UK Education System
You will get the skills you’ll need for the global market
UK has been the favourite destination because of globalised world economy and the excellent education and standards maintained by the three thousand Educational institutions.
Whatever your educational needs, the UK can meet them
The UK is a cosmopolitan place to live. Many thousands of families from around the world have made the UK their home, creating a richly diverse, open-minded, multicultural society. There are also more than a quarter of a million international students in the UK at any one time.
There are more than three thousand educational institutions that welcome international students in the UK. You can choose from a variety of routes through the education and training system, combining different types of course according to your needs and abilities. Many courses can also be taken through distance learning in your home country.
The national air, rail, coach and bus networks will get you almost anywhere in the UK – so you won’t need a car, as you might in some countries. Discounts or special rates are generally available for students on most forms of transport.
UK degrees can take only three years and postgraduate Master’s courses only one year – compared with four years and two years in most other countries. This means you will save a great deal on both tuition fees and living costs – and you will be able to start working and earning money sooner. UK degree courses are shorter because they are more intensive, and therefore more efficient in terms of your time and money.
Thanks to changes in work regulations, international students in the UK can now work up to twenty hours a week when studying and full time during vacations.
Many institutions arrange for you to be collected from the airport and offer guaranteed accommodation for your first year. They will provide a dedicated international office, international student societies, planned social activities, academic support, counsellors and advisers. The system works: the UK has one of the lowest ‘drop-out’ rates (the number of students who leave before the end of their course) in the world.
You’ll get a world-class qualification
UK qualifications are recognised and respected throughout the world. Your UK qualification will be a solid foundation for building your future, boosting your career and prospects for a higher salary. UK universities, colleges and schools will provide a vibrant, creative and challenging environment in which to develop your potential. Quality standards for UK institutions are among the best in the world. Universities, colleges and schools continually have to prove that their courses meet strict criteria. Many other countries are now trying to follow the example of the UK.
UK scientists and institutions have won ninety Nobel Prizes for their scientific achievements. The UK’s creative brains – artists, fashion designers, film, television and leisure software designers – are regarded as among the best in the world. Their work is worth £112 billion every year.
Private language schools
These schools specialise in teaching English to international students. There are around two hundred and eighty that are accredited by the British Council.
Boarding schools and tutorial colleges
These schools and colleges provide education up to the age of eighteen. Boarding schools combine modern teaching methods and up-to-date facilities with traditional values and attractive learning environments. Tutorial colleges provide a bridge between school and university, allowing sixteen to eighteen-year-olds a more independent lifestyle.
FE institutions (Further Education institutions)
Further Education institutions offer a very diverse range of programmes for students from the age of sixteen upwards. They are the main providers of career based courses and have good links with industry. In addition, many FE institutions also offer GCSEs and A-levels (or equivalents), and access or foundation courses. Some also offer degree and postgraduate programmes in the areas in which they are particularly strong.
FE institutions provide many different routes to degree-level study thanks to their extensive links with HE institutions. For example, you could spend a year at an FE institution taking an access course and then transfer to a partner university for a three-year degree course. Or you might spend two years at an FE institution gaining a career based qualification and then transfer to a university for the final one or two years of a degree course. The options are numerous and flexible.
HE institutions (Higher Education institutions)
Higher Education institutions are the centres of high-level teaching and research activity, and most courses at this level lead to a degree or equivalent qualification. The degrees and postgraduate qualifications offered by these institutions are among the most prestigious academic qualifications available. HE institutions include universities, HE colleges and institutes. The first universities were founded some eight hundred years ago, so HE institutions in the UK draw upon an exceptional depth of educational experience.
This is a guide only. UK Universities and colleges will confirm the exact fees for specific programmes at the time of application. In addition to the following tuition fees, students will need to be able to support themselves financially for the duration of the course. Students that they will need a minimum of £6000 a year in addition to the tuition fee.
LIVING COSTS IN UK
Institutions will advise when to pay your tuition fees and acceptable methods of payment.
Living in the UK can be expensive, particularly if you are an international student who is not sponsored by any organisation / agency/ institution. For visa purposes, it has been officially calculated that a student needs £6500 to live in the UK for one academic year. Unlike the tuition fees, which is fixed by the institution, the cost of living cannot be calculated to an exact or common figure.
You should assume that living expenses i.e., accommodation, food, books, travel, spare spending money etc., will be around £6,000 to £8,000 per academic year.
WORKING WHILE YOU STUDY IN UK
International students in UK the University recognises that students often need to work to support their studies and both the University, and local area are rich in short-term, temporary employment opportunities. Please note, however, that students are advised not to undertake paid employment for more than 15 hours per week during University terms.
Under new arrangements, international students from outside the UK/EU no longer need to obtain permission before undertaking part-time employment.