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UK - Admission Procedure
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The UK Education

U.K. has an advanced economy as well as one of the leading educational systems in the world. High standard and quality service are a feature of British colleges.

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Getting the visa

There are three basic things that a student must do for getting a student visa to the UK: first is he should receive an unconditional letter of offer from the university, second he should be a able to show that he has adequate funds to finance his education & stay in U.K.and third is his willingness to return to their home country at the end of their course.

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Taking the visa interview

The interview is a normal part of the process, but you may feel quite nervous before it and find it an uncomfortable experience. ECO's are trained professionals who will try to make the process as painless as possible, but the questions are necessarily very direct and personal.

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Fingerprints and photographs

All applications for UK visas needing prior entry clearance, including student visas, submitted on or after December 3, 2007 will require 'biometric' information as part of the visa application process. Visa applications will not be processed until the applicant has provided the necessary biometric information

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Meet the deadlines

The UK operates no central system for applying to Master's degrees and each application has to be submitted to the university individually. Deadlines vary from university to university but popular courses such as Economics, Finance, IT, Law and Management at the more prestigious universities tend to fill up much quicker than other programmes..

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Getting a job

The UK's work permit programmes include the Training and Work Experience Scheme (TWES), the Highly Skilled Migrant Programme (HSMP) and the Fresh Talent scheme (Scotland)

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U.K. gghas an advanced economy as well as one of the leading educational systems in the world. High standard and quality service are a feature of British colleges. It boasts of world renowned historic universities like Oxford and Cambridge.

 
Further Education

In U.K., education and training after the school leaving age of 16 is termed Further Education (FE). There are over 600 F.E colleges across UK. F.E. colleges may be known by different names, such as college of further and higher education, college of technology, sixth-form college, institute or tertiary college. F.E colleges don't offer degrees. They provide excellent access opportunities either for going on to a university after a year's preparation or for completing a course which provides the right qualification for finding a job. Degrees awarded by F.E colleges include A-levels, International Baccalaureate or Bachelors, one year access courses, GNVQ (General National Vocational Qualification).

 
Higher Education

Higher Education are courses having an entry requirement, normally obtained after 2 years of Post -GCSE (General Certificate of Secondary Education) or Post-S- grade study-A levels and AS-levels, Scottish Highers, Advanced General National Vocational Diploma or General Scottish Vocational Diploma at Level III.

Higher Education courses are available in Universities and University sector colleges and institutes. Most of the universities specialise in degree courses and a large number also offer Higher National Diploma (HND). Some of the larger University sector colleges and institutes provide degree and HND courses and smaller ones specialise in one or a group of subjects.

 
Application Procedure

In most universities and colleges Academic year starts in September. Application procedure must begin at least one year before then. Entry is usually based on examination grades. In addition to qualifications relevant to your chosen subject you may have to show how well you can use the English language.

For a Further education course in a college, application forms are obtained directly from the institution. For higher education (degree and diploma courses) there is a central system known as UCAS (Universities and Colleges Admission Service). UCAS - This organisation is the clearing house for application for first degrees to most higher education courses in the U.K. Application forms can be had from the following address.

 
Universities and Colleges Admission Service

Fulton House
Jessop Avenue
Cheltenham
Gloucestershire GL50 3SH

Tel : +44 1242 227788 (applicants)
Tel : +44 1242 222444(other enquiries)
Fax : +44 1242 263557

For Oxford and Cambridge Universities the closing date for receipt of application forms is 15 October Whereas in other universities application should be made before 15th December.

There are some courses held in colleges which are outside the UCAS system. They are some HND (Higher National Diploma) and Degree courses (mainly music and drama courses), Postgraduate courses and some specialist and professional courses. Application for these courses should be made directly to the institutions concerned. 

 
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