Undergraduate Degree Programme in the UK - All You Need to Know (Exclusive)

Bachelor's degree which is also referred to as baccalaureate is the lowest or first academic degree conferred by universities and colleges. In other words, Bachelor's programme is an academic programme which leads to the award of such qualifications as Bachelor of Science (MSc), Bachelor of Art (BA), or Bachelor of Medicine (BM) when successfully completed.

Bachelor's degree programme takes between 3 - 4 years to complete. However, professional courses like medicine and law take longer period of time to complete. A Higher National Diploma (HND) holder who wishes to top up to degree needs only one year to achieve that. Topping up for HND holders to Honours level is usually very important as that helps to open up further opportunities.


 UK Universities to Consider for Your Degree Programme

> Arden University

> Aston University

> Nottingham University

> Trent University

> The University of Hertfordshire

> London Metropolitan University

> University of Birmingham

> The University of Edinburgh

> University of Portsmouth

> University of Glasgow Online

> University of Essex Online

> University of Bath Online


 Some Degree Courses Available in the UK Universities

> Language Studies

> History and International Relations

> Mass Communication

> Music

> Theatre Arts and Film Studies

> Economics

> Sociology and Anthropology

> Geography

> Psychology

> Philosophy

> Law

> All education courses

> Architecture

> Geoinformatics and Surveying

> Medicine

> Medicine and Surgery

> Pharmacy

> Radiography

> Industrial Chemistry

> Industrial Physics

> Environmental Management

> Health Sciences

> Engineering

> Nursing

> Microbiology

> Biochemistry

> Mathematics

> Statistics

> Computer Science


 What to Consider Before Applying for an Undergraduate Degree Programme in the UK

1. Tuition Fees

International students from outside the European Union (EU) and the European Economic Area (EEA) pay full tuition at all UK Universities. Also, international students outside EU/EEA are not eligible for grants and loans in the UK.

 Note: students from EEA/EU used to pay the same fees as the British nationals. However, the whole of 2020 (and the first half of 2021) is the last year when they will have this benefit as well as the option to apply for student’s loans and grants.

2. Choice of Degree Programme

It is advisable to make a decision on one's choice of academic programme early enough. This will help one to organize oneself very well for the task ahead.

3. Check the University Entry Requirements

Checking university entry requirements will help you to know if you're qualified to apply, and things to get ready. For instance, one may discover through this process that one is required to take either TOEFL or IELTS as a compulsory requirement for application.

4. Check For Scholarship Eligibility

Checking your scholarship eligibility is very important because you need such support to be able to go through your degree programme devoid of hitches. One of such scholarship schemes is the Undergraduate Students Global Contest Scholarship. These scholarships are awarded annually to students who demonstrate outstanding results in their studies. Up to $10,000 is awarded to each student annually towards tuition fees.

 Eligibility for the Scholarship

> Applicants should be commencing students registered as full-time for on-campus study.

> Matriculate at a participating university or college for a programme

> 2.5 or a better grade point average.


How and Where to Apply for Your Undergraduate Degree Programme in the UK

Universities and Colleges Admissions Service (UCAS) is the channel through which all applications for Bachelor's degrees in the UK are submitted. As a matter of fact, virtually all universities in the UK can only accept application via the UCAS system.

To apply for a Bachelor's degree programme in the UK through the UCAS system, follow the outlined steps below.

> First, create and register your application on the UCAS website,

> Apply for up to four programmes, either at the same university or at different universities in the UK,

> Include previous educational qualifications

> Complete personal information

> Add financial information

> Note that some universities may require additional tests for professional degree programmes like Law and Medicine.

Before submitting the final version of your data, you can save the information already entered first, and return to your page at will for any possible changes or corrections.


Cost of Tuition

Cost of tuition for an undergraduate programme in the UK is far less expensive when compare to what is obtainable in the US. On the average, tuition fee for a UK undergraduate is placed between $15,000 - $17,000, depending on the course of study and exchange rate at the period of study.



Cost of Living

On the average, students need between $1,300 and $1,500 for living expenses per month of study. It is less expensive when one lives outside London. When it comes to other students' expenses like costs of books, travel, entertainment, and other needs and wants of students, it all depends on each student's lifestyle and goals while abroad. On the average, the amount required by the Home Office is between $15,000 and $20,000 in living expenses annually. This is dependent on the exchange rate at the time of study. However, the estimated amount is sufficient enough to ensure each student has a safe and comfortable place to live, enough to eat, spend and save in case of any unforeseen circumstances.



For the first year of study, on-campus accommodation is guaranteed to international students who apply by the accommodation deadline. However, University Halls of Residence generally cost between $85 -$200 per week. Depending on the university, the price could include any or all of the following: cleaning services, internet connection, content insurance, gym membership. On the other hand, private sector accommodation, or city housing varies in price and quality, depending on the type of accommodation you want and the area in which it is located. Note: because you will likely not have a British guarantor, landlords may request around 6 - 12 months’ worth of rent up front to secure a flat in their building.


 How to Lessen Financial Burden during Undergraduate Programme in the UK

The easiest way to lessen your financial burden during your undergraduate programme in the UK is via scholarship. Fortunately, there are scholarships widely available to international students, whether they are applying to undergraduate or graduate programme.

 Note: the scholarship does not cover all your tuition and living costs but comes as a support to lessen your financial burden. Hence one should have a reliable financial source to fund one's education. Note also that you will need an offer from a British university before applying to any scholarship they have available. Expect scholarship aid to range from $5000 to $10,000 annually (depending on exchange rate at the time of study).


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