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Pre-U Programmes
Pre-U (short for Pre-University) programmes are preparatory courses for students who have graduated from high school and wish to attend university in the UK. Pre-U programmes include A-Levels and Foundation programmes. In order to enter your first year at any UK university, you are required to complete a Pre-U programme.
A-Levels or Foundation Programme?
The two most popular Pre-U programmes are compared in the table below
Basic requirements before you apply

Language proficiency

A-Levels require IELTS 5.5+;Foundation courses require IELTS 4.5+.

Consult advisors about alternative English language tests.

Previous education

Completed GCSE Grade 11/O-Levels (minimum grade C) or equivalent


Sufficient funds to cover tuition fees (approx. £10,000 - £18,000 per annum) and living costs (approx. £8,500-£10,000 per annum)

Application Timeline
UK Pre-U Application Service Process

Initial Consultation

Building the student's profile for optimal institution choice with your personal Education Consultant


Courses Evaluation

Expert guidance and advice on best course options tailored to your preferences


Study plan

Application strategy and plan to help students make the best decision


Document Check

UKEC provides a verification service for all documents collected prior to submission


Application Submission

UKEC aims to submit your application within a day


Application Tracking

Students' application progress is monitored and UKEC personnel communicates with the university on students' behalf


Application for UK Visa

UKEC supplies guidance and detailed information on visa application and other pre-travel preparation



Free airport pick-up service and transfer to accommodation

Study in the UK, it's easier than you think.

Through our partnerships with over 100 UK universities, UKEC can help you find the best Pre-University application course to suit your needs. Our years of expertise in helping students means we can find the right course for you. We will help you examine all of our options and support you all the way to your dream education.

Ready to apply with us? Get in touch now for expert advice from one of our experienced Education Consultants.

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