What is a Pathway Program? Benefits of Choosing One

Pathway programs have many benefits and there are a few instances when you can opt for such a program. These are basically preparatory programs that help students gain skills and qualifications to pursue a bachelor’s or master’s program.

We look at it in detail today.

Here’s what we’re covering:

What is a pathway program?

Pathway programs, also known as foundation courses, are the preparatory programs or courses that give you as an international student the skill, knowledge, English language training, and qualification that are required to officially register for an undergraduate course or a master’s course in a university. Pathway programs are offered in various disciplines like Arts, English Language, General Awareness, Science, Humanities, Technology, Engineering, Life science, Natural science, and many more. These programs are generally for one academic year, and at the end of successful completion of the course, you will be given a certificate from the respective university.

What is an IYO?

International year one or IYO is a preparation course or a pre-bachelor’s pathway program that will allow you to meet all the criteria required to directly start with the second year of the undergraduate degree that you have applied for. This means that you can progress now to the second year of university education by doing a preparatory course in the first year, which will technically save your money and time. The IYO pathway programs will cost as little as £12,350, and this way, you will be able to save a lot of money.

Why choose a pathway program?

Pathway programs give a head start to the students as these programs help the students in understanding the curriculum before the commencement of the designated program. Many universities currently offer pathway programs for international students with the concept of grooming the students much before they officially become part of their university.

IYO is considered one of the most important reasons international students take up pathway programs. By doing this, time and money can be saved, and also IYO will give you individual attention, and you will be fully prepared for your academic level of university study.

Even though you have missed out on a university intake deadline, there is nothing to worry about. By doing a pathway program, you can start with the program of your choice without waiting until the next intake. You can start by doing a preparatory program that will help you avoid losing time.

Pathway programmes facilitate cultural adaptation, and this is considered one of the essential reasons international learners choose to do a pathway program before entering a new county and university.

Most popular pathway programs

One of the most popular pathway programs focuses on improving the English language skills of the international student while providing cultural support as they start the new chapter of their lives in their dream country and university. Students can also take courses and earn credits throughout the pathway program.

Even when your grades do not match with the university requirements, doing a pathway program like IYO will increase your chance of securing admission to a top-ranked university. This pathway program will provide you with the level of education required to start your 2nd year of the degree.

Pathway programs act as a substitute for IELTS and TOEFL in a few universities, so to get admission in such universities, you only have to complete a pathway program and not any other language proficiency tests like IELT or TOEFL.

There are mainly three different types of pathway programmes preferred by the international student community :

  • Bachelor’s preparation
  • Accelerated Bachelor’s preparation
  • Master’s preparation

Bachelor’s preparation program – As the name suggests, this programme is dedicated to students looking forward to taking up an undergraduate program. In this program, you will get to learn the basics of your specialised degree, and also, you will be given a chance to get in touch with the faculty members.

Accelerated Bachelor’s preparation– These programs will help you speed up your studies; UK universities now offer two years accelerated degrees to connect you to your master’s quickly.

Master’s preparation– Upon completing your undergraduate course and if you lack any skill to language proficiency to get admission for the master’s program of your choice, this particular course preparation will help you.

Now let us take a look at a few universities and consortiums that offer pathway programs :

  • QA Higher Education
  • Kaplan
  • NCUK
  • Oxford International Education Group
  • Study Group
  • Shorelight
  • On-campus (CEG)
  • INTO
  • Navitas
  • Northern Consortium UK
  • University of New Hampshire
  • Arizona State University (know the difference between ASU and UA)
  • Sussex University
  • Bournemouth University
  • Canterbury Christ Church University
  • University of Canada West
  • NorQuest College
  • Ryerson University
  • Centennial College
  • Lambton College
  • University of Regina

Watch this space as we dive deeper into the most popular pathway programs.

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