Frequently Asked Questions

Fee Structure Universities
Visa NCUK Terminology


Q1 - When does the admission process start in NCUK?
Admission for the academic year starts in January of each year. Final decisions on admissions are decided once the results are announced.

Q2 - Is there an entry test required to enter NCUK?
An interview is required for all candidates. An entry test in Mathematics and / or English is required for students with non – standard qualifications.

Q3 - What are the minimum academic requirements (Eligibility) for NCUK admissions?

NCUK International Foundation Year (IFY) NCUK International Diploma (Int. Dip.)
  • FA, or FSC with a minimum of 50%

  • AS-Level with grade ‘C, D’ in 2 subjects
  • O-Level with grade 'AAA,BB' in 5 subjects including Maths & English
  • English Requirement: IELTS of 5.5 or GCE O-Level English grade 'C' or equivalent
  • FA, or FSC with a minimum of 85%

  • A-Level with grade ‘C, D’ in 2 subjects

    For Engineering programme grade ‘C’ in Physics & Mathematics

  • English Requirement: IELTS of 6.0 or GCE O-Level English grade 'C' or equivalent

Q4 - Can a student with a non-standard qualification be admitted to the NCUK programme?
If a student has a relevant background for the NCUK programme, but does not meet NCUK entry requirements, he/she can be considered for 'Non-Standard Entry', in which case he/she should complete the normal NCUK Application form and his/her case will be considered by NCUK.

Q5 - Does NCUK give admission to students with special needs?
Such students can be enrolled in NCUK programme. NCUK will make arrangements with the teaching centres on a case to case basis.

Q6 - If a student narrowly fails the entry test, can he be admitted to the programme?
NCUK may consider previous results and will decide on a case to case basis.

Q7 - How many times a year does the NCUK offer admissions?
For the time being students are admitted once a year for the fall semester, beginning in September. The process begins in January.

Q8 - Where does the NCUK conduct tests and interviews?
NCUK conducts aptitude tests and interviews at Karachi, Lahore and Islamabad.

Q9 - Does NCUK provide any reading materials or previous model papers to the prospective students for making preparation for NCUK aptitude tests?
Not in the case of the English test but sample questions are available for the Math tests.

Fee Structure

Q1 - What is the fee structure of the whole programme?
Please look at admission forms in ADMISSIONS section for the current fee structure.

Q2 - Can a student give the fee in installments?
This is not a policy.

Q3 - Are there any scholarships or discounts offered?
Scholarships are offered to candidates with excellent academic results. Please check with your nearest delivery centre for current information.

Q4-Can the NCUK fee payments of GBP 1000 be made online?
No. Only bank drafts are accepted in the name of "NCUK Lahore Pvt. Ltd. "

Q5 - If a student drops out of the course, is there any refund for him/her available?
The refund policy is clearly specified in the application form. Please be sure to read this before making initial fee payments.


Q1 - How do our students apply for a visa?
NCUK provides full support in the visa process.

Q2 - Does NCUK guarantee visas to students?
Guarantees for the grant of visa cannot be given. However, applications are processed keeping in mind the UKBA requirements. NCUK visa applications have a high success rate.

NCUK Programmes

Q1 - If a student after a year or two of study is unable to continue with his studies, will he be awarded any certification?
The student will receive a certificate after the completion of NCUK international Foundation Programme (IFY) and NCUK International Diploma (Int. Dip.) which is acceptable internationally.

Q2 – Are NCUK programmes external?
NCUK programmes are internal, acceptable to the 11 owner universities. Our programmes are the same as those studied by students in the UK, assessed by both course work and examinations. Marking is done both in Pakistan and in the UK.

Q3 - If a student wants to apply for a course that is not in the Entry Directory –can he/she apply?
NCUK Entry Directories list all courses in which NCUK students have been placed in the past. If you want to apply for a course that is not listed in the Directory you should contact a member of the NCUK student service team. For the IFY it is possible to add courses to our progression arrangements. For the International Diploma it is unlikely that a new route can be added.

Q4 - Where can a student find descriptions of NCUK courses and details of NCUK universities?
Details of all the NCUK programmes are available on our international website (ncuk.ac.uk).

Q5 – Does NCUK train teachers at the delivery centres in Pakistan?
Yes, all teachers/lecturers receive training in style and methodology of teaching and in assessment and evaluation as expected in UK higher education.

Q6 - Who marks the exams?
The lecturers in the centers mark all exams and continuous assessments internally. They are then moderated externally by NCUK in the UK. This is in effect a second marking.

Q7 - Is there a re-sit exam if a student fails?
Yes, re-sit examination schedules are available with the teaching centres.

Q8 - How do the students find out their exam results?
There is an announced date for releasing exam results. Students will be given certificates and transcripts on or after this date.

Q9 - How does NCUK ensure teaching standards at the delivery centres?
NCUK programmes comply with the British Quality Assurance Agency (QAA). Regular audits are carried out to ensure academic quality.

Q10 - Does NCUK offer any masters degree programme?
Masters programmes are not available in Pakistan at the moment.

Q11 – Are NCUK programmes recognised by the HEC?
Yes, NCUK programmes are recognised by the HEC.


Q1 - When do NCUK students apply to universities?
Centre staff counsel the students throughout the year. NCUK students also have opportunities to meet NCUK university representatives. The teaching centre and the Student Services Team will usually have a Placement Calendar which dates each stage of the application process. Normally applications are made between Feb-April when students have their results of Semester 1 exams. After each stage of the application process there is a set period of time before the next stage.

Q2 - Do students need to fill in a different application for each University?
An online UCAS (Universities and Colleges Admissions Services) form is used. This allows NCUK students to apply to 3 owner university courses using just one form. NCUK bears the cost of the payment normally required by UCAS.

Q3 - What do students need to include with their applications?
Since this will be an online application there will be no attachments required. The university will require proof of qualifications at the time of enrolment.

Q4 - How many applications can our students make?
NCUK permits three applications for each student initially. If more than one of these three applications are unsuccessful, then students will be asked to make additional applications until each student has at least two conditional offers. Three applications allow students to undertake detailed research and focus their choices.

Q5 - What happens when students arrive in the UK?
NCUK will work to ensure that they have a suitable introduction to the UK and their university.

Q6 - Which universities are called the owner universities of NCUK?
NCUK is owned by 11 leading government sector UK universities:
The University of Bradford
The University of Huddersfield
The University of Leeds
Leeds Metropolitan University
The University of Liverpool
Liverpool John Moores University
The University of Manchester
Manchester Metropolitan University
The University of Salford
The University of Sheffield
Sheffield Hallam University

Q7 - How many delivery centres are there in Pakistan?
NCUK currently has two delivery centres in Pakistan.
NCUK LAHORE Centre, Lahore
NCUK Centre at RIPHAH International University, Islamabad

NCUK Terminology

Q1 - What is a personal statement?
The personal statement is an important part of a student's application to the university. It allows students to give details of their motivation, enthusiasm and ambition for academic study, and is a chance for students to show that they have researched their subject and well prepared for the university study. For international student it is also an opportunity for them to demonstrate their ability in English. NCUK provides guidance on how to write a good personal statement.

Q2 - What is a reference?
Academic staff at NCUK centres will be required to write a reference for each student. This will form part of their application. A Reference is a 'professional opinion' of the student and his academic abilities.

Q3-What is UCAS?
UCAS is 'The Universities and Colleges Admissions Service' which deals with all undergraduate applications in the UK. NCUK students apply online, via an NCUK buzzword. Students are guided to fill in UCAS application forms. NCUK has a close relationship with its owner universities, and an efficient placement system.

Q4 - What is the NCUK Entry Directory?
The NCUK Entry Directory is the catalogue of courses which NCUK students are able to access in the owner universities. It is similar to a university prospectus but gives entry requirements in terms of NCUK subject grades/points. The NCUK Entry Directory should be the first point of research.

Q5 - What is Clearing?
Clearing is the process in which NCUK find places for students whose initial applications have been unsuccessful, or who do not achieve the grades required in their University Offers.
There are two stages of Clearing:
Initial Clearing:
This happens at the Conditional stage. NCUK will continue to send the student's application until at least two conditional offers are received.
Final Clearing:
This applies to students who have not met the conditions of any of their offers, for example if they do less well in their exams than expected. NCUK will work with our partner universities to find a suitable place for these students.Sometimes students will receive offers from universities other than those applied for. Students may accept or decline such offers.

Q6 - What is Confirmation?
Confirmation is the process where offers are made unconditional: they are 'confirmed'. For NCUK students, this happens when NCUK sends exam results to the partner universities and they reply with their final decisions.

Q7 - What is the NCUK Guarantee?
For all students who achieve overall 50% in their NCUK course, NCUK guarantees them a place on an appropriate course at an NCUK partner university.

Q8 - What is a Conditional Offer?
Applications for universities in the UK are normally made before students sit for their final exams. If a student meets the terms of their Conditional Offer, the university is obliged to confirm their place.

Q9 - What is an Unconditional Offer?
Unconditional Offers are made when students have met all of the conditions for entry to a degree course. They get a confirmed seat at that university and on that particular course. For NCUK students, Unconditional Offers will normally be received in July or August.



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