Academic courses, which help you prepare for higher education (e.g. A-levels and the International Baccalaureate). They aim to develop your analytical skills, critical thinking and knowledge.
Vocational courses, which are career-focused and give professional training (e.g. BTECs and NVQs). They give you the skills and qualifications needed for a successful career.
Higher education is for students aged 18 and over (17 in Scotland). There are two stages of higher education:
Undergraduate qualifications, which include bachelors’ degrees, foundation degrees, HNDs and more.
Postgraduate qualifications, which include masters’ degrees, PhDs, MBAs and more. This level is for students who have already completed their undergraduate studies, and want to gain a higher qualification.
To study for a UK University courses you need to meet the course entry requirements.
You must prove your knowledge of the English language when you apply.
This usually means passing a secure English language test (SELT).
Where you’re studying
What you’re studying
Knowledge of English needed
|Higher Education Institution (HEI)||Degree Level or Above||Reading, Writing, Listening and Speaking||Equivalent to CEFR (Common European Framework for Languages) Level B2|
|Institution that’s not HEI||Degree Level or Above||SELT in Reading, Writing, Listening and Speaking||CEFR Level B2|
|Any Institution||Below Degree||SELT in Reading, Writing, Listening and Speaking||CEFR Level B1|
CEFR Level B2 if you’re studying at a degree level or higher
SELT in Reading, Writing, Listening and Speaking and CEFR Level B1 if you’re not studying at a degree level.
Your test needs to be from an approved provider. To know more about latest English language requirements please visithttp://www.gov.uk/tier-4-general-visa/knowledge-of-english