Studying in the U.K
Why Study in the U.K
The UK has a longstanding reputation for academic excellence. It provides students an opportunity to get world-class education, access cutting-edge research, and learn from the brightest minds. Students get the knowledge and skills that employers want—all while enjoying a high quality of life!
UK universities consistently rank amongst the best in the world. In fact, three of the top 10 universities in the Times Higher Education World University Rankings 2019 are British. The high quality of education can be found right across the country. Higher education institutions in the UK are regulated by the British government to maintain their globally recognized, high standard of education—and to ensure that students get the best teaching, support and resources.
Benefit from Short and Flexible Courses
Academic programs (referred to as ‘courses’ in the UK) are generally shorter in the UK than many other countries. Students in the UK can usually earn a Bachelor’s degree after three years of full time study, and complete a Master’s degree course in one year. In contrast, it can take a total of six to seven years to earn the same degrees in Canada and the USA. The shorter study duration helps to reduce overall tuition fees and accommodation costs, thus making the UK an attractive study option. Furthermore, students can pick and choose from over 50,000 academic courses in more than 25 subject areas in the UK. British universities offer flexibility, allowing students to choose from different subject ‘modules’ and tailor their studies to suit their interests and career aspirations.
Great Place to Live
The UK is one of the most desirable places to live in around the world with its high quality of education, healthcare, transportation, infrastructure, and government services. According to the 2017 report, How’s Life? Measuring Well-Being, by the Organization for Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD), the UK also has a higher environmental quality, social engagement, personal security and the chance for engagement with civic society than many other developed nations.
Access To Cutting-Edge Research
The UK is at the forefront of innovative research and emerging technologies, giving students exposure to insights and experiences that are high in demand around the world. Students in the UK have an opportunity to collaborate on groundbreaking research, get their hands on the latest technology, and learn from brilliant thinkers who are amongst the best minds in their fields.
Improve Career Prospects
A British education gives students an opportunity to develop the skills, knowledge, critical thinking, and connections they need to drive their careers forward. As a result, British degrees are recognized and respected globally. Whether the student chooses to apply for work in the United Kingdom with a work visa, or return to their home country, a degree from the UK opens many doors for them.
Admission into British independent schools and higher education institutions is generally based on the student’s past academic performance and English language proficiency. Prospective students should begin reviewing the admission requirements far in advance to give themselves sufficient time to satisfy the admission requirements. For example, taking prerequisite courses they need, collecting required documents, writing applicable tests, and completing any other steps required to gain admission.
For admission into undergraduate level university courses, prior completion of A-levels, Advanced Highers or equivalent-level qualifications is required. Higher marks are usually needed to gain admission into more competitive or in-demand courses. Most courses will also expect students to have some pre-16 qualifications, such as GCSE English and maths, or their equivalents. Students will also need to have taken subjects related to their chosen higher education course, known as prerequisite courses. For example, a student seeking admission into an Engineering program will need to have completed Grade 12-equivalent math courses.
Admission into a postgraduate Master’s program is dependent on prior completion of an undergraduate degree. Students applying for a Masters or Doctorate program must have a Bachelor. Many PhD programs also require students to have a Master’s degree first.
Many colleges and universities require students to demonstrate their suitability for a specific course through a written personal statement. A personal statement should discuss:
Interest in the Course
Why has the student chosen the particular course? Why do they think they are suitable for the course?
Skills and Achievements
Any awards won, any positions of responsibility held, achievements students are proud of, attributes that make them interesting. Universities like to know the skills a student has that will help them on the course, or generally with life at university.
Hobbies and Interests
Students can use these to demonstrate their personality, skills and abilities. Hint:Try to link them to the skills and experience required for the course(s).
Include details of placements, work experience, voluntary work, or jobs, especially if it is relevant to the chosen course(s).
Gaps in Education (if applicable)
Explain what the student was doing since leaving education.
What does the student want to do after their graduation? How does the course relate to what you want to do in the future?
Why the UK?
Why does the student want to study in the UK.
Personal statements are a great way for a student to make themselves stand out over other applicants.
References should ideally come from teachers, principals, tutors or coaches. Past or current supervisors can also provide references if a student left education years ago, or if students are applying for programs related to their work, or if a student is applying for an MBA program. Referees who supervised or coached a student in their volunteer positions or extracurricular activities, and can speak about the student’s work ethic, leadership, teamwork and intrapersonal skills are also often accepted.
Many education providers will invite shortlisted students for an interview before making their admission decision and it may take place over telephone, video call, or in-person. Interviewers will ask questions relating to the student’s background, current study plans, and future career aspirations. The interview also helps the university ensure that the student is coming to the UK for genuine study purposes and has a realistic prospect of returning home once their studies have finished.
English Language Proficiency
Since English is the primary language of instruction in the UK, students applying from a non-English speaking country need to demonstrate English proficiency through an English language test as part of the admission process. The following tests are commonly accepted for entry into degree-level courses:International English-Language Testing System (IELTS) - Academic and UKVI Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL) - Internet-Based Test (IBT)