How to be admitted to a UK University

by | Jul 25, 2013 | Education, University | 0 comments

Due to a rich history and culture of outstanding achievement from individuals that have gone through the UK education system, there has been a consistently high demand for UK academic credentials. Studying in the UK does seem to offer greater career prospects. More often than not, UK University admission criteria can be quite stringent. 

Basic Requirements

  1. Course providers set requirements as a guide to the kind of grades and qualifications that you need. 
  2. Depending on the course you intend to study, you may asked to pass an admissions test, for example;

    • Law-  Cambridge Law Test, LNAT
    • Mathematics – MAT, STEP
    • Medical courses – BMAT, GAMSAT, HPAT, UKCAT
    • Thinking Skills Assessment – TSA Cambridge, TSA Oxford, TSA UCL
    • University of Cambridge – BMAT, MML, STEP, TSA Cambridge, Cambridge Law Test
    • University of Oxford – BMAT, CAT, ELAT, HAT, LNAT, MAT, MLAT, PAT, TSA Oxford 
  3. As an international undergraduate student, you will need to take a foreign language test usually IELTS, TOEFL or PTE Academic. Postgraduate students may be exempted if their qualifications demonstrate a mastery of English.


  1. To apply to join a UK university for undergraduate study, begin at the UCAS website. 
  2. Search for courses on the site and apply. UCAS (Universities & Colleges Admissions Service) is a charitable organisation responsible for managing applications to almost all UK Universities. They can also assist with postgraduate applications.  

Tips and Warnings

  • You can track your application using the UCAS website.
  • International students must also pass a UK Border Agency English test in order to receive a student visa.
  • You must be able to demonstrate to the UK Border Agency that you or your sponsor can afford to pay your tuition and accommodation fees.
  • In some cases, the UK Border Agency may deny you a visa if they suspect your intention is to emigrate to the UK or in cases where they feel your degree choice is available at a similar quality level locally.

Suggested Reading

UK Student Visa



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