The UK education system is highly respected around the world. With a degree from a British university you can show potential employers that you have gained a high-quality education when you come to apply for jobs.

Why choose a British education?


Teaching style

Teaching in the UK usually involves a combination of group lectures and discussion, individual learning and practical work or fieldwork. Balancing these different styles will help you to become a well-rounded student who is capable of adapting to new environments and expectations. Employers see this as an excellent quality when they are looking for job candidates.

During your classes you will complete different types of assessments to ensure you understand new concepts and are progressing in your subject. Assessments may include:

  • Coursework – the work you are given to do in class, or outside of class, throughout your course
  • Project work – an assignment with a specific focus, which you may work on alone or in a group of students
  • Participation – your contribution to seminar discussions, presentations or other collaborative projects
  • Written assignments – essays, case studies or other written work that you have to hand in
  • Final dissertation – a piece of written work that is much longer than most essays, on a topic or question you agree with your tutor.

Responsibility for your learning

Degree study in the UK is set up to help you become an independent learner. Students at UK universities are taught to think and analyse information for themselves.

Design your degree

Some universities in the UK offer flexible degree programmes. At Keele you have the opportunity to progress to a single honours degree, or design a combined honours degree.

During your three-year degree at Keele you may study:

  1. Single honours – specialise in one subject
  2. Combined honours – study two subjects in depth.

With a combined honours degree you have the flexibility to tailor your studies to your interests and career ambitions.

Preparing for degree study in the UK

You can begin your degree at Keele University with a programme at the International Study Centre. International Foundation Year, International Year One, and Pre-Master’s programmes are designed to prepare international students for study in the UK.

They give you the skills you need to succeed, helping you to improve your English language skills and subject knowledge. You will also learn specific skills needed for study at a UK university.

Programmes for international students available at Keele University International Study Centre:

  • International Foundation Year – leading to year 1 of an undergraduate degree
  • International Year One – leading to year 2 of an undergraduate degree
  • Pre-Master’s Programme – leading to a graduate degree

You will be guided by supportive staff and expert teachers at every step of the way, and once you have successfully completed your programme you may progress to your degree at Keele University.