With the exception of Medicine, Dentistry, Veterinary Medicine and Architecture, degree courses in England and Wales are 3 years long, and 4 years long in Scotland. To apply you will need to go through the Universities and Collages Admissions System (UCAS), which limits the number of applications and has certain deadlines and requirements that you must meet. There is also a small fee. As this can be confusing and mistakes easily made, please talk to your counsellor and accept their advice on completing the UCAS application.
For a full list of UK universities, click here.
In some management, tourism or engineering courses, students often have the option of studying a sandwich course; this is a 4 year programme with one year based in industry. Popular courses that can include a year in industry include tourism (students often go and work in their own country), art and design, management and engineering. If a student opts for this kind of programme, they will have a chance to apply what they have learned, but will have to write up a report about their experiences at the end of the placement year. These courses are popular as people can gain invaluable experience that can help them with work later on and of course they can also get paid during their placement.

Foundation Study

Students in the UK have 13 years of education before they start university in comparison to most countries that have 12. In addition, the UK education system is generally narrower but subjects are studied at greater depth. To ensure that overseas students are not at a disadvantage, most universities will expect overseas students to complete a foundation programme that will prepare students for the rigors of undergraduate study in the UK.
For a full list of UK universities, click here.
A foundation programme is designed to:
  • Develop a student's English for their chosen academic courses.
  • Prepare students for entry to a UK university and prepare them for the ways courses are delivered.
  • Prepare students for their undergraduate area of study, so business students will do a business pathway and engineering students will do an engineering pathway; these pathways will develop skills important to the courses that the students will continue onto.
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