The choice in the U.K. is immense. There are over 50,000 degree courses on offer in British universities and over 300 institutions in the UCAS scheme – the Universities and Colleges Admissions Service. Students can only apply to five. Choosing which degree courses are the most suitable in terms of the subject/s, the entrance requirements, the chances of being made an offer of a place, the quality of the teaching, as well as the university's location and environment is a complex business. The education consultancy offers in depth advice to students on all of these aspects of the application process.
We also advise students on how to write effective personal statements and how to prepare for any entrance tests such as the LNAT (Law), BMAT / UKCAT (Medicine), TSA (Thinking Skills Assessment), STEP / MAT (Mathematics), PAT (Physics) which are required by leading universities and medical schools.
The consultancy is accredited by UCAS and so students are able to apply to university through the consultancy in the same way as if they were attending a British school. For European students taking exams such as the ITALIAN ESAME DI STATO, French or Belgian Baccalaureat, we are able to advise on the equivalence of their exam grades with U.K. entrance requirements. We liaise with schools regarding academic references; we arrange for them to be translated; we monitor each student's university offers and advise students throughout the ten months of the application process until they have firmly accepted a place and secured accommodation. Throughout the application process, if students have any queries, they are able to contact their UCAS Consultant by Skype at pre-set times.
EU students are eligible for a tuition fee loan of up to £9,000 per annum which covers the entire cost of university tuition fees. You start to repay any loans plus interest after you've left your course and earn more than £21,000.
Students from India, Sri Lanka, the United States, Canada, Australia, Hong Kong, the Caribbean, Brunei, Iran, Israel, Mauritius, Morocco, New Zealand, Norway, Switzerland, Turkey, Uganda and Zimbabwe are normally able to apply through UCAS on the basis of their school leaving exams.
Students from countries not listed above will be advised where they can do a pre-university preparation year at a tutorial college or university.
We advise students on which university to apply to and which colleges to consider. Students are advised how to improve their chances of being offered a place. We are able to arrange intensive tuition to help students prepare for interviews and entrance exams. Each applicant is also given lists of interview questions, a reading list in relation to their degree subjects as well as links to various relevant online lectures. Mock interviews are arranged with experienced Oxbridge Admissions Tutors and degree subject specialists who give feedback and suggestions for improving performance.
The education consultancy advises students on Art Foundation applications and offers advice regarding the applicant's portfolio. Tuition in art is also available with a very experienced A Level Art tutor. Mock interviews can be arranged with HANNAH RICKARDS, Lecturer at Central St Martin's School of Art, to help students develop their critical awareness and verbal confidence before the actual interview.
Students applying for highly competitive courses such as medicine, veterinary science, engineering, history of art or architecture courses are also able to arrange mock interviews in person or by Skype. Information about how to prepare for interviews and sample interview questions are included in each student's University Applications Report.
The consultancy is able to advise on applications to leading European universities such as Maastricht, Amsterdam University College, LUC The Hague, and The Bocconi, Milan which offer degree courses taught in English. These universities also have two start dates each year – September and January / February.
DR JON TABBERT, is affiliated to the consultancy and advises on applications to American universities.
'Dear Claire, I would like you to inform that I have begun my degree course and I am very happy of the choice, both school environment and structure are fantastic. Thank you very much for have been helping me in the last months to succeed this goal. All the best,'LB, Queen Mary, University of London September 2013
'Dear Mrs Rickards It's been a long time since our last contact, but at last I am very happy to tell you that the results of my exam have come out: I have achieved 100/100! Now I just need to confirm this result to the university of Cardiff and send them a certificate as well. Thank you so much for your precious advice and support,'FL Milan, Italy August 2013 Architecture
'Dear Elizabeth, I have now received conditional offers from St Andrews, Edinburgh, Warwick and Glasgow which I am very happy about. Thank you very much for your help, which I think was utmost useful in order to get these offers! Best regards,'ADG Sweden April 2013
'Dear Elizabeth, Hoping that everything will process and keep in touch for the rest of the UCAS applications acceptances to the uni. Thank you again for your help which was immense, best regards'CS Milan, Italy Febuary 2012
'Dear Elizabeth, thank you very much for helping me with my application, I am very excited to go to King's this year to study Physics and I couldn't have done it without you. Best wishes.'Matilda P, Italy. August 2011
'Thank you very much for all your efforts. Your work was enormously helpful for me to understand the UCAS system better and also to analyse my study opportunities. I would be very pleased if you could also guide me in future university issues.'JH, Germany March 2012
'Hello, I just wanted to keep you posted about my UCAS application and to inform you that I had been offered a conditional offer from Warwick, Manchester and Birmingham which is great news! Anyway I wanted to thank you because I believe my preparation with you this summer was very useful and I hope you are doing well.'Thomas, France February 2010
'Thank you so much. It is an amazing report, really exhaustive and clear.'LM Italy November 2010
'Dear Elizabeth, Thank you Dear Elizabeth, Thank you very much, I am very pleased and surprised too but I actually have to thank you ‘cause I couldn't have done such a good application without your help.'Nicola G, Italy January 2010
'Dear Mrs Rickards, I am very happy to inform you that I have received an unconditional offer from both Reading and Southampton! I would like to personally thank you for your help as in my perspective it has been essential. I will be going to Southampton as it has always been my first choice and hope to enjoy this experience in a great university. Thank you for you guidance and time, Kindest regards.'Giacomo Z, Italy. August 2011
'Dear Elizabeth, You very kindly gave us some help and advice with Adelaide over the last couple of years, and I just wanted to let you know that she got an A star and two B's in her A2's and is into Newcastle for 2012, to do a combined degree of History of Art and Film Studies. And if we hadn't come to see you, she might have ended up doing a hospitality course! So many thanks for the valuable advice - she is over the moon. Best wishes.'Annabel B, UK August 2011