Education System in UK
The U.K. higher education system includes both,degree-awarding universities and non-degree awarding institutions. Non-degree awarding institutions offer vocational courses and bridging courses that enables a student’s entry into a degree-awarding institution. Degree-awarding institutions offer degrees for undergraduate, postgraduate and doctorate programs.
The U.K. degree-awarding bodies run two parallel frameworks for higher education qualifications. They are:
The Framework for Higher Education Qualifications of Degree Awarding Bodies in England, Wales and Northern Ireland (F.H.E.Q.)
The Framework for Qualifications of Higher Education Institutions in Scotland (F.Q.H.E.I.S.)
The Russell Group Universities
Over and above public and private universities, the prestigious Russell Group is a group of 24 universities that offers high-quality education with a special and shared focus on research. For the sake of relevance, it could be compared to the American Ivy League or the French Grande École. The group has earned many accolades since it came into being in 1994.
As such, there is no specific requirements to seek admission in one of the prestigious 24 Russell Group Universities. However, these institutions of global repute, offer admissions to the brightest of students after a through shortlisting process. Tuition fees at one of these institutes could be higher than other private universities, although there are scholarship opportunities on offer for the right candidate.
Starting in September / October, colleges and universities in the U.K. accept admission applications for a vast number of study programs during this primary intake. Being a more popular study intake, students are expected to start application process 6-8 months in advance.
This is a secondary intake, starting in January / February, offering programs in various disciplines. This is also a popular intake for students aspiring to pursue higher education in the U.K. Students would be well-advised to start application process 6-8 months in advance for this intake as well.
U.K. is one of the top-5 global study abroad countries since many decades. Studying in the U.K. is an assurance of not only quality education but also wide-ranging career opportunities. Degree earned from a U.K. University is recognized and respected world over.
Indian students pursuing higher education in the U.K., especially in one of the following study programs, are more likely than others to realize their potential:
- Business & Management
- Data Science
- Computer Science
- Finance, International Business & Accounting
- Architecture and Construction Management
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