There are hundreds of universities across the world offering online and distance learning courses and every university has a unique set of requirements for its admissions process. With an increasingly globalised world, professionals seeking educational certifications prefer studying online because of ease of engagement and access to the same online learning materials, which are also taught at the campus. The best online UK universities offer a wide range of online courses ranging from Business and Management to Education, Health, Arts and even Law.
With a variety of courses available, the process of researching your options and choosing the right programme may seem a little daunting at times. Not all universities are straightforward with their course information and admissions process. Depending upon the course type and the university offering them, the admissions process can be different for each programme. As a new student seeking admission into a UK university, you will be required to collect thorough information on the online programme and the documentation required to apply for it. Some universities include GMAT, IELTS, student interview etc in their admissions requirements, while other may not have these requirements.
Our university portfolio and admissions
At Stafford Global, we offer different online distance learning programmes from some of the best accredited online colleges in the UK. The universities that we are partnered with include the likes of University of Leicester, University of Northampton, Edinburgh Napier University, University of Dundee and University of Nottingham. Our programme offerings include Business, Management, Marketing, Finance, Education and Healthcare. As the nature of these programmes differ, so do the entry requirements. To make the research and admissions process easier, we at Stafford, provide experienced consultancy to students seeking admissions in any of the above-mentioned programmes. We do not just specialise in admissions, but we also offer interesting insight into what programmes may be suitable for you keeping in mind your educational and experiential achievements. Our professional academic consultants offer in depth insight into each of these programmes whilst helping you with admissions and registration requirements.
The admissions documents that you will need
All UK universities require a certain set of documents for admissions process. The first step is to fill the application form with details of your education, work experience, personal credentials and other professional achievements. Along with the application form, candidates are also required to provide their CV demonstrating the qualifications achieved, along with skills, experiences and job achievements. Special attention has to be given to the contents of your CV, specifically the job roles and responsibilities. Depending upon the programme, universities look for candidates with experience related to that programme itself. For example, an MBA candidate will be required to demonstrate experience pertaining to management of people, resources, organisational skills, leadership qualities and Quality Control aspect of their profession. As an MBA applicant, you will also be required to provide information on budget allocation, percentage of growth and revenue generation each year and any training and developmental roles that you may have performed over the years. On the other hand, candidates applying for Education programmes will be required to demonstrate experience related to teaching, educational management, learning and leadership, achievements within the education field.
Along with the CV, candidates are also required to provide a strong professional reference backing up their work experience, signed by HR or Line Manager. The reference letter must comment on the applicant's abilities pertaining to management, supervision and analytical skills related to their job functions. The referee can also comment on the applicant's abilities to manage online studies whilst working and how it can help them in their current role.
Other documents required for admissions process include previous and most recent educational certificates, training or professional certificates, passport copy for identification purposes and a personal statement. The personal statement is a very important aspect of your application. It is like a letter of motivation describing the various reasons why you would like to apply for the online programme. There is not one rule of writing a personal statement, however on a general note, most universities require applicants to state the reasons for pursuing the programme, how this will help them in the current and future roles and what does the applicant plan to do upon successful completion of the programme. In addition to that, applicants can also comment on the various skills and professional achievements that they have acquired along with the ability to handle online studies whilst working full time.
The admissions process
Depending upon the programme being applied for and the entry requirements for that programme, the admissions process differs for each university. For example with the University of Leicester MBA, the admissions process requires students to submit complete documentation after which, the university's admissions panel considers the applicant's eligibility on the basis of the documents provided. Based on the strength of the application, the university might require the students to undertake an MBA assessment in order to evaluate the student's capability to study the MBA. Once a student has passed the MBA assessment, he/she will be provided with the unconditional offer to join and register for the MBA.
On the other hand with the University of Northampton for the MBA programme, upon submitting an application, applicants may be required to undertake a telephonic interview to assess their readiness for the MBA. Once the interview is complete, the university's admission team will provide us with a final feedback on the application whilst confirming their acceptance into the programme.
The Edinburgh Napier University that we also represent does not require an interview or an assessment stage. Applicants can simply submit their complete documentation for their evaluation and the university provides a formal feedback via email. It is worthy to note that the Edinburgh Napier University does not necessarily require an IELTS or any English Language qualification, for as long as students can submit a letter from their workplace confirming that English is used as the primary language of communication within the workplace. This will confirm the applicant's abilities to manage their studies in the English language.
The admissions process with the University of Nottingham is somewhat similar, with the exception that applicants will be required to provide an English language Certificate if the university finds their application does not fulfil the English language requirements. In addition to that, applicants need to pay a certain amount of application fees to get their application processed with the university. With the University of Dundee however, the students are not required to pay an application fee and can simply submit their complete documents to receive a feedback from the university.
With Stafford, your admissions process is simplified !
Our services at Stafford vary depending upon the programme and the university that applicants are applying for. Once you enquire with us for any of our programmes, our consultants will assist you in selecting the right programme keeping in mind your career prospects and your current eligibility. Our expertise has developed over the years and has expanded to various universities which has helped us to develop a flexible and comprehensive approach towards admissions, thereby assisting students to join our programmes with ease and confidence. From the point of enquiry right up until the registration into the programme, we are simply here to assist you.