Admission Procedure in UK

Undergraduate (Bachelor’) Programs

Application Forms
Applications are made through a computerized national system known as Universities and Colleges Admission Service (UCAS). Students must complete a single UCAS form which allows them a choice of six universities and courses so that they don’t have to make costly and time consuming multiple applications. UCAS forms are available at all British Council Offices in India for self funded students.

When to Apply?
UCAS forms should be ideally submitted before 15th December of the preceding year. Students can start applying even if they have not received their final results. However, even after 15th December, applications can still be processed in the normal way until 30th June. After that, applications will be handled through “Clearing Process”.

Note : For Oxford and Cambridge

  • Students must apply before 15th October of the year preceding their year of proposed entry.
  • There are specific forms to be filled and sent to the universities.
  • You cannot apply to both the colleges in the same academic year.
  1. Application Requirements
  2. Academic Records

Full details of your education including your course subjects and grades are required in the applications. Transcripts or official records of your previous academic qualifications are crucial for your application.

Students are required to submit an official transcript from each college or university that they have attended from secondary school onwards with complete details of the subjects, credits involved and other details like correspondence courses, diplomas, etc. Most universities ask for the transcript to be sealed in an envelope and signed and attested across the seal by the registrar. This procedure is to be done for each and every college that you have attended. Some universities may ask for more than one transcript but most require only one.

If the originals are not in English, copies and a good English translation must be enclosed. If your undergraduate qualification or university is unknown to the admissions tutor, the British Council would be able to advise.

Standardized Tests
IELTS :
For most courses and universities, International students are required to take IELTS (International English Language Test) which is regularly administered by the British Council. Some universities may accept TOEFL as an alternative.
Note : Some Universities may waive IELTS if you have been studying in English medium throughout and they are convinced that you are proficient in English.

Postgraduate Programs
(Master’s & Doctoral Degrees)

Application Forms
Send enquiries at least 12 to 18 months before the proposed date of admission. There are two ways to get application forms.

Requesting Application Forms :
You can request application forms from the university websites. Most universities have a form on their website which can be completed online to request application material.
Downloading from the university website :
Many universities have a downloadable and ready to print version of their application form on the net. These can be used for applying just as regular forms.

Application Requirements
Academic Records

Full details of your education including your course subjects and grades are required in the applications. Transcripts or official records of your previous academic qualifications are crucial for your application.

Students applying for admission are required to submit an official transcript from each college or university that they have attended after secondary school with complete details of the subjects, credits involved and other details like correspondence courses, diplomas etc. Most universities ask for the transcript to be sealed in an envelope and signed and attested across the seal by the registrar. This procedure is to be done for each and every college that you have attended. Some universities may ask for more than one transcript but most require only one.

If the originals are not in English, copies and a good English translation must be enclosed. If your undergraduate qualification or university is unknown to the admissions tutor, the British Council would be able to advise.

Standardized Tests
IELTS :

For most courses and universities, International students are required to take IELTS (International English Language Test) which is regularly administered by the British Council. Some universities may accept TOEFL as an alternative.
Note : Some Universities may waive IELTS / TOEFL if you have been studying in English medium throughout and they are convinced that you are proficient in English.

GMAT :
For most management courses, International students are required to take GMAT (Graduate Management Admission Test). Please note that most British Universities do not require the GRE for admission to post graduate courses.

Work Experience Details:
A number of professional and vocational courses require relevant work experience. For instance, many MBAs or master’s courses in information studies require at least a couple of years’ work experience.
A detailed Résumé is an important part of your application. It should include all information of professional work experience along with the details like positions held, achievements and range of work.


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