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ONCAMPUS London offers pre-university programmes for entry to many top universities in the UK.

Programmes are taught in the academic heart of London at Birkbeck, University of London's campus. After completing their programmes, students can apply to study for an undergraduate or master's degree at many top institutions. This includes six University of London partners:

  • Birkbeck
  • Royal Holloway
  • Queen Mary
  • Goldsmiths
  • Royal Veterinary College
  • Courtauld Institute of Art

Some options even offer students guaranteed progression to a wide range of courses on successful completion of their programmes.

Birkbeck's main campus is located in Bloomsbury, central London. It's committed to providing students with a wide range of support and expert higher education guidance. While at ONCAMPUS, students have a Personal Tutor who is their main contact if they have any problems. There are also services that offer advice on housing, money and careers, as well as dedicated support for disabled students.

There's plenty for international students to do in their spare time. The University of London Union (ULU) runs over 40 special interest and sports-based clubs and societies which are open to join.

At Student Central, located next to Birkbeck's main campus, students have access to the university's restaurants, bars, live music venues and a student gym, complete with fitness classes, a swimming pool and free personal training sessions.

Ranked the world's best university city (QS Best Student Cities Rankings 2019), London offers students countless attractions, opportunities and activities to enjoy. Along with world-renowned landmarks, art galleries, museums and stage shows, there are parks to walk around, rivers to relax by and restaurants serving enticing cuisine from all around the world.

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What's new

What's new

Best student city in the world

London has been named as the world's best student city for the second year in a row. The 2019 QS Best Student Cities Ranking has placed London ahead of strong competitors such as Tokyo and Melbourne.

Professor Wendy Thomson, University of London's Vice-Chancellor said, '' confirms the incredible academic strength and breadth of the University of London's member institutions and the attraction of the city for employment as well as the diversity of the student body.''

Birkbeck rising in the ranks

Birkbeck, University of London has also made a strong impression in league tables. Its Arts and Humanities courses have been ranked within the top 100 in the world in 2020 by the Times Higher Education World University Rankings. These rankings focus on different subject areas and are well-known as one of the most prestigious rankings around.

Furthermore, Birkbeck has climbed 20 places in the 2019 People & Planet University League Table, which ranks institutions for efforts towards sustainability. Now ranking 35th out of 154 universities, Birkbeck has proved it's dedicated to doing its part for the environment. It scored 100% for its commitment to environmental auditing and management, 87.5 per cent for waste and recycling and 77.5 per cent for carbon.

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Why study here?

Why study here?

From its centre at Birkbeck in the heart of the University of London, students are equipped with the tools needed for success at some of the UK's top universities.

The courses on offer are intense but rewarding. They aim to challenge students into developing the personal attributes demanded by admissions tutors of internationally renowned universities.

Reasons to study at ONCAMPUS London include:

  • The opportunity for progression to a University of London college with one of the UK's leading pre-university providers.
  • It holds a proven track record of providing excellent higher education support and advice to help international students' progress to the best universities in the UK.
  • Students benefit from world-class facilities in the heart of academic London, next to other University of London colleges such as the School of Oriental and African Studies (SOAS) and University College London (UCL).

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Study options

Study options

Study options include:

Undergraduate Foundation Programme (UFP)

Students can improve their English language and academic abilities while preparing for the International Year Programme or undergraduate study at a top UK university. Programmes last one academic year. Some options offer students who successfully complete their programmes guaranteed progression to a University of London college.

University of London International Foundation Programme (IFP)

International students can develop the skills and knowledge required to be successful as an undergraduate. After successfully completing the programme, they receive the University of London International Foundation Certificate which is respected by universities and employers all around the world.

International Year One (IY1)

Students can develop their English language and academic skills while preparing to enter Year two of a business-related undergraduate degree at Birkbeck. Programmes last one academic year and degree options cover areas including accounting, management, finance and marketing.

Master's Foundation Programme (MFP)

Through either a two or three term programme, students can gain the skills needed to progress to a number of master's degrees at different University of London colleges or other top UK universities. Some options offer students who successfully complete their programmes guaranteed progression.

University of London Graduate Diploma

Students can develop the skills and knowledge in their chosen fields over three terms. It is suitable for those looking to boost their employability or pursue postgraduate study in finance or management.

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Entry Requirements

Entry Requirements

Students need to meet a number of entry requirements to be eligible for admission to study with ONCAMPUS London. This includes English language proficiency requirements:

Undergraduate Foundation Programme

  • IELTS score of at least 5.0 or equivalent, with 5.0 in writing and no other section below 4.0.

University of London International Foundation Programme

  • IELTS score of at least 5.5 or equivalent, with 5.5 in writing and no section below 5.0.

International Year One

  • IELTS score of at least 5.5 for the three-term programme, or 5.0 for the four-term programme, or equivalent.

Master's Foundation Programme

  • Two-term – IELTS score of at least 6.0 IELTS or equivalent, with no section below 6.0
  • Three-term – IELTS score of at least 5.5 IELTS or equivalent, with no section below 5.5.

University of London Graduate Diploma

  • Three-term – IELTS score of at least 6.0 IELTS or equivalent, with no section below 5.5.

International students who can't meet the English language requirements can take an extended programme, which includes an extra term with an English language module.

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How to Apply

How to Apply

To apply to a programme at ONCAMPUS London, students must:

Step 1 – Fill in and submit either an online application form or the downloadable editable application. They should include all necessary documentation including academic transcripts and English language test scores.

Step 2 – The Admissions Team then considers applicants and will send letters of offer to successful students. This will outline any outstanding conditions.

Step 3 – Students can then accept a place on their chosen programme. They need to meet any outstanding conditions, such as paying deposit and registration fees.

Step 4ONCAMPUS London will then confirm the place and send a Confirmation of Acceptance to Study (CAS) or a Confirmation of Enrolment (CoE) to the student.

Step 5 – International students who need a visa for studying in the UK will have to apply for one. They will not be able to start the course without it.

Step 6 – Students are required to pay the first term of tuition fees before they begin their programmes. They should also arrive the weekend before the arrival date.

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Student speak

Student speak

This is what a few international students think about ONCAMPUS London:

Abdulaziz – Saudi Arabia

Undergraduate Foundation Programme ELPP, followed by UFP Engineering

Applying for: BEng Electronic Engineering at Queen Mary

"I've learnt a lot of new skills at ONCAMPUS London, such as how to manage my time and think positively. The majority of students come directly from high school, so the Personal Development Planning course is really useful for this.

The academic feeling of studying at Birkbeck is something I like. The teachers here communicate with us as elder brothers and sisters, making it easy for us to cope with life in London. Most of my classmates do not speak Arabic, which is good for my English."

Jie – China

English Language Preparation Programme

Master's Foundation Programme

''Before starting the MFP, I wanted to improve my English on the ELPP. I can now speak English without thinking! I would definitely recommend ONCAMPUS London. There is a high quality of teaching and it is in a great location.

Last term, I trained to be a Student Ambassador. To do this well, I had to learn how to handle new accents and the culture shock. This experience better prepares me for having contact with people from these countries in the future. Studying here has given me the chance to communicate with people from many different nationalities. I have made friends from Saudi Arabia and Pakistan. I love studying in London!''

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