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Colleges in England

Aurther Barric reviews the many colleges in England.

At colleges in England, students can get a basic higher education in a variety of subjects. England is distinguished by its extensive college system, which provides higher education, a Certificate, Diploma, Bachelor's or Master's degree, after which students can start working in their field of study.

The Best colleges in England are divided into public and private. Their programs are designed in collaboration with industry and the community to meet current needs, meaning that colleges offer degrees that are in high demand in the job market. Their certificates and diplomas are recognized on a par with university degrees. Many have agreements with universities and offer degrees from partner universities.

Higher education is becoming more and more common and popular among students who would like to pay less. After all, the cost of education in colleges is 1.5-2 times lower than in universities.

The range of subjects offered at British colleges is extensive, including business, management, marketing, accounting, information technology, secretarial work, design, tourism and hotel management, media, computers, information technology, etc. Education has a pronounced practical orientation.

College curricula can vary from a few months to three years. Depending on the length of your education, you will receive a certificate or diploma - regular or advanced, a bachelor's degree, or even a master's degree. The study period for a certificate is 32-52 weeks. During this time, students receive the education they need to pursue careers in junior positions. Diploma programs prepare qualified personnel for mid-level technical and managerial jobs in electronics, industry, construction and architecture, business, etc. It takes three to four years to complete a bachelor's degree.

What do colleges in England offer to foreign applicants?

The main advantage of education obtained in the UK is the diploma accepted by all advanced world countries. Thanks to this, every graduate has a chance to build a successful career in any country.

Another important advantage is the opportunity to get a foothold in England: during college, students are actively involved in the environment of the locals. It talks about socializing during internships and working while studying. After graduation, every graduate can stay in England and obtain residency status.

How Colleges in England differ from Universities

The main difference between the two types of institutions is the number of students. Each university has a large number of students. In addition, universities conduct research and teach a large number of disciplines. But, as always, there are exceptions to every rule.

Residents of England and citizens of other countries who have come from abroad to study, call this type of educational institution in England schools.

There are several types of schools in Great Britain:

  • Day colleges. Similar institutions are located in Cambridge, London, and other major cities in the country. Colleges aim to give students the knowledge necessary for admission and further study at any university. In addition to in-depth education in academic disciplines, institutions also improve English language skills, prepare for international examinations, etc.
  • Boarding Colleges. Boarding colleges in England are British institutions with a closed territory, usually located in rural or suburban areas. They have everything students need for study and life. Each institution has its living quarters, laundry facilities, dining halls, health centre, exercise rooms, and many other services and facilities. It also organizes recreational activities for students.
  • International Colleges. In England is the name of a particular educational institution in which international students can also study and the British themselves. The primary curriculum of English schools is used for teaching. One of the differences between such institutions is the almost total absence of extracurricular activities, freer discipline, and a democratic environment.
  • Tutorial colleges are conducted as separate groups. Most often, it is a personal tutoring session for a student. Education takes place in the fundamental disciplines necessary for admission to a higher education institution and further study there. Particular attention is paid to the English language.

Benefits of attending college

Secondary education in the UK is a preparatory stage and an easier way to enter one of the prestigious universities.

In addition, a college education has many positive aspects:

  • The lack of exams and the need to attend high school in the UK.
  • An opportunity to learn English before you start an academic program.
  • Guaranteed acceptance to the university of your choice; transfer to a higher education institution is based on your academic performance.
  • Probability to choose the necessary program in the specialty you like.
  • Possibly to start studying at any time of the year - in the college system, you can start in September-October, January-February, and May-June.
  • Education in small groups.

As for accommodation, some institutions at this level offer full-board accommodation, and someplace their students with English families.

Cost of tuition

College tuition in the UK is not cheap. At the same time, the price depends on the chosen course and the student's degree: a master's degree is correspondingly cheaper than a bachelor's degree. By comparison, Oxford schools are "very low cost", here you will have to pay only 5500-700 euros per student per year.

The minimum tuition fee at University College London will be between 15,000 and 31,000 euros. These rates are even higher than tuition fees at some English universities. It's all about the high ranking of educational institutions and getting an advantage before entering the next stage - the bachelor's degree.

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About the Author

Aurther Barrick is a freelance journalist.