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Study your own way

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UK education gives you the chance to study what, where and how you want:

  • There are thousands of exciting courses and qualifications on offer in the UK – whether you’re interested in accountancy, creative arts or zoology. Or what about 19th century poetry, international business, or dance? You can find over 86,000 UK courses listed on this website – use the Search tool at the top of this page to get started!
  • Many UK courses have a ‘modular’ structure. This means you can build a personalised course by choosing modules or units of study from different subject areas. For example, if you are studying for a bachelor’s degree in English literature, you could choose one module on Science fiction, one module on Children’s literature, one module on Short stories, etc.
  • If you are interested in more than one subject, you could study a combination – many institutions offer courses such as Philosophy and English literature, or Tourism with French, for example.
  • Many courses can be studied full-time or part-time. If you need a visa to study in the UK, check your immigration status allows you to join a part-time course.
  • There are also many shorter courses for students who want to gain an undergraduate qualification in just one or two years, and summer schools for those looking to experience UK student life while building their knowledge, learning new skills or preparing for further study.
  • You can enter UK education at any age and level. If you don’t yet have the qualifications or English language skills you need to apply for your chosen course, there are lots of preparatory courses and qualifications you can take. A foundation or access course, for example, will help you meet the entry requirements for university.

Study free of charge!

Interested in doing a short course with a top UK university… for free? Find out more about online courses with FutureLearn.

Study in your own country

If you want to study for a UK qualification but can’t travel to the UK, don’t worry!

Each year, over 580,000 students gain a qualification from UK colleges and universities – outside the UK. There are several options:

  • Online courses are a great way to learn from the comfort of your own home. As well as the course materials, you will usually be allocated a tutor or tutors, who you can contact by email or phone for guidance – so you’ll have all the support you need.
  • Alternatively, if you prefer the full campus experience, you could join a UK overseas campus closer to home.
  • Many international schools, colleges and universities also offer courses in partnership with UK institutions.

Find out more in Your study options.