The Education System in UK

The UK education system is worldwide reputed for its high quality and standards. In general, the British higher education system has five stages of education: early years, primary years, secondary education, Further Education (FE) and Higher Education (HE). Britons enter the education system at the age of three and up to 16 are obliged to attend school (compulsory education), while afterward is upon their choice.

Course start Dates January/March/June/ September/November
IELTS Not mandatory/ No IELTS ( Based on the 10th and 12th marks in English.
GMAT/GRE Very few Institutions ask for GMAT/GRE
Degree 3 years ( Scotland 4 years)
Masters 1 year
  • In the UK most undergraduate degree programs take three years to finish. However, the “sandwich course” is increasing in popularity, which is four years and involves one year in the workplace (normally in your third year). In Scotland the courses are four years for undergraduate programs.
  • Graduate or masters programs are generally shorter in length and undertaken after completion of an undergraduate program. Some professional degrees like medicine, veterinary, law etc., have longer programs that can take as many as five years.
  • International students pay the full tuition fees in the UK, and the total cost will vary depending on the school.
  • In the UK education system in contrast to the US higher education, there is a difference between college and university. While in the US there is no distinction between college and university with most of the people referring to a higher education provider as a college, in the UK this is not the case. Here, a college is a Further Education institution which prepares its students to earn degrees, while a university is licensed HE institution so, at the end of it, students will gain a degree.


  • University of Strathclyde
  • London South Bank. University
  • Robert Gordon University
  • University of Northumbria
  • Royal Agricultural University
  • University of Brunel
  • Middlesex University
  • Glasgow Caledonian University
  • University of Plymouth
  • University of Chester
  • Liverpool John Moores University
  • University of Teesside
  • Leeds Beckett University
  • Anglia Ruskin University
  • University of the Highlands And Islands
  • University Western Scotland(London Campus)
  • University of West London
  • University of Bedfordshire
  • University East Anglia


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