Top Three Things You Need to Apply to a UK University

So you want to apply to a university in the UK, it’s a pretty exciting idea and you might have decided on what you want to do and where, awesome! Well, before you get on with your application there are three major things that you need in order to make a successful application:

One: Qualifications

The first thing you’ll be needing is high quality qualifications. The qualifications you need as a student are dependent on where you’re applying from.

We at the University of Portsmouth provide an exhaustive list that’s broken down by country.  Simply click your country and it will show you the required grades and qualifications you need for entry.

While the information in that link is specific to Portsmouth, other universities will likely also have this information available on their websites or be able to tell you if you contact them.

Two: English Language

To be offered a place on a UK university degree, overseas students need to achieve a minimum level of English language proficiency. Here are some helpful tips to guide you through the process:

A core part of our admissions process is the IELTS system which is described by themselves as follows:

“The International English Language Testing System (IELTS) measures the language proficiency of people who want to study or work where English is used as a language of communication. It uses a nine-band scale to clearly identify levels of proficiency, from non-user (band score 1) through to expert (band score 9)”  – Read more from IELTS here.

At you can see a table which provides a (very technical) breakdown of the different English requirements.

If your English skill level isn’t quite up to the standard required then one option for you is pre-sessional English courses, essentially these courses allow you to increase your skills in the English language over a set period of time.

For example at Portsmouth we are able to arrange a 9 or 12 week course that will increase your IELTS score by 1 band (e.g 5.5 to 6.5). If you’re looking to study at Portsmouth and want more information on pre-sessional English, you can find it here.

 Three: Funding

It may seem like an obvious point, but in order for your application to be considered seriously and for your place at university to be secure it’s important to ensure that you have the necessary money available to fund your study.

This includes any costs that may be incurred prior to your study, which includes appropriate funds for your visa application (where applicable) as well as your deposits for your accomodation (private or halls) and tuition fees. Many universities offer various scholarships dependent on many different things. Portsmouth offers some bursaries and scholarships as well as discounts, these are all of course dependent on a variety of contributing factors.

Course fees vary amongst universities but generally for international students entering full time study, tuition costs currently reside around or above the £10,000 mark (per year of tuition).  This information is almost always available on a University’s website, for international students specifically there will be a section dedicated to this. The University of Portsmouth page contains links to all sorts of vital information.

That about covers these three key components of applying in reasonable detail, be sure to ask the International team at universities for more information. For any more information about the University of Portsmouth please contact