Deciding to study at a UK university is a very important decision and it is essential that you are properly prepared. As well as studying in a different language – English – you may also find many cultural differences that can be difficult to understand and adapt to.

Whether you are studying at undergraduate (first degree) or postgraduate (Masters or PhD) we sometimes recommend a course before you start university. Universities may also ask us to recommend this when considering your application. There are two main types of course you may be recommended:

Foundation or Pathway courses allow you to start to study academic subjects as well as having additional lessons in English. In many cases these are offered by an International College attached to a particular university and passing the course will guarantee acceptance onto your chosen course. There is even a Pre-Masters route for postgraduates. Courses may last up to a full year before the university course starts. These courses are not usually taught by university staff but are offered in conjunction with some of the large education providers working together with universities. In addition, it may also be possible, with a higher level of English at entry, to take the course over just 6 months (fast-track) keeping costs down and making visa entry much easier. Your Traveledex consultant will discuss these with you once you have registered with us.

We have a number of language college and school partners that can offer Foundation Pathway and Pre-Masters courses. Many of these have made arrangements with universities to allow guaranteed progression through to specific universities and courses. Some of these are shown below but your consultant can discuss your requirements in more detail. 

University Courses

De Montfort University, Leicester

DMU is committed to helping students find highly skilled work or further study, with our DMU Works programme guaranteeing professional work experience opportunities, from business insights to placements and networking opportunities. DMU has been ranked in the top 20 universities for graduate prospects in The Sunday Times Good University Guide 2020.

De Montfort University is also one of the leading universities for art and design in the UK. Students are offered an amazing range of more than 20 different subject areas, excellent studios and workshops and high quality teaching. De Montfort students win many high profile competitions and awards nationally and internationally and students have the opportunity to exhibit their design work at leading venues in the UK, such as Graduate Fashion Week in London and New Designers in London.

BIMM Institute - Music Studies at campus locations in London, Brighton, Manchester, Bristol, Birmingham & Dublin (Ireland)

BIMM Institute opens the doors to the music industry by encouraging creative freedom, providing real-world industry experiences and communities across some of the most diverse and creative cities in the UK and Europe.

BIMM Institute was granted Taught Degree Awarding Powers from March 2019, having demonstrated that it meets the criteria to become a ‘recognised body’ for awarding degrees in the UK. As such, BIMM Institute has overall responsibility for the academic standards and the quality of the qualifications we offer, and we are able to award our own undergraduate and Masters degrees.

Students are given access to unrivalled industry connections, experienced lecturers who live and breathe the world of music and the chance to choose from specialist courses at Diploma, Bachelor (Single and Joint Honours) and Masters level. Subjects include: Performance (Vocals, Guitar, Drums, Bass Guitar & Keyboards), Song-writing, Electronic Music Production, Music and Sound Production, Music Marketing, Media and Communication, Event Management and Music Business.

BIMMs In-House recruitment agency ‘Talent Match’ helps point our students in the right direction by giving them vital experience and work opportunities that will make all the difference when it comes to starting their career in the music industry. 

Our University Pathway Providers

NCUK Partnerships

NCUK – The University Consortium, provides university pathway qualifications designed exclusively for international students, which provide direct access to thousands of degree courses at 25+ leading universities in the UK. Traveledex works directly with several NCUK Study Centres in the UK (and Ireland) which deliver NCUK qualifications (see below) meaning that we can help get you started on your journey to your dream university today,

Courses and university pathways

Available at study centres in London, Cambridge and Manchester for one year (September start), for 18 months at Manchester (January start) and for 2 years at Manchester. Wide choice of subjects available including Business and Economics, Biomedical Science, Engineering, Fashion Management and Medicine plus many more. Course is widely accepted by most universities.

Courses and university pathways

Foundation pathway over 3 terms in Agricultural Science, Business, Humanities, Law, Science & Engineering with a 2 term Business Foundation pathway also available. Master's preparation for 1-3 terms. Own on-campus fair to meet with universities - University+You.

Courses and university pathways

An NCUK provider (see above for universities) offering International Foundation Programmes in Engineering, Humanities, and Business at various UK locations. Scholarships *may* be available - ask your consultant for details.

Courses and university pathways

An NCUK provider (see above for universities) offering the Master’s Preparation (20 weeks) course. Course content includes English for academic skills as well as management studies and academic research skills.

Courses and university pathways

Foundation Pathways available in Business and Technology (Computing & Engineering) plus Pre-Master's.
University partners: Anglia Ruskin, Arts University Bournemouth, Bangor, Bournemouth, Cardiff Metropolitan, Coventry, De Montfort, Kingston, Lincoln, Liverpool, Middlesex, Portsmouth, Southampton Solent, South Wales, Staffordshire.

Courses and university pathways

Kings Education offers many choices for their route to university in the UK. As well as traditional A Level routes they also have the International Business Foundation (available at Bournemouth, Brighton and London), a direct University of Bristol foundation (available at Bournemouth, Brighton and London), the UAL Foundation Diploma in Art and Design (available at Brighton, London and Oxford) and specialist pathways for Medicine.

Kings Education courses are widely accepted by top universities in the UK and for the Advanced level Foundation, Kings provide a guarantee :-

If you are predicted to achieve 70% in the Advanced Level Foundation, they guarantee that you will receive an offer from a Top 25 university.

If not, they will refund one full term of tuition fees.

Courses and university pathways

Malvern offer scholarships for their pathway programmes making them very popular with students around the world. The NCUK pathway is available through their London centre as well as the following campus-based university options.

University of East London International Study Centre

The East London University campus allows study for International Foundation Programme (Foundation + Degree Programme), International Foundation Year, International Year One and Pre-Master's programmes. Courses are available for - Accounting - Business - Hospitality - Law - Engineering

Wrexham Glyndwr University International Study Centre

The International Foundation Year allows student to enjoy full access to Wrexham Glyndwr University Facilities and Students Union. The course focus is available for: - Art & Design - Business - Computing - Engineering - Media

Courses and university pathways

STAR Exeter offer an International Foundation Programme in Business, Computing, or Engineering with a fast-track option available in January if you have a slightly higher IELTS level. University progression from the programmes is available to Plymouth, West of England, South Wales, Cardiff Metropolitan and Portsmouth universities.

Courses and university pathways

Stay Campus make use of their London student accommodation to also base their study options so everything for the student is in one place! The Stay Campus London University Foundation Programme offers pathways in Business Management, Engineering, Social Sciences, and Medicine.

Following a programme with Stay Campus, students are guaranteed (subject to pass requirements which may differ for certain courses/universities) admission to one of the following universities – Gloucestershire, Essex, East Anglia, Kingston (London), Coventry, Anglia Ruskin, Birmingham, East London, Reading, Leeds, Buckingham, Brunel, Swansea, and RCSI (Ireland).

The second type of course concentrates just on improving your language and study skills and is known as a Pre-sessional course. Typically a university may recommend this when your IELTS score is very close to the entry requirements for your chosen course and the university feels that some further study from 4-16 weeks can help you show you will be able to deal with studying at university.

The only alternative to these courses is to ensure your IELTS score is high enough to meet the course entry requirements at your chosen university. At Traveledex we have many specialist schools for IELTS tuition including online options. Your consultant will look at the options with you.

UK university courses have a wide variety of assessment methods such as exams or coursework and may be carried out individually or in groups. There are requirements for how work has to be presented so most universities offer study skills support to international students and Traveledex also has its own support for our students in this area.

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