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International Students


ý has been welcoming international students for more than 15 years.With around 150 spaces for new international students available each year across the Group, ý has a vibrant international community that benefits from interacting with the predominantly British student body. This provides an ideal learning environment for our international students to establish the language and cultural skills needed to succeed in the highly competitive world of higher education.

Strategically located inLondon,BirminghamandCambridgewith close proximity to prestigious university campuses, each ý college offers a unique campus environment and student life, yet employs a common teaching methodology to help our international students achieve high academic standards and gain entry to the world’s most prestigious universities.

Here at ý, we believe one size does not fit all. We take great care to understand our students’ needs and adapt our teaching style to help develop their potential both academically and personally. With tailored programmes and small class teaching (guarantee of fewer than 10 students in any class), students benefit from personal attention and extra one-to-one tuition. Tutors are highly qualified to first degree or doctoral level and many are A level or GCSE examiners for the subjects that they teach. Students are taught in an exam-focused fashion and they are given course notes written by our tutors to help them better prepare for the final examinations.


A key benefit ý offers international students is the wide choice courses

A Level

A Level ý provides a bespoke approach to A level education

Success Stories

Our leavers talk about ý in their own words

Foundation Courses


A unique foundation programme with guaranteed university progression

UAL Foundation Diploma in Art and Design

Your route to studying Art and Design at the UK’s best universities

ý University Foundation

The ý University Foundation Programme is your ideal route to a degree

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See the requirements for international students to study at ý

Results & Destinations

Consistently strong results and outstanding university progression

Term Dates

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"When I came to see ý I really liked the atmosphere and the small class sizes. I was interviewed by Seán, who later became my Director of Studies. He was really helpful then and continued to be once I joined. I can ask Seán about anything. For example, he helped me settle in when I first arrived and advised me on practical things like getting a GP or organising all the paperwork for a school trip to Italy. He then read all 10 drafts of my personal statement for university and helped me with every step of my application, making sure that I was handing everything in on time and providing all the evidence the admissions tutors needed."


Grades achieved at ý: A*A*AA Progressed to: London School of Economics (Management)

"The teaching is very good because the small class size allows you to have almost individual guidance on each topic. The atmosphere is welcoming and friendly, like a home. My Director of Studies is fantastic. She has done everything for me and helped me with anything I had going on. She was always there for moral support as well as helping me academically, for example with university."


Grades achieved at ý: A*AAA Progressed to: SOAS, University of London (Economics)

"International students have many aspects to think about, such as accommodation and guardians, but ý surprised me by having a highly organised and supportive administration. Also, because most ý Cambridge students are local, as an ‘international’ student, I found this very useful in both improving my English and in giving me a taste of a genuinely ‘English’ college. Studying in small groups has also made it easier for me to participate in discussions and build my confidence."


Grades achieved at ý: A*A*A* Progressed to: University College London (Mathematics and Statistics)

"ý was my first A level schooling experience and was also significant in being my first outside my country. What it signified, in my view, was a personalised teaching atmosphere which hadn’t previously been available to me. Small classes, Personal Tutors, personalised and steady assessment, as well as an informal class atmosphere gave me a taste of what to expect in university tutorials."


Grades achieved at ý: AAA Progressed to: Durham University (Philosophy, Politics and Economics)

"At ý, all my plans and projects were appreciated and supported. It was not only about passing exams: studying was just as much about personal experience and growth."


Grades achieved at ý: A*A*A*A* Progressed to: King’s College, Cambridge (Art History)

Courses Available at ý

ý offers a wide range of courses from comprehensiveA Levelcourses,GCSEcourses,University of the Arts London Foundation Diploma in Art and Designto theNCUKInternational Foundation Year. All the ý collegesare UKVI Tier 4 Sponsors. For more information pleasedownload our prospectus. Students who wish to apply or who are seeking advice and information about our programmes, accommodation and welfare arrangements please complete theInternational Enquiry Form.

A Level

ý offers the most comprehensive suite of A level options that you will find in any academic institution in the UK. Subjects are offered over three different course durations.

Easter Revision

For A level and GCSE students, Easter revision is the most important date in the calendar. Government led reforms mean that the examinations are now more challenging.


International students come to ý for GCSE courses for a variety of reasons. Our college setting provides a more mature and focused environment.

UAL Foundation Diploma in Art and Design

Your route to studying Art and Design at the UK’s best universities

NCUK Foundation

NCUK is unique in UK higher education. It is a consortium of leading UK universities dedicated to providing international students with guaranteed access to universities.

University Foundation

The ý University Foundation Programme is your ideal route to studying a degree at leading universities across the UK and internationally.

Art Portfolio Programme

ý has been offering creative arts courses for 46 years and has built up an enviable reputation for the quality of teaching and of our students’ work.

Pre-sessional English Programme

A five-week online programme designed to support international students who wish to improve their English language skills.


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