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Key Facts-UK

Why Study in UK ?

Student Work Rights

Types of Universities in the UK

Bachelor’s and Master’s

Foundation / Diploma / Pre-Masters

Top Up Programs and Credit Transfer


Academic Entry Criteria

English Proficiency Requirements

IB and IGCSE Boards


Types of MBA

Time Schedule for Intakes

Total Cost & Sources of Finance

Post Study Work Visa

Rankings as per Teaching Excellence Framework-TEF

Counseling Tips

Our University Tie ups

Map of the United Kingdom

Key Facts: United Kingdom

  • London
  • London
  • Manchester
  • Sheffield
  • Cardiff
  • Birmingham
  • Edinburgh
  • Newcastle
  • Glasgow
  • Belfast
  • 9 hours by flight (Direct)
  • Pound Sterling ‘£’, GBP (Great Britain Pound)

Why Study in UK?

Student Work Rights


Type of Institution

Post Graduate Degree

Undergraduate Degree

Below UG Degree Level i.e.  Diploma

Student’s Dependent

Universities with Tier 4 License

Can work 20 hrs. per week during study time and full-time during holidays

Can work 20 hrs. per week during study time and full-time during holidays

Can work 10 hrs. per week during study time and full-time during holidays

Can work full time if course of student is research based at master’s level with at least NQF Level 7

NOTE:- NQF Level 7 means Courses at PG Level (Masters / PG Diploma / PG Certificate).

From Jan-24 onwards, the spouse will not be able to apply for dependent VISA, for the taught Master’s program.

Types of Universities in the UK


There are around 130 Universities in the UK which can broadly be classified into two categories:

Traditional Universities

Modern Universities

From April 2012 onwards, only  Universities and Colleges having Tier 4 Sponsors License can recruit international students.

Name of the UniversityQS World University Rankings 2023
University of Cambridge 2
University of Oxford 4
Imperial College London 6
University College London6
University of Edinburgh 15
University of Manchester 28
King’s College London 37
London School of Economics and Political Science 56
University of Bristol 61
University of Warwick 64
University of Southampton 78
University of Glasgow 81
University of Leeds 86
University of Birmingham 91
Durham University 92
University of Sheffield 96
University of Nottingham 114
Newcastle University 122
Queen Mary University of London 125
University of York 162
University of Exeter 163
Cardiff University 166
University of Liverpool 190
Queen’s University Belfast233

Russell Group of UK Universities

Our Tie-ups with Russel Group Universities


Russel Group- 24
Bodmas Represents- 14

Top World Ranked Non-Russel Universities




The biggest advantage of UK education in comparison to other educational destinations worldwide is that UK provides programs of shorter duration.


3 years (4 years in Scotland)


1 year ( 2 years with placement / internship also available)

Bachelors with Sandwich year

4 years ( 1 year of internship after completing the 2nd year)

Integrated Masters

4 years (5 years in Scotland)

Integrated Masters with a Sandwich Year

5 years (UG and PG Combined with 1 year of internship)


  • A Foundation course is a one-year preparation course for international students who need additional English language and academic preparation for entry into the first year of a Bachelor’s degree at a UK university .
  • A Foundation degree is a two-year combined academic and vocational qualification, equivalent to two years of a Bachelor’s degree and is a stand-alone degree.
  • International Year 1 (IY1 Diploma): IY1 is a one-year program for students who are not eligible for direct entry to a Bachelor’s program and it leads to 2nd year of a Bachelor’s degree.
  • HNC: An HNC (Higher National Certificate) is a one-year course, equivalent to the first year of a bachelor’s degree.
  • HND: An HND (Higher National Diploma) is a two-year course, equivalent to the first two years of a bachelor’s degree. This qualification can be used to gain entry into universities in the final year of a Bachelor’s degree.
  • A Pre-Masters program is for international students who need to improve and develop their academics, research and seminar skills ahead of a Master’s degree. This course varies in length from ten weeks to twelve weeks. It offers a route to a postgraduate degree in several disciplines and is suitable for students who:
  • Do not meet the academic requirements for admission into a postgraduate course.
  • Want to change the discipline from undergraduate degree to postgraduate degree.

Entry Criteria for Pathway Courses


Foundation Course and Foundation Degree

Minimum 40-50% in standard 12th.

1Y Diploma – (Leading to 2nd year of Degree)

Minimum 50-55% in standard 12th.


Minimum 50% required in Bachelor’s degree.

IELTS Requirements

Student needs to have a UKVI IELTS for all the above-mentioned courses. (Except for Navitas & OIEG, which requires IELTS score of 5.5 with no band less than 5.5)

Extended Degree & Accelerated Degree


Extended degree offer an alternative entry-route with lower entry requirements into higher education than traditional undergraduate programs. A degree with foundation year is known as Extended Degree and is usually of 4 years.

An Extended Masters provides a bridging route for students who don’t meet the initial entry requirements for a Master’s degree. Once completed, student will progress to a Masters which usually takes a full academic year to study.

Accelerated degrees let student fast-track their study and graduate in just two years.Accelerated degrees (also known as two-year degrees, or three-year degrees in Scotland) are full bachelor’s degrees (undergraduate courses) student can complete in a condensed time period.

They have the same amount of course content as traditional degrees, but student will have shorter and fewer holidays so you can complete the course quicker. Course structures will vary from university to university.

Top Up Programs & Credit Transfer


Top Up Programs

 Top-up degree is equivalent to the final year of a Bachelor’s degree. These one-year courses are aimed at students who have previously completed a related foundation level degree or an HND and provide a route for students to directly enter the final year of a Bachelor’s degree.

Credit Transfer

Credit transfer or advanced standing are the terms used by colleges and universities for the procedure of granting credit to a student for courses already undertaken at another institution in the same or different country.



IB (International Baccalaureate)

IGCSE (International General Certificate of Secondary Education)

Masters of Business Administration

  • Fresher’s MBA
  • MBA for students having work experience
  • Mature Entry MBA
  • Recent graduates with no work experience can apply for an MBA for freshers
  • Students with a Bachelor’s degree and work experience of 2 to 5 years can apply for these MBA courses
  • Students who do not have a formal Bachelor’s degree qualification can still pursue an MBA in the UK
  • The entry requirement for such students is
  • Pass in Standard 12
  • Students age should be minimum of 25 years
  • Work experience of at least 7+ years at managerial level



UK Universities have two major intakes

  • September / October – Fall Intake
  • January / February – Spring Intake

UK Universities have two major intakes

  • September / October – Fall Intake
  • January / February – Spring Intake


In general, the English Language requirement as per UKVI is CEFR (Common European Framework of Reference for Languages) Level B2 which is equivalent to a minimum 5.5 overall with 5.5 in each section in IELTS.
Types of English tests accepted
Applicants must achieve this level of English by completing a successful

Which English language test is accepted in UK?

For entry to University programmes you would be required to take the Academic IELTS test. If you want to take a pre-sessional English course or a Foundation course, you must take your IELTS test at an approved UK Visas and Immigration (UKVI) test center.IELTS waiver is available in many of the universities if the student has secured more than 65% – 70% marks in 12th Standard English.

Pre-Sessional English Language program is also offered for students who do not meet the IELTS requirements of a particular course at a University.‘Secure English Language Test’ or SELT.
English Language Test which are accepted in UK are IELTS, PTE, TOEFL and many more.


  • SELT (Secure English Level Test) is required for students seeking to study, work, and live in the UK.
  • It is used by students applying for tier 1, 2, and 4 visas for short courses and pathway programs. Various platforms administer this test at authorized testing centers for immigration and visas to the UK worldwide.
  • A variety of sections are included in the test, such as Reading, Writing, Listening, and Spoken English, to determine your level of English
  • UKVI PTE is also an approved SELT for UK Visa
CEFR Level
C2 8.5 80 117
C1 7.0 – 8.0 67 – 79 96
B2 5.5 – 6.5 51 – 66 92
B1 4.0 – 5.0 36 – 50 62

Entry Criteria for Bachelor’s

Type of University
Entry Requirements
High Ranked Universities 70%-85% in 12th Standard
Middle Ranked Universities 60%-70% in 12th Standard
Low Ranked Universities 55% – 60% in 12th Standard
  • For Engineering degrees, a score of 60% – 85% is required in Mathematics and Physics in 12th Standard depending on the university.
  • For Business degrees a score of 55% – 85% is required in Mathematics depending on the University and other relevant subjects in 12th standard with few exceptions where the Mathematics score in 10th Standard is considered.
  • Similarly, for other degrees minimum subject specific scores may be required in 12th Standard.
  • IELTS requirement ranges from 6.0 / 6.5 with no band less than 5.5 depending upon the course and the University.

Entry Criteria for Master’s

Type of University
Entry Requirements
High Ranked Universities60%-70% in Bachelors
Middle Ranked Universities55-65% in Bachelors
Low Ranked Universities50-55% in Bachelors
  • IELTS requirement ranges from 6.0 / 6.5 with no band less than 5.5 depending upon the course and the University.
  • Some UK Universities also accepts MOI –Medium of Instruction from graduating University to waive off the IELTS. MOI is not accepted to waive off IELTS for Bachelors.


University of Bristol (UG)

University of Glasgow (UG)

University of Birmingham (UG)

Newcastle University (UG)

Queen Mary University (UG)

University of Bradford (UG)

University of Surrey (UG)

University of Stirling (UG)

Heriot Watt University (UG)

University of Liverpool (UG)

University of Leicester (UG)

University of Strathclyde (UG)

University of Salford (UG)

Brunel University (UG)

Kingston University (UG)

Undergraduate Entry Requirements


UK A Level Grading- Indian Equivalence

UK Requirement (A-level) ICSE/CBSE/ISC Boards West Bengal Board Other Boards
Standard XII equivalent
A*AA 90% 80% 92%
AAA 85% 75% 90%
AAB 80% 70% 85%
ABB 75% 65% 80%
BBB 70% 60% 75%

O Level



A Level



AS Level


Postgraduate Entry Requirements


UK UG Level Grading- Indian Equivalence

Grades in UK University Indian Equivalent Grade
2:1 60% or 65% in Degree
2:2 55% or 60% in Degree
First Class Degree 65% or 70%
  • The Entry requirements may slightly change from course to course and university to university.
  • For Delhi University, Mumbai University, Pune University and Calcutta University, some relaxations in entry requirements is possible.

Time Schedule for UK for September Intake

Time Schedule for UK for January Intake

Cost to study in the UK

Estimated cost to be incurred by a student for a year of study 1 £ = INR 100/- (Approx.)
ParticularsAmount in £Amount in Rs.
Exam Fees (IELTS- General/ Academic) 17,000(For UKVI IELTS 17,250)
Tuition Fees14,00014,00,000
Living Cost9,6009,60,000
Visa Fees49053,972
National Health Service (£773 per year + £388)116477,300
Total 25,08,272
Less Part Time Earnings6,0006,00,000
Net Cost 19,08,272
Nature of Part Time Jobs

Off campus 20 hrs. per week

During Vacation 40 hrs. per week


Financial Requirement for UK Student Visa


Acceptable Funds

Self Funded & Parents
Fixed Deposits and Funds in Savings Bank accounts are the only acceptable modes.
  • 28 days of maturity are required
  • Avoid showing recent large deposits
Self Funded & Parents
Fixed Deposits and Funds in Savings Bank accounts are the only acceptable modes.
  • 28 days of maturity are required
  • Avoid showing recent large deposits
Funds to be shown

Living Expenses

Source of Funds

Explanation of major receipts into the account by providing necessary evidence.

If applicant is taking loan, please confirm the collateral (Recent FD or Property) used for this loan.

If the student or student’s sponsors have Fixed Deposits that were prepared recently, then the student may have to submit source of funds for these FDs.

If there have been any major recent deposits in the sponsors’ savings accounts in the last 28 days, then they may require to submit sources of these deposits.

Some acceptable sources of recent funds:

a)Liquidating shares or mutual funds

b)Transferring funds from cooperative banks to acceptable financial institutions (e.g., nationalized banks)

c)Liquidating an old Fixed Deposit (more than 5-6 months old) and depositing the amount in a savings account.

d)Sale of immovable property the transaction should be tally with the cheque no given in the sale deed (supported by sale deed and valuation report of the property)

e)Transferring funds from Provident Fund Accounts (GPF/PPF)

f)Transfer of funds from Post Office Account to acceptable Banks

g)Agricultural sale bill, and deposit date and amount should corelate with sale bill, J-Forms

Acceptable Financial Documents

Once we received payment confirmation of student. This has been shared with the university in appropriate way. The required financial documents to us must be prepared using the following guidelines, Students also required to undergo a TB test from a panel physician, a list of which is available for your reference.

  1. Funds must be 28 days old if they are in the form of savings or fixed deposit
  2. Funds should be in the name of student or student’s parents (sponsors any other than these, such as grandparents, uncle/aunt, siblings, etc. are strictly not allowed)
  3. If funds are available in the parents’ account, then a ‘Parent Consent Letter’ (format attached) and birth certificate of the applicant must be submitted
  4. Following types of funds are accepted for UK student visa. lodgement
  • Education Loan or / and
  • Saving Account or/ and
  • Fixed Deposits

  • Self Funded & Parents (Fixed Deposits and Funds in Savings Bank Account are the only acceptable modes).
  • Education Loans: Loan from nationalized or private sector banks. A guarantor or Collateral Security is required. Interest rates are low, and repayment begins after completion of program.
  • Employment: Current immigration regulations permit students to work part-time 20 hours a week during study time and 40 hours a week during vacation.
  • Scholarships: Students also receive scholarships depending on academic achievements and the overall profile.

NOT-Acceptable Financial Documents

  1. Funds kept in the bank which is not RBI regulated or do not maintain their records electronically.
  2. FD and saving accounts which are lien marked, and loan taken against this accounts.
  3. Bank statements electronic print outs but which are not on letter head, if not on letter head then it MUST be supported by the balance certificate which is provided on the letter head with the logo, address of the bank  on it along with the seal and signature from the bank officer.
  4. Conditional Education loan sanctioned letter.
  5. Any of the following is not accepted:
  • Bank accounts with the post-office
  • RD account
  • PPF account
  • Invest in share bond
  • Gold loan, Crop loan, Mortgage loan
  • Overdraft facility
  • Loan against FD

New UK Graduate Immigration Route

Key Aspects You Need to Know

Post Study Work Visa: New UK Graduate Immigration Route

Eligibility Criteria to apply for the Graduate Route

Fees for the Graduate Route

At the time of applying for the UK Graduate Route, graduates will be required to pay the Immigration Health Surcharge along with the fees for a graduate route as a part of the application process. Check out the fees below:
  • Graduate Route: £822 application fee
  • Immigration Health Surcharge: £1,035 per year 
  • Healthcare Surcharge

    • If you’re eligible for a Graduate visa for:
    • 2 years – it will cost £2,070
    • 3 years – it will cost £3,105

    6 Easy Steps to Apply for the UK Graduate Route


    Start Your Application

    • Visit https://www.gov.uk/graduate-visa/apply
    • and create a UK Visa and Immigration account.

    Verify Your Identity :

    Verify the identity using ‘The UK Immigration ID Check App’ on your phone or laptop.

    Fill in all the Asked Details in the Application

    Attach the required documents and tick the checklist boxes.

    Attach Documents

      Attach the required documents and tick the checklist boxes.


    Tick on the declaration box and proceed further with the payment.

    Do the Payment


    Time to pay the graduate route fee of £715 and health surcharge of £624.

    Ranking of UK Universities


    Ranking of UK universities can be determined by referring to the following

    QS World Ranking

    Guardian League Table


    Times Good Rankings


    Counseling Tips- UK

    • The student is looking for a one-year Masters course from a world class university.
    • The student is having a net budget of around INR 18 -19 lakhs.
    • The student is having good marks in English in 12th standard or has studied in English Medium and does not want to take up an English proficiency test and wants to apply based on Medium of Instruction Letter.
    • The student is having gaps during or after completion of studies.
    • The students wishes to pursue a Masters degree, is married and wants to take the dependent
      along with him.

    Ranking of UK Universities: The ranking of the universities may be checked from different sources, as per the previous slide, though the Guardian League Table is the most popular.

    We can recommend a student UK as an option if the profile shows that:

    If a student is looking for high ranked Universities but does not meet the Entry Criteria then, we can suggest admission through Foundation and Pre-Masters courses offered by Pathway providers like INTO Partnerships, Kaplan International Colleges, Navitas, Study Group or Cambridge Education Group which offer progression into Bachelor’s degree after Foundation and Master’s degree after successfully completing the Pre-masters at high ranked Universities.

    If the student is marginally missing the entry requirements of highly ranked universities, then the above-mentioned pathway providers also offer a Year One entry called: International Diploma at undergraduate level for few courses leading to direct progression into the second year of a Bachelor’s degree in some of their respective universities.

    We should suggest the student, once in the UK, to Register with the Career Placement department of the University for assistance for full time and part time jobs. The student should start searching for Graduate level jobs in UK from the beginning so that he/she will find a suitable job by the end of the course.

    The focus of the search should only be for UKVI registered Employers having a license to sponsor international candidates. UKVI maintains a Register of Tier 2 sponsors and currently there are 30,834 employers registered with UKVI who need skilled people for their work and are ready to recruit candidates.

    The student should also search for jobs online at Live Graduate Level Jobs. Engineers are in the shortage occupation list and UK need good skilled engineers who can contribute to the growth of the economy. Overall if the student is given proper guidance and is proactive, the chances of getting a good job after completion of studies are very bright.

    Our University Tie Up’s in UK

    List of Represented Universities

    1  University of Bristol, Bristol, England

    2 University of Leeds, Leeds, England

    3  University of Glasgow, Glasgow, Scotland

    4  Durham University, Durham, England

    5  University of Southampton, Southampton, England

    6  University of Birmingham, Birmingham, England

    7  University of Nottingham, Nottingham, England

    8  University of Sheffield, Sheffield, England

    9  Newcastle University, Newcastle upon Tyne, England

    10  Lancaster University, Lancaster, England

    11  Queen Mary University of London, London, England

    12  University of Bath, Bath, England

    13  The University of Exeter, Exeter, England

    14  University of York, York, England

    15  University of Liverpool, Liverpool, England

    16  Cranfield University, Cranfield, England

    17  Queen’s University Belfast, Belfast, Northern Ireland

    18  University of Aberdeen, Aberdeen, Scotland

    19  Loughborough University, Loughborough & London, England

    20  Heriot Watt University, Edinburgh, Scotland

    21  University of Surrey, Guildford, England

    22  University of Leicester, Leicester, England

    23  University of Strathclyde, Glasgow, Scotland

    24  University of East Anglia, Norwich, England

    25  Swansea University, Swansea, Wales

    26  Brunel University London, London, England

    27  Royal Holloway, University of London, Egham, England

    28  Oxford Brookes University, Oxford, England

    29  University of Stirling, Stirling, Scotland

    30  University of Dundee, Dundee, Scotland

    31  Aston University, Birmingham, England

    32  University of Essex, Colchester, England

    33  Bangor University, Bangor, Wales

    34  (INTO) City University London (Except PG Courses of Business), London, England

    35  University of Portsmouth, Portsmouth, England

    36  Northumbria University, Newcastle upon Tyne & London, England

    37  University of Plymouth, Plymouth, England

    38  The University of Huddersfield, Huddersfield, England

    39  Coventry University, Coventry & London, England

    40  Manchester Metropolitan University, Manchester, England

    41  Goldsmiths, University of London, London, England

    42  Nottingham Trent University, Nottingham, England

    43  Kingston University, Kingston, England

    44  University of Bradford, Bradford, England

    45  Middlesex University, London, England

    46  University of Greenwich, London, England

    47  Coventry University, Coventry & London, England

    48  Le – Cordon Bleu, London, England

    49  University of West of England, Bristol, England

    50  University of Brighton, Brighton, England

    51  Keele University, Keele, England

    52  De Montfort University (Except Gujarat), Leicester, England

    53  Edinburgh Napier University, Edinburgh, Scotland

    54  London South Bank University, London, England

    55  University of Hertfordshire, Hatfield, England

    56  University of East London, London, England

    57  University of Salford, Manchester, England

    58  University of Central Lancashire, Preston, England

    59  Robert Gordon University, Aberdeen, Scotland

    60  Birmingham City University, Birmingham, England

    61  Sheffield Hallam University, Sheffield

    62  The University of Northampton, Northampton, England

    63  Leeds Beckett University, Leeds, England

    64  Canterbury Christ Church University, Canterbury, England

    65  University of Wolverhampton, Wolverhampton, England

    66  St George’s University of London, London, England

    67  University for the Creative Arts, Farnham, England

    68  Staffordshire University, Stoke-on-Trent, England

    69  University of West London, London, England

    70  University of South Wales (Except Punjab & Haryana), Cardiff, Wales

    71  Teesside University (Except Namakkal & Punjab), Middlesbrough and London Campus

    72  Cardiff Metropolitan University, Cardiff, Wales

    73  Solent University, Southampton, England

    74  Anglia Ruskin University, Cambridge & Chelmsford, England (Except Punjab and Haryana)

    75  University of Chester, Chester, England

    76  University of Bolton, Bolton, England

    77  Liverpool Hope University, Liverpool, England

    78  University of Gloucestershire, Gloucester, England

    79  The University of Buckingham, Buckingham, England

    80  University of Sunderland, Sunderland & London, England

    York St John University, York and London, England

    82  University of Roehampton, London, England

    83  University of the West of Scotland, Paisley, Scotland

    84  University of Bedfordshire, Luton, England

    85  Ravensbourne University London, England

    86  University College Birmingham, Birmingham, England (Except Punjab and Haryana)

    87  Regent’s University London, London, England

    88  Hult International Business School, London, England

    89  University of Law, Guildford, England

    90  Norwich University of Arts, Norwich, England

    91  Bishop Grosseteste University, Lincoln, England

    92  Cambridge School of Visual & Performing Arts (CSVPA), Cambridge, England

    93  University Academy 92, Manchester, England

    94  BPP University (Except Andhra Pradesh, Gujarat, Haryana, Punjab, Uttar Pradesh, Uttarakhand &    Telangana), London, England

    95  Istituto Marangoni, London, England

    96  Bloomsbury Institute, London, England

    97  The Engineering & Design Institute of London (TEDI-London), England

    98  Bloomsbury Institute, London, England

    99  The Engineering & Design Institute of London (TEDI-London), England

    100         Bishop Grosseteste University

    101          Goldsmiths, University of London, London, England

    102         Glion Institute of Higher Education, London, England

    103         Leeds Trinity University

    104         University of Lincoln, Lincoln, England

    105         University of Sussex, Brighton, England

    106         University of Kent International College, Canterbury, England

    107         University of Hull, Hull, England

    108         University of Hull, London Campus, England

    List of Represented Universities (Pathways)


    Navitas Partner Universities

    List of Represented Universities (Pathways)


    INTO Partnership Universities

    List of Represented Universities (Pathways)


    Kaplan International College and Partnership Universities

    List of Represented Universities (Pathways)

    Study Group Partner Universities

    List of Represented Universities (Pathways)


    Quality Assurance in Higher Education (QAHE) Partner Universities

    List of Represented Universities (Pathways)

    Cambridge Education Group & Partner Universities (QAHE) Partner Universities

    List of Represented Universities (Pathways)


    Oxford International Education Group

    List of Universities we represent through Groups for Direct Entry

    Sr.No. List of Universities Type
    1 University of Hull, London Campus, England CEG (Campus Services)
    2 (INTO) City University London (Except PG Courses of Business), London, England INTO
    3 Canterbury Christ Church University, Canterbury, England Inuni (GUS)
    4 University of Gloucestershire, Gloucester, England Inuni (GUS)
    5 University of Law, Guildford, England Inuni (GUS)
    6 The Engineering & Design Institute of London (TEDI-London), England Kaplan
    7 Robert Gordon University, Aberdeen, Scotland Navitas
    8 University Academy 92, Manchester, England Navitas
    9 Ravensbourne University London, England OIEG
    10 QAHE- Ulster University, Birmingham & London, England QAHE
    11 QAHE- Northumbria University, London Campus, England QAHE
    12 Glion Institute of Higher Education, London, England Sommet Education
    13 Royal Holloway, University of London, Egham, England Study Group
    14 University of the West of Scotland, London, England The Education Group
    15 The University of Buckingham, Buckingham, England Z3 Global
    16 University of the West of England, Bristol, England MSM Unify
    17 Abertay University MSM Unify
    18 University of Winchester Book University
    19 York St. John University Hall Bridge Education