STUDY IN THE UK

There are over 450,000 international students from all over the world studying in the UK, who move on to have successful careers after graduation. Graduates from the UK are in high demand from major corporate globally, and a UK qualification is recognized and respected globally.

Many international students who studied in the UK have gone on to become global icons in finance, politics and business. There is a wide range of institutions that give students a varied choice to find the most suitable study environment and thousands, of course, options to choose from.

The distinct advantage that the UK education system has is the fact that the
duration of most of the undergraduate honour degrees is 3 years and the taught
Masters courses is 1-2 years. Due to the shorter duration students will be able
to save on both tuition fees and living costs and also get a head start on
working life as they will graduate earlier. The UK is the gateway to Europe and
serves as an ideal base from which students can explore the rest of Europe.
Three reliable means of transportation via road, rail and air, make commuting
hassle-free and inexpensive, with benefit from special discounted rates while
sightseeing using The International Student Identity Card. Travels to Europe
also gives students the opportunity to learn about different cultures and
lifestyles.

Requirements To Study In UK                                                                                                                        Depending on one’s chosen field of study in the UK, there is a much different entry requirement. The great thing about studying in the UK is that even if you don’t meet the requirements for one course, you can choose another at a different level and work your way up. The UK offers a range of study options to suit international students at all levels.

For a postgraduate course in the UK, one will need to hold an undergraduate
degree from the UK or overseas and applicant is expected to have obtained a
first or good 2:1 (or international equivalent) in a directly related subject
and will need to speak English to at least IELTS 6.5 level for most courses.

The qualifications one will need depends on the course the applicant wishes to study. Some qualifications (such as A-levels Scottish Highers and BTEC National Diplomas) are below university level and lead directly on to higher education. Others (such as HND and foundation degrees) are university-level qualifications that enable one to join a degree course in the second or third year.

One will need a good understanding of English in order
to study at further and higher institutions in the UK. In order for one to
prepare for further study in the UK, the applicant ought to take English
Language courses such as English for academic purposes (EAP) or a pre-sessional
course in the UK.  

An alternative is for the applicant to take an English test such as IELTS in his/her home country before coming to the UK. The International English Language Testing System (IELTS) is the world’s leading English test of its kind, that tests the four language skills: listening, reading, writing and speaking.          Over 1,000 UK institutions recognise IELTS and the test is available in over 125 different countries. Ghanaians, for most schools, do not need to write a standardized language test or take an English language course if they score at least a C grade in English Language at a high school level (SSCE or WASSCE).

QUALIFICATIONS REQUIRED

COMPARISON OF UNDERGRADUATE
CERTIFICATES

No.CERTIFICATEEQUIVALENT IN UK
1HNDOne or two UK A-levels, two Scottish Highers or a Higher National Certificate or BTEC National Diploma; or an international foundation year.
2.Foundation
Degree
One or two UK A-levels, one or two Scottish Highers or a National Diploma; or an international foundation year.
3.Diploma of Higher
Education 
One or two UK A-levels, two or three Scottish Highers or a National Diploma; or an international foundation year.
4Degree Two or three UK A-levels, three or four Scottish Highers, a Higher National Certificate or Diploma, or BTEC National Diploma; or an international foundation year.

ENTRY INTO POSTGRADUATE PROGRAMMES

No.COURSEREQUIREMENTIELTS
SCORE
1.Pre-master’sUndergraduate
degree
5.0-5.5
2PG
Cert/PG Dip
Undergraduate
degree or a pre-master’s course
6.5-7.0
3.Master’s
degree
First
or Second Class Upper undergraduate degree or a pre-master’s course
7.0
4MBAFirst
degree, 2-3 years’ business experience
6.5
– 7.0
5PHDMaster’s
degree
6.5-7.0

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