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Undergraduate Degrees in the UK

International undergraduate applications to all UK universities are managed by UCAS (Universities and Colleges Admissions Service) and, as an official UCAS center, SI-UK’s professional university consultants can guide you through the entire university application process.

How long do undergraduate degrees last?

For a first degree, most international students study a three-year undergraduate bachelor’s degree, featuring a combination of seminars, workshops and lectures made up of different modules. Certain modules are optional, and as such students can tailor study to what they are most interested in.

Some undergraduate degrees, such as science and engineering, can take up to four years to complete, whilst the introduction of fast-track 2-year degrees enable students to complete their undergraduate course and find a job much quicker.

Types of undergraduate degree

In addition to the standard three-year undergraduate degree, a joint or dual-honors undergraduate degree will see students split their time across two different courses, meaning a larger choice of modules and increased job options after you graduate.

A sandwich course will last four years and involve spending one year at a work placement related to your field of study.

Short undergraduate degrees

  • Certificate of Higher Education (CertHE) – Lasts for one year full-time and two years part-time.
  • Diploma of Higher Education (DipHE) – A 2-year full-time degree course.

Neither of the above fast-track degree options lead to postgraduate study, but students can move into an extended three-year degree if they change their mind.

Where can I study an undergraduate degree?

Undergraduate courses at UK universities provide world class teaching, state-of-the-art facilities and global recognition from employers.

  • Learn about over 130 UK universities
  • View UK university rankings
  • Browse over 65,000 UK undergraduate courses

Study an Undergraduate Degree

If you wish to learn more about studying an undergraduate degree in the UK, arrange your free consultation with SI-UK in London today.

Masters Courses in the UK

What is a Masters degree?

A postgraduate or masters course in the UK follows the successful completion of an undergraduate degree, generally lasting for just one year compared to two-year Masters programmes found elsewhere in the world. This means international students can save time, money and begin their career much quicker with a highly regarded UK postgraduate degree.

Why study a Masters degree in the UK?

The UK is home to some of the leading universities in the world, renowned for their quality of teaching and research. A UK postgraduate degree is held in high esteem by employers, and for international students studying in the UK it is a fantastic opportunity to improve your English and immerse yourself in a multicultural and exciting community of academics and students. You will:

  • Improve your career prospects
  • Gain an internationally recognised qualification
  • Earn more over the course of your career because of the weight a UK Masters carries
  • Be able to shape study around your schedule

A study carried out by the Higher Education Statistics Agency showed that 86 per cent of students who completed a Postgraduate Masters in the UK were in full-time employment following graduation, compared to just 75 per cent of undergraduate leavers.

Types of Master’s degree

– Taught Masters

There are four main types of taught programme, Master of Arts (MA), Master of Science (MSc), Master of Business Administration (MBA) and Master of Engineering (MEng), with each lasting 1-2 years full-time.

On a taught programme, students are expected to attend weekly seminars, tutorials and lectures, much like an undergraduate degree, and assessment can be via exam, dissertation or project.

– Research Masters

A Research degree will see students take more responsibility for their work and schedule, basing their study around a thesis while being supervised by an academic. The most popular research degree is a PhD, which can take 3-4 years to complete, and consists of writing a thesis between 60,000 – 100,000 words which is then presented in an oral examination.

Other types of Research degree include the Master of Science (MSc), Master of Philosophy (MPhil) and Master of Research (MRes). These degrees are similar to a PhD, but not as academically demanding with papers being much shorter.

How much does a Masters cost?

The average cost of a postgraduate and Masters degree in the UK for an international student is £14,620. Tuition fees at postgraduate level vary on the type of Masters you wish to study, which part of the UK you wish to live, and what university you attend.

Postgraduate schools in the UK are far less expensive than graduate schools in the USA, and studying in the UK can be 30 to 60 percent cheaper than American equivalents.

Study a Masters in the UK

If you wish to learn more about studying a Masters in the UK, arrange your free consultation at SI-UK London today.

Oxbridge Application Service

Applying to Oxbridge Universities

Oxbridge universities are considered to be amongst the best universities in the world, but applying to an Oxbridge university is an extremely competitive process. The Oxbridge Service will maximize your chances of making a successful application to one of the UK’s top universities or business schools through the professional management of your application from beginning to end.

Our Oxbridge consultants are Oxford and Cambridge graduates who have helped hundreds of international students join the world’s best universities and know what it takes to submit a strong application.

Whether you wish to study at undergraduate or postgraduate level, our Oxbridge experts will ensure you are ready.

Oxbridge Service Schools

SI-UK will assist international students with their application to five of the schools listed below at undergraduate level and two at postgraduate level.

Universities

  • University of Cambridge
  • Imperial College London
  • King’s College London
  • University of Oxford
  • University College London
  • London School of Economics

Business Schools

  • London Business School (PG only)
  • City, University of London Business School
  • Warwick Business School

Your Oxbridge Application

To maximize your chances of receiving an offer, we will do the following at undergraduate and postgraduate level.

Oxbridge Undergraduate Service

  • Advice on choosing the right school, based on your GPA and success rates
  • Advice on writing and structuring your personal statement
  • Ensure you meet all deadlines for additional tests such as the GMAT
  • Non-subject-specific interview practice with an Oxbridge alumnus
  • Advice on what to include in your reference letter
  • Advice on what work experience to complete prior to your application
  • Provide a reading list of materials to help prepare you for your interview
  • Fill in the university application forms and track your application after submission

Oxbridge Postgraduate Service

  • Pre-screen your transcripts and confirm you are eligible to apply
  • Advice on choosing suitable universities and courses
  • Provide a checklist of documents required by the universities
  • Edit all supporting documents, including your personal statement, CV and reference letters
  • Fill in the university application forms and track your application after submission
  • Conduct a non-subject specific mock interview and produce a written feedback report

Study at an Oxbridge University

The cost of the Oxbridge Undergraduate Service is £750 and Postgraduate Service £1,600. To learn more, arrange your free consultation in London today.

Study Medicine in the UK

Medicine Application Service

Medicine courses are among the hardest and most competitive programmes for an international student to join. There are 32 medical schools in the UK to choose from and SI-UK offers specialist advice on which institution is right for you, ensuring your application stands out.

The Medicine Service assesses your academic background and ensures you are qualified to apply. We then select suitable medical schools for you to apply to, before editing your personal statement and ensuring you have sat the relevant tests, such as the UCAT or BMAT. If accepted for an interview, you will take part in interview practice with a doctor who sits on the admissions panel of a London medical school.

Your Medicine Application

The Medicine Service will do the following to maximize your chances of securing an offer:

  • Pre-screen your transcripts and ensure you are eligible to apply
  • Advice on choosing the right medical school
  • Help you apply to four UK medical schools at undergraduate level and three at postgraduate level
  • Provide a checklist of documents required by the universities
  • Ensure you meet all deadlines for additional tests i.e. BMAT and UCAT
  • Advice on what work experience to complete prior to your application
  • 60-minutes of interview practice with a practicing surgeon who sits on the admissions panel of a London medical school
  • Edit all supporting documents, including your personal statement, CV and reference letters
  • Fill in the university application forms and track your application after submission

Study Medicine in the UK

The cost of this service is £1,100. To learn more about studying at a UK medical school and if you meet the entry requirements, arrange your free consultation in London today.

UK Master of Laws Courses

Introduction to Master of Laws

Master of Laws is a postgraduate course designed for law graduates and practicing lawyers to specialize in a particular area, such as tax, environmental or employment law. Courses generally last one year full-time and 24 months part-time and students will select the module or area they wish to study and complete a dissertation over the learning period.

Most law schools have limited places available, so it is important to have a clear idea of what you wish to focus on during the application phase. An LLM qualification will provide graduates with a competitive edge in a crowded job market, and also offer the chance for a change in direction for those currently employed.

Master of Laws Careers

Master of Laws graduates will move into legal or corporate practice and also take on roles in management, business, banking, non-governmental organizations, research and teaching. Traditional legal roles include lawyer, risk analysis and litigation. If LLM graduates wish to remain in study, a number also choose to study a PhD.

Master of Laws UK Entry Requirements

A first or second class honors degree or equivalent internationally recognized qualification in Law and an understanding of the basic principles of  public and private law. Other degrees will be considered if substantial legal knowledge and experience can be proved.

  • Typical IELTS requirements: 6.5 overall, with no lower than 6.0 in any one component.

Please note that entry requirements vary for each UK university.

Where can I study Master of Laws in the UK?

To learn more about the best Master of Laws courses in the UK, find details on the top ten ranking Law universities in the Guardian University Guide 2021 below:

  1. University of Oxford
  2. University College London
  3. University of Cambridge
  4. London School of Economics
  5. University of Glasgow
  6. King’s College London
  7. University of Durham
  8. Solent University
  9. University of Leeds
  10. University of Aberdeen

Do you need assistance in applying to Cambridge, Oxford, UCL or LSE? The Oxbridge Service will fully prepare you in your application to some of the best universities in the world with intense interview practice and expert personal statement advice.

Study Master of Laws in the UK

If you are interested in studying Law in the UK, arrange your free consultation today. Don’t forget the Premium Service will guarantee you at least one offer from a UK university!

UK Business and Management Courses

Introduction to Business and Management

A Business and Management degree focuses on the planning, running and operations of an organisation. Students will look at each part of a business, including areas such as finance, marketing, human resources and administration, and many Business and Management programmed offer placements with globally recognized companies, enabling you to experience firsthand what the profession involves.

Most Business and Management courses have a shared programmed of study in the first year, before students choose their own path in the second year of study. Once the degree is completed, key skills in market knowledge, finance, managing of people, strategy and data will help you move forward with your career.

Business courses are offered at over 120 universities in the UK and are the largest recruiter of undergraduates in the UK, with more than 50,000 students starting courses in the last academic year.

Graduate Business and Management Careers and Salary

Business and Management is a broad degree which encompasses many areas, and there are a wide variety of career paths a graduate can pursue upon completion of their studies. Students will be highly employable and can consider roles in advertising, banking, consultancy, general management, human resource management and marketing.

  • Average starting professional salary: £22,000
  • Average starting non-professional salary: £17,971

Source: Higher Education Statistics Agency, Destination of Leavers from Higher Education 2016-17.

Business and Management UK Entry Requirements

  • Typical International Baccalaureate requirements: 35-38 points.
  • Typical A-levels requirements: AAA/AAB with at least one humanities or social sciences subject
  • Typical IELTS requirements: 7.0 overall, with no lower than 6.5 in any one component

Please note that entry requirements vary for each UK university.

Where can I study Business and Management in the UK?

To learn more about the best Business and Management courses in the UK, find details on the top ten ranking Business, Management and Marketing universities in the Guardian University Guide 2021 below:

  1. University of Oxford
  2. University of St Andrews
  3. University of Bath
  4. University of Warwick
  5. University College London
  6. Loughborough University
  7. University for the Creative Arts
  8. London School of Economics
  9. University of Leeds
  10. University of Strathclyde

Do you need assistance in applying to Oxford? The Oxbridge Service will fully prepare you in your application to some of the best universities in the world with intense interview practice and expert personal statement advice.

Study Business and Management in the UK

If you are interested in studying Business and Management in the UK, arrange your free consultation today. Don’t forget the Premium Service will guarantee you at least one offer from a UK university!

UK Engineering Courses

Introduction to Engineering

The UK has some of the best and highest ranked engineering schools in the world. Within the wide boundaries of the engineering profession there are thousands of challenging activities in areas such as research, development, design, manufacture and operation of products and services.

Engineers belong to one of the greatest professions in the world; responsible for almost everything we use, consume and take part in every day. From leisure activities to medical treatment, mobile communications to modern transport systems, engineers often find themselves in key positions in industry and commerce.

However this trend goes further and broader than businesses that can be classified as “engineering.” Choosing the right Engineering course and university can be difficult and it is crucial to understand which university is best for you when taking into consideration your academic background, future career goals, and where you wish to specialize in.

Types of Engineering Degree

Demand for good engineers is high. In the finance, mechanical, IT and electronics sectors in particular, there are world shortages of chartered and incorporated engineers, and unemployment amongst professional engineers is lower than for almost any other profession.

In the UK alone, engineering-led industry contributes about 40% of its gross domestic product and is a key part of the national economy. From motor racing to a household electrician, the role of the engineer is crucial. For anyone looking for a rewarding future with a wide variety of employment prospects, there has never been a more exciting time to embark on a career in engineering.

Chemical Engineering… is the branch of engineering that deals with the application of physical science (e.g., chemistry and physics), and life sciences (e.g., biology, microbiology and biochemistry) with mathematics and economics, to the process of converting raw materials or chemicals into more useful or valuable forms. Chemical engineers ensure the processes are operated safely, sustainably and economically when converting raw materials or chemicals into more useful or valuable forms.

Civil Engineering… is a professional engineering discipline that deals with the design, construction, and maintenance of the physical and naturally built environment, including works like bridges, roads, canals, dams and buildings. It is traditionally broken into several sub-disciplines including environmental engineering, geotechnical engineering, structural engineering, transportation engineering, municipal or urban engineering, water resources engineering, materials engineering, coastal engineering, surveying, and construction engineering.

Electrical Engineering… is a field of engineering that generally deals with the study and application of electricity, electronics and electromagnetism. It covers a range of subtopics including power, electronics, control systems, signal processing and telecommunications. Usually electrical engineering is considered to deal with the problems associated with large-scale electrical systems such as power transmission and motor control, whereas electronic engineering deals with the study of small-scale electronic systems including computers and integrated circuits

Mechanical Engineering… is a discipline of engineering that applies the principles of physics and materials science for analysis, design, manufacturing, and maintenance of mechanical systems. It is the branch of engineering that involves the production and usage of heat and mechanical power for the design, production, and operation of machines and tools.

Computer Engineering… deals with the design of computers and computer systems. This may involve the design of new hardware, the design of PDAs, USBs or the use of computers to control an industrial plant. Computer engineers may also work on a system’s software. However, the design of complex software systems is often the domain of software engineering, which is usually considered a separate discipline.

Mechatronics Engineering… is an engineering discipline which deals with the convergence of electrical and mechanical systems. Such combined systems are known as electromechanical systems and have widespread adoption. Examples include automated manufacturing systems, heating, ventilation and air-conditioning systems and various subsystems of aircraft and automobiles.

Engineering Entry Requirements

There are two types of engineering programmed offered at UK universities; B.Eng (Bachelor of Engineering) and M.Eng (Master of Engineering).

A B.Eng is a standard 3-year degree in engineering. Those who complete a B.Eng have the appropriate training and experience to apply to become an Incorporated Engineer. However, for those wishing to become a Chartered Engineer, it is mandatory to follow degree studies with advanced study equivalent to the final year of an M.Eng programmed. Some UK universities allow students to switch between the B.Eng and M.Eng during the early years of the course. An M.Eng degree is the university level qualification taken by students wishing to become Chartered Engineers. M.Eng courses take a minimum of 4 years, 5 years for those wishing to conduct one year’s work experience.

  • Typical International Baccalaureate requirements: 35 points.
  • Typical A-levels requirements: AAB including mathematics and physics.
  • Typical IELTS requirements: 7.0 overall, with no lower than 6.5 in any one component.

Please note that entry requirements vary for each UK university.

Where can I study Engineering in the UK?

To learn more about the best engineering courses in the UK, find details on the top ten ranking engineering universities for each discipline in the Guardian University Guide 2021 below:

General Engineering

  1. University of Bristol
  2. University of Cambridge
  3. Imperial College London
  4. University of Oxford
  5. University of Warwick
  6. Loughborough University
  7. Aston University
  8. Durham University
  9. University of Leeds
  10. Nottingham Trent University

Chemical Engineering

  1. University of Cambridge
  2. Imperial College London
  3. University of Nottingham
  4. University of Birmingham
  5. University of Bradford
  6. London South Bank University
  7. University of Edinburgh
  8. University of Bath
  9. University of Sheffield
  10. Lancaster University

MBA Courses in the UK

MBA at a UK Business School

UK business schools offer MBA programmed that cater to students of every academic level, budgetary requirement and career aspiration, providing an international mix of students, teachers and work opportunities that are unrivalled in many parts of the world.

The UK is host to some of the world’s best business schools in terms of quality of teaching and brand recognition and students with strong first degrees and solid career starts will be able to take advantage of learning how business works, whilst also building a network of contacts which will pay off in the future.

An MBA programme at a UK business school usually takes one-year to complete, but some programmes can last for two years and prospective MBA students can also combine study part-time so your career may continue. Online MBA courses are also available.

How much does an MBA cost?

The average cost of an MBA is around £16,000 per year, but larger and more prestigious schools can charge upwards of £60,000. A number of business schools now offer low cost MBA’s as well, enabling students of all backgrounds to study an MBA in the UK.

MBA UK Entry Requirements

Prospective MBA students will need at least an upper second class honours degree or equivalent and a minimum of three (preferably five) years full-time continuous work experience of a managerial nature.

– MBA GMAT Requirements

In some cases you will need to take The Graduate Management Admission Test (GMAT). The test lasts three and a half hours and the total GMAT score ranges from 200 to 800, with a score of 600 needed to qualify for most MBA programmes. The GMAT consists of four sections and tests ability in Analytical Writing, Integrated Reasoning, Quantitative Aptitude and Verbal.

Where can I study an MBA in the UK?

To learn more about the best MBA programmes in the UK, find details on the top ranking UK MBA business schools in the Financial Times Global MBA Rankings 2021 below:

  1. London Business School
  2. University of Cambridge: Judge
  3. University of Oxford: Saïd
  4. Alliance Manchester Business School
  5. Warwick Business School
  6. Imperial College Business School
  7. City, University of London Business School
  8. Durham University Business School
  9. Lancaster University Management School

UK Computer Science Courses

Introduction to Computer Science

A Computer Science degree at a UK university will provide you with the core skills needed to shape businesses and organisations. New tools, programs and development kits will help develop your knowledge and ability in areas such as IT, games development, software engineering, design and security. UK universities are at the forefront of Computer Science, with many departments conducting research for the world’s top companies.

Computer Science odules will cover database design, network systems, computer hardware and the internet, as well as groundbreaking technology such as virtual reality, artificial intelligence and app design. The UK has been instrumental in the development of computing and continues to deliver ground-breaking innovations in the 21st century.

Graduate Computer Science Careers and Salary

Computer Science graduates boast enviable employment opportunities as system analysts, independent consultants, software developers, programmers, data analysts and managers. Upon graduation, initial employment will involve training schemes, entry-level programmer positions and junior members of project teams. The need for talent across all sectors and industries allows Computer Science graduates to dictate which field they wish to work in.

  • Average starting professional salary: £25,000
  • Average starting non-professional salary: £16,500

Source: Higher Education Statistics Agency, Destination of Leavers from Higher Education 2016-17.

Computer Science UK Entry Requirements

  • Typical International Baccalaureate requirements: 34 points.
  • Typical A-levels requirements: ABB, with good grades in maths and computing.
  • Typical IELTS requirements: 6.5 overall, with no lower than 6.0 in any one component.

Please note that entry requirements vary for each UK university.

Where can I study Computer Science in the UK?

To learn more about the best Computer Science courses in the UK, find details on the top ten ranking Computer Science and Information Systems universities in the Guardian University Guide 2021 below:

  1. University of St Andrews
  2. University of Cambridge
  3. University of Oxford
  4. Imperial College London
  5. University of Manchester
  6. Lancaster University
  7. University of Bath
  8. University of Bristol
  9. University of Aberdeen
  10. Loughborough University

UK Marketing Courses

Introduction to Marketing

Marketing offers a wide variety of unique and challenging issues to tackle across a constantly shifting business landscape. A business must sell products in order to survive and grow, and it is the marketing team who decides the best way to do this by researching and satisfying customer needs. Planning, pricing, analysing trends, advertising and promotion will all be focussed on during your degree.

Studying Marketing at a UK university will open up opportunities to build contacts and gain transferable skills that will be useful across a wide range of business sectors. Students will develop communication and presentation skills, as well as the ability to question and analyse. Modules covered will include e-business management, digital marketing, strategic brand management and understanding consumers.

Almost all Marketing courses at UK universities offer a work placement for students to gain experience in a busy marketing department, and many degrees can be studied as joint honours alongside another subject you are interested in.

Graduate Marketing Careers

Marketing graduates can move into a wide variety of careers upon graduation including account executive, planner, copywriter, researcher, buyer, consultant, digital and press officer.

Marketing UK Entry Requirements

  • Typical International Baccalaureate requirements: 30 points.
  • Typical A-levels requirements: ABB.
  • Typical IELTS requirements: 6.0 overall, with no lower than 5.5 in any one component.

Please note that entry requirements vary for each UK university.

Where can I study Marketing in the UK?

To learn more about the best Marketing courses in the UK, find details on the top ten ranking Business, Management and Marketing universities in the Guardian University Guide 2021 below:

  1. University of Oxford
  2. University of St Andrews
  3. University of Bath
  4. University of Warwick
  5. University College London
  6. Loughborough University
  7. University for the Creative Arts
  8. London School of Economics
  9. University of Leeds
  10. University of Strathclyde

Do you need assistance in applying to Oxford? The Oxbridge Service will fully prepare you in your application to some of the best universities in the world with intense interview practice and expert personal statement advice.

UK Accounting and Finance Courses

Introduction to Accounting and Finance

Accounting and Finance courses in the UK will help you craft unique perspectives and knowledge on economics, mathematics, political science, psychology and sociology. Students will learn how to prepare and interpret financial information, as well as gaining a theoretical and practical understanding of core financial practice.

Graduate Accounting and Finance Careers and Salary

Career options for accounting and finance graduates include accountancy, charted accountancy, banking, insurance brokering, financial advisor, financial trader, investment analyst and tax advisor.

Because of the broad nature of the profession, employment opportunities are available at a range of different companies and sectors and salaries are very competitive.

  • Average starting professional salary: £22,000
  • Average starting non-professional salary: £18,000

Source: Higher Education Statistics Agency, Destination of Leavers from Higher Education 2016-17.

Accounting and Finance UK Entry Requirements 

  • Typical International Baccalaureate requirements: Minimum 35 points.
  • Typical A-levels requirements: AAB and studying at least one of accountancy, business or mathematics.
  • Typical IELTS requirements: 6.5 overall, with no lower than 6.0 in any one component.

Please note that entry requirements vary for each UK university.

Where can I study Accounting and Finance in the UK?

To learn more about the best Accounting and Finance courses in the UK, find details on the top ten ranking Accounting and Finance universities in the Guardian University Guide 2021 below:

  1. University of Leeds
  2. University of Glasgow
  3. University of Bath
  4. University of Strathclyde
  5. Loughborough University
  6. London School of Economics
  7. University of Birmingham
  8. University of Chester
  9. University of Warwick
  10. University of Exeter

UK Economics Courses

Introduction to EconomicsLondon is one of the leading global financial centres in the world, and studying economics close to where many of its theories base their origins can be a huge advantage to any international student. Some of the world’s largest banks and accountancy firms operate in the UK, and upon completion of study there are a large number of opportunities for economic graduates to pursue.During study, students will develop their problem solving, data analysis, computing and written and oral presentation skills, all abilities which are highly regarded and sought after in today’s economic climate.

English is considered the language of world finance, and you will reap the benefits later in your career having studied here.Joint-honours degrees are also available, while subjects such as history, law and politics will help craft how you see economics past and future. Modules throughout the degree will include statistics, sustainable development, microeconomics, macroeconomics and decision theory.Graduate Economics Careers and SalaryIn the private sector, Economics graduates find work as consultants in banking and finance, whilst in the public sector they work for government departments, national treasuries, central banks and bureaus of statistics. Positions are also available in manufacturing, transport, communications, insurance, charitable institutions, investment and retail industries.

Average starting professional salary: £27,000

Average starting non-professional salary: £18,000Source: Higher Education Statistics Agency, Destination of Leavers from Higher Education 2016-17.Economics UK Entry Requirements

Typical International Baccalaureate requirements: 36 points.

Typical A-levels requirements: AAA including mathematics.

Typical IELTS requirements: 6.5 overall, with no lower than 6.0 in any one component.Please note that entry requirements vary for each UK university.Where can I study Economics in the UK?To learn more about the best Economics courses in the UK, find details on the top ten ranking Economics universities in the Guardian University Guide 2021 below:

  • University of Oxford
  • University of Cambridge
  • University of St Andrews
  • University of Strathclyde
  • University of Stirling
  • University of Warwick
  • University of Leeds
  • University of East Anglia
  • University of Bristol
  • Durham University

All Subjects

  • Accounting and Finance
  • Aerospace Engineering
  • Agriculture
  • Air Transport Management
  • American Studies
  • Animation
  • Anthropology
  • Architecture
  • Architecture and Environmental Design
  • Art
  • Biotechnology
  • Business and Management
  • Chemistry
  • Computer Science
  • Criminology
  • Dance
  • Dentistry
  • Design and Crafts
  • Development Studies
  • Digital Media
  • Drama
  • Economics
  • Education Studies
  • Engineering
  • English Literature
  • Fashion Design
  • Film Production
  • Film Studies
  • Floristry
  • Food Science
  • Forensic Science
  • Geography
  • Hospitality and Tourism
  • Hotel Management
  • Human Resources Management
  • Interior Design
  • International Relations
  • Journalism
  • Liberal Arts
  • Linguistics
  • Bachelor of Laws
  • Master of Laws
  • Marketing
  • Mathematics
  • Media and Communications
  • Medicine
  • Music
  • Nursing
  • Oil and Gas Engineering
  • Oil and Gas Management
  • Pharmacy
  • Physiotherapy
  • Politics
  • Psychology
  • Social Work
  • Sociology
  • Sports Science
  • Supply Chain and Logistics
  • TESOL
  • Veterinary Med

Boarding Schools in the UK

Why study at a UK Boarding School?

Parents choose to send their children to live at boarding schools in the UK to learn about culture, language, recreations, culinary traditions and atmosphere; so that by the time they join university, they speak fluent English and enjoy total familiarity with studying and living in the UK.

The cost can be considerable, but the facilities and academic standards justify the initial spend and a cursory glance at the A-Level results of most boarding schools will explain why these most British of institutions attract a global client base.

UK boarding schools are famously safe and disciplined environments for international students, featuring some of the very best teaching staff in the country alongside top class musical, artistic and sporting facilities. Students will emerge with complete fluency in English and completely at home in an Anglophone environment to study and work anywhere in the world.

Boarding School Fees

Fees for UK boarding schools range from £20,000 to £30,000 per year for each child. The cost can be as low as £12,000 for day pupils who live with their parents/guardian or in their own accommodation, and there are many excellent schools that take international pupils on that basis.

Trusted UK Boarding Schools

  • Bredon School
  • Ellesmere College
  • Farringtons School
  • King’s College Taunton
  • Langley School
  • Morton Hall Girls School
  • Oswestry School
  • Padworth College
  • Rendcomb College
  • Rishworth School
  • St Bees
  • St Christopher School
  • St James Senior Boys School
  • Warminster School

Requirements To Study In UK

There are many different entry requirements depending on your chosen type of UK study. The great thing about studying in the UK is that even if you don’t meet the requirements for one course, you can choose another at a different level and work your way up. The UK offers a range of study options to suit international students at all levels.

Improving your English language skills

You will need a good understanding of English before you can study at most further and higher education institutions in the UK. Studying an English language course in the UK, such as English for academic purposes (EAP) or a pre-sessional course, will prepare you for further study.

Another option is to take an English test such as IELTS in your home country before you come to the UK. The International English Language Testing System (IELTS) is the world’s leading English test of its kind, testing the four language skills: listening, reading, writing and speaking. Over 1,000 UK institutions recognise IELTS and the test is available in over 125 different countries.

You could also take the Pearson Test of English Academic (PTE Academic), which is administered online at Pearson testing centres. The test is recognised by more than 100 institutions in the UK and accurately measures the English language listening, reading, speaking and writing abilities of non-native speakers.

Entry requirements for UK undergraduate study

The qualifications you need depend on the course you want to study. You should have completed at least 13 years of education in your own country or in the UK, and have taken pre-university qualifications equivalent to UK A-levels, Scottish Highers or National Diplomas.

If you haven’t got these qualifications yet don’t worry – you can still study in the UK.

Qualifications required :

HND

Qualifications equivalent to one or two UK A-levels, two Scottish Highers or a Higher National Certificate or BTEC National Diploma; or an international foundation year. Plus IELTS 5.5-6.0

Foundation Degree

Qualifications equivalent to one or two UK A-levels, one or two Scottish Highers or a National Diploma; or an international foundation year. Plus IELTS 5.5-6.0

Diploma of Higher Education

Qualifications equivalent to one or two UK A-levels, two or three Scottish Highers or a National Diploma; or an international foundation year. Plus IELTS 5.5-6.0

Degree

Qualifications equivalent to two or three UK A-levels, three or four Scottish Highers, a Higher National Certificate or Diploma, or BTEC National Diploma; or an international foundation year. Plus IELTS 6.0-6.5

Entry requirements for postgraduate or MBA study

To begin a postgraduate course in the UK, you’ll need to hold an undergraduate degree from the UK or overseas. You’ll be expected to have obtained a first or good 2:1 (or international equivalent) in a directly related subject and you’ll need to speak English to at least IELTS 6.5 level for most courses.

Qualifications required :

Pre-master’s

Undergraduate degree plus IELTS 5.0-5.5

PG Cert/PG Dip

Undergraduate degree plus IELTS 6.5-7.0, or a pre-master’s course

Master’s degree

First or upper second class undergraduate degree plus IELTS 7.0, or a pre-master’s course

MBA

First degree, 2-3 years’ business experience, plus IELTS 6.5-7.0

PHD

Master’s degree, plus IELTS 6.5-7.0

Entry requirements for UK independent schools

To apply to a UK independent school, you’ll need to have a good standard of education from your own country. You won’t be expected to have passed formal qualifications, but may be asked to sit the school’s own entrance exam in subjects such as English and maths.

Some schools may ask students to sit entrance exams in English and maths. The common entrance exam is also used by many schools for students who enter at the age of 13.

Entry requirements for career-based and pre-university study

The qualifications you’ll need will depend on the course you want to study. Some qualifications (such as A-levels Scottish Highers and and BTEC National Diplomas) are below university level and lead directly on to higher education. Others (such as HNDs and foundation degrees) are university-level qualifications that enable you to join a degree course in the second or third year.

Qualifications required :

BTEC National Diploma

Good general high school education equivalent to four GCSEs grades A –C, plus IELTS 4.5-5.0

AS/A-levels

Good general high school education equivalent to five GCSEs grades A –C, plus IELTS 4.5-5.0

Scottish Highers/Advanced Highers

Good general high school equivalent to six Standard Grade qualifications grades 1-3, plus IELTS 4.5-5.0

International Foundation Year

Twelve years of school education or equivalent in your own country, plus IELTS 4.5-5.0

HND

Qualifications equivalent to one or two UK A-levels, two or three Scottish Highers or a BTEC National Diploma or an international foundation year, plus IELTS 5.5-6.0

Foundation Degree

Qualifications equivalent to one or two UK A-levels, two or three Scottish Highers or a BTEC National Diploma or an international foundation year, plus IELTS 5.5-6.0

Cost To Study In The UK

UK tuition fees are frequently a source of controversy, with prices having risen to eye-watering levels for home students (UK/EU) in recent years. Now, UK and EU students at English universities are required to pay up to £9,250 (~US$13,050) per year. 

International undergraduate tuition fees vary considerably, starting at around £10,000 (~US$14,130) and going up to £38,000 (~US$53,700) or more for medical degrees (source: Reddin Survey of University Tuition Fees). At all levels, humanities and social sciences degrees tend to cost the least, while laboratory and clinical degree programs are markedly more expensive, but when you combine these fees with the average cost of living in the UK, around £12,200 (~US$16,950) per year, then it can be hard to see how it’s possible to study in the UK without it costing you a small fortune. The total average cost of studying in the UK is estimated to be at least £22,200 (~US$31,380) per year, with studying in London likely to be significantly more expensive.

While these costs may be daunting, remember that most UK universities offer shorter programs compared to countries such as the US (three years for the average undergraduate degree instead of four, and one year for a master’s degree instead of two), so you may be able to subtract a year’s worth of fees and living costs from your total budget.

If these figures haven’t been enough to put you off studying in the UK, here’s a closer look at what you’ll be spending your money on, and how Brexit may affect your costs.

Students’ cost of living in the UK

Current UK student visa requirements stipulate that you must have at least £1,015 (~US$1,435) in your bank account for each month you plan to stay in the UK anywhere outside of London. This works out as £12,180 (~US$17,200) per year.

If you wish to study in London, you’ll need to budget considerably more – at least £1,265 (~US$1,800) per month, the equivalent of £15,180 (~US$21,500) a year.  

When you’re here, you can make the cost of living in the UK more affordable by taking advantage of student discounts – for example, students in London can get an 18+ Student Oyster photocard, giving you 30 percent off travelcards and bus/tram season tickets, and students all over the country can apply for an NUS Extra Card for a small fee.

One other way to beat the banker and make your money go further is to study somewhere in the UK where the cost of living is cheaper. According to the Natwest Student Living Index 2017, Welsh capital Cardiff is the most affordable city for students in the UK, followed in the top three by Aberdeen in Scotland, and Durham in north-east England.

Accommodation

Most students live in university halls of residence in their first year before moving into rented private accommodation in their following years. Many universities offer both self-catered and catered halls of residence, with food included in the price of rent for the latter.

The biggest difference in the cost of living in London compared to the rest of the UK is in rent, with University College London (UCL) estimating accommodation expenses of £8,073 (~US$11,400) per academic year (nine months/39 weeks). However, you may be able to find more affordable accommodation in university halls or a flat share.

The results of Save the Student’s National Student Accommodation Survey 2017 found that students spend an average of £125 (~US$175) per week on rent in the UK – with a huge regional variation: students in Northern Ireland spent only £91 (~US$129) a week, which is exactly half the amount spent by those in London (£182/US$257). Unless bills are included, you’ll probably spend a further £70 per month (~US$100) on bills for utilities and the internet.

Other average living costs in the UK

  • A weekly food shop will likely cost you about £30/$42, and a meal in a pub or restaurant can be about £12/$17
  • Depending on your course, you’ll likely spend at least £30 a month on books and other course materials
  • Your mobile phone bill is likely to be at least £15/$22 a month
  • Gym membership costs roughly £32/$45 a month, but you may be able to get a student discount
  • A typical night out (outside of London) costs about £30/$42 in total
  • In terms of entertainment, if you want to watch TV in your room, you need a TV license – this is £147 (~US$107) per year. A cinema ticket costs roughly £10/$14
  • Depending on your spending habits, you might spend £35-55 (US$49-77) or so on clothing each month

UK tuition fees – UK/EU students

There are two levels of tuition fees at publicly funded UK universities: home student fees (including EU students) and international student fees. For home students, institutions in England can charge up to a maximum of £9,250 (~US$13,050) per year for undergraduate degree programs. In Wales, the maximum fee is £9,000 (~US$12,700), while in Northern Ireland the limit is £4,160 (~US$5,900) for EU and Northern Irish students, and up to £9,250 for students from the rest of the UK.

In Scotland, an undergraduate degree is effectively free for students from Scotland and the EU. This is thanks to a subsidy from the Student Awards Agency for Scotland (SAAS). The SAAS also offers a tuition fee loan of up to £5,500 (~US$7,770) for home postgraduate students.

It should be noted that the Scottish definition of “home” student differs slightly, in that it doesn’t include students from the rest of the UK – i.e. England, Wales or Northern Ireland. Students from the rest of the UK who want to undertake an undergraduate degree in Scotland will pay up to £9,250 a year.

There’s also good news for students from Wales, who only need to pay £3,900 (~US$5,500) per year in UK tuition fees to study anywhere in the UK, with the rest covered by the Welsh government.

Postgraduate tuition fees vary significantly, depending on the university and the subject. Home students may be able to receive some funding from one of the UK’s research councils, the university itself, or via a career sponsorship scheme.

UK tuition fees – international students

For international students, undergraduate fees for 2017/18 started at around £10,000 (US$14,130) for lecture-based courses, going up to £38,000 (~US$53,700) or more for a top undergraduate medical degree. You can view the 10 most affordable universities for international undergraduates here.

At postgraduate level, international fees for classroom-based programs in 2017/18 started at around £11,000 (~US$15,545) and went up to £32,000 (~US$45,200). For laboratory-based programs, average annual fees vary from £12,000 (~US$16,940) to £27,200 (~US$38,400). You can view the most affordable UK universities for international postgraduates here.

UK scholarships and student funding

Home (UK/EU) students are eligible for loans, grants and other forms of funding to cover their UK tuition fees, with differing amounts of funding depending on location. While student loans for home students tend to cover all tuition fees, the additional loan to cover the cost of living in the UK often falls short of the amount actually needed. In the 2017/18 academic year, the maximum living loan was UK£8,430 (~$11,900) for students outside London and up to £11,002 (~US$15,500) for those who study in London. In both cases, this is likely to be a few thousand pounds short of your annual living expenses.

Undergraduate home students at private UK universities (of which there are only three) can still apply for tuition fee loans for most courses, as well as maintenance loans and maintenance grants. However, the tuition fee loan might not cover the full amount.

A large range of scholarships to study in the UK are also offered by the government, individual universities, independent organizations and various charities. The Education UK website provides an overview of scholarships available from the British Council and other organizations. It is also worth checking to see what scholarships and support schemes are available from the government and other organizations in your own country.

Prominent UK scholarships for international students include:

  • Chevening Scholarships – Government-funded UK scholarships open to outstanding students with leadership potential from around the world, to study at postgraduate level at accredited UK universities.
  • Marshall Scholarships – Scholarships for high-achieving US students to study in the UK.
  • Commonwealth Scholarships and fellowships – UK scholarships offered by member governments to citizens of other Commonwealth countries.

UK scholarships are more widely available at postgraduate level, with relatively few offered for undergraduate students. However, always check with your chosen university, as support is often available for exceptional undergraduate students.

For a longer list of prominent international scholarships to study in the UK, see this article. For advice on scholarship applications, download our guide on how to find scholarships to study abroad. 

What impact will Brexit have?

The UK’s decision to exit the European Union (Brexit) means many EU students are concerned that their tuition fees could increase. However, there’s no sign the government plans to increase fees yet. In fact, so far many UK universities have pledged to keep tuition fees fixed at the same rate for current EU students for the duration of their course. It’s also been confirmed that EU students enrolling at UK universities in both autumn 2018 and autumn 2019 will remain eligible for the same fees and financial aid as domestic students throughout their course, even after the UK leaves the EU in March 2018. 

Working in UK While Studying

From some of the highest tuition fees in the world to one of the most expensive countries to live, studying in the UK costs a wealth.

Luckily, there are many options for you to make your education in British universities an easy mission to accomplish which wouldn’t be the case in most popular study destinations. A well-developed and easily accessible student loan system, plus many scholarship schemes will offer you enough financial assistance to study in UK.

Moreover, in UK, similar to most of the top international study destinations, foreign students are allowed to work part-time. In the UK as an international student, you’re allowed to work up to 20 hours at maximum per week during term-time and full-time during holiday breaks. But there are many restrictions and conditions you must stay in line with in order to be allowed to work.

Eligibility

Your eligibility to work in the UK while studying depends on two major restrictions: those set by your university and those by state-run official institutions. First, you must ensure that your university doesn’t have any constrain pulling you back from working before dealing with state officials. For example, depending on your study course your university may limit working hours to you, aside from governmental restrictions.

In the UK, particularly in big cities like London, international students can easily find a part-time job. Some universities may only allow you to work inside the campus, but there is no need to worry because there are still many options available to you. However, before getting out to hunt part-time jobs you must check if you’re eligible for such work. It all starts with your Tier 4 visa, the official student visa in the UK. The first criteria you must check is your age. If you’re under 16 and don’t have a Tier 4 (General 4) you’re not qualified to work in the UK.

Note that these working prohibitions are only weighted to students coming from a country rather than EU/EEA countries or Switzerland. Citizens of EU/EEA, including Switzerland, don’t need permission to work in the UK while they’re attending a university.

All conditions and limitations are printed out on your Tier 4 sticker (vignette) including the number of hours you can work per week during term-time. When receiving your residence permit paperwork there will be a letter that will offer you all information, whether you can work or not while you’re studying.

If one of the following is stated in that letter you can work in the UK:

  • Work must be authorized
  • Able to work as authorized by the Secretary of State
  • Work as in Tier 4 Rules
  • Restricted as in Tier 4 Rules
  • Restricted work – Part-time during term-time, Full-time during vacations
  • Restricted work time
  • Work limited to 20 hours per week at maximum during term-time
  • Work limited to 10 hours per week at maximum during term-time

Your passport’s sticker may say something a bit different to all of the above options, but if none of the following isn’t mentioned you’re eligible to work.

  • No work
  • Work prohibited

If none of these is clearly stated in your paperwork or you have a problem understanding it, we advise you to contact them personally before deciding to get a job.

Note that if you decide to move to a higher level of study or change the course you may be required to initiate a new immigration application. Until you receive a response to this new application you must adhere to the old immigration status.

How many hours you’re allowed to work per week?

How many hours you’re permitted to work in the UK depends on the type of the course you’re attending too. Below are shown how many hours you can work with respect to the type of course.

In these types of courses, a student can work up to 20 hours per week

A full-time course at a degree level or above in a recognized higher education institution
A short-term student registered in a program of a foreign higher institution settled in UK

In the following types of courses, students are allowed to work only 10 hours a week

  • In a full-time course below level degree sponsored by a recognized body or a publicly-funded as a higher education institution.
  • Any course where the student is aged over 16 holds a Tier 4 (Child) visa

While students attending these courses are not allowed to work while studying in UK

  • In a part-time postgraduate course or above that is supported by a recognized body in the UK or that receives public funds as a Higher Education Institution
  • In a course at a further education college at whatever level
  • In a course at any level offered by a private higher education provider
  • At any course where the student aged under 16 has a Tier 4 (Child) visa

In the UK you’ll face some limits on working hours depended on few elements, including the type of your course and the type of Tier 4 sponsor you’re studying at. Full-time students can work for 20 hours per week at maximum, whether you get or not paid for your job. You can’t average a week in a long period of time since there’s a legal definition of the week. Based on this rule a week is the period of 7 days between a Monday and Sunday.

Types of jobs you’re not allowed to do

After you make sure you’re allowed to work in the UK, you’ll now have to deal with some constraints on the type of work you’re willing to do. There are certain jobs you’re not allowed to do while studying in the UK. Below are some types of them (paid or not paid) you can’t engage to when you’re holding a Tier 4 visa:

  • Be a self-employed or working freelance
  • Initiate a business activity
  • Full-time permanent job
  • Professional sportsperson including sport coach
  • Work as an entertainer
  • Work as a dentist or a doctor in training, except you’re enrolled in a foundation program.

What types of jobs can you find in UK for students?

In general, the primary purpose of student visas in the UK is to serve as a route for you to study without barriers. Despite being designed only to allow you to attend the university, your student visa can also allow you to work within certain time limits. However, note that the extent to which you’re allowed to work, it’s made rather for your professional gains or to complement your budget. Said otherwise, the government wants to be ensured you’re not losing the track of your studies while working.

If a work placement is mandatory for your study course, then there is a fixed time-limit you should work. Currently, if you’re attending such course you’re allowed to work for the period of time which is less than 33% of the whole duration of your course.

The following circumstances make an exemption to this rule:

  • Your study course is offered in a recognized higher education institution and it’s at RQF 6 or SCQF 9. You’re allowed to work up to 50% of the total length of your studies.
  • Your study course is part of a study abroad programme and it’s at RQF 6 or SCQF levels. You’re allowed to work up to 50% of the total length of your studies
  • You’re a Tier 4 (Child) aged 16 or above. You’re allowed to work up to 50% of the total length of your studies.
  • Work placement is an integral part of the study course and there’s a UK statutory requirement that allows you to exceed this limit.

As a foreigner and as an individual who may not have a clue of how the labour market work, it may be hard guessing what type of jobs you can and still not violating the law. Surely, there are many such jobs, but if you don’t know at least some of them right from the beginning you may end up with fewer options available.

Many students fear that they lack the proper skills to find a job as a student. That is mainly wrong because the majority of student jobs require no specific qualifications or skills. Furthermore, regardless of how hard may be to perform the task in a job placement as a student, you will always receive provision from an experienced employee.

But have you ever thought about what types of jobs you can find while studying in UK. Below we give you a long list of student jobs in the UK, which will give you an idea over what jobs to seek in UK as a foreign student.

  • Student Support officer
  • Sales assistant
  • Pharmacy Deliver Driver
  • Pizza Deliver Driver
  • Veterinary care assistant
  • Personal Assistant
  • Physiotherapy assistant
  • Admission Officer
  • Sport Facilities Worker
  • Gardener
  • Customer Assistant
  • Freelance translator
  • Waitress
  • Receptionist
  • Facilities Assistant
  • Residence Guider
  • Promotional worker
  • Enrollment advisor
  • Finance Assistant
  • Social Media Assistant
  • Newspaper distributor
  • Photographer
  • Personal Tutor
  • Ice Cream scooper
  • Host at a Restaurant
  • Smoothie Maker
  • Bartender
  • Cashier
  • Blogger
  • Graphic designer
  • Software Developer Intern
  • Bookseller
  • Tour Guide
  • Research Assistant
  • Waitress at the university cafeteria
  • Pet caretaker
  • House Cleaner
  • Babysitter
  • Brand Ambassador
  • IT assistant
  • Security guard
  • Fitness instructor

Source :-

https://www.studying-in-uk.org/

https://www.studyin-uk.com/

https://www.topuniversities.com/

http://charms.co.in/

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