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Professional Training in the UK - FAQs for International Visitors

How to take a course in the UK

Business or pleasure? Traveling to the UK for professional training combines both: it gives you insight into the most popular training options, internationally-recognised qualifications and courses, and provides you with know how applicable across countries and cultures. Knowledge has no border: a training journey to the UK can be an enriching life experience that helps you or your business develop at the pace of today's world.

Below you can find an FAQ guide to professional training in the UK, including the most commonly discussed topics among professionals who travel to the UK for scheduled courses or choose UK-based training providers for in house training abroad.

You can also read more about distance learning solutions that can be delivered worldwide and find out more details about enroling on an executive education programme.

Why get trained in the UK?

The United Kingdom is renowned for the quality of its education system, which has constantly been at the forefront of teaching innovation. Professional development opportunties in the UK have much diversified over the past years, supported by government initiatives and the increased consideration from employers.

Corporate spendings on professional training have also increased, as the skilled workforce and a general demand for qualified professionals is visibile across all sectors, not only in the UK, but also at a global scale.

Continuous professional development initiatives, professional qualification credit frameworks, and numerous campaigns for learning in the workplace have been adopted by an increasing number of individiuals and organisations.

Take a course in the UK and explore your options: the course types, levels, qualifications and the benefits of learning with the UK's leading providers. Take the pulse of the training market and get in touch with the course organisers directly on the course pages that interest you.

What professional training options are available for international visitors?

You can browse through a wide range of courses delivered by the UK providers, group them by training area and delivery method.

Providers from around around the United Kingdom can run their courses at public venues; they can come to your offices abroad or deliver a distance learning solution for you or your staff. Choose your training mode and explore the most frequently asked questions related to training in the UK.

Open Courses in the UK

Open / Scheduled courses throughout the UK

How early should I plan my training in the UK?

Scheduled courses in the UK are run throughout the year. Training providers release their course calendars typically at the beginning of the year or early in Autumn, early in advance for you to plan your trip to the UK. On Findcourses you can filter your course search results by start date. It's recommended that you plan to attend an open course at least one month in advance. You can take advantage of early bird discounts or count on last minute deals as long as you keep yourself updated with the lastest course offerings.

Are there any visa requirements when travelling to the UK for training?

Adult professionals who are not European Union / EEA or Switzerland residents can travel to the United Kingdom for a short course, of less than 6 months (or 11 months for English language training), are subject to Student Visa requirements, as outlined by the UK Border Agency.

How does the training provider support my visa application?

Training organisers from around the UK can issue Student Visa Support Letters to delegates from abroad, as proof that they are registered for a bona fide short course (less than 6 months or). The letter will assist course participants in their application to the British Embassy / High Commission.

Can the training provider make the accommodation arrangements for me?

When looking for a course, check the residential information on the course page and whether the course costs cover room and board for your stay in the UK. Most training providers are able to make arrangements for your stay if you contact them in advance.

Alternatively, they can provide you with a list of accommodation around the training centre. If otherwise stated, you will make the arrangements with the hotels directly and arrange your travel to the UK. Proof of accommodation may be required for your visa application.

Am I required to pay VAT when booking my course in the UK?

Course participants are required to pay the full price of the programme they plan to attend, including the value-added tax which 20% for the UK. 'VAT reverse charge' applies for corporate buyers.

How is my training in the UK acknowledged?

The course providers issue certificates of attendance, diplomas or the specific qualification credits on completion of training. Many training programmes are registred trademarks, cover standardised syllabi and thus result in  internationally-recognised qualifications. Within the Uk, Ofqual, is the regulating body of qualifications, examinations and assessments in England and vocational qualifications in Northern Ireland. The office provides the accreditation for national providers and assists in qualification provision to national and international residents.

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Open Courses

In-House Training in the UK from Abroad

In house / In-company training

How can I bring a trainer from the UK to run a course for my company abroad?

The process is simple. You browse through the list of courses that interest you, select the titles that could be suitable for your staff and request quotes from the respective providers using our Information Request system. To receive a more specific quote, mention the group size that you want the course delivered for, the approximate course duration and any special requirements or additional topics to be covered by the course.

You will be contacted by the provider with a training proposal that you can then review and negotiate. You can discuss the syllabus with the course instructor and decide the most suitable level and training approach for your staff. When you settled for an offer, you can start make all the necessary arrangements for in house training. Set a date and prepare your team for the course.

Are the course costs adjusted to my country of residence?

Depending on the country, the cost may be quoted in the local currency. When booking your training with an UK provider you can discuss your requirements and negotiate a quote for your team. In terms of payment, special B2B VAT requirements may apply.

Can a course be held in the local language?

Unless stated otherwise, the courses are delivered in English and proof of English proficiency may be required prior to course enrolment. If part of your staff who attends the course is not fluent in English, you can make arrangements with a local translator, upon agreement with the course providers.

Many of the in house training providers listed on operate within an international network. Their international trainers can deliver the course in your local language at your company headquarters outside the UK.

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In-House Courses

Distance Learning Options in the UK from Abroad

Distance Learning Options

Are my distance learning qualifications achieved through UK providers recognised abroad?

On course-specific pages you can find information about the accrediting bodies of the provider and the qualifications issued on course completion. Many of the UK-based training providers operate within the Ofqual framework. Your credits are transferable between providers and you can use to gain higher level awards, certificates or diplmas. All courses that you attend online or by distance learning result with a certificate of attendance provided by the course organiser.

Am I eligible for funding for distance learning qualifications by UK providers?

A series of distance learning and work-based courses are available for funding through the UK government. First, you have to ask the training provider if they receive government grants to fund their course participants. It is typically the courses approved by the Ofqual that can be funded by the government. Grants and student loans for the work-based programmes are limited to adult professionals, 18 or older, who have lived in the UK for the past three years who can demonstrate their eligibility and training needs.

Can I pay my distance learning studies in installments?

Many of the distance learning providers designed flexible payment plans, either as monthly or quarterly installments. They can also offer discounts for the upfront payments, so that you can save on the total costs.

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Distance courses

Executive Education Courses from Abroad

Executive Education

What type of executive education programmes can I attend in the UK? lists degree programmes at post-graduate level, suitable for working professionals and recent graduates who wish to improve their career prospects. You can choose from Master's degrees and executive education programmes: MBA's, executive MBA's, MSc's and MA studies.

The programmes delivered on-campus in the UK follow a typical university admission process. If you plan to enrol on a degree programme in the UK, check the application deadlines and make the arrangements for a longer stay in the UK.

I'm a working professional, can I study by distance learning at a university from the UK?

The study pace and mode varies with the degree and the university that you choose. Choose your training area and filter by study mode, to see which universities can deliver the course as part-time study or online-only programmes.

What arrangements should I make for my stay in the UK for executive studies?

If you enrol in an on-campus degree programme, your university will assist you with the residential arrangements. If you plan to study in the UK for longer than 6 months, and are not a resident of the EEA or Switzerland, you are required to apply for the Tier 4 visa.

Would you like to take the first step? Get matched with training providers in the UK who will get in touch with more information about their training.

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Executive education courses

About the Author

Abby works as the Communications Team Lead for with a mission of connecting learning leaders with the data and information they need to provide the best training possible for their people.

Originally from Indianapolis in the U.S., Abby studied her bachelor’s at Hanover College in Business and Literature and has worked for findcourses since 2015. She is passionate about corporate learning and works internally to help organise Learning at Work Week within's company of 165 team members, and provide and source external training in content creation as an in-house expert.

Abby is also the creator and editor of the UK L&D Report which interviews and surveys L&D leaders from top UK companies to help uncover data-driven best practice and easy-to-implement advice.

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Last updated: 16 Jul 2019

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