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Application process

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You have decided to study in the UK, or you're considering that options; congratulations! You're one step closer to getting that degree. The entire process can be a little daunting, but once you can create a checklist and go through each item effectively, you'll get through it with ease. 

  1. Finding the right school [or schools]
  2. Consider the schools' requirements & how you hope to fulfill them
  3. The application process
  4. Visas [if you need one]


The first step actually is deciding what course you want to study. If you haven’t done that, it’ll be wise to do so before searching for a school. Once you have decided what course you want to study, or at least you have narrowed it down to a few courses; you can begin to search for a school. There are resources out there that can help you in finding a school:
  • The British Council School Search Tool
  • UCAS
  • Study London
  • Unistats
It is important in picking a school, that you also look at the University rankings. Don't get carried away with schools that offer very easy entry requirements, because they are probably low on the University League Table. You should have a look at the  2013 University League Table, and decide how far down you are willing to go. There have been instances of some low rating schools losing their licenses, and international students being forced to go back home. 


When you have narrowed it down to a few schools, the next step is to figure out their requirements and how to fulfill those requirements. Generally, you can get into an undergraduate programme in the UK through one of the following routes:
  • A Levels [which you can do at home or in the UK]
  • Foundation Programme [Internal - at home]
  • Foundation Programme [External - at your chosen University in the UK]
There's more information on these on the Exams page

One of the basic requirements for studying in the UK is a good command of the English language; both written and spoken. If it is required by your chosen school[s] that you take the IELTS test to prove your knowledge of English, you can register for and take the exam through the British Council. 

 Undergraduate Degree Description  [WORK IN PROGRESS.......]
 Higher National Certificate (HNC) or Diploma (HND) 

Foundation Degrees (FdA, FdSc, etc.)

Diplomas of Higher Education 


University International Foundation Year

 Higher national certificates and diplomas are one- and two-year career-related higher education courses, equivalent to the first stages of a degree. They are available in many areas including engineering, sports studies, art and design, media and communications and music technology. On successful completion you can enter a career at junior management level or can choose to 'top-up' to a degree by transferring to the second or third year of the degree course. 

Foundation degrees are two-year career-related higher education courses, which are equivalent to the first stages of a degree. They are available in areas including art and design, media and communications, engineering and hospitality management. They can be used as a good foundation for a career or as a basis to progress on to a degree course. 

Diplomas of higher education are two-year courses in subject areas usually related to the social sciences, such as education, theology, communication studies and social work. They are ideal for students hoping to progress to a career in these areas and also provide a foundation for higher education courses in the same subject area. 

Degrees are the most popular undergraduate qualification in the UK. They are academic courses, usually studied over three years in England, Northern Ireland and Wales, or four years in Scotland (where the title master's degree may be awarded). Some degree courses may be extended for a year to enable students to spend time in industry or overseas.

University International Foundation Year courses help to bridge any gaps between qualifications you hold already and the ones you need to begin a degree course at a UK university. This could be because you need to develop your English language skills, improve on your academic qualifications, or both. 


Once you have been able to fulfill all the requirements for your chosen school[s], the next step is to actually apply. For most schools, you can apply online and pay the application fees online. It is advisable, even if you're applying online, to fill out the application offline first; and then copy and paste into the actual online application when you're satisfied with your application.