Wales requires everyone to attend compulsory schooling up to the age of 16. However, most institutions require some form of qualification as a precondition to entry into higher education.
So, the higher education phase effectively begins from the age of 18 after students have attained either their A levels or a vocational qualification equivalent to A levels (such as NVQs - National Vocational Qualifications or BTECs - Business and Technology Education Council qualifications).
Under Welsh law, only certain higher education institutions have the right to use the title ‘university.’ There are, however, eight higher education institutions charged with delivering higher education across a broad range of vocational and academic qualifications, including certificates, higher national certificates, diplomas, higher national diplomas as well as a variety of foundation, undergraduate, graduate, and postgraduate degrees.
Generally, the following timeframes apply to higher education studies in Wales:
|National Certificates (NC)||1 year|
|Higher National Certificates (HNC)||NC + 1 year|
|Higher National Diplomas||HNC + 1 year|
|Foundation Degrees||2 years|
|Bachelor’s Degrees||3 years|
|Master’s Degrees||Bachelor’s degree + 12 months|
|PhDs||Master’s degree + 3-4 years|
Quality standards for Welsh universities are among the best in the world and credentials fromWelsh institutions are well respected internationally. So no matter your level or length of study - studying in Wales is a surefire way to make a positive step towards your prospective career in any field.
Learn more about studying in Wales:
Welsh Language & Culture
Wales is a country steeped in heritage. Find out more about what the country offers in terms of language, culture, and more!
Tuition Fees In Wales
Tuition fees for higher education programs in Wales can vary. Many international and domestic students pay different tuition fees, depending on where they are from. In this section you'll find all the information on how this works in Wales.
Living Costs In Wales
No matter where you study abroad, it’s important to create a budget in advance so that you’re prepared. Therefore, we’ve detailed average living and housing costs so that you can get a better idea of what you would be paying as a student in Wales.
Entry Requirements for UK Universities
Learn more about the United Kingdom's national application portal and how it applies in Wales. This section covers what you'll need to do when applying as an undergraduate and postgraduate.
Don't let international student tuition fees stop you from studying abroad in Wales. Find out more about some of the scholarships available to international students here!
Student Visas for the UK
Do you need a visa to enter Wales to study? Learn more about the student visa process, and what you need to enter the country, depending on your citizenship. Don't worry! We've gathered the information you'll need to make it happen.
Programs in Wales
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