Studying in the UK
Education in the UK, the options
There are many different options to choose between. Whether students just want to gain experience of living abroad for a few weeks, or gain a full qualification over two years, our advisors are on hand to help find the best option for each student.
A levels are the traditional route to university entry for the majority of students in the UK, and as a well-known and highly respected qualification are the right choice for many students.
Students typically study three subjects, going into a great deal of depth in individual subject areas, with a combination of class based work, group projects and independent study.
A wide range of subjects are offered at A level, ranging from traditional academic subjects such as English, Maths, Sciences and Humanities, to more modern subjects such as Computer Science, Music Technology or Digital Media.
Individual colleges typically offer from 20 to 30 subjects, meaning that all students can find a course combination to suit their interests and ambitions.
A full A level qualification takes two years, and will qualify students for university entry in the UK and around the world.
The International Baccalaureate is a relatvely new qualification in the UK, and is only offered at a small number of schools and colleges. At Select Studies we work with one of the UK’s top IB colleges, which has been offering the IB for over 20 years.
Students studying the IB choose one course from each of six subject areas, studying three courses at standard level and three at higher level. In addition to this all students follow a core programme, which includes an extended essay project, theory of knowledge, and creativity, action and service, where students get involved in local community activities.
The IB is recognised all over the world, and is becoming increasingly recognised as an excellent route to University, with students gaining valuable skills to prepare them for their future.
IB places are in high demand: Students are expected to have excellent grades, and must complete the full two years of the qualification.
BTEC qualifications are an excellent alternative to more traditional A level qualifications for students aiming for careers in the arts or other practical subjects.
It’s possible to study a BTEC over one or two years, and a two year BTEC is recognised as being the equivilant of A level qualifications and qualifies students for university admission on some courses.
We are able to offer BTEC course options in a wide range of subject areas include the performing arts, art and design, and travel and tourism. Our colleges which offer BTEC courses have excellent facilities as well as passionate and knowledgeable staff who often have careers in their subject area.
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Sports and Activities
Students taking part in our programme will find a wide range of sports and activities available to complete their college experience in the UK.
Activities and clubs
Most colleges have a range of clubs and societies which students are encouraged to get involved in.
Students may have the chance to learn new skills in clubs ranging from language to robotics; to get involved in college life and gain experience in college newspapers and radio stations; to exercise their creative talents in bands, music groups, and drama productions; to explore the outdoors and help in the community through the Duke of Edinburgh’s award scheme; or to take part in trips to theme parks or cultural attractions.
Sports are an important part of college life – and not just for students who play at a high level!
Students will find a wide variety of sports on offer at our different colleges, ranging from traditional school sports like rugby, football and cricket, to various types of fitness training, and adventure sports such as surfing, climbing and sailing.
Students are encouraged to join in sports, which are a great way to keep active, have fun, and meet local students.
Sports are available at different levels, catering for all from those who want to try a new sport and meet new people while getting some exercise, to those who already practice a sport at a high level.
Selecting a college with a sports academy is a great way for students to practice their chosen sport at a high level alongside their academic programme.
Sports academy students receive coaching, and may have the opportunity to compete in local leagues as part of the college team.
Sports on offer include include rugby, football, hockey, basketball, netball, tennis, golf, and cricket.
Students must practice their sport at a high level to gain a sports academy place, and may need to try out for a place.
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Living in the UK
Host family or halls-of-residence
Our College Select programmes include options for both host families and halls-of-residence. Read our guide to both options below, and contact us if you need help choosing the right option for your students.
Living with a host family is a unique way to experience the British culture. Students live as a member of the family, sharing family meals and taking part in family life and activities.
Living with a host family is a great option for students who enjoy living in a family environment, and who want to practice their English, learn about the British way of life – and learn how to make a perfect cup of tea!
Some families may choose to host another student, providing a great opportunity for students to learn about other cultures and languages, and to make international friends.
All host families are carefully screened by experienced support staff, and must complete criminal record checks.
Halls of residence
Halls-of-residence provide an opportunity for students to live independently, in a supervised and safe environment.
Halls-of-residence have excellent facilities, with students living in either single or shared rooms, with access to social areas and activities. The majority of students in halls are international, creating a young and fun environment, however some halls may also have British students who don’t live locally.
We offer a range of options, some halls are self-catering and students can make meals together with their friends, while other halls offer full-board accommodation.
Students who are aged under 18 live separately from elder students, and college staff are on site 24/7 in case students need help.