The UK education system

Education in the UK enjoys global recognition as being the highest in quality. This means that when you study here, you benefit from greater opportunities in your life and career.

The United Kingdom attracts over 400,000 international students every year. Its long-standing reputation for academic excellence continues to offer graduates the best career opportunities whether they decide to seek work in the UK, USA or return home.

In the UK, students complete 13 years of education before they progress to university. Undergraduate study is three years and postgraduate is one year.

Undergraduate study in the US is split into two components. The first two years are spent studying ‘general studies’ and the last two years are spent on ‘core studies’ and postgraduate study in Australia can be one-two years.

The diagram below illustrates the differences in time of study within different education systems and where ONCAMPUS programmes in the UK fit within this.

The benefits

  • Students can complete a Bachelor’s degree in three years (compared to four years in the US) and a Master’s degree in one year (compared to two years in the US).
  • Undergraduate and postgraduate courses in the UK are generally shorter than in other countries, which can help to keep the cost of tuition fees and living expenses down.

Russell Group

The Russell Group was established to recognise excellence in research within UK universities. It represents 24 leading UK universities which are committed to maintaining the very best research, an outstanding teaching and learning experience and unrivalled links with business and the public sector. Members include: Oxford, Cambridge, Imperial, Queen Mary, King’s, UCL, LSE, Warwick and Bristol

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