Studying in the UK without formal qualifications

- everything you need to know

Since you’re here, you may be wondering whether you have any chance of getting to any British university with poor high school exam results or even with no high school leaving qualification at all. Well, the answer is simple: yes! You can, indeed, study at a university in the UK!

If you want to get into this in detail – learn how it’s even possible, what universities and courses are available in your case, how to apply etc… make sure you read this short article!

How is this even possible?

Many British universities offer a bachelor’s degree with a foundation year. During such a year, you can get prepared for a student’s life, master your academic English (especially writing and speaking), and, last but not least, learn the basics of the course you chose to pursue after the foundation year. It’s quite obvious then, that the entry requirements for the foundation years are lower – in certain cases it even means that no high school leaving qualification is required.

Where is it possible and on what courses?

The bachelor’s degree combined with the foundation year and available to people with no formal qualifications is not a common option offered by the British universities, though. Currently, you can find them only at 4 higher education institutions in 4 different locations:

Location number 1: London

University of Greenwich

This university is situated in South-East London and offers over 50 different courses from areas such as:

  • Business & Management,
  • Computing,
  • Engineering,
  • Science
  • Social Sciences & Law.

You can find the list of all courses here.

Coventry University London

In this case, you will be able to study one of 6 business-related courses in the City of London:

  • Applied Global Marketing
  • International Fashion Management and Marketing
  • Global Business Management
  • International Hospitality and Tourism
  • Financial Economics and Banking
  • International Finance and Accounting
Anglia Ruskin University London

ARU London is located in Central London where you can pick any course from the list:

  • Finance and Accounting
  • Intl. Business Management 
  • Business and: Marketing / Tourism / Hospitality Management / Human Resource Management / Law / Healthcare Management
  • Health and Social Care

Location number 2: Leicester

De Montfort University – this modern university in the heart of a student-friendly city made 6 types of foundation years available to students with various backgrounds after which you can progress to one of over 100 courses. Those types are as follows:

  • Art & Design
  • Business & Law
  • Engineering & Computing
  • Life Sciences
  • Media
  • Pharmacy

And here’s the list of all courses offered by DMU.

Location number 3: Coventry

Coventry University is considered one of the most modern and progressive universities in the UK. You can apply to various courses within these areas:

  • Accounting & Finance
  • Applied Biosciences
  • Business
  • Digital Technologies
  • Engineering
  • Health, Education and Wellbeing
  • Law & Practice

You can find more details about the available courses here.

Location number 4: Cambridge

Anglia Ruskin University is located in the historic city – Cambridge. There, you can choose from dozens of courses that include the above-mentioned foundation year. Here you can find them all and learn more about them.

What about the entry requirements?

Academic requirements

Of course, the high school leaving certificate is not necessary but only as long as you finished at least 2 grades of high school with relatively good grades. Text us via Messenger to find out if your grades are enough. Don’t worry – we speak English! 🙂

English language requirements

It’s important to know that even though no formal qualification is required, you still need to have a proper level of English (to be able to communicate with the tutors and other students during your foundation year). Normally, it’s enough if your command of the language is at the B1 level (intermediate). De Montfort University in Leicester and Coventry University (Coventry & London) allow the applicants to take their internal English exams for free. The University of Greenwich also offers such an option, however, it may cost a small amount of money. Anglia Ruskin University (both in Cambridge & London), on the other hand, requires to take an external exam, called IELTS, and pass it at at least 5.5 (which is a B1 equivalent).

How can I apply?

The application process to all campuses of Anglia Ruskin University and Coventry University is a standard one – you need to write a proper personal statement, get a reference letter from either your manager or your high school teacher as well as set up, fill in and pay for a UCAS account.

However, to get to either De Montfort University in Leicester or the University of Greenwich in London, all you need to do is to fill in the application form and answer a couple of questions on another form (we have both of them – text us via Messenger to receive them). Also, it’s completely free of charge.

Don’t worry though – whichever university you choose, with our support you can finish everything within a couple of days. 🙂

What about the costs and funding?

If you have a (pre-)settled status, EU nationality, and have never studied before, you can get 2 student loans from Student Finance England under the British government:

  • tuition fee loan – this funding covers 100% of your course
  • maintenance loan (for a migrant worker) – this loan is transferred straight to your bank account. You can expect up to £9,203 a year (outside of London) or up to £12,010 a year (in London). If you have lived in the UK for more than 5 years, then you don’t have to work at all to be able to receive maintenance loan. However, if you have spent less than 5 years in the UK, then you can apply for a maintenance loan for a migrant worker for every academic year but you need to work continuously at least 10-15h per week or 40h per month (depending on what payslips you get).

Repaying student loans starts only after you have finished your degree and only if you earn at least £27,295 per year or £2,274 per month or £524 per week in the UK. According to the government website: “you’ll repay 9% of your income over the repayment threshold […]. If your income changes, either rising or falling, your repayment amounts will automatically change to reflect this.”

Consequently, if you earn £27,295 pa or less after you graduate from the university, your monthly repayment will be £0. When earning, let’s say, £28,000 pa, you’ll have to pay £5 per month, and when £33,000 – £42 per month.

The repayments stay the same regardless of whether you took only a tuition fee loan or both loans. Also, “any loan plus interest remaining 30 years after you’re due to start making repayments will be cancelled.”

When can I start studying?

The recruitment process is constantly on – especially because in most cases you can start the foundation year not only in Autumn but also in Winter (January/February) and even in Spring!

How to start?

It’s simple! 🙂 Text us via Messenger (or via e-mail: [email protected] – but only on Messenger you can expect us to answer you almost instantly and have an actual conversation with you), to discuss your options, get answers to all your questions and start applying to the university of your choice!
Remember, our service is free of charge (since it is the universities that pay for our work) and you can count on us not only during the recruitment process but also later on when applying for funding etc.

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