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How to apply to UK universities

We help our students to prepare and apply for university programmes in the UK, from Foundation courses to PhD degrees.

University Programmes

Foundation Programmes

Foundation programmes prepare students academically for the course they will study at university. If you want to study business at university then you would study business-related academic classes during your foundation course. Foundation Programmes also help students to get acceptance on a degree. 

Foundation programmes are usually one academic-year long (30 – 34 weeks) and start in September. Although, fast-track intensive option is available which usually starts in January and lasts for six months. 

English language is usually included in any international foundation programme and is often assessed by completing coursework and/or taking an exam. To get accepted onto a Foundation Programme you may need an IELTS score of 4.5 - 6.0.

Undergraduate Degree

University Degree varies between three or four-year courses where graduates obtain a bachelor’s degree. To study at a university in the UK, you are required to have a minimum of three A-levels or equivalent. Overseas students are also required to have an IELTS score minimum of 6.0. There are different titles and levels of degrees, such as BA – Bachelor of Arts, BSc – Bachelor of Science, BEd – Bachelor of Education, BEng – Bachelor of Engineering.

University applications are made through UCAS (Universities & Colleges Admissions Service) from December to August.

Postgraduate Degree

Postgraduate courses involve one or two years’ of additional work after a degree and lead to a master’s degree. A longer period of postgraduate study is required for specialist degrees, such as medicine.

Masters Degree

Masters courses in the UK can be one year taught or two years with a thesis. Programmes usually start in September or October. Many programmes are also available part-time and can take between 2 and 6 years to complete.

All applicants should have a first degree. Other courses (e.g. most MBA’s) also require at least two years of work experience. Specific requirements differ from institution to institution and from course to course.

Candidates from non-English speaking nations will require an English language qualification for entry to a UK university. Many universities offer pre-Masters language training courses for students whose language skills need improvement.


In the UK, most PhD programmes last for three years. Students are expected to submit a thesis within 12 months of the end of the programme, preferably within the three years.

Students whose first language is not English will need a recognised English language qualification for their PhD studies.