Dialing code: +44
Area: 243,610 km²
Population: 64.1 million (2013) World Bank
Minimum wage: 1,378.87 EUR per month (Jan 2015) Eurostat
The British Climate is famed for its unpredictability and is a topic of daily conversation. There may be occasions when you will experience all four seasons in one day- sun, wind, rain and snow! Generally British winters are cold and wet, and will last from November through to March. The South East region experiences slightly milder winters than Northern parts of the country, but you’ll still need to wrap up warm with hats, gloves and scarves. In the summer months (May – September) you will experience warmer and drier weather, and there may be periods when temperatures in the South East are similar to those in Mediterranean countries. Generally, however, the summer’s conditions remain temperate and you are likely to experience occasional rainfall throughout the summer months.
Average day-time temperatures in the North West of England, where MMU is located, are:
- Summer 19 ºC
- Winter 5 ºC
Hours of daylight can vary – from 8am until 4pm in the winter, to 4am and 10.30pm in the summer.
The United Kingdom, consisting of Great Britain (England, Wales, and Scotland) andNorthern Ireland, is twice the size of New York State. England, in the southeast part of the British Isles, is separated from Scotland on the north by the granite Cheviot Hills; from them the Pennine chain of uplands extends south through the center of England, reaching its highest point in the Lake District in the northwest. To the west along the border of Wales—a land of steep hills and valleys—are the Cambrian Mountains, while the Cotswolds, a range of hills in Gloucestershire, extend into the surrounding shires.
|Population||63,742,977 (July 2014 est.)|
|Age structure||0-14 years: 17.3% (male 5,660,891/female 5,380,448)
15-24 years: 12.6% (male 4,116,859/female 3,945,146)
25-54 years: 41% (male 13,299,731/female 12,843,937)
55-64 years: 11.5% (male 3,621,110/female 3,702,717)
65 years and over: 17.5% (male 4,990,024/female 6,182,114) (2014 est.)
|Dependency ratios||total dependency ratio: 54.8 %
youth dependency ratio: 27.2 %
elderly dependency ratio: 27.6 %
potential support ratio: 3.6 (2014 est.)
|Median age||total: 40.4 years
male: 39.2 years
female: 41.6 years (2014 est.)
|Population growth rate||0.54% (2014 est.)|
|Birth rate||12.22 births/1,000 population (2014 est.)|
|Death rate||9.34 deaths/1,000 population (2014 est.)|
|Net migration rate||2.56 migrant(s)/1,000 population (2014 est.)|
|Urbanization||urban population: 79.6% of total population (2011)
rate of urbanization: 0.76% annual rate of change (2010-15 est.)
|Major cities – population||LONDON (capital) 9.005 million; Birmingham 2.272 million; Manchester 2.213 million; West Yorkshire 1.625 million; Glasgow 1.137 million; Newcastle upon Tyne 874,000 (2011)|
|Sex ratio||at birth: 1.05 male(s)/female
0-14 years: 1.05 male(s)/female
15-24 years: 1.04 male(s)/female
25-54 years: 1.04 male(s)/female
55-64 years: 0.99 male(s)/female
65 years and over: 0.8 male(s)/female
total population: 0.99 male(s)/female (2014 est.)
|Mother’s mean age at first birth||27.8
note: data refer to England and Wales (2010 est.)
|Infant mortality rate||total: 4.44 deaths/1,000 live births
male: 4.86 deaths/1,000 live births
female: 4 deaths/1,000 live births (2014 est.)
|Life expectancy at birth||total population: 80.42 years
male: 78.26 years
female: 82.69 years (2014 est.)
|Total fertility rate||1.9 children born/woman (2014 est.)|
|Contraceptive prevalence rate||84%
note: percent of women aged 16-49 (2008/09)
|HIV/AIDS – adult prevalence rate||0.2% (2009 est.)|
|HIV/AIDS – people living with HIV/AIDS||85,000 (2009 est.)|
|HIV/AIDS – deaths||fewer than 1,000 (2009 est.)|
|Drinking water source||improved:
urban: 100% of population
rural: 100% of population
total: 100% of population
urban: 0% of population
rural: 0% of population
total: 0% of population (2012 est.)
|Sanitation facility access||improved:
urban: 100% of population
rural: 100% of population
total: 100% of population
urban: 0% of population
rural: 0% of population
total: 0% of population (2012 est.)
|Nationality||noun: Briton(s), British (collective plural)
|Ethnic groups||white 87.2%, black/African/Caribbean/black British 3%, Asian/Asian British: Indian 2.3%, Asian/Asian British: Pakistani 1.9%, mixed 2%, other 3.7% (2011 est.)|
|Religions||Christian (includes Anglican, Roman Catholic, Presbyterian, Methodist) 59.5%, Muslim 4.4%, Hindu 1.3%, other 2%, none 25.7%, unspecified 7.2% (2011 est.)|
note: the following are recognized regional languages: Scots (about 30% of the population of Scotland), Scottish Gaelic (about 60,000 in Scotland), Welsh (about 20% of the population of Wales), Irish (about 10% of the population of Northern Ireland), Cornish (some 2,000 to 3,000 in Cornwall) (2012)
|Literacy||definition: age 15 and over has completed five or more years of schooling
total population: 99%
female: 99% (2003 est.)
|School life expectancy (primary to tertiary education)||total: 16 years
male: 16 years
female: 17 years (2011)
|Education expenditures||6.2% of GDP (2010)|
|Maternal mortality rate||12 deaths/100,000 live births (2010)|
|Health expenditures||9.3% of GDP (2011)|
|Physicians density||2.77 physicians/1,000 population (2011)|
|Hospital bed density||3 beds/1,000 population (2010)|
With a strong reputation for research, innovation and creativity, UK universities and colleges attract some of the world’s leading academics and industry professionals. You will be encouraged to express your own ideas and think for yourself. UK degree courses develop your critical thinking, decision-making and creativity – skills that are valued by employers worldwide.
This attention to quality is reflected in the UK’s excellent results:
- Four of the top six universities in the world are in the UK (World Rankings, QS).
- The UK ranks in the top five in the world for university-industry collaboration (World Economic Forum Global Competitiveness Report 2014-15).
- Student satisfaction in the UK is higher than ever, with 86% of students satisfied overall with their course (National Student Survey).
- The UK is a world-leading research nation. Researchers in the UK gain more citations and usage per article, and write more articles individually, than anywhere else in the world (International Comparative Performance of the UK Research Base, BIS).
- The UK ranks second in the world for the quality of its scientific and research institutions (World Economic Forum Global Competitiveness Report 2014-15).
- 54% of the research conducted by UK universities and colleges is classed as ‘world-leading’ (Research Assessment Exercise).
- Over 88% of international higher education graduates were satisfied with their UK learning experience (BIS Tracking International Graduate Outcomes).
- 93% of UK postgraduate students rated the quality of teaching positively (HE Academy Postgraduate Taught Experience).
- The UK has the lowest student drop-out rate in Europe (Analysis forUniversity of Southampton and IZA).
- UK universities and research institutions have produced 107 Nobel Prize winners (Nobel Media AB).
Find out more about the UK’s strengths in Business, IT, Engineering, Arts and many other subjects in ourSubject profiles section.
Vocational (career-focused) courses
If you want to train directly for a career or prepare for higher education, you will find excellent courses on offer at UK further education colleges. These colleges are known for offering lots of teaching support, to help you develop your skills.
English language courses
The UK is the number one destination worldwide for English language study (Study Travel Magazine, December 2012).
The UK has long been at the forefront of language teaching, and pioneered many of the techniques now used around the world. The emphasis is on learning through fun and participation – instead of just listening to your teacher, your classes will involve games, problem-solving and discussions. You might also listen to songs, watch television or read magazines to practise your comprehension skills… in fact, it might not feel like work at all!
Many English language courses are also offered by universities and colleges to help international students prepare for a degree course in the UK.
We understand that Immigrating to the UK can be a stressful experience, so here at UK Visa and Immigration we remove that stress. Our services are designed to be the easiest, quickest and most cost effective to help people from all around the world to get a UK Visa.
We take care of all the formalities often associated with UK Visa applications and appeals to ensure that your UK Immigration matter is as stress free as possible.
How we can help you:
We work with a network of the UK’s leading immigration specialists, with a track record of many successful UK Visa applications; you can be rest assured that your Immigration matter is in safe hands.
The high success rate of our immigration specialists is down to the dedication of Caseworkers and Barristers, who ensure that there are no inconsistencies in your application so it has the best possible chance of success.
What our experts will do for you:
Our network follows strict procedures in order to ensure that every UK Visa application undergoes a thorough assessment at the beginning to final stage checks before being submitted for review by the Home Office. This procedure includes:
- A complete assessment of your UK Immigration matter
- The gathering of all relevant documents needed for your UK Visa application
- The completion of all the required forms and paperwork
- A review of your entire case before submission to the Home Office
- Continued communication with the Home Office until they have reached a decision
Our UK Immigration network has the most efficient solution for your UK Immigration matter and our Immigration experts have worked in UK Immigration Law for many years. Our network has a proven success rate and can offer solutions to any UK Visa problem or question that you may have.
Reasons you should choose this service:
- You reduce the risk of having your application refused – Did you know? Hundreds of thousands of applications are refused every year due to incorrect submissions
- You can take advantage of expert assistance
- Our network enables you to work with a dedicated UK Immigration Caseworker and in more complex cases an Immigration Barrister who can handle your case
- We work with our own network of qualified experts and Barristers Chambers who undergo stringent checks before being able to join our panel. What this means to you is that our experts are able to conduct complex and specialist cases and represent clients before the Immigration and Asylum Chambers (IAC)
- 164 reviews from external review sites. of our clients are satisfied with our service based on
What are the Universities Entry Requirements?
|Stage 1 (Foundation)||5 GCSE passes or equivalent, with a minimum C-grade average overall|
|Stage 2 (First Year Degree)||120 UCAS tariff points at GCE A/AS level or equivalent|
|Stage 2 (First Year Integrated)||220 UCAS Tariff Points at GCE A/AS level or equivalent|
|First Year Entry||280 UCAS Tariff Points at GCE A/AS level or equivalent|
|Pre-Masters Or Bachelor||HND or Bachelor degree (Ordinary/Third class)|
|Masters||Bachelor Degree minimum 2:2 overall|
What is a complete application?
- Complete application form, preferably submitted online
- Personal Statement (for previous UK study)
- Credibility Checks
What is Admissions- Qualifications ?
- All current and previous qualifications.
- Official transcripts.
- Translations where appropriate.
- Confirmation of overall grade.
- Original certificates/transcripts required at Registration.
What is Personal Statement ?
- Should be minimum 250 words.
- Should include motivations to study programme and demonstrate passion for the subject area.
- Motivations to study in Birmingham
- Motivations to study in UK
- Career aspirations
- Is used as part of UKVI compliance checks
What is Admissions Credibility Checks?
- Interview with Universities Member
- Admissions checking study gaps, progression from Bachelor level to Foundation, low levels of English language
- Skype call for Credibility Interview preparation
- Collateral for Credibility interviews
What is Admissions Non-standard?
- Unsuccessful Previous UK Study
- Number of failed modules
- No unsuccessful Navitas UK study
- Genuine student?
- Faculty Skype Interview required
What is UKVI Compliance ?
- All Higher Education Institutions (HEI) need to adhere to UKVI rules and regulations to fulfil their sponsorship duties.
- HEIs are measured by the following metrics:
- Visa Refusal rates < 10%
- Enrolment rates > 90%
- Completion rates > 90%
What are UKVI recent changes ?
- Biometric Residency Permits (BIDs) Pick UP
- Health Surcharge
- English Language Requirements
- Academic Progression
- Study Limit Calculations
What is BRP Pickup?
- Students are now given 30 days travel visa and are required to pick up BRP after arriving in the UK . There are two ways to pick up BRP’-
- Students can pick up BRP’s from Post Office
- Some universities able to distribute BRP’s. Students will need to enter ACL code during visa applications.
What is Health Surcharge ?An immigration health Surcharge was introduced for Non EEA nationals in April 2015.Costs £150 for students and £200 per year for all other applicants .Total payable during the visa applications.
Students will automatically be refunded if their visa application has been refused and their administrative review has been dismissed ,or the time limit for making an administrative review has passed.Students will not be refunded until these Administrative Review limit have passed.
What is English Requirement ?
- For Degree Level or above study, students need to have an english language level CEFR B2.
- Navitas students issued a CAS at NQF 6 or NQF 7 will be able to use their WAEC/GCSE/IB grades to satisfy the english requirement.
- Below Degree Level will need to provide an IELTS for UKVI certificate -The only approved overseas SELT that since April 2015.
What is Academic Progression ?A student’s new course must normally be the above level of the previous course for which they were given TEIR 4 Leave.
What is New Academic Progression Rule (August 2015)?“If a students has failed to successfully complete a previous course for which they were granted TEIR 4 lave by achieving the qualification for which they were studying ,They will not be able to demonstrate academic progression and will have to apply from overseas ,if they wish to make TEIR 4 application to study a new course.
Note: Student who has failed a course or not completed will need to make a new application from outside the UK .
What is Student Limit Calculation ?Study as a TEIR 4 (General)student is limit to 5 years at above Degree level.
Study as a TEIR 4 (General)student is limit to 5 years at Below Degree level- to be reduced to 2-years on 12 November 2015.
From August 2015:
When Calculating if a student has exceeded the TEIR 4 (General) time limit for ,you should take into account both:
1- The student’s length of leave for any previous TEIR 4 (General ) visa issued at NQF 6 or above .
2- The full length of leave that will be granted for the course applied for.
1- Students applying to for a degree level or above course at a HEI them limit is extended 5 years and 11 months in order from them to finish their 5th academic year .
2- if a student has completed 4- year UK degree , the limit is extended 6 years and 11 months in order for them to complete a master degree.
3- Time spent in the UK as a Tier 4(Child ) student or a Teir 4(General) student age 16 or 17 .
4- Certain courses , Medical,LPC,Architecture , Medicine Courses.
What are the maintenance Requirements ?for visa application submitted on or after 12 November 2015
1- £1265/ month for living costs for students studying in London (Include the former Metropolitan Police District).
2-£1035/ month for living costs for students studying outside London.
What is Established presence ?From 12 Nov 2015, the provision for student established presence has been removed, now every students will have to show full Level of maintenance for Visa application .
What are in Country Application Requirements ?
From 12 Nov 2015, Students who wish to submit an application from the UK to apply for TEIR 4(General) Leave to remain must have last been sponsored by an HEI or an embedded college .
Note: Sponsor types are now listed alongside the sponsor on the TEIR4 Register of Sponsors.
What are the Embedded Colleges ?
- Bournemouth University International College (Kaplan)
- Glasgow International College Glasgow (Kaplan)
- Liverpool International College Glasgow (Kaplan)
- Nottingham Trent International College Glasgow (Kaplan)
- University of Brighton International College Glasgow (Kaplan)
- University of West England Bristol International College Glasgow (Kaplan)
- University of Leicester International Study Centre ( Study Group )
- University of Surrey International Study Centre ( Study Group )
- University of Sussex International Study Centre ( Study Group )
- All Navitas Colleges are Embedded with their Concerned Universities