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Spotlight: London South Bank University

We tell you all you need to know about studying in South Bank University in the UK's capital city

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London South Bank University is a well respected public institution located in Southwark, London. The university is home to over 19,000 students and is based near the South Bank along the River Thames; this is of course, where the University takes its name! London is a beautifully multicultural city with thousands of restaurants, tourist attractions, clubs and people.


What you need to know about South Bank University

South Bank University has had several names in the past. When it was first established in 1892 is was called the Borough Polytechnic Institute, before becoming the Polytechnic of the South Bank in 1970 and finally the London South Bank University in 2003.


The main campus is a triangle section of roads in the Borough of Southwark just north of Elephant and Castle train station. It’s also in extremely close proximity to both Waterloo Station and London Bridge which means that it is really easy to access from throughout London.


There are currently over 2000 international students at London’s South Bank University from 130 different countries – including Pakistan! So there is no need to feel out of place if you do choose to enrol at the university, because you’ll be far from the only international student there. All of the universities courses are accredited or developed in partnership with relevant industries and the academic staff are populated with professionals in their chosen field. Coupled with the university’s great campus and location, it really is one of the best places to study in London.


The best features of London South Bank University

London South Bank University offers its students a range of different courses. The teaching staff consists of some well-known alumni who offer fantastic education and many courses offer work experience opportunities too.


The university has good on-campus facilities, including a huge fitness suite, a weights room, personal training, dance and a treatment room for therapy services. All of these facilities are vital, as London can be extremely expensive at times, so having such a comfortable campus to live on saves international students a lot of money and hassle.


With such mammoth sports facilities you can only imagine that London South Bank University prides itself on its sports. But alongside great sports and exercise courses, the university also offers prolific degrees in General Engineering and Allied Health Professions such as Dentistry, Nursing and Pharmacy. You can also study courses in computing and business. The university is currently ranked 113th out of all British institutions, and is well known for its rich diversity and large number of international students.           


Famous alumni

Dozens of the people who have studied at South Bank University have become well known all over the globe for different reasons. Russell Lissack, for example, is the lead guitarist of the band Bloc Party who are well known all over the world for their indie rock style – he studied Sociology at South Bank.


Famous Labour politician, Shahid Malik (who is of Pakistani decent) became the Member of Parliament for Dewsbury in 2005, and was also a business student at the London South Bank University. His experience at university helped him to achieve his goal of becoming a labour MP. Likewise, Shaun Bailey is a British Afro-Caribbean youth worker, who studied Computer-aided technology, became a conservative politician and is currently the Prime Minister’s Special Advisor on Youth and Crime.


There are dozens of notable alumni who have come out of the university in the past decade, and with a full-time graduate employment rate of 74.4% in the UK, an international student with a degree from such a well-known British university is likely to have many good job opportunities in future.


The local area

The local area is one of the best in the world, it’s certainly one of the best in the UK. Around the university is the whole of London! Visit tourist attractions such as Buckingham Palace, Covent Garden and the London Eye. Or, bask in the summer sun during exam season in the beautiful parks dotted around London; the closest park to South Bank University is Regent’s Park where there is even a mosque!


Dotted around the university are four on-campus accommodation areas where you will make friends and travel between throughout your time at university. Borough Market, the Tate Modern Art Gallery and the Museum of London are all excellent attractions around the university campus, and as if that isn’t enough there is also a great amount of nightlife all over London.


Entry requirements

London South Bank University accepts a wide range of international qualifications. If you are from Pakistan and looking to apply for an undergraduate course at the university, then you must have either: passed three GCE A Levels, scored 24 points of higher in the International Baccalaureate Diploma, scored 55% or higher in an accredited UK foundation programme, or have a two year Bachelor Degree from a recognised institution in Pakistan (60% or higher).  


Alongside your qualifications, Pakistani students must also pass an English language test before being allowed to study anywhere in the UK, let alone South Bank. If you want to apply you should be looking to score 6.0 in your International English Language Testing Service Exam (IELTS).

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