The British Council is an official organisation that, among its activities, offers a voluntary scheme for monitoring and assessing English language schools in the UK. ‘Accreditation’ by the British Council means that a school has met the quality standards set by the British Council’s English in Britain Accreditation Scheme. This accreditation is widely recognized as an indicator of the quality of lessons offered by the school. For more information, please visit the British Council website.
Studio rooms are self-contained, with an internal kitchen and an en-suite bathroom (with a shower).
The en-suite room involves sharing a large kitchen/common area with up to 6 other students while having your own bedroom and an en-suite bathroom.
No, smoking is not permitted in any area within the buildings. You can smoke outside the accommodation in designated areas.
Expect a warm welcome and a friendly introduction to the members of the host.
They will give you a helpful introduction to the local area, its amenities and transport links.
Do not be shy to ask for help planning your journeys. It is advised for students to buy a Pay as you go UK mobile phone and sim card.
It is normal practice to exchange contact numbers with your host family, for safety, wellbeing and general communication.
Self Catering (SC)
The guest prepares their own meals and has a dedicated storage area for food in the kitchen. The times for use of kitchen can be decided with the host.
Bed & Breakfast (BB)
Light access to kitchen only. Continental Breakfast: cereal, toast, jam, tea/coffee, juice. Light access includes the use of the kitchen to make a sandwich and possibly use of the microwave. No access to the cooker/oven to prepare meals.
Half Board (5 Nights) Continental breakfast 7 days in the week. Evening meal Monday to Friday only. Light access to the kitchen on weekends. Continental Breakfast: cereal, toast, jam, tea/coffee, juice.
Main meal to include a meat or fish dish. To be eaten with the host. Light access includes use of the kitchen to make a sandwich and possibly use of the microwave. No access to the cooker/oven to prepare meals.
You can apply for a:
Short-term study visa
Standard visitor visa
You have to be over 16 years old to apply.
To apply for either of these visas, you must be at least 16 years old.
No, you cannot extend your visa while you are in the UK.
If you hold a short-term study visa or a standard visitor visa, you are not permitted to work.
Visas may be refused for various reasons. The most common reasons include:
There are other possible reasons, but these are the most frequently encountered issues.