Education in the UK

Students sitting outside campus

The UK education system

The UK is known throughout the world for its long history of excellence in education and high-ranking universities. Gaining a degree from the University of the Year for Graduate Employment* will make you stand out to employers. A big part of your education in the UK will take place outside of the classroom – through living your student life here and being a part of a multicultural community.

Is the UK a good place to study?

There are many reasons to choose education in the UK. Some of the benefits of studying in the UK are:

  • being a student of a country famed for its internationally recognised universities
  • a strong support system from your friends, classmates and university staff
  • a wide choice of degree choices and subject options
  • a diverse community – both on and off campus.

Research excellence

The University of Surrey is committed to research excellence and the application of research to benefit society. Surrey's 5G/6G Innovation Centre brings together leading academics and key industry partners in a shared vision to develop the next generation of mobile and wireless connectivity.

What's it like to study in the UK?

Teaching and learning style

While you are a student in the UK you will be encouraged to not only learn your subject in depth, but also to think for yourself. Independent thinking and taking responsibility for your own learning are important aspects of the UK education system.

Expert teachers at UK universities use several different methods to help you learn, including:

  • Lectures – listen and take notes as your teacher presents to a large group of students.
  • Seminars – take part in group discussions on specific topics.
  • Tutorials – ask questions and review your academic progress during one-to-one time with your tutor.
  • Practical work – put what you learn into practice, to gain skills that you can transfer to the workplace.
  • Fieldwork – learn by taking part in educational excursions outside of the University.

Within the focused and safe learning environment at Surrey, you will be taught and supported by leading academics. If you want to specialise in a certain subject from the start, whilst learning to study independently, studying in the UK will be ideal for you.


The type and number of assessments you need to complete depends on the degree you choose within the British education system. Some degrees involve continuous and regular assessments, whilst others may be assessed with a final exam. Your pathway programme will prepare you for university-style teaching with examinations and coursework, which could take the form of a presentation or an extended essay.

Assessments may include: coursework, project work, presentations, participation in seminars, written assignments or essays, practical assessments and a final dissertation.

Joint honours

As an undergraduate student at Surrey, you have the option to study single or joint honours. Single honours involves studying one subject in depth. Joint honours students can study two or more subjects in depth.

International Study Centre

Based on the University of Surrey campus, the International Study Centre provides all the support you need for a successful start to your degree. The International Foundation Year is a two semester programme designed to increase your academic and English language knowledge for undergraduate study.

The Pre-Masters programme is available as a 1, 2, 2.5 or 3 semester course and is designed to prepare you for the demands of a taught Masters course in your selected subject area. You will develop your academic English language, critical thinking and reading skills, research skills and other study skills in order to succeed on your Masters degree.

Throughout your pathway programme and your degree, you can rely on the support and encouragement of staff who are dedicated to helping you succeed in the British education system.

*The Times and Sunday Times Good University Guide 2022


What is the education system in the UK?

Education in the UK is split into four parts: primary education, secondary education, further education and higher education.

Why is the UK best for education?

The UK is renowned worldwide for its quality of education. Many of its universities are high-ranking both nationally and internationally. An education in the UK means not only learning in a classroom but also taking advantage of internships and work placement opportunities, these will make you stand out to employers.

Is studying in the UK a good option?

Studying in the UK is an excellent option for those wanting to get a high-quality education. UK universities are known for their academic excellence and having a degree from one will make you stand out to future employers.

Joash from Hong Kong

"The teaching style at university is more independent. It requires you to spend more time working as an individual, so you have to manage your time very well."

Joash from Hong Kong

Studied International Foundation Year – Engineering, Science and Mathematics
Progressed to BSc Aerospace Engineering