The United Kingdom
The United Kingdom is the place where the industrial revolution took place. The inception of the modern life surrounded by technologies, a variety of innovations, and a plenty of goods and services actually started from Britain back in 18th century. Apart from that, UK has a rich history: a history of long-lasting reign about 200 years over the whole world, a history of generating world’s famous litterateurs, scientists and other scholars. William Shakespeare, Lord Byron, J.K. Rowling, Isaac Newton, Stephen Hawking, David Beckham are just a few to mention.
The nation has been consistently successful in accumulating fame and reputation from almost every field. For education, UK has only a few alternatives in the world. Oxford, Cambridge and ICL are three institutions that belong to world’s top 10 universities in the world. England, the major country of the states, is one of the very few countries that are so advanced in games and sports. It is the only nation on the planet earth that holds both football and cricket world championship title.
The UK’s most stunning architectural monument is the London Eye, largest ferry’s wheel, which gives a ride of thirty minutes and carries over 800 passengers at a time. The land is also famous for its pubs around it, archaic monuments in different parts and finally the aristocratic Royal Family.
The people of United Kingdom are more nationalistic and they don’t get very close to the unknowns or the foreigners very shortly. The pub culture is widespread and some youths and adults misuse the opportunity and get overly drunk on Saturday nights.
Top 6 students’ friendly cities of UK
Major Airports in the UK
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University of Oxford
University of Cambridge
Imperial College London
The University of Manchester
LIVERPOOL JOHN MOORES UNIVERSITY
ROYAL HOLLOWAY UNIVERSITY OF LONDON
THE UNIVERSITY OF LAW
THE UNIVERSITY OF NORTHAMPTON
UNIVERSITY OF BIRMINGHAM
UNIVERSITY OF EAST LONDON
UNIVERSITY OF GREENWICH
UNIVERSITY OF ROEHAMPTON
- List of Colleges and Institutes
- European School of Economics
- Glasgow School of Art
- Heythrop College
- Imperial College London
- King’s College London
- Leeds College of Art
- Leeds College of Music
- Liverpool Institute for Performing Arts
- London Business School
- Northern School of Contemporary Dance
- Plymouth College of Art
- Rose Bruford College
- Royal College of Art
- Royal College of Music
- Royal Conservatoire of Scotland
- Royal Northern College of Music
- Scotland’s Rural College
- The London School of Economics and Political Science
- The Royal Central School of Speech and Drama
- Trinity Laban Conservatoire of Music and Dance
University/College Admission Process in the UK:
How to apply for university 2020
Now that you’ve made the decision to go to university, find out how to successfully complete your UCAS application before the deadline
Once you’ve weighed up all the information available, attended university open days and discussed your degree options with friends, family and those in the know – including course tutors and college careers advisers – you’re ready to begin the application process for 2020 entry.
Registering with UCAS
The Universities and Colleges Admissions Service (UCAS) is the central organisation responsible for processing applications for full-time undergraduate study at UK universities.
You can either register and complete your application using the UCAS online system, or do it through your school or college and they’ll send it to UCAS on your behalf. However, with the latter it’s important to confirm the deadline, as it may be earlier than the one set by UCAS.
Alternatively, if you’ve already left college, or you’re an international student looking to study in the UK, you’ll need to register with UCAS as an individual and apply through their online system, while adhering to the timeframe set out below.
Applying for university through UCAS
Online applications for full-time undergraduate study are made at UCAS Undergraduate: Apply and Track, where you’ll be able to find all details relating to entry requirements and filling in the information. When applying, you can select up to five courses at different universities. However, you can only apply once in a cycle.
The deadline for 2020 applications to be received by UCAS is Tuesday 30 June 2020. The 2020 application fee is £20 for a single choice, rising to £25 for two choices or more. Your college may collect the payment for entry, or could ask you to pay UCAS directly.
Before the application deadline you’ll need to have:
- filled in all your details, qualifications and courses selected
- written your personal statement – see personal statements for university applications
- included a written reference from a teacher or professional who knows you academically
- paid your UCAS application fee.
While institutions do ask for grades in certain subjects at A-level (or equivalent) as part of their course entry requirements, they may also request a particular amount of UCAS Tariff points. Although this system is optional, it is often used by admissions staff to compare applicants.
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Tariff points for A-level qualifications since 2001
It’s important to be aware that course providers don’t immediately dismiss those that fall short of their exact requirements, so you may still receive an offer for a place on a course if you don’t quite achieve your predicted grades.
UCAS application deadlines
Here are the key dates for courses starting in 2020:
- 21 May 2019 – UCAS Undergraduate Apply is open for university admission in 2020.
- 4 September 2019 – UCAS is accepting applications and fees while universities can begin making decisions on course places.
- 15 January 2020 – Applications for most courses to be received by UCAS.
- 15 January 2020 – Entry deadline for the majority of dance, drama and musical theatre courses.
- 25 February 2020 – Extra opens.
- 6 May 2020 – university/college decisions due on applications submitted by 15 January 2020.
- 30 June 2020 – all applications received after this date will enter into Clearing.
- 5 July 2020 – last date to apply in Extra for 2020 entry.
- 6 July 2020 – Clearing opens.
- 13 July 2020 – university/college decisions due on applications submitted by 30 June 2020.
- 4 August 2020 – SQA results day.
- 13 August 2020 – A-level results day 2020.
- 13 August 2020 – Adjustment opens
- 31 August 2020 – Adjustment ends.
- 21 September 2020 – final application deadline for 2020 entry.
- 20 October 2020 – deadline for Clearing choices to be added.
Applicants who have used all five choices but are not holding any offers (or have declined those received) may consider the UCAS Extra service, allowing you to add one more choice.
If you’ve choices remaining from the five available, you may be able to enter more using Track. However, this will incur a further application fee and it needs to be done before the final UCAS deadline. You can’t use this feature if you’ve already accepted or declined your offers.
Tracking your application
Once your application has been sent and you’ve received a welcome email, you can follow its progress by logging in to UCAS Track. To use this online system, simply sign in with your personal ID and password.
You’ll then be able to find out if you have any offers for a place on a course or receive an invitation to attend an interview. You can also respond to any offers you receive from your chosen universities.
Don’t worry about missing out on important updates, as you’ll be notified by email of any changes to your application. You may not see much activity at first, as it can take months to receive verdicts.
While there are some things that can still be changed, including swapping choices, you’ll need to be aware of the timescales involved.
Applying directly to the university
If you choose to study part time or are interested in distance learning degrees, you’ll need to contact the university directly to apply, although you can still search for courses on the UCAS website between July and September.
The application process is also a lot shorter, so you don’t need to find a course as far in advance. Exact deadlines are set by individual course providers.
International students still apply through UCAS, but may need to send your proof of qualifications directly to the university. If this concerns you, speak to your chosen institution to find out their policy on receiving results.
It can take months before you start receiving offers, but when a university makes an offer, you’ll receive a notification email (as long as you’re set up in Track). You can then log in to Track and view the offer.
The four offer types are:
- Conditional – you’ll still need to meet the entry requirements, typically your A-level results.
- Unconditional – you’ve been allocated a place on the course, but a few things may still need to be arranged. For example, you may need to get a DBS check, provide proof of your qualifications or meet other medical or financial requirements.
- Unsuccessful – the university has made the decision not to offer you a place on their course. You may or may not be given a reason.
- Withdrawn – either you or the university chooses to withdraw a course choice. In these circumstances, you should receive an explanation from the university through Track.
Instead of simply making you an offer, universities might invite you to an interview or audition. You’ll find out about this through Track. Find out how to prepare for a university interview.
Once all your UCAS offers are in, you’ll have to make a decision and respond by the deadline. You can:
- pick a firm choice, your preferred option
- select an insurance choice as back-up, if your firm choice is conditional
- decline the other offers.
You may choose to decline all the offers, adding more courses through the UCAS Extra service.
If you have a conditional place on a course, your status will be updated by the university once they’ve received your exam results.
After you’ve been firmly accepted by a university, your confirmation letter will be viewable in Track between five and seven days following confirmation of your place.
As soon as you’ve sent your application, you can begin to look for ways to fund your study.
There are various options available, including tuition fee loans, maintenance loans and non-repayable grants. Eligibility will usually depend on where in the UK you live. For more information on the types of funding, see student loans and finance.
Results day and Clearing
If you’ve received offers which are conditional on your exam results, A-level results day becomes even more crucial. For those looking to go to university in 2020, this day falls on Thursday 13 August 2020. In 2021, the date for your diary is Thursday 12 August 2021.
In most cases, exam results are sent directly from UCAS to your various choices. Find out more at what to do on A-level results day 2020.
All is not lost if you didn’t receive any offers or you didn’t get the grades you hoped for, as Clearing has been set up for universities and colleges to fill any remaining course vacancies. You can use the regularly updated UCAS search tool to find courses between July and September each year. Explore your university Clearing options.
If you achieved better than expected results, Adjustment allows you to look for an alternative course. If you decide that you want to swap what you’re studying, you can register for this through Track. You’ll need to contact university admissions offices directly to discuss course vacancies. Make sure you only verbally agree just the one course choice, as it will appear as a new option for you to confirm in Track. You can then update the UCAS service with your final decision
UK University Application Process
We can help you choose from thousands of UK courses and hundreds of universities and colleges located all over the UK with our free university application process.
How does our application process work?
Our expert counsellor will explain the complete process of applying to a UK university and discuss your study and career goals.
Consulting WIth Counsellor
Our expert counsellor will explain the complete process of applying to a UK university and discuss your study and career goals.
Find a course in a suitable University
A counsellor will assess your academic background and suggest suitable universities where you will be able to secure offers.
Prepare your application
Your counsellor will review your personal statement, CV, reference letters and application forms before sending them to your chosen universities.
Check English level
An IELTS test result will allow our experienced counsellor to assess your current level of English. We will review the results and advise you on how to get accepted in your chosen course in a University.
Receive offers from University
We will ensure you to receive conditional or unconditional offers from a university that you prefer. We will guide you in making the right choice for a course as well.
Help with offer letter next steps
Your counsellor will help you with Next Steps to comply with University offers:
- Provide documents to meet conditions of offer
- Pay deposit and complete International Student Reply Form
- Pre CAS and Maintenance checks
- CAS issued
Secure Tier-4 Student visa for UK
We will guide you all the way to obtain the Tier 4 Student Visa to study in the UK and will assist you to gather all the documents to get the visa.
We offer endless support for a new student in UK. Our student services include Airport Pick Up, Accommodation arrangement, applying for Student Travel Card, opening UK Bank Account and many more.
How to apply for a UK student visa:
Once you have been issued an Offer Letter, then you can prepare for a UK student visa. The visa category of a UK student visa is called “Tier-4 student visa.” Please go through the whole text to understand the whole process of a Tier-4 student visa.
7 simple steps of obtaining your Tier 4 visa.
Firmly accept your unconditional offer and pay any tuition fee deposits required by the University/College. Once you have paid the tuition fee, you will be issued a Confirmation of Acceptance (CAS) letter from you university.
Next, read and familiarize yourself with the remaining steps below.
Review the information in your CAS checking document, which you will receive by email no more than four months before your course start date.
When the CAS has been prepared, you will receive an email asking you to check the details of your CAS. Check all the information included is correct.
- If the CAS is correct, follow the instructions to verify the information
- If the CAS is incorrect, follow the instructions to report any errors
Once you have verified that your CAS details are correct, you will receive your CAS within 5 working days
Accommodation fees on the CAS will always show as 0.00. You should therefore keep money for your living expenses, including accommodation, in your bank account until after the visa application is processed.
Any tuition fees paid, including deposits and University scholarships, should show in your CAS. Please check this carefully as any outstanding funds need to be shown in your financial evidence with your visa application.
If you make a payment or receive a University scholarship after receiving your CAS number, you will receive a separate notification informing you that your CAS has been updated with new financial information.
Prepare your financial evidence.
You need to show funds which cover your first year tuition fees plus living costs (sometimes referred to as ‘maintenance’). The required living costs are:
- £1,265 per month for students, up to a maximum of 9 months (£11,385 ) who will study in greater London university/college.
- £1,015 per month for students, up to a maximum of 9 months (£9,135) who will study in a outside London university/college
- £845 per month each for any dependants (who will live in London), up to a maximum of 9 months (£7,605).
- £680 per month each for any dependants (who will live outside London), up to a maximum of 9 months (£6,180). Check our guide to applying for your visa to see if you are eligible to bring family members as Tier 4 dependants.
If you are self-funding, ensure that funds are held for 28 consecutive days before you apply for your visa online.
Information on the exact format requirements of financial evidence, including guidance for students with scholarships or external sponsors, is available on our funding requirements webpage and in the Tier 4 Policy Guidance (paragraphs 215 – 234).
Prepare your other supporting documents, which should be original – not scans or copies.
- Include your ATAS certificate, if it is required. This only applies to certain science and technology courses at RQF level 7 and above. If this applies to you, this will be confirmed directly to you by our Admissions Team and will be stated in your CAS.
- Check if you need a TB test
- Evidence of your academic qualifications referred to in the CAS
- English language test evidence, but only if referred to on your CAS.
- For students coming to study degree-level courses your CAS will confirm that the University is satisfied with your English language level and no evidence of this will be required at the time you apply for the Tier 4 visa.
- For students coming to study foundation courses and presessional English courses with a single CAS covering your presessional course only, when you apply for the Tier 4 visa, you must provide the English certificate which is classed as a secure English language test (SELT) by the UK government, as referred to on your CAS.
The above list is not exhaustive and you may need to include other documents such as translations or a letter of parental consent. You should read our detailed documents guidance on page 7 of our guide to applying for your visa from overseas.
You will be asked to pay the visa application fee of £348 (or equivalent in local currency). You can opt to pay more for any priority application services offered in your country.
You will also be asked to pay the Immigration Health Surcharge to access the UK’s National Health Service (NHS). Any dependants who are applying to come to the UK for more than 6 months must also pay this surcharge. See our webpage on healthcare for international students for further information.
As part of the online visa application, you will book an appointment to attend a Visa Application Centre in person to submit your documents and have your biometric information taken (fingerprints and photograph).
You will receive a vignette visa (sticker) in your passport which will be valid for 30 days to allow you to travel to the UK. You will also receive a decision letter from UK Visas and Immigration confirming that your visa application is successful. You should show both the vignette and the letter at the UK border.
Your full visa will be printed on a biometric residence permit (BRP), and must be collected within ten days of arriving in the UK.
If your visa is for 6 months or less, the vignette will be valid for the full duration of your visa and you will not need to collect a BRP.
What to do if your visa is refused
Email your visa refusal notice to your university as quickly as possible so your university can advise you.
Scholarships and funding
An investment in your future
Have you ever wondered what a UK education can do for you? Alongside a world-class qualification, studying in the UK will give you the opportunity to experience a new culture, network with students and professionals from all over the world, and gain skills to help further your career development.
There are various financial support options available to help fund your studies in the UK. This includes scholarships, grants, bursaries, fellowships, financial awards and loans.
Anything is possible
Receiving financial support could help you achieve your dreams – be it progressing your career, starting your own business or bringing change and opportunity to your community. In our film above, scholarship recipients talk about how the opportunity has transformed their lives. They have one piece of advice for students thinking of applying for a scholarship: ‘Just go for it!’
Scholarships and financial support
The UK government offers hundreds of scholarships, bursaries and additional financial support to students from several countries. You can visit the UKCISA (UK Council for International Student Affairs) website to find out if you are eligible for a scholarship.
Many institutions also offer their own financial assistance, and you can check their websites for more information.
A list of some scholarships:
I. A. S. Hornby Trust Scholarship
II. Scotland’s Saltire Scholarship
III. Chevening Fellowships
IV. Commonwealth Scholarship and Fellowship
V. Royal Society Grants
VI. Euraxess UK
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