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Gain a world-class education

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UK education is all about giving you inspiration to develop your knowledge and skills, freedom to be creative, and support to help you achieve your best.

UK schools, colleges and universities offer you a world-class education – the chance to follow your passion for learning and gain qualifications that are respected by employers and academics worldwide.

On a UK course you’ll benefit from excellent teaching and facilities. In order to accept students, UK education centres must meet strict quality standards set by the UK government and education bodies.

UK colleges and universities

With a strong reputation for research, innovation and creativity, UK universities and colleges attract some of the world’s leading academics and industry professionals. You will be encouraged to express your own ideas and think for yourself. UK degree courses develop your critical thinking, decision-making and creativity – skills that are valued by employers worldwide.

This attention to quality is reflected in the UK’s excellent results:

Find out more about the UK’s strengths in Business, IT, Engineering, Arts and many other subjects in our Subject profiles section.

Vocational (career-focused) courses

If you want to train directly for a career or prepare for higher education, you will find excellent courses on offer at UK further education colleges. These colleges are known for offering lots of teaching support, to help you develop your skills.

English language courses

The UK is the number one destination worldwide for English language study (Study Travel Magazine, December 2012).

The UK has long been at the forefront of language teaching, and pioneered many of the techniques now used around the world. The emphasis is on learning through fun and participation – instead of just listening to your teacher, your classes will involve games, problem-solving and discussions. You might also listen to songs, watch television or read magazines to practise your comprehension skills… in fact, it might not feel like work at all!

Many English language courses are also offered by universities and colleges to help international students prepare for a degree course in the UK.

Boarding schools

The UK’s boarding schools, for pupils aged up to 18, offer excellent teaching standards, facilities and support. At UK independent schools (most boarding schools are independent), there are on average just 9.2 pupils to every one teacher, so teachers have more time to give you individual support. 92% of students from UK independent schools go on to higher education (Independent Schools Council Census 2015).

Find out more

In this short film, international students share their experiences of UK education:


You can find out more, including how to apply for UK courses and scholarships, in Your study options – or look for courses now with the Search tool at the top of this page!

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