An undergraduate course, which is also known as a bachelor’s degree. In the UK, undergraduate degree tends to be between three and four years long. However, there are some technical course that can take longer. For example, an architecture courses can run for five years. And to earn an undergraduate degree in the UK, you would need to complete 360 academic credits from a university or a higher education institute.

Academic credit

Academic credit is the value assigned to a course or some other form of learning that counts toward program or credential completion (cited in McQuarrie, 2016). Academic credit is used as a tool to compare learning achieved in different contexts Credit is awarded to you when you have shown, through assessment, that you have successfully completed a module or a program by meeting the specific set of learning outcomes for that module or program (QAA,2009).

Within the UK, one credit represents 10 notional hours of learning. Institutions use this guide as a basis for setting the credit value of a module or program before it is offered to students. For example, a module that is estimated to involve 150 notional hours of learning will be assigned 15 credits and one that involves 400 notional hours of learning will be assigned 40 credits. In the UK, a bachelor’s degree with honors is awarded to students who achieve 360 credits (QAA,2009).

Requirements for admission at an undergraduate course

Requirements for an undergraduate admission varies from course to course and university basis. In order to take up the offer of a place to study in a course, all applicants must meet the qualification requirements of their course. The standard requirement to apply for an undergraduate course in can be as follows:

  • Fill the University online application form
  • Provide personal statement stating your plant of study, ambition, career plan
  • Provide a Curriculum Vitae (CV)
  • Academic qualification including transcript and certification of completion of (A-level) for home students and secondary and higher secondary education for international students
  • Evidence of English language proficiency (IELTS) test result. The score varies on course to course, but it is ideal that most of the university would expect at lest 6 or 6.5 to accept you for an undergraduate degree.
  • 2x Recommendations form your school/high school teacher or other professionals. If you are a mature student, you may need this recommendation from your employer.
  • If you are international student, you would also need to provide your or your parents bank account statement to proof your eligibility to finance the course.
  • A copy of your passport (other form of acceptable) identification. Most of the university prefer passport.
  • If you have any other professional qualification, you might have to provide that too to assess your application.
  • Attend admission interview and sit for admission test (if you are asked by the university)

 Estimated cost to attend an undergraduate course in the UK

There is no specific answer to identify the exact cost of completing an undergraduate course. The cost of completing an undergraduate course depends on what course and university you would choose to attend to. Some university charge higher fees for international students and some keep it to comparatively lower level.

If you are a home student, please visit the UCAS site to see the available cost information on your undergraduate course

For international students, an estimated cost for academic year 2021 on an undergraduate program can be between £14,000 to £16,00 per year excluding the cost of accommodation. The estimated accommodation cost can be between £800 to £1000 per month. But this cost of tuition and accommodation varies based on course, university, city, and area.  To learn more about the costs [click here] and book your appointment to consult with our expert team of consultants.

English proficiency requirement

Usually you can not have an admission to a course unless you can proof that you have the sufficient level of knowledge in English language. Most of the university would ask you to take IELTS exam and score at least 6 or 6.5.  There are courses that require even higher score.

If you do not have IELTS, you might proof English proficiency with other English efficiency certificates such as if you have attended English medium course, completed English certificate that cover the required level of English for the particular course you are applying for, TOEFL etc.

List of undergraduate courses

Name of courses Mood of study IELTS


Cost (fee) Start date University
BA(Hons) Business and human resource Management Full time/PT 5.5 Home £9,250 Feb 2022 Arden
BA (Hons) Business Full time/PT 5.5 Home £9,250 Feb 2022 Arden
Psychology and Sociology BA (Hons) Full time/PT 5.5 Home £9,250 Feb 2022 Arden
BSc (Hons) Applied Computer Science Full time/PT 6.0 Home £9,250

Int £12,000

Sept 2022 Anglia Ruskin
LLB (HONS) Full time/PT 6.0 Home £9,250

Int. £13,500

Feb 2022 Anglia Ruskin
International Foundation in Business Full time/ PT 6.0 Home £9,250

Int. £16,950

Feb 2022 University of creative arts
BA/BSc (Hons) Business and Management Full time/ PT 6.0 Home £9,250

Int. £16,950

Sept/Feb 2022 University of creative arts

There are over 50,000 undergraduate courses at more than 395 providers in the UK
(UCAS,2021).  If you are considering attending an undergraduate course, you would need to decide what subject area, course type and university is right for you. Our expert admission consultant can guide you through the entire process that would include understanding your aptitudes, future ambition, career plans, budgets and other important issues that might influence your decision to read a degree.

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McQuarrie, F. A. E. (2016).  What is Academic Credit? A Literature Review and a Survey of Practices in the BC Post-Secondary System. Published by BCCAT. The link;

QAA. (2009). Academic credit in higher education in England: An introduction. The link;

UCAS (2021). Chousing an undergraduate course, viewed from the link;