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Digital UK pathway courses for Autumn 2022 onwards

We’re continuing to offer digital learning for UK pathway courses in the 2022–23 academic year and beyond. For students who need to prepare for their degree from their home country, you can still study with us online, follow your path to university and achieve your dreams!

The digital programme is intended for students who are unable to come to the UK to study in person.

On this page, you’ll learn about:

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Available courses and progression degrees

You can choose from 4 fully digital pathway courses at 2 different levels: a Foundation Certificate, leading to an undergraduate degree, and a Pre-Master’s, leading to a postgraduate degree:

  • Foundation Certificate for Business, Law and Social Sciences
  • Foundation Certificate for Science and Engineering
  • Pre-Master’s for Business, Law and Social Sciences
  • Pre-Master’s for Science and Engineering

You have a slightly different set of course choices and intakes for progression to the University of York, all of which are taught by University of York staff. Learn more about online courses progressing to York.

Progression degrees

Your pathway course could lead to a degree in one of a wide range of subject areas:

Your university choices

You can choose from a great range of universities for your degree. The following institutions fully recognise and accept digital pathway courses for entry, and progression to your degree is guaranteed when you pass at the required level with good attendance.

Please note that online study for progression to the University of York is available through a different set of course options. Learn more.

Download our guide and courses booklet

And how does it work?

  • What teaching methods are used?

    We’re committed to providing you with the same expert teaching that you’d experience in the UK. Indeed, you’ll have the same teachers, same classes and same schedule as you normally would: the only difference is that you’re attending your course online via digital platforms.

    You’ll still enjoy interactive classes with plenty of discussion and opportunities to improve your English, as well as self-study time to help you become an independent learner. You’ll also be assigned a Learning Advisor who will help you with any challenges you face, so that you stay on track with progressing to your chosen degree.

  • What are synchronous (live) sessions?

    A synchronous session is when you, your teacher and usually also your classmates, are present at the same time. Synchronous sessions take place at some point during UK teaching hours (9am–6pm GMT), and can include the following:

    • live video lectures and seminars​
    • real-time interactive discussions with your tutor and ​other students​
    • one-to-one calls with your Learning Advisor​
  • What are asynchronous (not live) sessions?

    An asynchronous session is when you study in your own time. During an asynchronous session, you could participate at a different time from others, and have some flexibility in when you study online. For example:

    • recorded materials, from which you then answer questions​
    • completing tasks / assignments online​
    • your own research and background reading ​
    • email / instant messaging conversations and collaboration
  • Will I have a timetable?

    Yes. You would be expected to engage with your teachers through live sessions from Monday to Friday during UK teaching hours.

    Typically, you’ll also need to do an additional 2 hours per day (including weekends) of your own study and asynchronous learning. This will help you get the most out of your pathway course online.

    Here’s a sample timetable. Remember that these are example modules — exactly what you study depends on your pathway course and university degree. The hours shown are in UK time, so remember fit your schedule around this.

  • How do I access materials online?

    There are multiple platforms that we will be using to allow you to quickly and easily access learning materials online from home. ​​

    Typically, these platforms include your dedicated Virtual Learning Environment (VLE), as well as online video collaboration tools like Zoom and Microsoft Teams, plus email.​

    In some cases, you might use the learning platform of your college’s partner university, such as Blackboard.​

    In all cases, we’ll help you get set up!

  • What equipment do I need?

    It doesn’t take much to fully engage with your course online. You just need:​ ​

    • a laptop or desktop computer with camera and microphone ​
    • reliable internet access
    • ​a headset
    • ​an environment suitable for effective study without distraction — it also helps to get into a routine so that you get used to your study timetable!​
  • What learning support will I receive?

    We have many ways to help you stay on the right path to your degree.​

    The Virtual Learning Environment (VLE) or equivalent will record when you take part in or finish a task.​

    Video calls will allow your teachers to see you during live lessons and learning sessions; and teaching staff will follow up with you afterwards, so you have the opportunity to ask questions and make sure that you understand key concepts. If you are having any problems keeping up with your studies, they can offer advice to help keep you on track and ensure you’re making good progress.​

    Experienced Learning Advisors and College Services staff will give you the support you need and work with you to help you stay on track. And remember, if you need to talk to someone, our friendly team is there for you. ​

  • How will I be assessed?

    Your tutors will set you a range of tasks and assessments and continually provide feedback on your work. This will help you stay motivated and make progress during your pathway course.

    Your assessments will be a mix of:

    • audio and video submissions
    • essays
    • exams
    • live questions and answer sessions
    • presentations
    • projects and coursework


    Your college will send you the schedule for these assessments, along with clear instructions for how to upload these to meet important deadlines, and there will even be virtual supervisors available during your exams.

    All the assessment methods we have put in place maintain high academic quality, and have been approved by our partner universities.

    Our new assessment methods are designed to ensure you’re staying on your path to your degree — we want to see you succeed.

     

  • How do online Science and Engineering programmes work?

    Laboratory and practical work are key elements of Science and Engineering programmes. In order to recreate these specialist skills, a range of simulations and virtual laboratories will be used, letting you recreate the types of experiments you would experience in the UK.

    Your tutors will guide you through the experiments, allowing you to demonstrate your growing knowledge and understanding, while giving feedback on your skills and interpretation of the results obtained.

    Your experiments will be tailored to your chosen subjects and can cover a wide range of topics such as analysing DNA, carrying out chemical titrations or investigating the refraction of light.

  • Will there be an opportunity to get work experience?

    Yes, students on selected digital pathway courses will have the opportunity to do an integrated online internship. It’s a great opportunity to build skills and experience that will look impressive on your CV! You can find more information here.

Progressing to university

When you pass your digital pathway course at the required level, and with good attendance, you’re guaranteed entry to your chosen degree. In 2021:

91% of students

on Kaplan-taught programmes passed their course

94% of students

who passed their course received an unconditional offer from their 1st-choice university

Online courses for the University of York

All courses leading to a University of York degree, including those delivered online, are run by University staff, rather than by Kaplan. You can apply for a course at the University of York International Pathway College with our online form.

See below to learn more about digital pathway courses at York.

  • Which courses can I study online at York?

    There are a number of pathway courses to choose from to study online, including options for both bachelor’s preparation and master’s preparation. For each course, there is a wide variety of progression degrees to choose from.

    For entry to the first year of an undergraduate degree, you can study:

    • Foundation Certificate Business and Finance
    • Foundation Certificate Humanities, Creative Arts and Media
    • Foundation Certificate Law and Social Sciences

    For entry to a master’s degree, you can study:

    • Pre-Masters: Business with Law
    • Pre-Masters: Education, Media and Social Sciences

    Other pathway courses, including those covering Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics (STEM) subjects are not available in an online format, as they may require the use of on-campus facilities.

    Find our more about online course options, including fees and modules, in the course information booklet.

  • What teaching methods are used at York?

    On a University of York digital pathway course, you’ll get the same expert teaching that you’d experience in the UK, with the same brilliant teachers. The only difference is that you’ll be attending your course via digital platforms.

    You’ll still enjoy interactive classes featuring discussion and opportunities to improve your English, and self-study time to help you develop into an independent learner. You’ll also be assigned a Student Support Personal Tutor who will help you with any challenges you face during your studies.

  • Synchronous and asynchronous learning at York

    Like online courses at other destinations, your studies will feature a mixture of synchronous (live) and asynchronous (not live) learning. Synchronous sessions take place during UK teaching hours (9am-6:30pm GMT/BST), though your tutors will try to accommodate different time zones as much as possible, and you’ll have one-to-one or small group calls with your tutor.

    Asynchronous learning involves studying and completing tasks in your own time. This could include recorded materials, projects and assignments, research and background reading, and collaborating with other students.

  • How does online learning work?

    On your digital course, you’ll access materials online through platforms such as our dedicated Virtual Learning Environment (VLE), as well as Zoom, Google Classroom and email. We’ll help you get set up with everything you need, including a dedicated VPN system if necessary, so you can access course content no matter where you are in the world.

    You don’t need much equipment to be able to engage with your course. You will need:

    • a laptop or desktop computer with camera and microphone
    • reliable internet access
    • a headset
    • an environment suitable for effective study without distraction.
  • Your timetable at York

    On your online course, you will have a timetable, and be expected to engage with teachers through live sessions from Monday to Friday during UK teaching hours. These full-time online courses typically have around 10 – 12 hours synchronous input, with the remainder as asynchronous.

    Generally, students should spend about 37 hours a week on their course altogether, including homework, lesson preparation and so on.

  • What support will I receive online at York?

    You’ll be supported by tutors and support staff while you study online.

    Video calls will enable your teachers to see you for live lessons and learning sessions. Teaching staff will also follow up with you afterwards, so you have the opportunity to ask questions about things you may need extra help with. If you feel you are having any trouble with your studies, they can offer advice to help keep you on track and to make further progress.

    Experienced Academic Tutors, Programme Leaders and Student Support staff will give you the support you need and will work closely with you to help you develop and successfully complete your course. When you’ve finished your course, staff will also be on hand to ensure your transition from the College to your university degree is as smooth as possible. And remember, if during your studies you ever feel the need to talk to someone, our friendly team is there for you. ​

  • How will I be assessed at York?

    Your University of York tutors will set a range of tasks and assessments, and provide ongoing feedback on your work. This will keep you motivated and help you make progress during your pathway course.

    Your assessments will be a mix of set time online exams on the VLE, presentations, projects and coursework.

    For any assessments, you will be sent the schedule, along with clear instructions for what to do. University of York staff will be contactable during online exams to provide support if needed.

    Online assessments at the International Pathway College maintain a high level of academic quality, and are governed by the University of York. They will help prepare you for how you will be assessed on degree programmes at the University of York itself.

Other university-taught pathway courses

At present, our university partners the University of Birmingham and the University of Bristol are planning to deliver the following pathway courses on campus in 2022-23, without a digital learning option:

Students who wish to study a degree at the University of Birmingham, but who need to study their pathway course online, may progress via one of Kaplan International Pathways’ digital courses (Foundation Certificate only).

Get in touch and apply

If you have more questions about how digital learning works, you can contact us and we’ll be happy to help. Alternatively, you can apply now.