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We offer a range of courses for international students to help you get to university or into employment and achieve your goals.

A Levels

International Access to Higher Education programme

Academic English courses

Level 3 (BTEC Extended Diplomas)

Higher National Certificates (HNC) / Higher National Diplomas (HND)

A Levels

Start date: September 2019
Duration: 2 years (full time)
English language requirement: IELTS overall score of 5.5 (with no element less than 5.0)
Minimum age: 16
Fees: £10,500 per year

The A Level programme is an intensive academic programme of study at UK Level 3 over a two year period. The qualification is divided into an AS Level (year 1) and an A2 Level (year 2). Most students will study three or four A Level subjects. 

A Levels are highly valued by universities and employers and focus on academic subjects, although some are work-related. Many students who choose this pathway will go straight on to university.

If you study A Levels, your final grades will be based on end-of-year exams.

You can choose from a wide range of academic subjects, many of which are not offered elsewhere in London and which can lead to a wide range of rewarding degrees and careers. 

You can view a full list of our A Levels on the course search.

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International Access to Higher Education programme

Start date: September 2019
Duration: 12 months 
English language requirement: IELTS 5.5 or equivalent (6.0 for science subjects)
Minimum age: 17
Fee: £9,500

This programme is for students who have graduated from high school in their own country but have not met the requirements for direct entry to university.

Similar to a University Foundation Programme, this course will prepare you for studying at a range of universities in the UK. You will receive additional tuition in areas such as English language, mathematics and study skills to create a study programme tailored to your needs.

Available in the following subject areas: Medicine and Medical Biosciences; Applied Sciences; Health and Human Sciences; Forensic Science; Sports Science; Humanities and Social Sciences; Psychology; Social Work; Media; Mixed Media and Business.

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Academic English

Level: B2 to C1
Duration: 1, 2, or 3 terms             
Start dates: September, January, April  
Minimum age: 16
Fees 2016/17: 1 term £1,400; 2 terms £2,700; 3 terms £4,000
Maximum class size: 18; Average class size: 12

This full-time course (15 hours per week) is British Council accredited and is for students who want to improve their English skills for study, work or leisure.

You will study Reading, Writing, Speaking and Listening. You will also develop your ability to use English in everyday life.

Class times will depend on your level and the course you are on, but your timetable may be a mixture of morning and afternoon classes.

Entry requirements: You must have a minimum B1 level of English (IELTS 5.5 with no component below 5.0 or equivalent). This course is not suitable for applicants above C1 (IELTS 7.0 or equivalent). Applicants without formal English language test results will be considered on a case-by-case basis.

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Level 3 (BTEC Extended Diplomas)

Start date: September 2019
Duration: 1 year (full time)
English language requirement: IELTS overall score of 5.5 (with no element less than 5.0)
Fees: £8,500 per year

BTECs are gaining popularity as an alternative to A Levels for international students, but they actually cover a whole range of academic levels.

Studying a Level 3 BTEC is equivalent to studying 3 A Levels. Students choosing this pathway may go to university or into employment.

BTECs are vocational qualifications. Vocational qualifications range from general qualifications where you will learn skills for a variety of jobs, to specialist qualifications designed in collaboration with industry for a particular sector. They offer a combination of theory and practice, and can also include work experience.

Typical subjects offered at BTEC include Business Studies, Media, Engineering and Information Technology. 

One of the main differences between BTECs and A Levels is the way they are assessed. A Levels generally involve two years of study geared towards several big exams at the end, whereas BTECs are continually assessed via coursework and practical projects.  

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Higher National Certificates (HNC) / Higher National Diplomas (HND)

Start date: September 2019
Duration: HNC 1 year (full time), HND 2 years (full time)
English language requirement: IELTS overall score of 5.5 (with no element less than 5.0)
Fees: £8,500 per year

HNCs (Level 4) are equivalent to the first year of an Honours Degree and HNDs (Level 5) are equivalent to the first two years of an Honours Degree. They can be converted to a full Honours Degree with extra study.

HNCs and HNDs combine theory and practice to develop practical and technical skills for a particular field of work. They are taught with a hands-on approach that is highly valued by employers. Each course has been designed in collaboration with industry experts to provide the qualifications, skills and confidence you need to be successful in your chosen field.

They are assessed through assignments and practical tasks. 

Awarded by Pearson Edexcel

The following subjects are available: 

HND Healthcare Practice (Healthcare Management)
HND Music Production

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