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What is the most common reason for missing the deadlines?

What is the most common reason for missing the deadlines?


Many students, who receive a conditional offer from a university, don’t actually start the course. It might seem strange that after all the effort of preparing the application, they don’t make it to the finishing line. What is the reason for that?

To study at a UK university you need to prove you speak English at a sufficient level. The way to prove it is to take the IELTS test. The scores that you are expected to get vary, depending on the university and the level of study, but here are the approximate guidelines you can go by:

  • Foundation programme – IELTS 5.0-5.5
  • Bachelor’s programme – IELTS 6.0-6.5
  • Master’s programme – IELTS 6.5-7.0
It is not easy to achieve these results, and students often underestimate the difficulty of IELTS and delay taking the test till the last moment. Those who don’t get the required score will not be accepted on the programme. It’s as simple as that.

However, there’s a way around. If you do have enough time before the start of the course, you can take an English course at your university before your studies. The course is called pre-sessional English and as long as you pass it successfully, you will be able to progress directly onto your university programme. A pre-sessional English courses lasts from 1 month to 6 months, depending on your level of English.

This is why we advise you to take your IELTS test 6-8 months in advance, so that you know where you stand and how early you need to arrive to the UK.

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