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Undergraduate Courses in the UK

If you’re an international student looking to enrol onto an undergraduate course in the UK, you’ll need to apply through the UCAS (Universities and Colleges Admissions Service). Most students will have already completed further education studies in the form of A-levels or equivalent qualifications before starting an undergraduate course.

What Is An Undergraduate Course?

An undergraduate course refers to an undergraduate degree, which is usually a Bachelor of Arts (BA) or Bachelor of Science (BSc). The most common type of undergraduate degree in the UK, is a bachelor's degree, which is designed to provide an in-depth grounding in a particular subject.

Undergraduate degree courses are offered at numerous universities and institutes of higher education throughout the UK, and they typically take around 3 to 4 years to complete. They usually involve a number of regular weekly lectures on various modules, combined with seminars and workshops.

As an international student, you'll be searching for the best undergraduate courses to suit your needs, and luckily the UK offers an abundance of undergraduate academic options.

What Undergraduate Courses In The UK Are There?

Most international students undertake an undergraduate bachelor's degree over 3 years. Certain degree subjects can take up to 4 years to complete, such as engineering and science courses, whilst other degrees like medicine, dentistry and veterinary science can last between 5 to 7 years.

Some modules in an undergraduate degree course will be optional and students will be able to tailor their modules to suit what interests them the most.

As well as a BA (Bachelor of Arts) or BSc (Bachelor of Science), the other main types of bachelor degrees are BEd (Bachelor of Education), BEng (Bachelor of Engineering), LLB (Bachelor of Law), and MB BS (Bachelor of Medicine and Bachelor of Surgery).

Other undergraduate courses available in the UK, include:

  • Joint or dual-honours undergraduate degrees, where you can split your studies across two different courses.
  • Sandwich degrees, allow you to undertake a work placement, or internship in your chosen field of study during a course, usually after your second year at university.
  • A Certificate of Higher Education (CertHE), a shorter course that lasts for 1 year full-time or 2 years full-time.
  • A Diploma of Higher Education (DipHE), a shorter 2-year full-time degree course.

The last two fast-track degree options will not allow you to continue onto postgraduate study, unless you choose to extend to a full 3 year degree course. The Requirements For An Undergraduate Course

The minimum entry requirements that you’ll need to study an undergraduate course in the UK can vary significantly depending on the subject, the specific course, and the course provider. Plus different universities will tend to set their own specific entry requirements for any higher education courses.   Generally speaking, the basic requirements that you’ll need to fulfill in order to enrol on an undergraduate course are:

  • Usually A level or equivalent-level qualifications. Most places expect pre-16 qualifications, such as GCSE English and maths, or their equivalents.
  • Many course providers convert qualifications, like A levels, into UCAS Tariff points and use them as entry requirements.
  • Often your skills, interests, or experience will count towards your suitability.
  • Some courses require you to pass an admissions test, you can check individual course requirements to see if this is needed.
  • You may be invited for an interview, which you’ll need to prepare and possibly put together a portfolio of work for.
  • Health, financial, or Disclosure and Barring Service (DBS) checks may be required, to assess whether you have a criminal record, this will be disclosed in the course details.

Keep in mind, as an international student, you’ll need a good level of English understanding to enrol on a degree course in the UK - taking an IELTS test is one of the commonly accepted and recommended ways to make sure you have the right level of English language ability. The Benefits For You As An International Student

As well as gaining more knowledge and expertise in a subject you really enjoy, an undergraduate course will bring with it a range of benefits, which you as an international student in the UK, will be able to take advantage of - including:

Leading academic excellence - studying an undergraduate degree in the UK, means you’ll get the chance to enrol in one of the many UK universities, which are ranked among the best in the world. Gain a recognised qualification - higher education degrees in the UK are recognised and respected by many employers and academics around the world. Open up more opportunities for further study - successfully completing an undergraduate degree course will give you access to high quality postgraduate study opportunities. Develop your transferable skills - you’ll be able to build on the skills that are valued by employers, from problem solving and organising workloads, to planning research and meeting multiple deadlines. Improve your career prospects - earning a degree can give you the opportunity to earn more money across your chosen career path.

Going to university in the UK and successfully completing an undergraduate course will give you lifelog benefits. As an international student, you’ll also get to make new friends, experience new cultures, and enjoy new experiences while you study. Plus all UK universities will offer you plenty of support throughout your studies.

If you’re an international student looking to study in the UK, or if you wish to learn more about studying an undergraduate degree, please contact us at IEC Abroad today.

Our study abroad specialists are here to help you find the ideal university for you.
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