International Students / ESOL

Highly Trusted Sponsor

Shrewsbury College holds a Tier 4 Highly Trusted Sponsor license and can sponsor students under the Tier 4 General or Tier 4 Child category.

Overseas Students

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Many students today are looking for an international education and a new cultural experience to prepare them for success in the new global economy. The UK is a popular choice as it is an exciting place in which to live and study. Studying in the UK and at Shrewsbury College is an investment in your future and we welcome international students.

As a further education college we offer suitable university preparation programmes for international students in a predominantly UK student environment.

If you’re planning on studying at a higher level at Shrewsbury College we offer student accommodation in the centre of Shrewsbury which is close to all major public transport services, including a regular bus route to our London Road Campus.

English for Speakers of Other Languages

Our ESOL programmes will enable you to meet new people, broaden your cultural awareness and improve your language skills both for life and work. You will gain European Union approved English language qualifications that meet UK Border Agency language requirements for your visa renewal and achieve an English language qualification that is recognised by thousands of educational institutions, businesses and government departments around the world.

Cambridge ESOL Skills for Life Courses
Students take Cambridge Main Suite (KET, PET, FCE, CAE) and/or ESOL Skills for Life accreditation on completion of the course.


Student Visa Requirements

Black and white timber buildingIn order to qualify to come to the UK as a student you must show that you intend to study and have been accepted for an appropriate course at the College. You must also show that you are able to meet the cost of your course and maintain and accommodate yourself and any dependants without working or asking for public funds and that you intend to leave the UK when you finish your studies. 

If you are a visa-national and intend studying in the UK you must apply for a student visa before arriving in the UK.  If you enter on a visitor's visa you will have to return to your country to apply for a student visa as you cannot change your status in the UK.

For more information on applying for a Student Visa please view Home Office website.

Border Force have some materials advising students arriving in the UK on the correct documentation they need to present at passport control and making them aware of customs rules and regulations.

English Language Requirements

Statue of Charles DarwinYou need IELTS level 5.5 or equivalent to follow a BTEC National Diploma (Level 3) course. You need IELTS 6, First Certificate with A or B grade to follow a Higher National Diploma, Degree or professional course.

Please ask at your nearest British Council offices for details of how to take these examinations in your country.

Applications & Fees

To apply please fill in the International Application Form for International Students and return it to:
Central Admissions, Shrewsbury College of Arts & Technology

London Road, Shrewsbury, Shropshire SY2 6PR, England
The fees are generally paid at enrolment. You will be required to send the non refundable deposit with your completed application form.

Home/European students:
Part-time courses are co-funded totalling £350 plus exam fees.

International students:
Full-time courses (subject to conditions) £6,500 per year
Part-time courses cost £798 plus £88 exam fees per year
Higher Education £9250 per year

Additional costs:
Books from £24 to £26.

For fee information please ring 01743 342346.

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