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United Kingdom, a country rich in history and culture and find out how the country we know today was formed over many years through the union of England, Scotland, Wales and Northern Ireland.
Hundreds of thousands of international students study in the UK each year, giving the UK a consistently high ranking in popularity. With a diverse population and a reputation for prestigious Collegeing, the UK is a natural location for international students to flock to. And for students worldwide seeking an English-language education, what better place to study than the country that invented the language?
With an excellent higher-education system and hundreds of world-class universities, the UK promises a rich experience for international students. Our Study UK resource is intended to help you learn more about studying in the UK as an international student, and includes sections on choosing the UK as a destination, choosing a location within the UK, learning more about the country, its history and culture, and adapting to life in your adopted country.
Why Study in the UK- The UK is one of the most popular destinations in the world to study abroad, but why is it so popular - learn more about what the UK has to offer international students.
UK Education System- Recognized around the world as a world class system, the UK's education system is comprehensive and adaptable. This section also has vital information on how to enter programs in the UK such as GCSE, A-Levels and degree programs.
Financial Aid for the UK- Financing an international education is the greatest barrier for most international students. This section helps students learn about sources of funds including scholarships and loans, as well as other practical financial topics like tuition costs and budgeting.
Studying/Living in the UK- What is it like to live in the UK? What is the climate like? What is the public transport system like? All these questions about the UK are answered and more, with a focus on the information that international students need most.
After Graduation-Once you have graduated, what do you do? International graduates from the UK have a variety of options from looking for work, to continuing their education in a graduate program, to returning back to their home country with their new skills and knowledge.
Entry Requirements to Study in the UK
Depending on what program you are looking at, the entry requirements will vary for international students. Although this page will provide you with some useful information with which to arm yourself about what is needed to gain entry into UK courses, you should inquire specifically to any course that you are considering.
What you will find in common throughout all courses and schools is that you will need to show competency in the English language.
English Language- For most schools and courses, your level of understanding and competency in English will be key to your acceptance in a major program such as a degree program. You will need to make sure you have a good level of English understanding and you can do this by taking one of the following commonly accepted tests of English ability:
TOEFL - Test of English as a Foreign Language
IELTS - International English Language Testing System
UCLES - University of Cambridge Local Examinations Syndicate
If you need assistance with locating an English as a Second Language school (ESL School) please see the ESL directory for a comprehensive listing of schools around the world.
GCSE Entry Requirements
Entrance to take your GCSE's will depend very much on the school with which you are attending as you will generally need to register with a school for your GCSE education years (14 to 16 years old). Apart from the school’s requirements, the main requirements by the exams boards in the UK is that you have a good level of English ability as the exams will be taken in English - see English requirements above.
A-level Entry Requirements
Like with GCSE's it will be very dependent on the school you wish to attend as to what the requirements are to study A-levels there. For example, a 6th Form College may require that you have at least 5 GCSE pass grades of C or above, compare this to an independent school who may require 10 GCSE pass grades of B or above. So this will be very much dependent on the school.
You also need to consider that A-levels are a much higher level of work and so a very good understanding of the English language will be needed to work at this level. Some people say that A-levels are harder than most degrees programs as they prepare you for higher education.
Vocational Course Entry Requirements
As with GCSE's you will generally not need any formal qualifications to enter basic vocational course. Literacy skills and proficiency in the English language would be the only requirements, but again you should check with the school or institution that is running the program as they may have their own requirements.
University Entry Requirements
Each course in the UK sets it own entry, so they vary considerably. Most degree programs in the UK will require that the student have passed either A-levels and attained certain grades, for example 4 B grades, or equivalent grades in a BTEC or GNVQ. So within a university different courses will have different requirements and universities as a whole may have certain requirements that all students will have to meet. For example, the Universities of Oxford and Cambridge generally require all students to attend an interview, other universities will not require this.
Also, as an international student coming to the UK you can still attend University even though you may not have taken A-levels and have not been educated in the UK system, but you will need to contact the administrator of that program to find out what credentials from your home country you will need to provide.
So, how do you keep track of what is required for a course and how to you apply? In the UK, this is done through the University and Colleges Admission Service (UCAS) which processes and takes all applications for university admission in the UK.
You will need to apply through UCAS and work with their program which is as follows:
September 1st Applications open for the next year
January 15th EU Nationals Application Deadline
June 30th Main application deadline
June 30th to September 30th Clearing Process
Applications need to be made to UCAS and you will need to make sure you gather all the information together in order to apply - this will include:
Test scores and requirements the University has for international students (please check with the university you wish to attend as they will guide you on this)
A personal statement
A reference letter
Payment to UCAS
If you’re interested in studying abroad in UK, you can contact us at EDI Global Education today. Our EDI specialists can help you enroll at one of the many prestigious universities in the UK.
Above information are provided for general guideline only and always vary depends on educational institute & government policies and may not contains updated information at the time of any reader reviews. We strongly advise to follow government official website and approved sources to get latest information. Alternatively please contact us at our any of the EDI Global office or by below email to find out latest and updated information.