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In simple term, colleges are intermediary educational institutions between high school and universities. In the UK, colleges provide tution to students over the age of 16 in particular subject or skills for qualifications that are not usually academic degrees but lead to degree courses at universities. Colleges provide a rich mix of academic and vocational education for international students starting from academic level 3. Students can follow access course, national diploma, higher national diploma, foundation degree courses at wide variety of subjects and progress onto degree courses at universities.
The Higher Education Institution must be a UK recognised body, or a body in receipt of public funding as a Higher Education Institution from the Department for the Economy in Northern Ireland, the Office for Students for England, the Higher Education Funding Council for Wales, the Scottish Funding Council or any other provider registered with the Office for Students. Students study at Embedded Colleges can extend their visa from inside the UK.
TEF provides a resource for students to judge teaching quality in universities and to increase the importance of teaching excellence. Under TEF system, universities are rated gold, silver or bronze. These ratings are determined by six core metrics based on teaching, academic support and progression to employment. It also helps determining which universities are good for graduate prospects and student satisfaction. The main difference of TEF from other ranking system is that the TEF is a government-stamped resource and some students may consider that to be important when choosing a UK university
Anything 'Personal' belongs to or affects a particular person rather than anyone else - it is unique and not public. Therefore, statement copied from others is not a personal statement as it does not relate you and it does not belong to you. It is very unlikely that your admission application will be successful with copied personal statement of purpose. Besides, the statement might be considered as plagiarised work and due to this your application could be cancelled.
On receipt of the above, we will come back to you shortly to advise you further on proceeding with admission application.
Almost all UK universities will require this with your application for admission. Some universities ask for this letter in institution's letterhead, but most of the universities will require: name of the referee, designation, name of institution, address, telephone number and email address on the application form and the prospective university contact the referee/s by themselves to collect the references/recommendations
You can apply for an ATAS certificate up to 9 months before the start date of your course. An ATAS certificate is valid for 6 months from date of issue. You need to apply online for ATAS. It will take at least 20 working days for your ATAS application to be processed.
If you are already in the UK on a non-student visa which was issued on or after 6/04/2015, you must apply for an ATAS certificate before starting your studies. If you have Indefinite Leave to Remain in the UK, you do not need an ATAS. If you’re in the process of applying for asylum in the UK, you must apply for an ATAS certificate to study in the UK.
There is nothing called CAS Letter (The provision of Visa Letter is abolished by Home Office in February 2010). Along with your CAS reference, your University/College will give some information that you require to apply for visa –this is called CAS Statement. This may be emailed to you or you may get this from the online portal.
You do not need to submit this with your visa application. So, do not get confused if the CAS reference and the statement is not printed on the University/College’s letterhead pad (hard copy) and then posted to you. The CAS reference links to an electronic record on the Home Office database, they have those information already.
You do not need another CAS reference unless there are number of gross mistakes which are very unlikely.
Normally, it should not take more than 3 working days for the institution to arrange for your CAS reference, but in busy period it could take slightly extra time.
Term-time is the time when universities/colleges are open to hold classes for continuous period.
A semester describe two six-monthly periods that divide the academic year into two halves - it includes term-times, holidays and examination periods. Most of the universities/colleges have 2 semesters in a calendar year and accommodate 3 terms in one academic year. However, some universities and colleges are conducting 3 semesters in a year.
An academic year is normally 9 months (3 terms) usually calculated from the beginning of the autumn term (early September) to the end of the summer term (late July). In the UK, educational institutions usually hold classes for 30-32 weeks in one academic year.
Joint Honours degrees are taught in the same way as single honours degrees, with 120 credits taught per year, over three years. Admission to a Joint Honours course is similar to the regular single undergraduate degrees.
CEFR stands for Common European Framework of Reference for languages. CEFR defines foreign language proficiency at six levels: A1 and A2, B1 and B2, C1 and C2.
To apply for a study visa in the UK, you may need a SELT with proficiency equivalent to particular CEFR level which is determined by course level and sometimes entry requirements of the educational institutions.
You may also choose to do A-Level too at a UK A-Level provider institution and then proceed on to do your Bachelors.
General MBA course is often branded as ‘jack of all trades, master of none’ as the course provide bit of knowledge of key business functions while does not dig in depth.
MBA with specific concentration focuses in specialist area and provided more insights and avail better career prospects.
Some MBA courses are offered with Work Placement/Industrial attachment and make students 'employment-ready' alongside the qualification.
Students from other discipline not related to the MBA course pursued, may choose to undertake, Pre-masters and MBA together - the Pre-Masters course will prepare them with good foundation for the MBA study.
MS is more industry focused professional course e.g. MTech, MEng etc. Studying an MS prepares students for high end technical and professional careers in the relevant industry.
MA (Master of Arts) is a postgraduate programme and MA in Business/Management discipline normally targets students from other academic background.
MBA (Master of Business Administration) is a postgraduate programme in business management. MBAs are normally designed to provide business management knowledge in all functional areas of business organisations without specific to any particular function. However, concurrent universities have MBAs in specific subjects too i.e. MBA in Law, MBA in Oil & Gas etc.
Additionally, students may be able to extend visa from inside UK to re-sit modules they failed earlier.
You should prepare your answers to the following questions:
Questions about your chosen course;
Questions about your chosen university;
Questions about your academic history and accomplishments;
Questions about your future plans;
Questions about your finances;
Questions about your chosen study destination
To find what specific questions might be asked, please check ‘Credibility Interviews preparation for offer letter and student visa’.
Failure to prove genuine intention to study or credibility as genuine student;
Lack of knowledge about the prospective course;
Lack of knowledge about the prospective university;
Intention to leave the country at the end of the course;
Poor English language standard;
Submission of an invalid Certificate of Acceptance of Studies (CAS);
Failure to submit specified financial documents.
Please check here for ‘Common reasons for student visa refusal’.
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Qualifications mapping, setting academic targets;
Course & University selection from extensive research;
Scholarship application supports;
Edition of your personal statements & CV;
Application for admission to universities;
UCAS application supports;
Training for admission and credibility interview;
Sessions on visa refusal reasons & preventions;
Collection of offer/s within agreed deadlines;
Visa application by qualified professional;
Pre-departure briefing, assistance with enrolment;
Pastoral care and follow up services.
Please check our ‘Student service’ section for details about our services.
Home country: not updated with latest developments. UK: adopts the most recent tools, theories, models and discoveries,
Home country: teaching is in mother tongue mostly. UK: Teaching is in English which is the language of business,
Home country: Local environment with native students. UK: International environment with students from all over the world,
Home country: Quality is not internationally assured and recognised. UK: Quality is internationally benchmarked and respected globally,
Home country: Education does not address needs for commerce and industry as such. UK: Education is structured to match requirements of commerce and industry,
Home country: Self and professional development opportunities are limited. UK: Self and professional development are key features in learning.
employed as an entertainer e.g. DJ, musician (whether self-employed or as a paid employee);
taking part in television shows ;
any freelance work, including working remotely (outside of a company office, but connected digitally e.g. emails) from any country;
performing for audiences on stage, cabaret or comedy shows e.g. singing, stand-up comedy, playing music, tribute acts, children's magician;
Once you finish the course and get the qualification you come to study at the university that sponsored you, you can change to a new one from inside the UK and apply for a new visa i.e. extends your visa.
To overcome the shock, take this temporary phase as normal experience that almost everyone goes through. You should keep in touch with home and keep familiar and personal things around you, eat familiar food and maintain healthy diet, make friends with other international students, get involved with university activities, student union and societies etc.
Students and recent graduates who have Tier 4 student immigration permission which allows them to work can undertake a full-time sabbatical officer post. You can do the post part way through your course or in the academic year after you finish it. During the post, you are also allowed to take extra employment for up to 20 hours a week. You might also be able to do the sabbatical officer post on a part-time basis, but you must not work more hours than are allowed by your current Tier 4 leave, usually 20 hours a week in total, and you must also continue studying full-time.
In all other circumstances if your course finishes early and you have not successfully completed your studies (f your course finishes early because your sponsor university has lost their student sponsor licence), UKVI will limit your permission to stay to 60 days, unless you have fewer than 60 days leave remaining.
a change of address;
changes to your name or personal details (your contact details, your legal representative’s details, dependent family members’ details, if you separate from your partner, if you get a criminal conviction, if any of your children stop living with you);
you get a criminal conviction;
you separate from your partner;
any of your children stop living permanently with you
If you are outside the UK and there’s a change to your reason for going to the UK
address; personal details, for example your name, because you got married; you will need to contact the visa application centre where you applied. You may need to make another visa application at your local visa application centre.