Undergraduate degree applicants with UKEC have access to these connections and application guidance to the institution of their choice. Because, since its establishment in 1999, UKEC has built over 100 successful partnerships with UK universities, colleges and pathway providers, including many in the UK Top 20. The UK is home to several of the best higher education institutions in the world. This makes it for almost a fifth of the world’s top 100 universities. Students who study here obtain not only a prestigious education, but also a truly international and culturally enriching experience. It is a great opportunity for students to develop their English language skills, and gain experience that will enable them to stand out in the global employment.

Why study your undergraduate degree in the UK?

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The British education system is well-established to produce top-quality research and graduates. Hence, that is why UK institutions rank among the best in the world. Students having studied in the UK are at a massive advantage from receiving top-notch learning experiences.

Variety of choices

The UK has over 180 universities and alternative education institutions, 500 schools and 600 boarding schools. Therefore, it gives international students an abundance of choices. At the same time, the UK also has some of the world’s highest-ranking universities, and a large selection of courses in a variety of fields. UKEC aims to find the most suitable options tailored to individual goals and interests.

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The British education system aims to cultivate creativity, analytical ability and research skills to develop students’ critical thinking and ability to challenge established concepts. While it is the goal to enhance academic achievements and language skills, students also have the opportunity to practice innovation and independence. This gives them a better foundation for their future careers.

Economically efficient

It only takes three years to complete a bachelor’s degree in the UK, while it takes four years in most other places. Without that fourth year, you can save a lot of time and money. Also, with a degree from a UK university, it is much easier to progress to a postgraduate course anywhere in the world.

Culture and language

As home of the English language, the UK is the most authentic environment to learn English like a native. Therefore, students studying language can always delve into Europe’s rich culture and history, and experience first-hand all the local customs.

A progressive society

The UK is in the top 10th largest economies in the world, with improved attitudes towards discrimination and decreasing social unrest. Strict anti-gun laws and effective policing, along with friendly and welcoming locals. Thus, this makes it a suitable place for young students to live and learn.

Geographic links to Europe

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Positioned in between Western Europe and Scandinavia, the UK has great transport links to the rest of Europe. Studying in the UK is the perfect opportunity to broaden your horizons and get to know the continent better. From 2014 onwards, the UK government has launched a series of new visa policies, aimed at giving students and their parents easier travel and greater benefits. (For more information on visas please click here).

Work experience opportunities

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As a student in the UK, you are allowed to work up to 20 hours part time weekly and receive the same rights as full-time employees. Career Services at UK universities also provide abundant support and connections to internships for establishing your graduate career later on. The experience you gain besides your academic qualifications make you an even more attractive candidate for employment in a competitive job market.

Pre-U Programmes/ A-levels & Foundation

Pre-U (short for Pre-University) programmes are preparatory courses for students who have graduated from high school and wish to attend university in the UK. They include A-Levels and Foundation programmes. In order to enter your first year at any UK university, you are required to complete a Pre-U programme.

A-Levels or Foundation Programme?

The two most popular Pre-U programmes are compared in the table below
a-levels vs foundation programs


If you have an excellent command of academic English and you are aiming for Top UK Universities for your undergraduate study, you can be confident to apply for A-levels. It is an ideal option if you are not sure of your chosen subjects as you can opt to study a mix of subjects including Science, Art and Business. Completing A-levels assures your path to UK higher education.

A-levels are offered by all UK public colleges for high school graduates with outstanding English. There are two intakes only: January and September with a significantly higher failure rate. Therefore, some UK universities only accept A-levels qualifications for subjects like Medicine.

Foundation Programs

Designed specifically for overseas/ international students, Foundation requires much lower level of English. Foundation courses provide international students with the right qualification to get into universities the easier way. Less subjects is also one of the advantages. There are also English and study-skills support modules included in these Foundation programs. They are offered at international colleges and pathway providers who are partnered with certain universities.

Not all of the international colleges assure access to the university campuses and facilities. However, if you do a good research before applying, you can find a lot of these foundation courses are based within university campuses. This means you’re also entitled to use university’s facilities.

Unlike A-levels, there are up to three intakes per academic year: January, June, September with higher completion rate. This also explains why only a number of universities accept students with foundation onto their programs.

Basic requirements before you apply

Language proficiency

  • A-Levels require IELTS 5.5+;Foundation courses require IELTS 4.5+.
  • Consult advisors about alternative English language tests.

Previous education

Completed GCSE Grade 11/O-Levels (minimum grade C) or equivalent


Sufficient funds to cover tuition fees (approx. £10,000 – £18,000 per annum) and living costs (approx. £8,500-£10,000 per annum)

Undergraduate Study

Basic requirements before you apply

Language proficiency

Undergraduate study requires IELTS 6 and above; Prep courses require IELTS 4.5 and above. Consult advisors about alternative English language tests.

Previous education

Completed A-Levels or equivalent with satisfactory grades (average of 70+ on 100-points system).


Sufficient funds to cover tuition fees (approx. £16,000 per annum) and living costs (approx. £8,500-£10,000 per annum).