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Why choose an independent college?

A different approach

For students, independent colleges offer:

  • Smaller class sizes, with more individual contact time possible with lecturers and tutors
  • A more flexible path to gaining UK qualifications, tailored to the needs of each student, and with more flexible entry requirements, course start dates and modes of study
  • Course fees that are often lower than those of comparable programmes in the state sector
  • Well-developed facilities for English language tuition
  • Better pastoral care and more academic support than is possible at large, publicly funded universities

All Study UK members have passed rigorous checks by Government-approved quality assurance bodies to offer high-quality, value-for-money education to British and international students.

Strength in diversity

Higher education

Independent colleges provide a great value alternative to universities, offering popular programmes such as business, IT and law in convenient locations, with multiple intakes each year. Study UK’s Higher Education colleges work in close partnership with universities to offer top-quality, fully recognised bachelor’s and master’s degrees.

Sixth Form and Foundation programmes

Many students benefit from spending a year or two in the UK before their degree course, learning valuable study skills, improving their English and getting used to life and education in the UK. Taking an International Foundation Year or A Levels with a Study UK college provides exactly that, and is the perfect preparation for UK Higher Education.

Specialist vocational training

Study UK members include a wide range of specialist colleges which offer cutting-edge training in their fields, which include the UK’s world-renowned creative industries of music, design, filmmaking and fashion. Courses will often lead both to industry-recognised diplomas and full academic degrees.

Study abroad placements

For existing high school and university students, a summer course or semester abroad in the UK can really broaden their educational and cultural horizons, as well as being a whole lot of fun. Study UK members offer a wide range of classroom, work-based and holiday placements for students of all ages.