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How to Meet Admission Requirements for Universities in the UK

Fri 11 Mar 2016

A degree from a university in the United Kingdom can be a great asset to any student. The UK education system is globally recognised as being of the highest standard, and looked on favourably by employers all over the world.

But gaining entry to UK university programmes can be difficult for international students. While the country welcomes people from all over the world, taking in over 400,000 international students each year, applicants must be able to demonstrate that they have reached a certain standard of education, and also have a sufficient level of English skills to be prepared for study.

Confused by the admissions requirements for universities in the UK? Read on to find out more.

Overview of Academic Entry Requirements for University in UK


Meeting the entry requirements for UK universities can be difficult for international students

Students in the UK complete 13 years of education before beginning undergraduate degrees, and universities expect international students to have a similar level of education in order to be accepted to study there.

International students must have completed secondary education and received good grades to meet the entry requirements for universities in the UK , and certain programmes may require higher grades in certain subjects, such as maths or science.

What is IELTS? Understanding English Requirements for University in UK 

The International English Language Testing System (IELTS) is a globally recognised test that measures the language proficiency of people looking to work or study in an English-speaking country. The test is scored on a scale from one to nine. Most universities require students to have a proficiency of about 6.5 or higher, which IELTS classes as a ‘competent user’ score.

Foundation Courses Help Students Meet Admission Requirements for UK Universities

Foundation course help student meet admissions requirements

When international students don't meet the admission requirements for UK universities, foundation courses can offer a solution. ONCAMPUS accepts students to its one year programmes with IELTS scores from 4.5 IELTS, depending on the specific course. Students who do not have the required English level may also opt for an extended course.

Foundation courses allow students to work on their English skills in a supportive, immersive environment, while also learning academic subjects relevant to their study area. Our partner universities offer students guaranteed progression to their chosen degree, once they complete their programme and meet the specified entry criteria.      

Choosing the Right Foundation Course for Your Admission Requirement Needs

Students looking to apply for pathway programmes will find a few different options available to them. For instance, a student looking to study in London can choose between the Undergraduate Foundation Programme at Birkbeck, or the University Of London International Foundation Programme, which is directed by the London School Of Economics, depending on which course is more suitable for them.

More advanced students may also be eligible to apply for the International Year One programme, which allows students to progress straight to the second year of their undergraduate degree on completion.  Meanwhile, the Master’s Foundation Programme offers a route to acceptance for students who are looking to progress to postgraduate study.

What to find out more about the requirements for university in UK?  Contact our admissions team today! 

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