Studying with Us

Come to The College to study and ensure your successful future

Travelling overseas to study is a big step, and being a student is about more than furthering your education. It’s an important time in your life and you will want to make the most of it.

The Bournemouth and Poole College has a long tradition of welcoming students from all over the world. We offer a great student experience from the quality of our learning opportunities, to the range of facilities and the social scene.

You will meet people from other countries and cultures, discover new sports and activities, and make new friends. And we will support you through a range of services and facilities that will ensure you can make the best of your time with us as a student.

We have offices at two campuses – the Lansdowne, Bournemouth and North Road, Poole – offering a premium and comprehensive service to International students including advice on immigration, welfare and academic services.

Studying in the UK

The British education system is considered to be one of the best in the world, offering students a great opportunity to achieve the right qualifications and prepare for a career. The system allows International students to join from NQF Level 3 and in the subject they want to study.

The College has many qualifications to choose from, organised by subject and level:

DegreeLevel 6
Level 5
Bachelor Degree - Final Year
Foundation Degree - Year 2
Level 4BTEC Higher National Diploma - Year 2
Foundation Degree - Year 1
BTEC Higher National Diploma - Year 1
Pre-UniversityLevel 3International Access to University Diploma
A Level
A Level Plus English
English Language CoursesGeneral English
Intensive English
English Plus
Summer School
Winter School

Whether you are preparing for university, developing your professional and technical skills or studying on a language programme, The International College can help you achieve your goals.


Teaching & Learning Styles

You may find that the style of teaching in The College and throughout the UK is quite different to the style you are used to.

Learning is ‘student centred’. This means that the teaching staff will give you a certain amount of information, but you will be expected to find out a lot for yourself.

The Learning Resources Centres (LRCs) will be invaluable to you for accessing information when you do your assignments. The staff of the LRC’s are experienced in helping students to help themselves.

It is acceptable to interrupt the lecturer (politely of course) and ask for clarification of a point, if necessary. During discussions, members of the class are invited to join in. You may well be asked to prepare some work for a discussion. Language Support Staff will help you with this preparation.


The Bournemouth and Poole College is a Tier 4 Sponsor.

As your educational sponsor we must inform the UK Visas & Immigration (UKVI) if you do not arrive, if you leave, defer or suspend your studies, or if you are absent for more than 10 days without permission.

We take our responsibilities seriously and expect you to accept a similar level of responsibility for your studies; we will help you all we can whilst you are with us [more here].

The International Student Journey

College Facilities

The College has excellent facilities including computer suites, libraries, study centres, learning resource centres, laboratories and workshops, state-of-the-art rapid prototyping facilities, a professional theatre, dance studios and kitchens.

Our music centre is a specially designed facility housing fully-equipped rehearsal rooms and recording studios.

Leisure Facilities

The College also offers a wide range of leisure facilities, all available to our International students, including:

  • Cafeterias
  • Coffee Shops
  • Restaurants
  • Sports Hall & Gym
  • Hair & Beauty Salons
  • Art Gallery

The International Office organises a range of activities for International students such as excursions to places of interest in the UK, Movie Nights and lots more

Working during your stay

Regulations introduced in August 2015 mean that students in the UK with a Tier 4 (General) Visa, Student Visitor Visa or Extended Student Visitor Visa cannot work.

You must not work if your visa says ‘No work’ or ‘Work prohibited’ because this would be a breach of your immigration conditions and a criminal offence [more here].

College Attendance

A full attendance is required during your course.

Make sure you inform the College about absences due to illness. From time-to-time Immigration Officers contact The College to check the attendance records of International students. We are obliged to pass on such information.

A poor attendance record may be held against you should you apply to renew your Leave to Remain, and you will not receive College Certification if your attendance is unacceptable.