The UK education system is flexible, so you can study in a way that suits your lifestyle and career aspirations. When you study in the UK you meet people from different nationalities, sharing their backgrounds and discovering new perspectives. 

 The benefits of studying in the UK

  • The UK institutions consistently rank among the best in the world and qualifications are internationally valued and recognized.
  • The UK undertakes 5 percent of the world’s scientific research and produces 14 percent of the world’s most frequently cited papers.
  • UK institutions offer the flexibility of choice and enable you to blend academic and vocational courses of your choice.
  • The teaching and study methodology used in the UK gives you the freedom to be creative and develop skills sets and confidence.
  • As a student you get the opportunity to be taught by the world's leading academics and experts; you also benefit from their constant academic support.
  • UK degrees can be tailored to your interests and often include specialized modules.
  • The UK is the home of English hence an ideal place to develop language skills and enhance employment prospects

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 about 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

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.

Many international students in the UK take a part-time job, work placement or internship alongside their studies. The hours and type of work you do will depend on the type of visa and your sponsoring university or college.

Find out more about the hours and types of work you can do on the UKCISA website 

Most international students need a student visa to study in the UK. Finding out whether you need a visa to study is easy - simply check here on GOV.UK .

Your student visa will allow you to live and study in the UK throughout your course.

If you attend a pre-departure briefing in your home country, you will pick up more handy tips on your visa application.

Types of student visa

TIER 4 (GENERAL) STUDENT VISAS

If you are 16 or over and want to study at higher education level, you’ll need to apply for a Tier 4 (General) student visa.

You need to wait until you have an offer from a university or college before applying for your Tier 4 (General) student visa. Your university or college will then be able to give you a document called a Confirmation of Acceptance of Studies (CAS). To do this, your chosen institution needs to be approved by the UK government as a ‘licenced Tier 4 sponsor’.

Find out more about Tier 4 (General) student visas .

SHORT-TERM STUDY VISAS

Short-term study visas are available to students who want to join courses that are up to six months long or English language courses up to 11 months long.

Find out more about short-term study visas .

There is a wide variety of safe and modern accommodation on offer for students in the UK and universities and colleges have dedicated accommodation teams that will help you find the right type of living environment to suit your needs.

Many universities and colleges have halls of residence that are on-site or nearby. If you prefer to rent your own accommodation, your university and college accommodation office can usually help you.

Even in shared living accommodation, students usually have a bedroom to themselves, often with an en-suite bathroom.

To help you start planning, the main options are outlined below.

University-owned accommodation

Most UK universities offer places for new students in their halls of residence. Halls can vary from single rooms with shared kitchen and living areas to self-contained studios.

You can often choose from catered halls (with a dining room where you can buy cheap meals) or self-catered halls (with kitchens where you can cook your own food), depending on your preference.

Halls provide a safe and comfortable home-away-from-home that is good value for money, with services like wifi and contents insurance included in the cost of your rent.

Most halls welcome both female and male students, but there are usually single-sex halls available too.

Private accommodation

Many students in the UK live in private, rented accommodation in the second year of their studies and onward, giving a taste of life beyond the campus.

Most private student accommodation is already furnished, but you may need to provide your own items such as kitchen utensils and bedding. You’ll also need to factor in the costs for utilities.

Rented accommodation is strictly regulated in the UK, so if you do have any issues you will always be able to get them dealt with.

Luxury student accommodation

Many UK cities now have private luxury developments built for students. Accommodation ranges from private self-contained studios to apartments. Fully furnished and equipped with designer fixtures and fittings, residents can expect cinema rooms, 24-hour security, on-site gyms and round-the-clock concierge services.

Homestay accommodation

A homestay - where you live with a UK family in their home - can be a great opportunity to experience UK culture first-hand. Your university may be able to help you arrange this, or you can contact one of the homestay agencies registered with the British Council.


Tante Marie is the UK's longest established cookery school, leading the way in chef training, professional cookery courses and gap year cookery courses.

  • Employment Options
  • Course Funding Options
  • Visa Support
  • Affordable Tuition
  • Best Cookery Classes
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Our Ranking
Yes
Scholarship
1200
Student Size
2
Programs
98%
Acceptance rate
Private
Type
$ 26000.00
Average Tuition
$ 500.00
Living Expenses

Middlesex University is a British public university based in North London, we also have campuses in Dubai, Malta, and Mauritius. Having existed in various forms for more than 150 years we now specialize in Computing, Engineering, Law, and Business.

  • Gain a British degree in one of 4 locations
  • High quality accredited courses with a practical focus
  • Work placements available
  • Up to 25% scholarships available
  • Dedicated VISA support staff
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Our Ranking
Yes
Scholarship
23000
Student Size
390
Programs
95%
Acceptance rate
Public
Type
£ 17000.00
Average Tuition
£ 15000.00
Living Expenses
  1. World top 500 - Times Higher rankings
  2. World top 150 young universities - Times Higher rankings
  3. Times Higher Best young university in London
  4. Times Higher 15th most international university in the world 

Cardiff Sixth Form College has been top of the UK league tables for the past eight years and is highly regarded for its academic reputation. In 2017 92% of all students gained A*-A grades, 99% A*-B. The College also has tremendous success in getting students into top universities. With a strong careers department of seven counsellors, this year 37 students went onto study Medicine, 23 Engineering, 20 Economics and 10 Law at Russell Group and Ivy League universities. In 2017, 19 students gained places at Oxbridge, 26 to Imperial, 21 to LSE, 16 to UCL and 7 to Hong Kong University. As well as an A Level programme, Cardiff Sixth Form College also offers a one year GCSE course, one term short course and three summer schools: academic, Oxbridge Preparation and Medical Preparation.

  • Top academic results - 92% A*-A and 99% A* - B
  • 100% to Russell Group universities
  • 19 to Oxbridge
  • 27 to do Medicine
  • Excellent boarding facilities and located right in the heart of Cardiff
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Our Ranking
Yes
Scholarship
300
Student Size
3
Programs
98%
Acceptance rate
Private
Type
$ 63000.00
Average Tuition
$ 63000.00
Living Expenses

Brunel University London is a single campus based in West London. Only 15 minutes from Heathrow airport and 25 minutes from central London. All students are guaranteed campus accommodation for the duration of their course. Everything is within 10 minutes walk. A very safe area and campus. We are a very career focused university and offer 1 year paid internships on all of our undergraduate courses

  • Business School ranked in the worlds top 5%
  • World class Engineering facilities and unique courses
  • No.25 in the world as an International university
  • Worlds top 50 for sport. Used by Usain Bolt, Mo Farah and GB athletes
  • Graduate starting salaries £5,000 more than the UK average
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Our Ranking
Yes
Scholarship
16000
Student Size
272
Programs
95%
Acceptance rate
Public
Type
£ 16000.00
Average Tuition
£ 5000.00
Living Expenses
  1. Brunel performed well in the annual rankings of UK universities produced by The Guardian and The Times, in part due to its strong performance in the Teaching Quality Assessment (where Brunel received a score of 20/24 or better for every subject assessed). The Guardian and The Times ceased using the TQA to compile their rankings (they use the National Student Survey results instead) and therefore Brunel had fallen in both rankings. However, the university regained its league position in 2012 partly due to improved student satisfaction and spending on students. As a result, it was ranked 39th in the Sunday Times University Guide. In the 2013 Guardian University Guide, the university's national ranking rose to 44th.

The University has grown significantly since it was granted its Royal Charter in 1966. During this time our teaching and research have developed to where the University is now divided into 5 academic Faculties which each have their own academics, facilities, and research centers.

  • Hugely welcoming
  • Supportive and diverse campus for international students to come live and study
  • One of the most affordable places to live in the UK
  • Top notch academics, facilities and services
  • Financial support available
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Our Ranking
Yes
Scholarship
11607
Student Size
436
Programs
95%
Acceptance rate
Public
Type
£ 20000.00
Average Tuition
£ 1190.00
Living Expenses
  1. Over 70% of our professional courses have professional, statutory or regulatory body recognition.
  2. Engineering and Informatics: - We have one of the longest-established Computer Science departments in the country, offering courses accredited by the British Computer Society.
  3. Our BEng, MEng and MSc courses in Chemical Engineering are accredited by the Institution of Chemical Engineers (IChemE).
  4. Our Civil and Structural Engineering courses have accreditation by the Joint Board of Moderators which includes the Institution of Civil Engineers (ICE), Institution of Structural Engineers (IstructE), Chartered Institution of Highways & Transportation and the Institute of Highway Engineers.
  5. Our Civil Engineering courses have accreditation by the Institution of Civil Engineers (ICE) and Institution of Structural Engineers (IstructE).
  6. Our Mechanical and Automotive Engineering courses are accredited by the Institution of Mechanical Engineers (IMechE) putting all our graduates on route to Chartered Engineer status.
  7. Our BEng, MEng and MSc Medical Engineering courses are accredited by the IMechE.
  8. Our Film and Television Production BA is accredited by Creative Skillset.
  9. Our Clinical Technology BSc course is accredited by the Institution of Engineering and Technology (IET).
  10. Our accredited engineering courses are also recognized by the EUR-ACE system for having the relevant Professional, Statutory and Regulatory Body (PSRB) accreditation.
  11. Health Studies: - The latest data from the Higher Education Statistics Agency (HESA) shows that more than 96% of graduates from the Faculty of Health Studies enter employment or further study shortly after graduating.
  12. The Faculty is highly regarded for nursing and allied health professions. We work with a number of partners in health and social care, as well as the Third Sector, to make sure that you learn from the best people possible, including leading academics, healthcare professionals and active researchers.
  13. Our Midwifery Studies and Nursing courses are approved by the Nursing and Midwifery Council(NMC).
  14. Our Diagnostic Radiography, Occupational Therapy and Physiotherapy courses are approved by the Health and Care Professions Council (HCPC).
  15. Diagnostic Radiography is also approved by the College of Radiographers.
  16. Life Sciences: - 95%of our 2014 Archaeology and Archaeological Sciences graduates were in employment or further study within six months of graduating.
  17. Our Biomedical Science BSc is accredited by the Institute of Biomedical Science (IBMS) and can lead to registration with the Health and Care Professions Council (HCPC).
  18. Our Healthcare Science (Life Sciences) BSc is accredited by the IBMS and Health Education England, and has approval from the HCPC. - Year 1 of the BSc in Clinical Sciences is accredited by the General Medical Council.
  19. Our Optometry BSc is accredited by the General Optical Council and is listed in the Complete University Guide 2017's Top 10 for Opthalmics.
  20. Both our Pharmacy MPharm programmes have recently been fully reaccredited for the maximum period of six years by the General Pharmaceutical Council (GPhC).
  21. Social Sciences: - Our Psychology and Psychology with Counselling undergraduate degrees are accredited by the British Psychological Society (BPS) as conferring eligibility for Graduate Membership of the Society with the Graduate Basis for Chartered Membership. This is the first step towards becoming a Chartered Psychologist and/or Practising Psychologist. - Our Social Work BA is approved by the Health and Care Professions Council (HCPC) and relevant government departments. If you complete the course successfully you will be eligible for registration with the HCPC as a qualified Social Worker. - Our Working with Children, Young People and Families BA is a collaboration between the University and key employers in social care and the children’s care sectors. Management and Law: 
  22. University of Bradford School of Management is part of an elite group of business schools worldwide with the triple-crown of accreditations - AACSB, AMBA and EQUIS. - Many of our undergraduate Accounting and Finance modules attract accreditation from the professional bodies, such as: o Institute of Chartered Accountants in England and Wales (ICAEW) o Association of Chartered Certified Accountants (ACCA) o Association of International Accountants (AIA) o Chartered Institute of Management Accountants (CIMA) - Our International Business and Management, Management, Finance and Investment, and Financial Management Master's are accredited by the ACCA. - Our Human Resource Management MSc is accredited by the Chartered Institute of Personnel and Development (CIPD).
  23. The Bradford LLB Law has been accredited by the Solicitors Regulation Authority (SRA) and the Bar Standards Board as a qualifying law degree. - Depending on modules taken, our Economics students qualify for partial exemption from Chartered Insurance Institute (CII), Association of Chartered Certified Accountants (ACCA), and Chartered Institute of Management Accountants (CIMA) examinations."

Brooke House College is a family run co-educational, international college for students aged 12-19, wishing to undertake their general secondary education within the British curriculum. Programmes include; General Key Stage 3 courses for the youngest pupils, our University Foundation Programme,  A-level courses and GCSE courses with a large range of academic subject choice. All are supported with Academic English if required. Our class sizes are typically small with an average of 8 students in a class.   Brooke House College Football Academy allow for participants to undertake a full academic programme along side  professional coaching and skills development within a professional football environment.  

  • Accepts students for the ages of 12-19 year
  • Provides pathways to top flight universities
  • Professional football academy (optional) along side full curiculum
  • International University Foundation Programme (including Medicine and Law)
  • Age appropriate boarding facilities
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Our Ranking
Yes
Scholarship
230
Student Size
3
Programs
10%
Acceptance rate
Private
Type
£ 33000.00
Average Tuition
£ 0.00
Living Expenses

The school is accredited by the ISI in the UK.

The National Mathematics and Science College is a co-educational establishment dedicated to providing a world-class education in STEM subjects (Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics) to students aged fifteen and over who wish to gain places at the world’s leading universities such as Oxford, Cambridge and top Russell Group universities in the UK.

Our students aim to achieve the highest grades at A level and will, therefore, be in a tremendously strong position to obtain a place at a leading university of their choice.

Why do we focus on the STEM subjects?

Students who study STEM subjects at A-level are equipping themselves with extremely valuable qualifications in areas of knowledge which are in great demand in employment and in higher education.

STEM subjects are not only academically rigorous but also equip students with powerful transferrable skills such as critical thinking, problem-solving and teamwork.

Our Mission

“To educate young people in an international context, who are capable of achieving A grades at A-level and who wish to secure places in the world’s elite universities; and who will become future leaders of their communities, business and academic research.”

 

  • 100% Grade A* GCSE mathematics and 100% Grade A* A level mathematics
  • We provide 1:1 mentoring and complete pastoral care and support
  • Outstanding success rates at UK Olympiads in all subjects (100% of our students who enter are awarded either Bronze, Silver or Gold)
  • Unique enrichment activities including the Parliamentor Programme supervised by a former government minister and a theatre workshop run by the Belgrade Theatre in Coventry
  • All our teachers possess first class degrees or high 2.1s from Top Russel Group universities ensuring our teachers have the depth of subject knowledge required to extend the learning beyond the syllabus.
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Our Ranking
Yes
Scholarship
63
Student Size
1
Programs
60%
Acceptance rate
Private
Type
£ 29500.00
Average Tuition
£ 14900.00
Living Expenses

Ofsted 

The school has a wide range of policies and procedures which govern its safe and compliant operation. These are drawn from guidance and good practice established across the UK and reviewed on a periodic basis by the school and approved by the Board of Directors.

 

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