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How to Study in the UK without IELTS?

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For many students who aspire to study in the UK, the additional burden of having to go through a language test such as the IELTS can be a heavy one. Especially if you are already dealing with getting a perfect academic record and preparing for other gateway exams. In such a scenario it would be helpful if there was a way in which you could study in the UK without IELTS. Well, there is indeed a way in which you can get admission to a university in the United Kingdom, obtain a study visa, and study in the UK without IELTS. Read on to find out more

What is IELTS?

  1. The IELTS (International English Language Testing System ) is a comprehensive English language test that is used by educational institutions across the world to assess your ability to communicate in the English language
  2. The test consists of the following four sections
  • Reading
  • Writing
  • Listening
  • Speaking
  1. The test will be three hours duration, and you will get an overall score for all sections combined. 
  2. Exams similar to the IELTS test are used to evaluate the English language skills of candidates like you for admission to various programs
  3. However, you can gain admission to study in the UK without the IELTS

List of UK Universities Without IELTS

The United Kingdom is world renowned for its number of top-ranked and world-famous universities and educational institutions. Among these a large number allows students to apply without the requirement of a language test such as the IELTS

  1. The University of Essex
  2. The University of Greenwich
  3. Swansea University
  4. University of Northampton
  5. University of Plymouth
  6. University of Central Lancashire
  7. Portsmouth University
  8. Northumbria University
  9. Robert Gordon University
  10. University of Bolton
  11. London South Bank University
  12. University of Geneva
  13. Riga Technical University
  14. Audencia Nantes School of Management
  15. University of Bristol
  16. Birmingham City University
  17. University of Basel
  18. University of Warwick
  19. Sheffield Hallam University
  20. Aston University
  21. Bangor University
  22. Brunel University

Some of the top universities from the list above are explained in greater detail below

University of Essex

  1. The University of Essex is one of the top universities in the UK and has a strong student body of more than 15,000 students coming from around 130 countries
  2. The university  has the distinction of being the most diverse among universities in the United Kingdom
  3. The University of Essex was awarded the title of University of the Year in 2018 by the Times Higher Education Awards 
  4. The university offers an easy-to-follow application process making it popular among international students
  5. Students can apply for admission without the bother of giving the IELTS through other means
  6. You will be able to gain admission without IELTS if you plan to take an English pathway course before the commencement of your session

The following courses are available for international students to study without IELTS at the University BA Psychology 

       a.    BSC in Psychology and  Economics
       b.    BSC  in Psychology and Cognitive Neuroscience
       c.    BSc in Cognitive Science
       d.    Master's degree in Psychology with Cognitive Neuroscience
       e.    Master's degree in Psychology with Advanced Research Methods
       f.    MSC Research Methods in Psychology
       g.    Master’s Degree in Sport and Exercise Psychology 

London Southbank University

  1. The London Southbank University is a popular choice for students who intend to pursue their higher education in the UK. 
  2. You will need to score high in your 12th grade or graduate with a good academic record
  3. You do not need an IELTS score and can take admission based on a pre-session English language course before your studies  begin
  4. Following are the most popular courses in the university for study in the UK without IELTS

       a.    BSc in Vehicle Engineering
       b.    BA in Animation
       c.    BSc in Baking Science and Technology
       d.    Business Foundation Course
       e.    Business Law LLB
       f.    University of Bristol

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University of Bristol

  1. The University of Bristol was established  in the year 1595 and is a very reputed  institute of higher learning in the UK 
  2. You can apply to the university directly through the UCAS (Universities and Colleges Admission Services) system for undergraduate programs.

The University offers the following courses for its students without IELTS 

       a.    BSc in Accounting and Finance 
       b.    BEng. in Aerospace 
       c.    BA in Anthropology 
       d.    BA in History 
       e.    BSc in Biochemistry

Sheffield Hallam University

  1. Sheffield Hallam University is a popular reputed  university located in South Yorkshire 
  2. If you plan to   study in the UK without IELTS at the university then you can do so by committing to take up a pre-session course at the TESOL center of the university
  3. You can choose from a wide array of courses to study at the university. Some of the most popular ones are given below

       a.    Accounting and Economics 
       b.    Accounting and Finance 
       c.    Animation Applied Social Sciences 
       d.    Business Analytics

Robert Gordon University

  1. Robert Gordon University is situated in Aberdeen and  was founded in the year 1992
  2. The university has won global acclaim for its exemplary courses in the fields of  Architecture, Technology, and Engineering. 
  3. You can sign up for an 8-week pre-session course in the English language to bypass the requirement for the IELTS test
  4. You will however need to give the RGU English Proficiency Test set up by the university if you plan on skipping the IELTS
  5. You have the option of selecting from a wide variety of courses in different subjects as given below

       a.    Life Sciences
       b.    Engineering
       c.    Pharmacy
       d.    Nursing
       e.    Social Work and Law
       f.    Business Administration
       g.    Accountancy
       h.    Social Sciences

University of Warwick

  1. The University of Warwick was established in the year 1965 and is ranked among the best universities in the world 
  2. The University has been consistently ranked among the world’s greatest universities.
  3. You can opt to attend pre-session English courses if you want to skip the IELTS test for admission
  4. You can study the following courses without IELTS at the university

       a.    Literary Studies
       b.    Education
       c.    Health
       d.    Chemistry
       e.    Engineering
       f.    Economics, and others

How to Apply for a UK Study Visa without IELTS?

If you plan to apply for a UK study visa without IELTS, then you will first need to obtain admission to a university in the United Kingdom that will accept you without IELTS. Following are the main requirements to be furnished for obtaining a study visa for the UK without IELTS:

  1. An  attested document from your university stating that you are eligible to apply for a UK study visa without IELTS scores
  2. The Acceptance letter is given by your university in the UK
  3. You can also appear for the Secure English Language Test (SELT) to by-pass the IELTS and as proof of proficiency in the English language

Eligibility conditions for IELTS to Study in UK 

The following are the eligibility requirements to study in the UK without the IELTS

  1. You can appear for an online interview to prove your English proficiency if your university desires it.
  2. Some universities will accept you if you have scored higher than 70 percent in English at the high school level
  3. You can be eligible to skip the IELTS if you have majored in English in your undergraduate degree
  4. You can opt to skip the IELTS by committing to take up pre-sessional English courses 

List of Scholarships for study in UK without IELTS

The following is the list of popular scholarships for Indian students who plan to study in the UK without IELTS

  1. Rhodes Scholarship
  2. Great Scholarship
  3. Chevening Scholarship
  4. University of Plymouth UK Scholarship
  5. Welcome (UK Government) Scholarship
  6. UK Bristol University Scholarships
  7. The University of West England Chancellor Scholarship
  8. University of Westminster Scholarships
  9. The University of Sussex International Scholarships
  10. Nottingham Trent University Scholarships
  11. University of Birmingham Scholarship 

Can I study in the UK without IELTS?

Yes, you can indeed study in the UK from India without IELTS as there are several universities in the country where you can apply without language proficiency scores. To know more about these universities and how to apply, reach out to our UK education advisors at Global Tree

Can I apply for a student visa to study in the UK without IELTS?

Yes, you can as long as you can get accepted to a university without IELTS, you will be able to apply for a student visa without any problems. To get more clarity on how to apply we suggest that you pay a  visit to our expert UK education counselors at any of the Global Tree branches

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Frequently Asked Questions

The common notion is that foreign universities are expensive, although with scholarships this is an exaggerated issue. What many fail to consider are time and effort. Studying in an Indian college leads to a lower average salary than earned by our western counterparts. This salary sets the tone for all future promotions since companies often look at your previous salaries during compensation appraisals. Additionally, most senior positions tend to be scooped up by individuals who have an international outlook through global exposure.  Finally, studying in a foreign country is an incredible learning experience helping students get a better academic as well as soft skill development.

Canada has been one of the market leaders in education for decades. However, what currently sets Maple Country apart is immigration. Canada is wholeheartedly inviting students to study in their universities to fill job vacancies that are always growing in the country. Students who study in Canada (especially a Master’s Degree) are practically assured of a Permanent Residency Visa.

A good score doesn’t automatically qualify a candidate for a scholarship, however, it is one of the primary factors that the admissions department looks for in a scholarship application. There are other attributes such as a candidate’s academics, extra-curricular, financial background, and application essays (SOPs).

We get this question a lot. Many candidates know which career path they want to take, but are at a loss for how to take that journey. Understanding the job role and the industry that you want to get into is the first step to picking the right university.

Carefully consider the immigration options of the country that the university that you are considering is in. This is more important when you intend to stay back in the country after the completion of your course.

Also, review the placement history of the university as well.

The first step is to list your preferences. By listing your preferences and strengths, describe your course of preference. Extensive research on the modules, software and its length for your preferred subject is necessary.


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