Admission Procedure to Study in UK

Intakes to Study in the UK

With the UK being one of the most popular study destinations in the world and hosting a number of top-ranked global universities, nearly 40,000 Indians choose to study in the UK. From intakes in the UK to the admissions tests required for admission to UK universities, here’s a guide to what the admission process looks like in the UK.

Autumn Intake

Also called autumn intake, most Universities in the UK offer all the courses in the September intake. The application deadlines for the September intake start from February and end by May of the given academic year.

Spring Intake

January/Spring intake in the UK is the secondary intake and the application deadlines in this intake fall between June and September. While this intake has not that many courses to offer, it gives an opportunity to students who missed the September intake to try in January. 

Summer Intake

The Summer intake in the UK may start in June and end in August. Only a limited number of UK universities offer courses in the Summer intake.

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Application Deadlines for UG Courses in the UK 2021

  • 15 October 2020 - All courses at the universities Cambridge and Oxford and most courses in the fields of medicine, veterinary medicine and dentistry at all other institutions

  • 29 January 2021 - For the majority of courses

  • 30 June 2021 to 20 September 2021 - If missed the deadline

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Application Process To Study In The UK

Given below is a complete compilation of the application process to study an undergraduate or postgraduate course in the UK. It is, however, important to note that this is only for reference, which should be cross-checked with the university before applying. 

General Requirements to Study in the UK

  • Required Qualifications.

  • A well-written personal statement displaying your interest in the subject area, while showcasing your passion, motivation, enthusiasm, and the skills and experiences that will push you towards succeeding at the university.

  • Quality and content of the reference- 

  • Knowledge of and commitment to the subject discipline.

  • Good attitude to learning and personal development.

  • Ability to articulate yourself fluently and accurately in writing – it is a sign of what's to come for tutors.

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How to Apply to University in the UK?

Step 1: Register on UCAS: The Universities and Colleges Admissions Service (UCAS) is the British organisation responsible for operating the admissions process for universities in the UK. Register on UCAS by providing personal details, after which a username will be shared and one would have to create a password and set security questions.

Step 2: Sign in to Fill all Details: Enter all the rest of the details including funding options, special needs (if any), residential status, criminal convictions (if any).

Step 3: Add Course Choices: Students can choose up to five courses without any course order. If applying to medicine, veterinary science, dentistry, or veterinary medicine, one can apply to up to four courses. Those students applying to Oxford or Cambridge can apply to only one course at either the University of Cambridge or the University of Oxford.

Step 4: Full Education Background: One must list all qualifications by name and country. Evidence of the same shall be sent along with. 

Step 5: Full Employment History: In case an applicant has had any paid jobs, he/ she should mention the same in the application form.

Step 6: Submit Personal Statement: A personal statement should include the applicant’s strengths and weaknesses, reasons why the university must accept them, why they want to study the chosen course. 

Step 7: Review: Take a final look at the application before submitting.

Step 8: Add Reference, Pay the Fee and Submit: A written recommendation written by an advisor, teacher or professional who knows the applicant professionally or academically should be submitted along with an application fee (£20 for one course; £26 for multiple courses).

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Non-EU Students in the UK

Eligibility Criteria to Study in the UK

Entry requirements for higher education courses at UK universities and colleges may vary depending on the course, university, degree level and subject. Some of the general eligibility criteria to study in the UK include: 

  • Qualifications, subjects, and exam grades- The candidate’s advanced higher or equivalent-level qualifications would be converted into UCAS tariff points. Some may also ask for pre-16 qualifications like GCSE English and maths or their equivalents. 

  • Suitability- The university would also look into your suitability for the applied course which would take your skills, experience and interests into consideration.

  • Admissions test(s)- Universities and colleges in the UK often require applicants to clear an admissions test applying to the chosen course and degree level.

  • English proficiency test- Prospective applicants should demonstrate their proficiency in the English language by scoring well in English languages proficiency tests such as the TOEFL, IELTS or PTE Academic. The same must be approved by UK Visas and Immigration (UKVI).

  • Interview- After submitting all documents along with your test scores, the university may conduct an interview which you should attend. In the same, you might be expected to showcase your portfolio and be thoroughly prepared. 

  • Further requirements- Your university may ask you for more information related to your health, finances, criminal record (if any), and more. 

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Admissions Tests Required to Study in the UK

Here is the list of admissions tests that you might have to sit in order to take up a course at a UK university:

Course-related admissions tests


  • Cambridge Law Test

  • LNAT – National Admissions Test for Law


  • Mathematics Admissions Test (MAT)

  • Sixth Term Examination Paper (STEP)

  • Test of Mathematics for University Admissions

Medical courses

  • BioMedical Admissions Test (BMAT)

  • Graduate Medical School Admissions Test (GAMSAT)

  • Health Professions Admission Test (HPAT Ulster)

  • University Clinical Aptitude Test (UCAT). Read UCAT's 2020 update on how the test will be delivered this year.

  • Thinking Skills Assessment

  • Thinking Skills Assessment Cambridge (TSA Cambridge)

  • Thinking Skills Assessment Oxford (TSA Oxford)

  • Thinking Skills Assessment University College London (TSA UCL)

University-specific Admission Tests

University of Oxford

  • National Admissions Test for Law (LNAT)

  • Classics Admissions Test (CAT)

  • English Literature Test (ELAT)

  • History Aptitude Test (HAT)

  • Mathematics Admissions Test (MAT)

  • Modern Languages Admissions Test (MLAT)

  • Oriental Languages Admissions Test (OLAT)

  • Physics Aptitude Test (PAT)

  • Philosophy Test (PHIL)

  • Thinking Skills Assessment Oxford (TSA Oxford)

University of Cambridge

  • Cambridge Admissions Assessments

  • BioMedical Admissions Test (BMAT)

  • Sixth Term Examination Paper (STEP)

  • Thinking Skills Assessment Cambridge (TSA Cambridge)

  • Cambridge Law Test

  • Other course-specific admissions tests

Other UK universities such as Birkbeck, University of London; City University London; City University London; The University of Hull; the University of Nottingham; among others may also conduct admissions tests depending on the course.

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English Language Tests to Study in the UK

Mentioned below are the English language proficiency tests that any international student wishing to study in the UK would be required to take and clear:

Interview Guide to Study in the UK

In the UK, it could either be an interview or an audition, where you might be asked to demonstrate your skills through a portfolio or an essay. Your interviewers are usually trying to find out why they should pick you for the course and how you would be a good fit for it. 

They could send you an invitation directly or in UCAS Track facility right towards the end of the application process.

Try to report at the interview location at the given time, although the university might sometimes reschedule it. The UCAS Track does also give the option to request a different time for the interview, after agreeing to which the university/ college would update the invitation.

After you have attended the interview, the decision would be communicated through Track. You can reply to your offers through the same facility.

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