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Student Population

Standard Degree Length
Tuition Fees

Academic Year

Education Model


Good to Know

St. Clare's is a UCAS Centre and around 50-60% of St. Clare's students choose to stay in the UK for their Undergraduate degree.

The majority of Universities in the UK are Public, State Funded Institutions, these include Art Schools. There are also a few private institutions including some business and hospitality schools.

There are a large range of Universities in the UK from large to small and from modern to traditional. They all operate their own teaching models and all have their unique selling points and strengths as an institution.

Degree Length

• Standard degrees are 3 years in England and Wales
• Adding a placement or study abroad year will add 1 year to your degree
• In Scotland, the standard degree is 4 years but with very high IB grades, you may be able to enter in year 2 and study for just 3 years.
• There are also 5-year degrees during which you gain both your bachelors and masters degree.

Education Model

Single and Joint Honours are the most common degree models
• There are some institutions that offer degrees where you can combine multiple subjects in a major/minor style
• In Scotland, most degrees follow a flexible model enabling you to take subjects outside of your primary interest in year 1 and 2

Gap Years

Gap Years are widely accepted in the UK. You can apply whilst in IB 2 for deferred entry on your UCAS form, or apply during a Gap Year. If you are applying for a math's or science subject, it is wise to plan how to keep up with your academic skills in those areas during your Gap Year.


Many courses offer the opportunity to take a year long placement or internship as part of your degree. Different universities have different names for these and you might see them called: Professional Experience; Industry Experience; Year in Industry or Placement and you might also hear them being referred to as a Sandwich Year.
You will typically have a lower tuition fee for the year whilst maintaining access to the university library and a tutor who supports you. These placements are often paid, but not always.
Something to check when researching, is how much support the university gives you with securing a placement for the year as this can vary greatly.

Institution Types

State/Public Uni

Most Common

Private Uni

Very Few

Undergraduate Only

Very Few

Junior College

Not Available

Arts Schools

Yes, mostly public

Business Schools

A few private

American Schools

3 - in London

Research Focused

Some, the best known are the Russel Group Universities

Teaching Focused

Yes - look at the TEF Rankings


The cost of University tuition in the UK is dependent on your citizenship and residency. Universities are also free to set their own fee rate within certain guidelines

If you are classed as a home student, live in England or Wales and have British Citizenship or settled/pre-settled status your maximum tuition fee is £9,250 a year for universities in England, Scotland and Northern Ireland and £9,000 a year for universities in Ireland

If you are classified as a home student, live in Scotland and have British Citizenship or settled/pre-settled status you will not pay any tuition fee in Scotland, but will pay up to £9,000 a year for universities in Wales and £9,250 for universities in England and Ireland

If you are a British Citizen who is not currently living in the UK or a British Overseas territory, you may still be able to be classed as a home student if you have spent more than 7 years of your life living in the UK.

If you are an international student, fees are set at individual course level and vary from £9,250-£65,000 a year. Generally, Medicine and Engineering are the most expensive, with humanities degrees being the least expensive,

Alongside tuition, you need to factor in the cost of living which can vary greatly across the UK with London being the most expensive. A budget of between £190 and £350 per/week would be realistic dependent on your accommodation choices and geographic location.

The UK Governments provide financial support in the form of loans and in some situations bursaries, to help students afford the cost of university. There are some quite complex eligibility requirements you can check at

If you are classed as a home student and live in England or Wales you are eligible for
A tuition fee loan for the cost of your course up to the fee cap (Private universities can choose to charge more than this fee rate)
A maintenance loan to help with living costs. How much your are eligible for depends on a number of factors including family income.
See more details at

There are some bursaries and scholarships available for home students. These tend to be for students with financial need or difficult circumstances.

There are some scholarships for International students, although very few of them will cover the full cost of tuition and living.

You can find information about what universities offer on the finance pages of their websites. We have also included websites where you can search for scholarships in the research resources.





All public universities require undergraduate applications via UCAS. Most private universities give this as an option although some also allow direction application.

Students can apply for up to 5 courses on UCAS. They submit one application form, with one personal statement and that application and statement is sent to all 5 courses.

Foundation year applications are direct for all universities, unless it is integrated into a full degree.

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Application Process

Application Process

The majority of applications are made via UCAS where you can apply for up to 5 courses on your 1 application form

1 UCAS Personal Statement

10-20 Hours for up to 5 applications (excluding research time)

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When to Apply

IB students start working towards their Personal Statement in Easter of IB 1 and register on UCAS at the end of the summer term in IB 1. The internal college deadline to apply by is 30 November except for Medicine, Dentistry, Veterinary Science, Oxford and Cambridge applications which have a 15 October deadline

UFP students will start working on their Personal Statement and Application form in October. The application deadline is the last Wednesday in January

Graade Conversion

Grade Conversion

24 points plus gives you lots of courses at research universities and UAS. 30 points plus gives you access to some university colleges, while most will be looking for 32-34 overall points excluding EE and TOK. Admission can be competitive at these colleges though, and application review is holistic.

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Explore the university profiles for this country on the CareersExplore Platform.

Architectural Association School of Architecture


University of Kent


Our main campus is surrounded by beautiful woodlands and overlooks the charming city of Canterbury.

Large Institution 15,000-30,000


Durham University


Given the collegiate nature of the university, we are both in the city centre and outside of it.

Large Institution 15,000-30,000
A high volume of applications means a number of programmes can be more selective than others


Research Reources

Research Resources

Global Scholarships
Global Scholarships is a database holding lots of scholarships which are available to students who would like to study at university. This is a global database so holds scholarship information for a wide range of different countries.
Admission Report
The Admission Report team use publically available data alongside data they collect through Freedom of Information requests to allow you to access detailed and accurate statistics on applications, offers and enrollments at a university level and a course level. The limitation is that they only have this for a small percentage of institutions, but they have focused on the most competitive ones.
This site is run by a company that supports university applications and whilst its university database is not exhaustive, within the application requirements tab on each university profile they have the average IB scores accepted and where available the application success rate. They also have average living costs for the area, rankings overviews and some scholarship information. Be aware that they list programs in all languages, not just English and the IB scores and success rate percentages are averages across the whole institution. However, they are a good indicator if the university does not publish more detailed information.
Concourse Global Clearing
Concourse is a platform where universities search for candidates they want, rather than you completing lots of complex, time consuming and expensive applications. You complete one profile, which institutions view an anonymised version of. If they feel you are a fit for them, they will make you an offer and if you're interested, you can connect with them, share your full details and speak to them about what they can offer you.
UniBuddy UK
UCAS has a list of the UK universities who have a unibuddy account. Find students currently studying the subject you are interested in, or at the university you are interested in and chat to them via the unibuddy platform.
Virtual Tours
UCAS has collected together links to the virtual tours and video's from UK universities into one menu. Search for a university you are interested in, or just browse them for inspiration.
A global resource for students wanting to study internationally to find scholarships and grant opportunities
Scholarship Positions
A blog of scholarship opportunities globally for undergraduate students
Student Finance England
Information about eligibility and application for Student Finance
The Scholarship Hub
Search and apply for UK scholarships, grants or bursaries for university on their database of funding for UK/EU undergraduate and postgraduate students
What Uni
WhatUni is a UK search and comparison site for UK degree courses. They have a range of filters you can search on, including looking for modules on specific topics. You can order your results by a choice of different factors based on what is most important to you. You can save options on the site to compare against each other if you create a free account. They also have a prospectus ordering service Virtual Open Days and Events search and book system Student Reviews Ratings on things like student life and campus facilities based on their massive survey of university students each year. Advice Articles Guides to courses and a quiz to find courses that lead to the careers you want or match the subjects you like to study most click here
The Complete University Guide
The Complete University Guide is a UK site that started as focused on Subject Based League Tables but has developed into a good information site. They have useful university profiles, a course search function, useful advice articles. and a search function for virtual events and open days. If you like using League Tables, then their article on how to do this effectively is very useful to read.
UCAS is the platform you will use to apply to universities in the UK. Its Course Search allows you to search all UK courses and has some filter options but the results will always be organised in alphabetical order. Ensure you select Undergraduate as the course type
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