Undergraduate Courses in the UK
Undergraduate programmes at British universities usually last three years. The academic year begins in September or October and runs to the end of June. It is traditionally divided into "terms" (usually autumn, winter, spring), although in recent years many institutions have introduced semesters.
Students who complete their course receive a degree. There are three possible levels of degrees:
Bachelor's degree (BA, BSc, BEng, etc.)
Master's degree (MA, MSc, MEng, MBA, etc.)
Doctor's degree (PhD)
You can say: My friend has a BSc in electrical engineering.
Students who are studying for their first degree are called undergraduates (or undergraduate students), and those doing their second degree - postgraduates (postgraduate students).
People who have completed their university course are called graduates.
While at university, students attend classes and lectures. They may also have tutorials and seminars. They also do some research into their subject of study. Some universities offer "sandwich courses", where students spend some time (usually a year) working in industry. A lot of universities offer honours courses - with a wider area of subjects, more work, but also an honours degree at the end.
How to apply
All applicants apply for places at university through the Universities and Colleges Admissions Service (UCAS). UCAS is a centralised application and admissions system. You complete only one application form for up to six institutions or six courses at one or more institutions. If you want to apply for medical courses you may only make four choices.
Universities then contact applicants to inform them if their application is accepted or rejected.
They also let them know what "A" level results they will need. For example, to get a place on a civil engineering course at Cardiff University you have to get BBB for a MEng and CCC for a BEng - and one of the "A" levels has to be maths.
The tuition fee covers the costs of instruction and other academic services. Tuition fees are different for home students and overseas students. The maximum tuition fee for home students was ?1,150 a year in 2004/2005, but it may be as high as ?3,000 in 2006. Students can apply for subsidized student loans and maintenance allowances to help pay the cost of accommodation and other living expenses.
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