Your course. Our commitment.

Our Centres and Colleges will be open for your studies


We are looking forward to welcoming you. Start your programme now and progress to your chosen university.*

Highly engaging learning and teaching

We’re open for your studies.** In order to create the safest possible learning environment, and whilst social distancing restrictions are in place, you will benefit from a mixture of as many face-to-face interactions as possible, supported by online learning. You will also receive one-to-one support, giving you help and guidance every step of the way. 

Flexibility

If you cannot travel to the UK for the start of the first term, you can start your studies online from home.^ Our transition plan will ensure you have a smooth transfer to the UK when you are able to do so.

A safe and inclusive environment

We have put a rigorous health and safety risk-assessment in place so you can be assured of a safe and inclusive campus environment. To make sure you feel confident to start your programme in the UK, our Centres and Colleges will be adapted to ensure that they are safe through the following measures:

  • We will encourage the wearing of face-coverings around our buildings;
  • We will provide hand sanitisers in all our buildings; 
  • We will have enhanced regular cleaning and sterilising regimes; 
  • We will manage the flow of people around our buildings;
  • We will manage social distancing including limiting class sizes; 
  • We will make use of online learning and will ensure the right balance of face-to-face interactions and engaging with learning and fellow students online.
  • We will take additional steps to ensure that vulnerable students or those with special requirements are given enhanced and appropriate levels of support.

Student experience and community

You'll receive a warm welcome and plenty of support to help you succeed. We will offer both face-to-face and online welcome activities to help you settle in to student life and make the most of your student experience. As part of our programme of welcome activities we will encourage you to take the opportunity to meet your teachers and fellow students both face-to-face and online – you will be fully part of our international community from day one. As soon as you start your programme, you will meet other international students who are going through a very similar experience to you. During your time in the UK, you will have the opportunity to join clubs and societies where you will meet people who share a common interest. 

* Subject to meeting progression requirements
** Subject to satisfactory completion of our detailed health and safety risk assessment
^ Excluding the University of Huddersfield International Study Centre

Safe and inclusive environment

Your health and wellbeing are our top priority. Whilst social distancing measures are in place, you’ll benefit from our blended learning experience to get the most out of your studies through a mixture of face-to-face and online learning.

Get ready for your visa

We will issue you with a CAS (subject to meeting the entry requirements) so you can make a successful visa application that’s valid for the length of your course, ensuring you have the flexibility you need whenever you choose to travel to the UK.

Entry requirements

If you start your studies online you can benefit from our expanded the list of entry requirements that we are accepting for some programmes. Contact us now to obtain more information on our expanded list of entry requirements.

Exclusive preparation course


Begin your studies with confidence. Improve your academic knowledge, skills and language ability on our free Prepare for Success course. You’ll benefit from 100 hours of online study, designed to give you the competitive edge to succeed in your programme.

Pre-arrival support


From visa application through to booking your accommodation, you’ll be fully supported by our dedicated team every step of the way. We’ll ensure that you have all the information and support you need to ahead of your move to the UK. We will provide you with pre-arrival guides to prepare you for your move to the UK; including information about what to pack, how to make friends and how to make the most of your time at university.

We'll get you to where you want to be


Start your programme now and maximise your potential to progress to your chosen university. Take advantage of the new Graduate Immigration Route and benefit from the opportunity to work for up to two years after graduation with your valid Tier 4 visa.


Stephen Shaw, teacher

“It’s still a first-class education. All the important parts of teaching – good explanations, feedback, explanation of next steps, group work – are still going on. It’s just the big difference is we’re not all together in the same room.”

Stephen Shaw, teacher


Government health and travel information

You can find the latest health and travel advice on the UK government website. We advise that you check this regularly before making any travel plans as this is an evolving situation and advice is constantly changing.

The official updates from the UK government provide the latest health advice and information on how to help prevent the spread of infection in the UK.

View the UK government’s information for the public on the coronavirus.

Our Centres and Colleges will be open for your studies.* Further details about your Centre or College will be provided soon. 

If you can’t travel to arrive in time for the start of the first term, you can start your programme online from home. Our transition plan will ensure you have a smooth transfer to your College or Centre.**

*Subject to satisfactory completion of our detailed health and safety risk assessment

**Excluding the University of Huddersfield International Study Centre

Our Centres and Colleges will be open for you to begin your studies in the UK.* 

We will issue you with a CAS*** so you can make a successful visa application that's valid for the length of your course, ensuring you have the flexibility you need whenever you choose to travel to the UK. 

We’ll ensure that you have all the information and support you need to ahead of your move to the UK.

You should check government health and travel advice regularly before making any plans to travel.

*Subject to satisfactory completion of our detailed health and safety risk assessment

***Subject to meeting the entry requirements

Admissions information

Before travelling to study in the UK, students enrolling on International Foundation Year or International Year One programmes will need a UKVI SELT (in bold in the list above) for visa purposes so taking a UKVI SELT as soon as test centres are open is recommended.

Students enrolling on Pre-Masters programmes have the option to submit the Duolingo test as an alternative English language test. You will need to be able to demonstrate to UKVI that your English ability is at B2 level in all four sub-skills of reading, writing, speaking and listening; unfortunately the Duolingo test does not give scores in all of these areas. Therefore to be issued with a CAS, you will be required to have a ten minute conversation with one of our Visa team so that we can demonstrate to the UKVI that we have spoken to you and assessed your English language level. The conversation will be friendly and relaxed and gives you the opportunity to ask any questions.

Your English language development will be assessed using Study Group tests during your studies. When you are able to travel to the UK, we will advise you which visa is best for you, depending on your individual circumstances. These options could include T4 student visa, short-term study visa, EVW, or alternative. You will need to fulfil the English requirements for the specific visa you are applying for, at the English level relevant at the beginning of your programme.

For students that are unable to travel to the UK to begin their programme, we can confirm and enrol students who have yet to take a UKVI approved Secure English Language Test (SELT). This is possible because students do not need a Tier 4 Visa to study online in their home country.

To determine English language proficiency, we will now accept a wider range of English tests including:

IELTS Academic for UKVI
IELTS Academic Non UKVI
IELTS Indicator
IGCSE/O Level English
Trinity ISE AS/A Level English
Pearson PTE IB English
Language Cert American High School Diploma English
TOEFL iBT, Home Edition SPM English
Cambridge Business WAEC, WASSCE, NECO English
Duolingo KCSE
Password Solo Skills CBSE/ICSE English India HSC)
Cambridge ESOL
HKDSE English

We understand the disruption that many students will face in receiving their final results in 2020, so to ensure that no student is disadvantaged by this, we will take in to account individual circumstances when assessing academic achievement for entry to our programmes.

If you cannot provide formal certificates, we can accept preliminary results for you to start studying online, however when you come to apply for a visa, you will need to ensure you have the right documents for your application. You should submit your official up to date qualifications once available for our internal records. If you have already met the requirements we will not change your offer based on your most recent qualification (once available).

Please contact your agent or Student Enrolment Advisor if you would like to have your current offer updated with new requirements.

Due to the current travel restrictions, UK Visas and Immigration have issued new guidance permitting international students to begin their studies online from their home country without requiring a visa. 

If you begin your studies online, when the situation allows, we will support you in transitioning to on-campus learning and a CAS will be issued to enable you to make your Tier 4 visa application to continue your studies. In the unlikely event that you are unable to obtain a visa we have amended our refund policy to include a number of instances when a refund would be payable as the circumstances may dictate. Terms and conditions apply.

We are committed to working with every student on the options to continue studying with us.

If you cannot travel to the UK for the start of the first term, you can start your studies online from home. Starting your studies online will ensure you can still achieve your academic and career goals and progress to your chosen university degree, on time, from wherever you are in the world.

We are offering an extended introductory period to ensure you have confidence and financial peace of mind to begin your studies online.

You can try our online pathway programmes for 21 days before you make an important choice about how to continue with your education. If, within 21 days, you decide not to continue with your studies online, you can still select to defer your place, or withdraw from your studies with a full refund.* For further details, please refer to the Terms and Conditions page on our website.

*provided you have an online attendance level of 80% or more

To accept your offer of a place to study, a confirmation payment is required comprising of an administration fee of £235 and a £1,000 security deposit.

The security deposit is primarily held against any damages incurred to Centre property and related expenses. It may also be offset against any outstanding fees or debts incurred by you throughout the duration of your course. On completion of your course, any monies left after deductions made for any amount outstanding at that time will be refunded to you within 90 days.

Even if you begin your studies online, it is expected that you will return to studying in Centre during your course and the deposit payment is required in advance to confirm your place as usual. This will minimise the risk of unnecessary disruption to your studies that may be caused by demanding payment at a later date for you to be able to travel and continue with your studies in Centre.

Prior to enrolling to begin your studies online, you will also need to pay £6,000 of your tuition fees in advance. You can make this payment at any point between confirming your place and enrolling online to begin your studies. It is beneficial for you to make this payment early, as you will then gain access to Prepare for Success – a free virtual preparation course designed to give you a head start in your studies.

Study information

In order to create the safest possible learning environment, and whilst social distancing restrictions are in place, you will enjoy a mixture of face to face and online learning.

When our International Study Centres and Colleges open, you'll receive a warm welcome and plenty of support to help you succeed. We will offer both face-to-face and online welcome activities to help you settle in to student life and make the most of your student experience. As part of our programme of welcome activities we will encourage you to take the opportunity to meet your teachers and fellow students both face-to-face and online - you will be fully part of our international community from day one.

As soon as you start your programme, you will meet other international students who are going through a very similar experience to you. During your time in the UK, you will have the opportunity to join clubs and societies where you will meet people who share a common interest.

Your health and wellbeing are our top priority. We have put a rigorous health and safety risk-assessment in place so you can be assured of a safe and inclusive campus environment.

We will ensure you feel confident to start your programme in the UK. Our Centres and Colleges will be adapted to ensure that they are safe, through the following measures:

  • We will encourage the wearing of face-coverings around our buildings;
  • We will provide hand sanitisers in all our buildings; 
  • We will have enhanced regular cleaning and sterilising regimes; 
  • We will manage the flow of people around our buildings;
  • We will manage social distancing including limiting class sizes; 
  • We will make use of online learning and will ensure the right balance of face-to-face interactions and engaging with learning and fellow students online.
  • We will take additional steps to ensure that vulnerable students or those with special requirements are given enhanced and appropriate levels of support.

We are working closely with online learning experts to ensure we are leading innovation for the benefit of our students. We intend to provide the same high quality teaching and personal support in our online courses as we would on our campuses.

Teaching, learning and student support will involve some 'live' sessions with your teacher. We will ensure that these sessions are delivered at a time of day which is suitable for the various time-zones of the students in your class.

Most teaching will be delivered through pre-recorded lessons and independent learning tasks that you can complete at a time of day that suits you.

Teachers will also be engaging with you individually in order to provide academic and pastoral support.

To give you an idea of what a weekly timetable will look like, this is a sample timetable for a student studying an International Foundation Year in Science and Engineering.

Period Monday Tuesday Wednesday Thursday Friday

08:00 to 08:30

- - - - -

08:30 to 09:00

Daily check in

Daily check in

Daily check in

Daily check in

Daily check in

09:00 to 09:30

Academic English Skills

Writing - academic sentences

Speaking - giving opinions

Academic & lab skills

Logbook marking

Self-study

Chemistry 1

Reaction yields and empirical formulae

Academic & lab skills

Introduction to lab reports

09:30 to 10:00

Seminar

10:00 to 10:30

-

Self-study

10:30 to 11:00

Chemistry 1

Moles and gas volumes

Pure Maths

Surds and indices

Pure Maths

Coordinate geometry

-

11:00 to 11:30

Self-study

Seminar

11:30 to 12:00

-

12:00 to 12:30

Academic & Lab Skills

The Scientific Method

- - -

Chemistry 1

Mole calculation practice

12:30 to 13:00

- - -

13:00 to 13:30

- - - -

If you show the symptoms of COVID-19 then you should follow official UK medical advice. You should also contact the Study Centre for further information.

View the government’s advice on what to do if you are displaying symptoms of the coronavirus.

While our Study Centres and Colleges are closed, we are still available to support you, and all essential services will still be provided. Should you wish to contact a member of the welfare team, student services or progression support staff you will need.

We are committed to working with every student on the options to continue studying with us and if you cannot travel to the UK for the start of the first term, you can start your studies online from home. 

If you begin your studies online, you will receive everything you would expect from a pathway programme whilst knowing that you haven’t had to delay your study and career ambitions.

You can expect:

  • World-class teaching
  • One-to-one sessions with your personal tutor
  • An engaged, international community
  • English language tuition

Studying online is an excellent way to prepare for university study and your future career. Starting a programme online during the current climate will show universities (and future employers) that you are committed to learning and are eager to progress your education and career.

"We are receiving wonderful and strategic support."

Mustafa from Pakistan
Studying International Foundation Year

Technology requirements for Study Group online courses

To access virtual classroom, course materials, LMS/VLE and undertake assessments, it is important to be prepared with the appropriate technology.

Computer

While it is possible to access and interact with most course content using various tablets and smartphones, such as iPads, iPhones and Android devices, these devices will not work for assessments and therefore it is important that you have a PC or Mac based computer available for use.

PC

  • Any Microsoft Windows based PC (laptop or desktop, preferably running Windows 10)
  • Web Browser: Google Chrome or Microsoft Edge (Chromium version)
  • Webcam
  • Microphone
  • Installation of Zoom for Virtual Classroom

Mac

  • Any Apple MacOS based laptop or desktop
  • Web Browser: Google Chrome or Microsoft Edge (Chromium version)
  • Webcam
  • Microphone
  • Installation of Zoom for Virtual Classroom

Internet Connection

Internet connectivity is required for access to all coursework. Internet connectivity could be in the form of a fixed line connection, 3G/4G/5G, wi-fi or other technologies.

Minimum: 600kbps download and 600kbps upload speed

Recommended: at least 1.5Mbps download and 1.5Mbps upload speed

Zoom Restricted Countries

Zoom is used for access to virtual classroom and is therefore an important part of all courses. Zoom is unavailable or restricted in several countries, with the full list available here. While Zoom may still work from the countries listed, individuals should test Zoom using their own equipment to ensure connectivity.

Your attendance will be monitored through your engagement with online learning activities. You will be expected to engage with all course activities provided to you.

  • Assessments will be held online via coursework submissions. We use Turnitin software which scans for plagiarism and other forms of academic impropriety.
  • There may be some skills that we can't assess online such as practical lab skills and we are looking at alternatives for students impacted by this. As government travel guidance is changing regularly, we will provide more guidance on assessments and exams relating to specific programmes of study in due course. These will be in line with approaches taken by our university partners and, as appropriate, with guidance that is due to be issued by the UK government’s Department for Education.

Currently, there has been no change made to this aspect of our programmes. Students will continue to work towards the same targets, and we will be supporting you to achieve these through online sessions.

On successful completion of your programme you will of course be supported in your transition to degree programme studies at your chosen university.

Additional information

Where should I go if I have further questions?

For enquiries related to students who are already at one of our Study Centres or Colleges, please contact the centre. Please send all other enquiries to globalstudentsupport@studygroup.com.

Page last updated on 13.07.2020 at 12:00 GMT

Study Group UK Limited
Brighton Study Centre,
1 Billinton Way, Brighton, UK, BN1 4LF.
VAT registration number 927 5208 17