As the foundation year is delivered within the department, the content is tailored to what will be needed later on. I would recommend it to anyone who has any doubts about whether they are ready for a degree.” Andrew Payne Physics


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MAKING AN APPLICATION UK students should apply electronically via the Universities and Colleges Admissions Service (UCAS); international students can apply via UCAS or directly to the University via one of our authorised representatives in their own country. We welcome applications throughout the year, but it is advisable to apply early to avoid disappointment.

Via UCAS You can find detailed instructions on how to apply at www.ucas.com/ students/apply You can apply directly to UCAS via the internet or via your school or college if it is an official UCAS online application centre. The UCAS system enables you to apply for up to five courses or universities on one form. When applying online, you need to know that the institution code name for the University of Kent is KENT and the code number is K24. Each programme has a unique UCAS course code, for example, the UCAS code for the Social Sciences foundation year is L590. You can find the UCAS course code in this booklet on the appropriate subject page.

Direct application (via our authorised representatives) If you need assistance and guidance with your application, it is also possible to apply online via one of our authorised representatives in your own country. The International Development team can provide you with details of your local representative, or you can visit our website for contact details: www.kent.ac.uk/internationalstudent/ representation Please do not use the direct application route if you have already applied via the UCAS application system.

Parental/guardian consent If you are under 18 at the time of starting your course, the University may request that you provide details of a parent or guardian in the UK to

act as a contact in the event of an emergency. If you are requested to complete a parental/guardian consent form, you should sign it and return it to the University in order to prevent any delay to your application.

Further information Recruitment and Admissions Office, The Registry, The University of Kent, Canterbury, Kent CT2 7NZ T: +44 (0)1227 827272 F: +44 (0)1227 827077 E: information@kent.ac.uk International Development, The Registry, The University of Kent Canterbury, Kent CT2 7NZ T: +44 (0)1227 824904 E: international@kent.ac.uk


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LIFE AT KENT All foundation courses are taught on our main campus in Canterbury. The campus is based in 300 acres of parkland, with modern buildings surrounded by open green spaces, courtyards, gardens and woodland. The campus is just 25 minutes’ walk (or a short bus ride) from Canterbury city centre, which is one of Britain’s oldest cities. From the University, there are wonderful views of the world-famous Cathedral and the beautiful city and countryside that surround it. Today, Kent has over 15,000 full-time and part-time students at the Canterbury campus. Kent’s student population is truly international, with students from 140 different countries.

Further information www.kent.ac.uk/locations/canterbury

Accommodation We offer accommodation to all new foundation students, provided you meet the following criteria: • you firmly accept (as your first choice) either a conditional or unconditional offer from this University via UCAS by 31 July 2014 and • the University receives your online application by 31 July 2014.

If, after your foundation course, you move on to a degree programme, you are also entitled to a further year of University accommodation. Accommodation on campus is either in one of our colleges on a ‘bed and breakfast’ basis (with a 31-week rental), or in self-catering houses or flats, which typically have between five and eight bedrooms and a 39-week rental agreement period. Nearly a third of accommodation is en suite.

Further information www.kent.ac.uk/accommodation

Catering

across campus. There is a considerable variety of food available, from sandwiches to hot meals, including national cuisines and halal provision.

Further information www.kent.ac.uk/catering

Centre for English and World Languages The Centre for English and World Languages (CEWL) provides ongoing support and teaching for non-native speakers of English, and pre-sessional language courses.

Further information www.kent.ac.uk/cewl

The University provides a range of catering facilities, from traditional dining halls to bistros, as well as bars, shops and snack machines

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LIFE AT KENT (CONT)

Templeman Library The Templeman Library contains over a million books, periodicals, pamphlets, audio tapes, videotapes, slides and microforms. The Library has study places for 1,300 students with approximately 300 public access PCs, enabling you to trace printed books and periodicals using the Library Web Catalogue. There is a full range of electronic information sources on the internet relevant to your subject of study, including online bibliographic databases, electronic books, journals and newspapers, subject gateways and internet search engines. The Library’s services include a Short Loan Collection for essential course material, a Computing Helpdesk, PCs for access to the Library Web Catalogue and CD-ROM databases, the European Documentation Centre and various special collections.

bedrooms have connections to the campus network, if you want to bring your own computer, and the Service offers online advice on specifications.

Further information www.kent.ac.uk/itservices

Personal support services Further information www.kent.ac.uk/library

Computing Service The Computing Service provides extensive computing facilities for all students. There are over 1,000 public access PCs on the Canterbury campus, all of which have high-speed internet access. Free wireless access to the Kent network and internet is also widely available on campus. All students are given their own Kent email address, accessible online from anywhere in the world. Most study

Kent has a seven-doctor Medical Centre, which provides a range of clinics and advice, a sickbay (which is open 24 hours a day), and a pharmacy. Other facilities include a student support and wellbeing team, a day nursery for children up to five years old, and a Chaplaincy team, which serves all the main Christian denominations and the Buddhist, Islamic and Jewish communities on campus.

Further information www.kent.ac.uk/studentservices

Student Learning Advisory Service The Student Learning Advisory Service provides training and information on writing essays, note making, time management, dealing with exams, writing dissertations and many other skills. You can find information in the form of leaflets and brochures, personal support groups, workshops and some internet pages.

Further information www.kent.ac.uk/uelt/learning

DID YOU KNOW?

Canterbury is consistently rated as one of the safest university cities in England and Wales by The Complete University Guide.


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Students’ union

The arts

The students’ union at Canterbury (Kent Union) offers both social and support facilities. The social side includes a nightclub, various bars across campus, the student radio station, newspaper and awardwinning television station. Kent Union supports over 150 different societies, including sports clubs and branches of national student societies. Kent Union has an advice centre, which can help with all aspects of student life. It also runs the campus Jobshop and volunteering services.

The Gulbenkian Theatre is a professional performance space with capacity for 340 people, situated at the centre of campus. The theatre attracts many top artists, and performances range from stand-up comedy to Shakespeare, classical concerts and contemporary dance. Students also have the opportunity to perform or get involved behind the scenes in lighting, stage management, wardrobe and make-up, directing or front of house as an usher.

Further information www.kentunion.co.uk

Sport Our Sports Centre operates a ‘Sport for All’ policy to encourage everyone to keep fit and healthy – nearly half of the student population are registered Sports Centre users, and many more use it on a casual basis. Facilities include multi-purpose halls, a climbing wall, 40 aerobic/ dance classes per week, solaria and sauna, a fitness gym containing state-of-the-art resistance training equipment, outdoor tennis courts, squash courts, playing fields with a floodlit all-weather pitch, individual fitness assessment programmes and a sports shop.

Further information www.kent.ac.uk/sports

The Gulbenkian Cinema is a public cinema in the Gulbenkian complex, open to students and the general public. It is Kent’s only independent film theatre and screens new mainstream and non-mainstream releases, as well as archive and foreign language films not otherwise available in the region.

Further information www.kent.ac.uk/gulbenkian

Music There is a wide range of musicmaking at the University, and students of all subjects have the opportunity to get involved in the flourishing programme of extracurricular music activities. There are numerous bands, choirs and events, with concerts ranging from classical and jazz to world and folk music.

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Thanks to a generous donation from the Colyer-Fergusson Charitable Trust, a new centre for music performance has been built on campus. The Colyer-Fergusson Building is located near the Gulbenkian complex to create an arts hub and houses the wide range of music-making at the University.

Further information www.kent.ac.uk/music

International Development Our International Development team provides help and support for all international students, both during their application to Kent and throughout their studies. We have links with the University’s various cultural and international societies, and we meet many of our current and former students during visits abroad. We form the principal point of contact between the University and education counselling organisations, such as the British Council or private agencies, and advise on overseas entry requirements. We also work with locally appointed overseas representatives. If you would like to contact a representative in your country for advice on how to apply to Kent, please contact the International Development team (see p14 for contact details).

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University of Kent / Foundation Programmes 2014

VISIT THE UNIVERSITY Come along to our campuses to see for yourself what it’s like to be a student. We hold both Open Days (for everybody) and UCAS Visit Days (for students who have already applied to Kent and their families and friends).

you may have about the courses, the department or the University. If you are invited for an interview, it will usually be held on one of our Visit Days. If we make you an offer without an interview, it usually includes an invitation to a Visit Day, but this might not be possible if you have made a late application.

Further information

Open Days Open Days are held in the summer and autumn for potential students and their families and friends to have a look round the campus. The day includes a wide range of subject displays, demonstrations and informal lectures and seminars, and the opportunity to tour the campus with current students to view student accommodation and facilities. You can also meet staff to discuss course options or admissions, disability and dyslexia support, and study skills.

For further information about UCAS Visit Days, contact: UCAS Visit Days team, Recruitment and Admissions Office, The Registry, University of Kent, Canterbury, Kent CT2 7NZ T: +44 (0)1227 824353 E: visitdays@kent.ac.uk www.kent.ac.uk/visitdays

Self-guided tour

For further information about Open Days, including additional dates and how to book your place, see www.kent.ac.uk/opendays

You are welcome to visit the campus at any time. We produce a leaflet that can take you on a self-guided tour and you may be able to meet up with an academic member of staff, although we cannot always guarantee this. To download a tour leaflet, please see www.kent.ac.uk/informal

UCAS Visit Days

International students

UCAS Visit Days run between December and April each year at our campuses in Canterbury and Medway. They include a tour of the campus, a general talk on the University and a talk from a departmental representative.

Meet us in your country

You have the opportunity to meet academic staff from your chosen subject and to discuss any queries

Our staff make regular visits overseas to meet with students who are interested in studying at Kent. We would be pleased to offer you guidance and information. For details of upcoming visits, please see www.kent.ac.uk/ internationalstudent/overseasvisits.html

Personal tour If you live outside of the United Kingdom, you may find it difficult to attend our Open or Visit Days. We are happy to organise individual tours of our Canterbury campus for you and your family at any time of the year (advance notice is required). If you would like to arrange a visit, please email international@kent.ac.uk or complete the online form at www.kent.ac.uk/courses/visit/ international

More information If you would like more information on Kent’s courses, facilities or services, or would like to order a subject leaflet, please contact: Information and Guidance Unit, The Registry, University of Kent, Canterbury, Kent CT2 7NZ T: +44 (0)1227 827272 Freephone (UK only): 0800 975 3777 E: information@kent.ac.uk

Terms and conditions: the University reserves the right to make variations to the content and delivery of courses and other services, or to discontinue courses and other services, if such action is reasonably considered to be necessary. If the University discontinues any course, it will endeavour to provide a suitable alternative. To register for a programme of study, all students must agree to abide by the University Regulations (available online at: www.kent.ac.uk/regulations). Data protection: for administrative, academic and health and safety reasons, the University needs to process information about its students. Full registration as a student of the University is subject to your consent to process such information.


We hold Open Days at our Canterbury and Medway campuses. We also offer individual tours which can be booked in advance. For more information, see: www.kent.ac.uk/opendays

University of Kent, The Registry, Canterbury, Kent CT2 7NZ T: +44 (0)1227 764000 E: information@kent.ac.uk www.kent.ac.uk

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