Destination - United Kingdom


Education System

A. Categories

Bachelor Degrees: It lasts three years full time except for Engineering, Architecture and other such courses that last for four years full-time.
The 1st year of the Bachelors program is known as the HNC (Higher national certificate), the 2nd year is called HND (Higher National Diploma) while the 3rd year is graduation (Bachelors) year. Each of these is an accepted qualification by itself.

Sandwich Programs: “Sandwich” programs are very popular in the UK, whereby a student studies for two years, works for one year, and then comes back to university for the final year of Bachelors.

Masters: UK offers students a large number of program options from many fields to enroll in at the masters level and as a result there many types of Master degrees available in the UK such as MSC, MA, MFA, MPA etc. All Masters Degrees are one year long making them a popular option among Indian students. A few masters programs maybe two years in duration

MBA: UK Universities and Business Schools offer MBA programs with many types of specialization from accounting to finance to HR to Economics to Marketing to management, Entrepreneurship, operations management, IT and many more. An MBA degree is only for duration of one year, making UK qualifications a popular option among Indian students. Many Universities have now started the Fresher’s MBA program, which allows a student to directly enroll after their Bachelors degree has completed. For Fresher’s MBA program, a GMAT or work experience is not mandatory – only IELTS is required. For most MBA programs, some work experience may be required and many only require the IELTS.

Foundation courses:, Foundation years or Access/Bridging courses: These courses are designed with the intent of sharpening the skills of those students who do not possess a sufficient academic qualifications/score and thus helping them secure admission in a reputed UK University. Thus a Foundation course also called a foundation year, access or bridging course which is a course that bridges the gap between the qualifications that a student has and the qualifications he/she needs to study in higher education. It generally lasts for a year, although an intensive Foundation course can last only six months. The advantage here again is ‘Time’, many foundation programs replace the year 1 requirement for your Bachelors degree. Thus a student enrolling for a Foundation program followed by a Bachelors degree will still complete his/her education in three years.

Pre-Masters Program: The Pre-Masters program is also designed with the intent of sharpening the skills of those students who do not possess a sufficient academic qualifications/score and thus helping them secure admission in a reputed UK University at the Masters level. Thus a Pre-Masters program course also called as Pre-Masters is a course that bridges the gap between the qualifications that a student has and the qualifications he/she needs to study at the Masters level in the UK. It generally lasts for a semester, although some pre-masters programs do last anywhere between six months and 1 year depending on the student’s academic background.

B. Academic Requirements/ Eligibility:

Undergraduate: 10th grade mark sheet along with 12th grade mark sheet in Science, Commerce or Arts.

Postgraduate: 1st Degree is required by most of the Universities for Masters Courses. GMAT or GRE scores are NOT required by UK institutions. Most MBA accredited universities require a minimum of 2 to 3 years of work experience. However, there are a sufficient number of universities that do not require any sort of work experience for their MBA programs. Masters courses such as MA, MSC etc do NOT require work experience.

English Requirement: IELTS minimum score of 7.0 for Postgraduate and 6.5 for Undergraduate Studies is recommended. However, the IELTS score is specific to the University you will be applying to. Exemption to take the IELTS examination is possible if student has scored above 70% in English language in the 10th and 12th grade. However, this is subjected to University approval and each university has its own standards to gauge whether to hand waivers. Students can also take the PTE test to satisfy their English requirement. PTE scores must range a minimum between 51 and 61 for undergraduate studies, a minimum score range between 57 and 67 for Masters Studies and a minimum score range between 59 and 69 for MBA studies. The scores for either the IELTS or the PTE test are required as per the UK university admission and UKBA visa requirements.

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C. Types of Courses:

The UK offers many types of course - Following are type of courses offered in UK
  • Agriculture, Applied & Pure Sciences
  • Law and Legal Studies
  • Engineering and Technology
  • Business and Administration
  • Computer Science & Information Technology
  • Creative arts & Design
  • Education & Teacher training
  • Environmental sciences, Health & Medicines
  • Architecture building & planning
  • And many more…