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THE UK: Applying to University

Pakistani students applying to a UK university

Practical advice for Pakistani students applying to study in the United Kingdom


The UK is a wonderful place to study. There are fantastic universities up and down the country; from Inverness down to Brighton, from an Engineering degree to an English Literature and Creative Writing degree, the UK offers it all making it an extremely popular study destination for a lot of international students. Over 430,000 international students come through the British borders for a better education every year - and you could be one of them.


How to apply for study in the UK

To apply to study in the UK, you should apply through UCAS ( It’s possible to apply for up to five courses whether they are all at the same university or all at different ones. By using UCAS your five applications are stored in one place which is much more efficient than applying for each one through different websites.  At first there might seem like an overwhelming amount of universities to pick from in the UK, but through UCAS your search can easily be narrowed down and choosing a university really becomes quite simple.


Entry Requirements for Students (Undergraduate)

The education system in Pakistan is different to that in the UK. Entry requirements for some courses might vary depending on the university and degree of your choice.


Pakistani students who have taken the Pakistani Secondary School qualification (HSSC) will need to take an international foundation course before they are able to apply for a bachelor degree in the UK. In most cases, students are required a First Division pass (60%) in the HSSC in order to be accepted onto an international foundation course. Alternatively, a two or three year bachelor degree from Pakistan with a grade that reads 60% or higher might also be considered if you are applying for study in the UK.  


If a student has taken A-Levels they should immediately be considered for direct entry to all applicable undergraduate degrees.


Entry Requirements for Students (Postgraduate)

Pakistani students looking to apply for a “second” degree or a post-graduate degree are required to have a First Division pass in a 4-year bachelor honours degree. If a student only undertook a 2 or 3 year bachelors’ course then they must also have a First Division pass in a master’s degree. 



Individual university websites will tell you all about deadines and often also provide information specific to your nationality of student. However, in a lot of cases you will simply be redirected to the UCAS website which suggests that you get your applications sorted as quickly as you can.


The UCAS deadline for a majority of courses is midway through January; if you are applying to study in September 2016 you must have filled out your application by the 15th January 2016. However, the UCAS website explicitly states that many universities will still accept applications from international students until later in the year – but it’s likely that there will be less spaces and it will be more difficult to secure a place on a course.



The UCAS website is the ideal place to begin your search for a UK University. The website provides handy information for international students from all over the world and will help you narrow down your search for a university course.


Once you have decided on a course make sure to apply for your study visa and ensure that you are financially secure enough to pay for student accommodation and food when you arrive. Remember to get your applications done as soon as possible too or you risk not being able to find a space on any course at all! By the time you leave university you will have a fantastic degree and will have made some life-long friends along the way.

What are you waiting for? Start your study in the UK adventure today!


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Armani is a final year English Literature and Creative Writing student at Newcastle University with a passion for writing. A few of Armani's main interests include politics, reading, football and Chelsea FC.


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