3 simple tips how to succeed in a UK university application
In UK universities admissions process for international students can seem long and complicated for many. That is why we broke down the process into 3 main steps giving you simple tips on how to increase your chances for success.
1. Start with a subject choice
It all starts with a choice of your degree subject. UK universities have huge range of programmes available in subjects you had no idea even exist. Once you made up your mind what degree suits you best, you can start thinking about where you are going to study it.
! Our tip
When you are deciding on your degree subject, you must find out specific requirements for it. Certainly entry requirements depend on the university ranking, however, for some degrees there are subject specific requirement that you will have to meet regardless of the university you are going to.
For instance, if you would like to take an art or architecture degree, you would be expected to have developed drawing skills and a portfolio of your creative work. And for degrees in engineering, you will need good marks in your high school physics and mathematics classes.
2. Don’t stop your choice on only one university
As soon as you know what career you want to have, it is time to select a university you will apply to. And the range of UK universities is truly great – over 120 institutions in the UK! Around 100 universities are in England.
The main requirements are always the same: A) excellent academic background, and B) good English language skills (IELTS 6.0 – 7.5 depending on the university and subject). Do not forget the simple rule: the better the university is, the higher requirements it has. We advise to find out entry requirements for universities first and apply only to places where you meet both academic and English language requirements.
You can base your university choice on general university ranking or university ranking in a specific subject. You can check university ranking here
! Our tip
As they say “don’t put all your eggs in one basket” and apply to 2 or 3 universities simultaneously to increase your chances of getting an offer from at least one of them.
3. Plan your application in advance
There are 3 main ways to submit your university application. Centralised admissions service for undergraduates is called UCAS, for postgraduates - UKPASS, sometimes you can also apply directly to the university.
! Our tip
In some cases you will be able to get admissions in a university and start your studies within a couple of months. However, if your goal is to study at a top UK university, you must start your application process 9-12 months in advance. All good universities have very strict deadlines and places on high-demand courses fill up extremely quickly.
Next step: Apply to a university
Read our article “7 Steps of UK university application process” here