Education in Great Britain. Gloucestershire College
The college has a history going back to 1838. For a long time, it was connected to the University of Gloucestershire; however more recently they separated so that the University could concentrate on full degree courses and we could concentrate on university preparation and some Higher Education courses up to HND level. College still have some connections; for example the university guarantees progression for Foundation courses, so that students who take our 9 or 6 month Foundation course are guaranteed a place with them if they pass (they can apply to other universities as well but it is nice for them to know that even if they are not successful they still have a guaranteed place). The University of Gloucestershire is ranked 58th in the university league tables.
College has 2 campuses, of approximately equal size, in Gloucester and Cheltenham (Gloucestershire is the name of the region, which contains both Gloucester and Cheltenham). Cheltenham and Gloucester are about the same size, located in central England. Cheltenham is famous for being a very desirable town, with beautiful architecture and shops, and a strong, prosperous population. Gloucester is more historical - our campus there is based in the docks area. It is famous for Gloucester cathedral, where there are some English kings buried, and where they filmed parts of the Harry Potter movies. Cheltenham campus holds most of year-round English, summer school and pre-university courses, while Gloucester holds most of the higher education (HND/Foundation degrees), Vocational and also some summer courses.
Students are normally looking for 3 things - low cost, good facilities and strong services. College is excellent in all these areas. Fees are £5,000 next year for tuition (pre-university, such as Foundation courses and A Levels) and £6,600 for Higher Education. College makes no money on accommodation. The average class size for international students is about 12.
Gloucestershire College is one of the UKs largest colleges of Further Education with a national reputation for excellence offering a wide variety of courses including:
• A-levels and GCSEs
• Art & Design
• Business and Management
• Catering & Hospitality
• English Language
• Health and Care
• New Media
• Tourism & Sport
• plus many others
Gloucestershire College is one of the largest Further Education colleges in the UK, offering a wide range of education and training programmes, including A Levels and GCSEs, vocational qualifications, work-based learning, basic skills courses, Higher Education, short courses for business, part-time day and evening courses and English for overseas students.
EFL: English as a Foreign Language
One academic year: GBP 4650
Shorter periods possible: Minimum of 2 weeks
Higher Education / Higher National Diploma / Degree Courses
One academic year: September 2011 - June 2012 GBP 6950
A-level, GCSE and pre University Vocational Courses
One academic year: GBP 5500
Price includes 6 hours of English Language tuition each week.
Fast track A-Level maths/sciences programme 2011 - 2012 GBP 7500
International Foundation Course
One academic year: September 2011 - June 2012 GBP 5500 / January 2012 - June 2012 GBP 4500
Tuition fees include exams first attempt, required course books and English language support. International student enrichment (welcome party, trips, international lunch etc) is included in the fees.
Tuition fees do not include additional expenses relating to the course such as materials fees or course specific excursions. For example: catering or hair and beauty kits, art supplies or specialist software. Fees do not include exam retakes or recommended text books.
College managed accommodation
Halls of residence accommodation: self-catering GBP tbd per week
Halls of residence deposit GBP 250
Host family accommodation: half board GBP 117-120 per week
Additional registration fee of GBP 25 for all accommodation.