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Applying to UK universities

Kaplan Pathways helps you with UK university admission

We offer 3 main types of preparation course for university study in the UK.

  • Foundation Certificate: for progression to the 1st year of a bachelor’s degree in England, or the 2nd year of a 4-year degree in Scotland
  • International Year One: for progression to the 2nd year of a bachelor’s degree in England
  • Pre-Master’s: for progression to a master’s degree

Apply through our UK university pathway application form, or use our UK degree finder

We also offer A levels, GCSEs, Pre-Doctorate, and online degrees. All courses have different entry requirements. If you are unsure which course you are best suited for, contact our friendly advisers.

Do you have questions about how coronavirus might affect your studies? Visit our dedicated FAQs page.

Autumn 2021 intake: important dates

DateWhat's happening?
25 October 2021First day of enrolment for most courses with a later Autumn intake - open until 29 November in most cases
8 November 2021Start of enrolment for later Autumn courses in York - open until 22 November

Spring 2022 intake: important dates

DateWhat's happening
11 October 2021First day of CAS issuing for the Spring 2022 intake
6 January 2022Start of enrolment for January 2022 intake of University of Birmingham Foundation Pathways (open until 10 January for on-campus enrolments or 21 January for online starts)
10 January 2022Start of enrolment for January 2022 intake for all other UK colleges and courses (open until 24 or 31 January)

How to apply to UK courses

We’ve made the UK university application process simple, with 4 stages:

  1. Complete the application form, and send this to us with your supporting documents. Our staff or your Kaplan representative can give you guidance on anything you need.
  2. We’ll review your application, and if it’s successful, we’ll send you an offer to study with us.
  3. Accept your offer by completing and returning the offer acceptance form, and by either paying your deposit (the 1st instalment of your tuition fee) or sending your financial guarantee (if you’re a sponsored student). You can also book your accommodation at this stage.
  4. Finally, once you have completed step 3, and satisfied all conditions of your offer (if there are any), we’ll send you confirmation documents and a CAS (Confirmation of Acceptance for Studies) statement. This will allow you to apply for a student visa.

We can also recommend a trusted local agent if you’d like extra support.

More application information

  • Costs of studying a pathway course in the UK

    Studying in the UK is a big investment, so you need to plan ahead. As well as your pathway course tuition fees, you’ll need to consider your university tuition fees, and other expenses such as accommodation, course books and student insurance.

    You must also have at least £1,015 for each month of your UK pathway course (or £1,265 per month if your pathway course is in London) to cover living expenses, up to a maximum of 9 months, plus funds to cover any unpaid tuition fees.

    This must be held in a recognised bank account for at least 28 days before you apply for your Tier 4 (General) student visa. The links below can tell you more about tuition fees and other costs for our pathway colleges in the UK.

    Bournemouth University International College Tuition fees Other costs
    Glasgow International College Tuition fees Other costs
    Kaplan International College London Tuition fees Other costs
    Liverpool International College Tuition fees Other costs
    Nottingham Trent International College Tuition fees Other costs
    University of Brighton International College Tuition fees Other costs
    University of Essex International College Tuition fees Other costs
    University of Nottingham International College Tuition fees Other costs
    University of York International Pathway College Tuition fees Other costs
    UWE Bristol’s International College Tuition fees Other costs

  • Supporting documents

    For a complete application, you need to send a few extra documents with your application form. These include:

    • copies of your passport and any previous UK visas
    • UKVI approved Secure English Language Test (SELT) certificate or accepted equivalent
    • academic transcripts (plus certified translations if the original transcripts aren’t in English)

    You can still apply without all these items, and submit them later.

  • When to apply

    We have multiple intakes each year, which often gives you flexibility on when you can start your pathway course. We recommend, however, that you apply at least a few months in advance of when you want to start. This will give you enough time to prepare your visa application, reserve your accommodation and get ready for your trip.

  • Study offers

    If your application to study with us is complete and successful, once our Admissions team receives it, they will issue a study offer within 1 working day. There are 2 types of offer:

    • Unconditional: there are no conditions you need to meet, or extra documents you need to send
    • Conditional: you need to meet certain conditions, and / or send extra documents, so we can fully accept your application

    If your application is not successful, we can look at alternative or more suitable study options for you based on your qualifications and circumstances.

  • Paying for your course

    In many cases, you can pay for your UK study package using Flywire, our secure online payment portal. Alternatively, you can pay via bank transfer. Find out more about paying for your course.

  • Insurance

    You’ll need to be fully covered by student insurance for all of your pathway course in the UK. We can offer you a comprehensive policy in partnership with Endsleigh, a leading insurance provider. Find out more on our insurance page.

  • Scholarships

    To help with the cost of studying abroad, we offer partial tuition fee scholarships for pathway courses, and have progression scholarship agreements with many of our partner universities. You can find more details on our scholarships page.

  • Students under 18

    If you are under 18 years old, you’ll need a legal guardian while you study in the UK until you reach 18. This is something we can help arrange – see our guardianship services provider website for more information.

Additional support for students with a medical condition or disability

We’re committed to ensuring that everyone has equal access to a high-quality education, regardless of their needs or circumstances. That’s why it’s important to let us know if you have a medical condition or disability, so we can ensure that you get the support you need in order to succeed.

Informing us of your needs as soon as possible allows us to have measures in place when you start your studies, so we encourage students to disclose any medical condition or disability as soon as possible. You can do this by filling in the Medical Conditions and Disability Disclosure form linked on your offer letter. Anything you tell us will be treated as confidential, and we’ll only share your information with people who need to know.

  • University of Bristol's International Foundation Programme

    The University of Bristol has a comprehensive accessibility policy, and works to ensure that all students get the help and support they need.

    If you’ve applied to study the University’s International Foundation Programme, you can let them know about any additional support needs you may have by filling in the Disability Services Applicant Questionnaire linked on your offer letter.

More questions?

Contact our friendly team, watch our helpful videos or use our Live Chat feature. We’re here to help!

Already accepted an offer?

If you have already accepted an offer from us to study in the UK, please visit our pre-arrival area so we can guide you through the steps you need to take before you leave home, and to prepare for your student visa interview.


If you need to make a complaint or wish to appeal an admissions decision, please follow the complaints procedures for applicants, current students and former students.

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