Undergraduate pathways

Why study a pathway programme?

Our pathway programmes are ideal if you wish to study at university, but do not have the standard qualifications required to enter the first year of our three-year undergraduate courses.

Our courses are designed specifically to take into consideration your high school achievements, English language capabilities and desired area of study.

We work closely with our departments, schools and centres and our aim is to equip you with the necessary knowledge and language skills to succeed in your future studies.

Progress to an undergraduate course

All our programmes consist of one year of full-time study. Successful completion of our International Foundation Programme or Year Zero pathway guarantees you entry to the first year of a degree course, while completion of our International Year One in Business guarantees entry to the second year of a related degree.

Our courses

International Year One in Business

Our three-term International Year One in Business is designed for international students seeking entry into the second year of related undergraduate courses offered by Essex Business School. The course starts in October and classes are small, so you'll receive personalised attention and support with your studies. You will study subjects equivalent to those studied in the first year of an Essex Business School degree course, with additional English language and employability skills classes.

International Foundation Programme

Our International Foundation Programme is designed for international students who need to supplement their high school studies and improve their English language skills. The course has two start dates, October and January. You will study language and academic skills development modules, in addition to modules relevant to your chosen area of study.

Degrees with a foundation year

Our four- and five-year degrees include a foundation year, known as Year Zero, followed by three or four years of undergraduate study. These courses are designed principally to help international students improve their English language skills and subject-specific knowledge, and fully prepare for undergraduate degree study and life in the UK. You will study modules relevant to your chosen degree, along with academic skills modules that enable you to succeed at undergraduate level.

How to apply

Life at Essex

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Why not find out what life at Essex is really like? See more of our campuses, facilities and accommodation and hear from our students and academics about what it's like to study with us.

How to apply

How to apply

Find out how to apply for an Essex Pathways Department course. We can provide help and advice, and guide you through the application process. We will also explain key academic information to help you understand student life at Essex

Fees and scholarships

Find out details about our fees and scholarships. If you would like any further information or have any questions, please do not hesitate to contact us.

UG Open Days

Book a place at our undergraduate Open Day. Our department and admissions staff can answer any questions you have, and you can speak to current students about life at Essex while taking a campus tour.