Application Procedure UK

Application Procedure UK

The main intake dates for admissions to the UK are September to October and January to February, but a majority of the universities offer the former.

Undergraduate students apply provided they have the following conditions fulfilled :

  • More than 65% for humanities in the 12th
  • 70-80% or above for science, commerce and engineering diploma students
  • Some universities can also accept 2nd class provided one has additional qualifications and/or experience. There are also foundation courses and diploma programs for students who have scored below 60%
  • The applying student must be 18 or above

Students applying for post graduate courses need to fulfil the following conditions :

  • Masters and research courses usually require the student to have secured 60% or above in their first degree
  • 55% and above are also accepted by some management programs provided the GMAT scores are between 600-700
  • Work experience of 2 to 4 years (full-time) may also be required by some universities for their MBA programs
  • A minimum age criterion of 25 years is mandatory for all post graduate courses

Language proficiency is another important factor for securing admission in a university in the UK. A student needs to secure at least 6.5 bands in their IELTS for an undergraduate course, or 7.0 for a post graduate course. A TOEFL score of 80 for undergraduates and 90 for post graduate courses is also accepted. There are, however, exemptions, provided a student has secured above 70% in their tenth and twelfth standard examinations with English as the medium of instruction through school and college.

There are a number of documents that need to be in order before the applications can begin. One needs to have attested copies of mark sheets for standards tenth, twelfth and all the years of the bachelor degree. There need to be at least 2 academic reference letters from your most recent professors. A student will also need to have work recommendation from the employer who knows you well and can comment on your professional abilities. Over and above this one needs to have in order their statement of purpose, resume and the score reports of GMAT/IELTS/TOEFL. The portfolio also plays a big role for students applying for design and architecture courses. Achievement certificates in sports of co-curricular activities at the national level are also well-received.

When you are applying for your undergraduate degree, one needs to apply only through UCAS. It needs to be kept in mind that only one application can be made per year. The application can be made online and you can apply to five universities through one form. The final deadlines for most applications at Oxford and Cambridge are 15th of October.

The arts and humanities deadlines are 24th March. Other programs have two deadlines, 15th of January, and the final deadline, 30th June. It is always better to err on the side of caution and send in your application by the first deadline. Sandwich programs usually last for 4 years, the last year of this course is usually a work experience year. Those applying for foundation courses need to know that they usually last for a year. For post graduate courses universities do not usually have deadlines, but it is always advisable to apply 6 to 8 months in advance. The application forms can be picked up at the Rao Consultants offices for free. The UK is one of the most sought after destination for MBA programs.