Discover universities in the UK

The UK is home to some of the top universities in the world and studying your degree here offers exciting opportunities and career potential. Globally recognised universities like Oxford, Cambridge and prestigious Russell Group universities are all based in the UK. QS World University Rankings lists 16 UK universities among the top 100 universities in the world.

University rankings

University rankings are a good place to start when you are choosing your university. The Times Higher Education World University Rankings features 1,000 top universities in the world. It reviews excellence in key areas, including research, international outlook and knowledge transfer.

UK universities are among the top universities in the world

It is also a good idea to look at subject rankings for your chosen degree field as these can often be higher than the overall global or national rankings. QS World University Rankings by Subject is released every year and looks at academic reputation, employer reputation and research excellence.

Choosing a university

There are hundreds of universities in the UK so it can be difficult to narrow down your options. We will work with your strengths and give you tailored support, so you can decide on the university that will suit you best. Whether your goal is to study architecture, law, medicine or anything in between, we will help you get there. We also offer specialist Oxbridge and medical school preparation.

If you have a career goal in mind, read our career guides to find out the steps you need to take and what you need to study.

How we help you

At Bellerbys College we will help you prepare for university, from understanding your options to making your application. This includes:

  • Two hours UCAS application support every week, for no additional fee
  • Access to the Bellerbys University Fair, which hosts more than 50 universities twice a year
  • Support to write your personal statement and impress universities 
  • Advice on university and degree options to match your skills and needs
  • Help to understand the different courses available and make sense of rankings and entry requirements.

Preparing for university

We asked Nadia from Kazakhstan, Chee from Malaysia, Warit from Thailand and Stanislav from Russia how Bellerbys has helped them prepare for university. Hear what they had to say:

Applying to university

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Get all the support you need to understand university admission requirements and how to apply to your chosen university through UCAS.

University preparation

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Discover new ways of learning and develop your confidence to have the best chance of getting into your chosen university. 

Oxbridge and medical preparation

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Show the University of Oxford and the University of Cambridge that there is more to you than just good grades. We are specialists in getting students ready for UKCAT and BMAT medical entry tests too. 

Universities we work with

Bellerbys College works with a number of universities to secure you offers of conditional progression to top UK universities. Students studying selected Foundation programmes could receive up to five conditional offers of progression* from:

  • Durham University
  • Lancaster University
  • University of Greenwich
  • Kingston University, London
  • University of Westminster

Students studying the Undergraduate Year 1 receive an offer of conditional progression from Aston University.** 

*If your academic references and personal statement meet the required standard, and you pass your Foundation programme with the required grades and English language level, you will progress to your chosen degree
**Subject to achieving the grade and IELTS/Academic English Studies required

University destinations

Bellerbys College students go on to study a wide range of degrees at universities across the UK after completing their programme. Find out the opportunities you have after A Levels, Foundation and Undergraduate Year 1:

You can apply to study at any UK university after studying A Levels through the Universities and Colleges Admissions Service (UCAS). We offer support and guidance to help you achieve your university ambitions. Find out more about the process of applying to university

The Bellerbys Foundation programme is recognised for entry on to a range of degree programmes at more than 70 universities in the UK. View a selection of university destinations and degree subjects Foundation students can choose from. 

The Undergraduate Year 1 is equivalent to the first year of an undergraduate degree. You can choose from more than 20 destination universities.

UK education system 

Higher education in the UK is known for its quality, and is highly respected by employers. UK universities offer three levels of education:

  • Undergraduate / Bachelors degree
  • Postgraduate / Masters degree
  • PhD 

Undergraduate degrees are usually three years (four years in Scotland). Masters degrees are one or two years. Some degrees combine undergraduate and postgraduate study, which take four years to complete (e.g. MEng). PhDs require at least three years of study. 

Teaching and assessment

Teaching at UK universities usually involves a combination of lectures, seminars and tutorials. Depending on your degree choice, you may have the opportunity to complete work experience and practical lessons. You will also need to read and study independently. 

What is the Russell Group of universities?

The Russell Group is a collection of 24 leading UK universities, renowned for their world-class research and teaching. The Russell Group was founded in 1994 and includes Cambridge, Oxford, London School of Economics and Imperial College London. Due to their focus on research, Russell Group universities perform well in national rankings. 

Study at Bellerbys

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Explore more than 40 subjects across three colleges. Choose from A Level, Foundation, Undergraduate Year 1, GCSEs and English language and summer programmes.

Dasha from Ukraine

Bellerbys start student Dariia

"We have a lot of support from our tutors. When we were applying to university, the whole UCAS application process was very detailed for us. Our personal statement was fixed by our tutors and teachers. Pretty much anyone we could find would be able to help and I think that really helped us get the offers we wanted. I got all my offers thanks to that so I am really glad I had help."

Dasha from Ukraine - Studying A Levels