✨ A must-know about 'Foundation' and 'A-Levels' if you want to study in the UK ✨

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If you're in high school and want to study higher education in the UK, but don't know where to start, we're here to help! There are two options: foundation, and A-levels. These courses are preparation courses for higher education. If you want to know what the difference between these two courses is, and which one you should take, we have an explanation for you...


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Foundation courses are mainly for international students who want to study in higher education in the UK, but don't currently meet the entry requirements. Foundation courses are usually one year long. It may include English classes as well as academic preparation for a specific degree course. For example, if you want to study BSc Management, you should take a business foundation course.

It is suitable for:

  • Those who want to save time and money, because the course takes only one year and you can do a bachelor degree straight away.
  • Those who already know what uni they want to go to, because they can take a foundation course at the university they want to go to. Big universities often have their own foundation courses (except top universities, such as, Oxford, Cambridge, Imperial College, LSE,  because they only accept A-Levels result)
  • Those who are not sure about their level of English and GPA. Foundation courses are suitable for International students who simply want to improve their English, as the teachers are qualified for International students who want to help international students improve their English and adapt to new studying cultures.

Pros: Saving time and cost 

Cons: Medical schools and top unis don't accept foundation score result.


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These are the courses most UK students take prior to going to uni. Most students study 3 or 4 subjects for 2 years. Certain university courses will require that you study a particular subject at A-level, for example, if you want to study medicine, you have to study chemistry, biology, and maths at A-level.

It is suitable for:

  • Students who want to study medicine in the UK, because they have to use A-Levels study result to apply for the subject. You may use your foundation result to apply for medicine subject, but there aren't many choices as using your A-levels. 💉
  • Students who want to go to top unis such as Oxford, Cambridge,  Imperial College, LSE, and UCL.
  • Students who are fluent in English and have good academic knowledge, because A-Levels are intensive and difficult.

Click here to find out more about which A-Levels to take!

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