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Students who attend the Scottish Universities can do an ordinary degree in three years, or complete an honors degree in four years. There are also sandwich courses in which the student may need to do a year more. The sandwich courses offer work placement which allows the students to work for a short period of time before they complete their courses. Scottish universities tend not to specialize subjects until the third year when students may decide to complete an ordinary degree in a further year or embark on a two-year honors course (often referred to as the Junior Honors Year and Senior Honors Year). Most universities award a Bachelor Degree to the students who have completed their undergraduate courses though for historical reasons, the Scottish ancient universities (University of St Andrews, University of Edinburgh, University of Aberdeen and University of Glasgow (as well as the University of Dundee) award a Master of Arts (MA) degree to arts students who have completed their undergraduate courses. These MA degrees are equivalent to a Bachelor Degree. Honors degrees are usually split into classes: first class (I), upper second class (II:1), lower second class (II:2) and third (III), and unclassified (below third class). Students who apply for a Scottish University while attending a Scottish secondary school do not need to pay for university tuition fees as it is paid for on their behalf by the Student Awards Agency for Scotland.

Students who attend universities in England usually do a three year course to earn a bachelor's degree, whether it is an ordinary degree or an honors degree. There are also sandwich courses which offer work placement whereby student work for a short period of time in a relevant industry before completing their studies. Taking a sandwich course may make the degree last a year longer than otherwise. English universities specialize subjects throughout the entire degree. The Oxbridge universities (Oxford University and Cambridge University) which are amongst the world's oldest universities are generally ranked at or near the top of all UK universities. Academic degrees are usually split into classes: first class (I), upper second class (II:1), lower second class (II:2) and third (III), and pass (below third class). In many universities ordinary degrees are often confined to vocational courses such as medicine and dentistry, or awarded when a student has not passed enough modules to be awarded the honors degree.

Under Graduate and Post Graduate Programs :-

Under Graduate Programs :
During degree programmes, some specific elements will be compulsory but others will be optional, allowing you to tailor the course to your interests. The core topics of your course will be outlined to you through lectures.

More in-depth analysis will take place in smaller tutorial and seminar groups where you’ll prepare topics in advance and discuss them with the other students and the tutor. You will be assigned your own personal tutor with whom you can review your individual progress and discuss any problems. You’ll need to read extensively around the subject and you’ll be encouraged to form your own ideas and opinions. The close contact between students and tutors is a particular strength of UK degree courses.

If you choose a technical subject, you are likely to spend a large portion of your time in supervised laboratory work, designed to develop necessary technical skills.

UK institutions also provide excellent English language support for international students like you. Many have language centres where you can use language-learning materials. Many also offer in-sessional English classes for international students. In-sessional courses provide support tailored to your needs, focusing on the language and study skills to help you in the work for your main course.

Post Graduate Programs :
All postgraduate programmes require you to do a great deal of work on your own initiative. On taught courses, postgraduate tutors and lecturers will provide the framework of the course and, within this, you will be able to pursue your own interests. On research programmes, the principal teaching method is original research, which you complete under academic supervision. Writing a dissertation about your research forms a substantial part of the programme. Many UK research programmes now begin with introductory taught courses that provide training in research skills to help you prepare for the advanced research you’ll need to do.

Close contact between students and tutors is a particular strength of all UK degree courses, with opportunities to review your individual progress and discuss any problems. As with undergraduate degrees, UK institutions also provide excellent English language support for international students. Many have language centres where you can use language-learning materials. Many also offer in-sessional English classes for international students, focusing on the language and study skills you will need for the work on your main course.

Master of Business Administration (MBA) courses are a particularly intensive, challenging and rewarding form of taught postgraduate course. You’ll be expected to work through a very large amount of material, complete projects and assignments and give regular presentations. Teaching methods characteristic of MBAs include case studies, simulations and business games.

Quality Education :
The UK has two distinct education systems: one for England, Wales and Northern Ireland, and one for Scotland. Each is compatible with the other.

Quality Standards :
The UK has two distinct education systems: one for England, Wales and Northern Ireland, and one for Scotland. Each is compatible with the other. Quality Standards Whatever level and type of British course you choose, you can expect to benefit from the highest quality of teaching and research, backed up by rigorous quality assessment. The UK leads the world in developing quality standards and performance measures. In fact, the UK is so committed to quality that the results of several of these assessments are publicly available for you to consult.

Quality Qualifications :
This extensive, sophisticated system of quality assurance means that, when you choose to study in the UK, you can be confident that the course and institution you have chosen are closely monitored to ensure high standards. All nationally recognized qualifications offered in the UK are subject to strict quality standards. In further and higher education institutions these are overseen by government appointed agencies, which are responsible for ensuring the consistency and quality of courses on offer. English language and professional qualifications are subject to their own strict quality assurance measures.

The national quality assurance agencies are: the Qualifications Curriculum Authority (QCA), in England; the Qualifications, Curriculum and Assessment Authority for Wales (ACCAC); the Northern Ireland Council for the Curriculum, Examinations and Assessment (CCEA); and the Scottish Qualifications Authority (SQA). The Higher Education Funding Councils have a statutory duty to assess the quality of the education they fund, and they do so via the Quality Assurance Agency for Higher Education (QAA), a UK-wide body set up by the higher education sector itself. The Higher Education Funding Councils also monitor the quality of research through the Research Assessment Exercise (RAE).

General Information :
Or try one of the following for a direct link to the university, college or school of your choice:

  • A full list of links to UK university or College is available.
  • For accredited independent further and higher education institutions, see the British Accreditation Council web site at www.the-bac.org
  • For English language courses, try the English in Britain site at www.englishinbritain.co.uk
  • HERO is the national web site for higher education in the United Kingdom, and can be found at www.hero.ac.uk
  • Hot courses are the team who designed and built the Education UK site. They also operate the UK's largest database of courses, which they collect for the national learn direct database. Visit them at www.hotcourses.com to search their course database by region or cities of the UK. Alternatively you may contact them about any aspect of this or other sites they operate by sending a feedback email to feedback@hotcourses.com
  • The Study UK web site at www.studyuk.hobsons.com provides information about studying in the UK and about UK universities and colleges.
  • The DfES (formerly DfEE) International Student web page at www.dfes.gov.uk/international-students contains up to date information and advice on Chevening Scholarships, working in the UK and visa and entry requirements to the UK.
  • Links to over 300 specially selected Education UK related sites are maintained by the British Council at www.britishcouncil.org/education/dir/
  • The National Grid for Learning portal at www.ngfl.gov.uk brings together a vast and growing collection of sites that support education and lifelong learning.
  • UK Student Life is a website with practical information for international students about all aspects of living in the UK as a student. It also contains ideas about ways of studying British English either in the UK or abroad. You can find it at www.ukstudentlife.com
  • The Home Office's good2bsecure site offers practical advice to students about staying safe from crime in the UK. For a host of safety tips and advice see good2bsecure
  • City & Guilds is the leading provider of vocational qualifications in the United Kingdom and can be found at www.city-and-guilds.co.uk
  • - A guide that provides information about studying English and living in the UK at www.worldstudysolutions.com
 
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