If you are applying with a secondary school leaving certificate, you can enrol on a Foundation or International Year One programme.
The Foundation programme is a compulsory element of preparing to go to university. It brings you up to the same level as British school leavers and gives you the opportunity to determine your course of study before entering university. During the programme, the student improves their English, adapts to the English education system and takes core subjects.
There are some narrowly-focused Foundation courses if you have already settled on your future speciality. For instance, business courses prepare those who intend to study finance, economics or management.
Some universities offer guaranteed enrolment in return for good results. The bachelor’s degree lasts three or four years, and you can spend an additional year in industry. This is known as a sandwich year.
The second programme, International Year One, helps you to prepare like Foundation, but the number of core subjects is small. It is important that the subjects are similar to those in the first year of university. This programme is suitable for those who have already completed the first year.
The most in-demand professions in the UK are economics and management, law and IT.
Application documents can be submitted through UCAS or directly to the admissions office. To embark on a bachelor’s degree, you need a copy of your passport, school leaving certificate, Foundation diploma, motivation and recommendation letters, and your IELTS or TOEFL certificate. The list may vary according to the field of study and the university.
In any event, no matter what you choose, go for something you enjoy. Your future is in your own hands.