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Education Services

Overseas families are increasingly looking at the long term investment value of their children’s education in the United Kingdom. In many instances, entrepreneurs and investors with a Tier 1 Visa will enter the United Kingdom with children and need to know the best educational options for their children.

Also, those entering on a student visa to study in the United Kingdom as undergraduates or postgraduates can then transfer on to the Tier 1 Entrepreneur scheme with investment of GBP two hundred thousand (£200,000). There are also other Tier 1 Entrepreneur routes available for graduate entrepreneurs which can lead to permanent residency in the United Kingdom.

Anyone opting for an education in the United Kingdom is making one of the most important decisions in their life. Not just for the impact it has on your career prospects and long-term future, but also for the opportunities it gives you to experience new cultures, new customs and new ideas firsthand.

For those parents opting to send their children to boarding school, we offer guardianship services via our partners. These are professional child and student guardianship services to international students attending boarding schools in the United Kingdom. We provide these services to children whose parents live abroad and closely work with parents, schools and host families.

So what does the United Kingdom have to offer international students?

Recognised and respected qualifications

United Kingdom qualifications are respected and valued all over the world. They will give you an edge when you are competing for a job, proving to employers that you are capable of independent thought, research and self-discipline.

Value for Money

Studying in the United Kingdom at various levels offer fantastic value for money and the sort of experience you cannot put a price on: fully-stocked libraries, state-of-the art laboratories, ultramodern computer facilities and extensive research resources that will make a huge difference in your learning process.

Improves your English

United Kingdom is the ‘home’ of the English language, which is the most widely spoken language in the world. Wherever you go for education or employment, your English language skills will be a valuable asset.

Improve your job prospects

United Kingdom qualifications let employers know at a glance that you have got the skills they are looking for, putting you on the right track for a great job and a great salary: a year after graduating, less than five per cent of United Kingdom undergraduates are unemployed.

It's a multicultural experience

At a UK university you'll be mixing with people from all over the world, whose different backgrounds and new perspectives will add to your experience. More than 3,41,610 international students obtained UK qualifications at Bachelor’s and Master’s level in 2007-08, which is 20% of the total number of degrees awarded in entire UK.

United Kingdom postgraduate qualifications are respected and valued all over the world. A Bachelor’s degree, a Master's degree and a Doctorate from a United Kingdom university will give students an edge over the competition.

New Points-based system

A new points-based system to enable the UK to control migration more effectively, tackle abuse and identify the most talented workers was launched in early 2008.

UK businesses and universities who will now be required to sponsor migrants and help to ensure that those they sponsor adhere to the terms of their visa.

  1. Any student who is looking for a Student Visa need to obtain 40 points under new migration system, which can be obtained from:.
    1. Visa Letter issued from ‘A’ ranked universities/institutions (registered in UK Border Agency Sponsor Register) will give the student 30 points.
    2. Satisfaction of fund requirement as stated by Border Agency will make him/her eligible to get another 10 points and thus obtain Visa.
  2. Evaluation and acceptance of academic criteria for any given course by any given university is solely at the discretion of university and UK Border Agency will not BOTHER for the same. For e.g.: a student completed his graduation in 2005 and is idle for 4 years and would like to take up further studies now. Now UK Border Agency will not investigate the reasons for gap etc.,.
  3. Visa Letter from university shall mention the course, tuition fee and payment received towards tuition fee advance and explains the evaluation criteria for accepting the student.
  4. Cost of living to be demonstrated is as follows:
  5. Living within London Boroughs require GBP 800 per month if the course duration is less than 9 months and only GBP 7200 if the course duration is more than 9 months.
  6. Living outside London requires GBP 600 per month if the course duration is less than 9 months and only GBP 5400 if the course duration is more than 9 months.
  7. Students who are enrolling for hospitality and healthcare related courses need to get their medicals done if the visa officer is willing to issue the visa. The process of completing the medicals may take up to one month.
  8. UK Border Agency is ready to issue the visa 3 months PRIOR to the course start date.

Education System in the United Kingdom

The education system in the United Kingdom is different to that in many other countries.

The system is broadly classified into the following four main categories:

Primary Education

Children in the United Kingdom start their education with primary education at the age of five years. It is for six years and students will be educated up to the age of eleven at this level. Primary education in the United Kingdom is sometimes divided into two parts – infant/nursery schools (age five to seven) and junior schools (age seven to eleven).

Secondary Education

Secondary education encompasses the next level of education between the age group of eleven to sixteen years, which is similar to ‘High school.’ Here, students will be pursuing a common set of courses and take the General Certificate of Secondary Education (‘GCSE’) exam conducted at the end of secondary education.

Many pupils in the United Kingdom pursue an additional two years of Advanced level (GCE A level) equivalent qualifications as sixth form students. They can also pursue Advanced Supplementary Level (GCE AS level) exams after secondary education. International students often enter the education system at this point.

Most higher education begins at the age of eighteen at colleges or universities. Most international students will enter directly into the United Kingdom higher education system, after completing their home country’s equivalent to the United Kingdom’s ‘further education.’


Undergraduate degrees take three years to complete, while at Scottish universities they last four years. Professional courses, such as medicine, veterinary medicine, law and teaching, usually are undertaken as five-year undergraduate degrees.

Types of undergraduate degrees include:

  • BSc (Bachelor of Science)
  • BA (Bachelor of Arts)
  • BEng (Bachelor of Engineering)


At a graduate level, a Master's degree is normally earned in a single year, a research Master's degree takes two years and a Doctorate degree can be completed in three years.
Types of Master’s degree include:

  • M Sc (Master of Science)
  • MA (Master of Arts)
  • M Ed (Master of Education)
  • LLM (Master of Law)
  • MBA (Master of Business Administration)

Types of Doctoral degree include:

  • PhD (Doctor of Philosophy)
  • MD (Doctor of Medicine)
  • EdD (Doctor of Education)

For admission in universities of the United Kingdom, international students need to have a minimum score on TOEFL/IELTS. Many universities disregard the English requirement for the students who scored 65% and above in English.