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    Higher Education in the UK

    The United Kingdom is known as the international student’s paradise. Globally ranked universities, a wide range of programs, and a beautiful country make it the higher education hub of the world. In fact, the UK is home to historic universities and education system. Every year thousands of international students graduate from the universities in the UK.

    Benefits of Studying in the UK

    World-renowned universities
    The UK is home to world-ranked universities such as the University of Manchester, University of Oxford, University of Edinburgh, etc. The UK is known for its unique blend of old and modern universities.
    Quality education system
    The higher education system of UK is designed to offer only the best education to international students. Interactive study culture, technology-equipped teaching methods, and experienced teachers make it the best student destination.
    Work while you study.
    International students in UK can work-part time for 20 hours per week and can work full-time during academic breaks. You can work on-campus at the university or off-campus, which helps you earn while you study.
    Multicultural society
    Multiculturalism has become the identity of the United Kingdom, with students arriving from around the world. This offers students to experience different cultures and teaches a broader world mindset.
    Global employment opportunities
    The United Kingdom is the 6th largest economy in the world and has a high employment rate of 75%. In fact, international students are part of a large working population in the UK, with Indians topping the list. 

    Types of Degrees in the UK

    UK offers range of degree which is categorized under two types such as Undergraduate and Postgraduate degrees

    1.Undergraduate degree

    UG programs offer a level of education that students choose right after high school (+2). You can choose from different Undergraduate programs in UK such as foundation year, foundation degree, bachelors etc.

    Foundation year (FY)
    Foundation year (FY) or foundation diploma is not a degree; they are special courses. These courses help international students to bridge the gap between their high school education and undergraduate programs.

    Duration 1-year full time course
    Eligibility Lower entry requirements compared to bachelor’s degree

    Foundation degree (FdA)
    Foundation degrees are different from a foundation year. A Foundation degree is equal to the first two years of a Bachelor’s degree and involves practical learning. Once students finish the program, they can directly join the last year of their Bachelor’s degree or even choose to work.

    Duration 2-year (full time)
    3-years (part-time)
    Eligibility Varys between institutions

    Bachelor’s degree
    Universities and colleges in the UK offer a range of bachelor’s programs. A bachelor’s degree is the most sought-after degree in the UK. In fact, 135+ institutions in the UK provide over 65,000 programs. Some examples of Bachelor’s degrees are B.Sc., B. A, B. Ed, etc.

    Duration 3 to 4 years
    Eligibility Minimum 55% marks in 12th grade
    IELTS 6.0 – 6.5 (most of the UK universities waive-off IELTS)


    The United Kingdom is known for its range of postgraduate programs, which are considered as excellent academic upgradation. Some doctoral degrees offered in UK Universities are Masters, MBA, Ph. D, etc.

    Master’s degree
    Master’s degree in the UK is the most popular degree type chosen by international students. Every year thousands of students graduate from the top universities with a master’s degree. Examples of Master’s degrees are M.Sc., M.A, M.Ed. etc.

    Duration 1 to 2-years
    Eligibility Minimum of 60% marks in Bachelor’s

    UK is famous for offering the quickest MBA programs in the world. In fact, the country is home to top MBA Universities such as the London School of Business, Oxford University, Cambridge University etc.

    Duration 12 months to 15 months (full-time)
    2 years (part-time)
    Eligibility Minimum of 60% marks in Bachelor’s

    A doctorate degree is the topmost education qualification you can earn during postgraduation. There are two types of doctorate degrees such as Ph. D and D. Phil (Doctor of Philosophy). The entire degree involves academics and more of research studies.

    DuDuration 3 to 4 years (full-time)
    6 to 7 years (part-time)
    Eligibility Minimum of 60% marks in bachelor’s and masters

    Top Universities/colleges in the UK

    United Kingdom has 250+ educational institutions that offer programs for international students. Some of the top universities in the UK are:

    • University of Oxford
    • University of Cambridge
    • University College London
    • Imperial College London
    • King’s College London
    • University of Edinburgh
    • University of Manchester
    • University of Glasgow
    • University of Birmingham
    • University of Bristol
    • Coventry University

    Top cities to study in the UK

    The United Kingdom is a vibrant country perfect for pursuing higher studies. There are universities across the country, and students choose them based on their interests. Some of the top cities to study in the UK are:

    • London
    • Edinburgh
    • Manchester
    • Glasgow
    • Coventry
    • Nottingham
    • Birmingham

    Basic requirements to study in UK

    The UK is an anglophone country requires international students to have the necessary knowledge of English. Some of the acceptance tests to study in the UK are

    However, you can also get admission and a study visa without an IELTS score. You must score at least 75% in English in your 12th-grade education.

    The academic requirements may differ from college to college and degree to degree.

    Degree type Academic requirement
    Bachelor’s degree 50-60% in 12th grade
    Master’s degree Minimum 60% in bachelors
    Master of Business Administration (MBA) Minimum of 60% marks in Bachelor’s
    Doctorate Minimum 60% marks in bachelor’s and masters

    However, academic requirements are unique for every college/university, hence get assistance from the experts to learn more!

    Study in the UK without taking IELTS

    Most of the universities in the United Kingdom waive off IELTS. This means you don’t need to take the IELTS test for admission. However, you must have scored at least 70% in the English language in the 12th grade.

    Conditional IELTS waive-off applies to both UG and PG. Contact the interested college/university in the UK to know about the IELTS requirement.


    Backlogs are the number of exams a student was not able to clear in the first attempt. Educational institutions in the UK have their backlog limit while some institutions have no limits. Most universities/colleges accept more than 15 backlogs.

    How to study in the UK?

    1.Decide on the study program.
    Firstly, decide which program interests you be it a bachelor’s or master’s degree

    2.Shortlist universities
    Once you’ve decided on the program, shortlist universities that offer the program in the UK.

    3.Apply for the University
    Start applying for the universities, or if you’ve finalized just one university, you can apply for it.

    4.Take IELTS
    If the university needs an IELTS score to apply, you can take the IELTS, or else you could skip the language test.

    5.Receive the offer letter
    Now, wait till you receive the admission Confirmation of Acceptance (CAS) commonly called an offer letter from the university. Once you receive it, you can apply for a study visa.

    6.Apply for Student Visa
    You can now start applying for the student visa, which involves writing a Statement of Purpose (SOP) if needed, along with other visa processes.

    7.Arrange the funds
    When you’re about to study in the UK you must show proof that you have enough funds to support yourself.

    8.Plan your accommodation
    Now that you’ve finalized the university, you can start planning your accommodation on-campus or off-campus.

    9.You’re ready to study in the UK
    That’s it! You’re now ready to travel and study in your dream university in the UK.

    Scholarships for international students in the UK

    The United Kingdom is best known for providing a range of scholarships and academic funding. Scholarships are offered based on the Undergraduate Program, postgraduate program, country-specific, and institution-specific scholarships.
    The three major scholarships in the UK are:

    • Chevening scholarships
    • GREAT scholarships
    • Commonwealth scholarships

    Study Intakes at UK Universities

    Just like any other higher education destination, the UK also has three different types of intakes. Every intake has its pros and cons. Universities open certain programs only for specific inputs. Hence, always make sure about the intakes and the programs.

    Fall intake September/October
    Winter intake January/ February
    Summer/Spring intake April/May

    Work while studying in the UK

    International students in the UK can work for 20 hours per week under a student visa. The program must be full-time and not part-time. Students have wide opportunities to work part-time in the UK with options like working on-campus inside the university or working off-campus in restaurants, cafes, retail stores etc.

    Part-time work 20 hours per week
    Full-time work During academic breaks

    One of the big pros of earning during your studies is that you can partly take care of your academic and living expenses.

    Post-study work visa / Graduate visa

    Post study work visa allows international students to study in the UK for up to 2 years after graduation. If you have completed a Ph. D or Doctorate degree, you can obtain work for 3 years under a graduate visa. You don’t have options to extend your graduate visa; rather you can change the status to a Skilled Worker Visa.

    How to get a PR in UK after studies?

    1.Once you complete your education, apply for a Graduate Visa also called the Post Study Work (PSW) Visa
    2.Work for two years in the full-time job under a Graduate visa
    3.After two years, apply for a Skilled Worker Visa
    4.With a Skilled Worker Visa, you can work for five years in the UK
    5.Upon completion of 5 years, you can apply for Permanent Residence in the UK

    Basic eligibility requirements for a UK PR after studies

    • Must have full-time job under an approved UK employer
    • Must provide proof of income requirements
    • Must have shown good moral conduct during the stay in the UK

    CanApprove services for UK education

    CanApprove offers a legitimate admission and student visa services for the United Kingdom. Some of the valued services are:

    • FREE 1-to-1 consultation
    • Course and college suggestion
    • Admission process
    • SOP, LOR assistance
    • UK Student visa process
    • Pre-departure assistance

    And not just that! CanApprove stays connected with every student who studies in the UK to help them in every way possible.

    Contact CanApprove to make your UK Education process simple and risk-free!


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      Frequently Asked Questions

      What is a conditional offer letter in UK education?

      While applying for a university, you need not provide a IELTS score. Instead, you must assure to provide required IELTS score once you receive an offer letter from the university.

      How long will it take to process a UK study visa?

      The whole student visa process may span from 30 to 45 working days. However, this duration may vary based on your profile.

      What are the Russell group of universities in the UK?

      Russell group is an association of twenty-four reputed institutions in the UK. The Russell group universities makes sure to provide quality and research-based education.

      What is CAS in education in the UK?

      CAS stands for Confirmation of Acceptance for Studies in UK universities. CAS is the valid document issued by the university which has a unique reference number and contains information about the course of study.

      Can I apply for a student visa on my own?

      Of course, you can apply for a student visa on your own. However, if you feel the process is quite complicated, you can get the assistance from the Overseas Education consultants at CanApprove!



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