Why Study in Bournemouth, UK?
Located on the southern coast of England, Bournemouth is less than two hours from London by train. It is also close to some key landmarks and destinations, such as Stonehenge and The Jurassic Coast – England’s first natural World Heritage site – perfect for day trips between studying!
Bournemouth is a lively, modern and cosmopolitan town, partly due to the large student community as well as being a popular tourist destination that attracts visitors from across the globe throughout the year.
Once you have made the decision to Play soccer abroad and come to Bournemouth with IFX, you still have the rather big decision of what education path to follow. So, to make the decision a little bit easier, here are some academic options to choose from.
Football + English!
In the Language School program in Bournemouth, participants study in an intensive language program with experienced English teachers. Normally the classes take place 3-4 times per week in the morning or afternoon, generally about 3-5 hours per day. The language institutes are private organizations, generally with small class sizes.
The language programs are offered in different levels and terms. A participant who has never studied the language before would start at the first level, and after the term, if successful in completing the course, would then move on to the next level for the next term.
Participation and attendance in the language school is an integral aspect of the IFX program and required for those who choose this path of study. Learning a new language or improving in one already understood is a tremendous asset to have in one's future, not to mention being able to communicate better with your soccer club teammates or coaching staff in daily life.
Bournemouth & Poole College
If you choose the Bournemouth & Poole College program, you can be assured of high quality provision, excellent facilities and well qualified teaching professionals.
Combining traditional quality standards with innovative teaching and technology, The College offers a wide range of qualifications to prepare students for study at university, or to enter the work place as well-qualified employees.
The dedicated and experienced International team are on hand to ensure your time at The Bournemouth and Poole College is both enjoyable and successful, and are able to answer any questions you may have about living and studying within the Bournemouth and Poole area.
This truly is a great place for living, and a great place for learning. The College looks forward to welcoming you soon to The Bournemouth and Poole College.
International Access to University
Preparation programme for university entry
This 1 year duration academic program is aimed at 17+ student-athletes. The main purpose of this program is to enable you to gain direct progression to the first year of an undergraduate program at a UK university. (download the leaflet HERE)
Benefits of the course
A multi-progression pathway: Get the flexibility to choose from up to 5 universities in the fields of Business, Humanities, Media, Computing, Music and Science.
Study with experts: Get the maximum from your experienced lecturers and course tutors.
UCAS guidance: Receive guidance with UCAS applications and progression routes through personal tutor support and university placement advice. Discover your progression opportunities through workshops and fairs with university representatives, university tours and day trips to major cities such as London and Bath.
- Qualification: Access to Higher Education Diploma
- Awarding body:
CAVA (Cambridge Access Validating Agency)
- Starts: September; Ends: June.
- Study hours:
Approx. 15 - 25 hours a week.
- Entry requirements:
2 or 3 years of high school/senior secondary school with good grades in the relevant subjects (GCSE equivalent level). UKVI Academic IELTS Score 5.0 minimum (with minimum 5.0 in reading and writing). Please ask for the specific entry requirements for your country.
Student Route (previously known as Tier 4 visa).
This diploma is accepted by most UK universities. Typical progression routes include Bath, Birmingham, Bournemouth, Bristol, CASS, Durham, Edinburgh, Exeter, Lancaster, Loughborough, Manchester, Newcastle, Nottingham, Oxford Brookes, Southampton, UCL, Westminster and York.
University of London - International Foundation Programme at B&PC
University of London (UoL) is a mark of excellence and a trusted name in global education. The UoL IFP provides the students with the skills and knowledge they need for successful undergraduate study. This course is one of the best preparations to enter top UK universities.
According to Lynne Roberts, Director of the UoL IFP : "The programme has been designed to ensure that you achieve high academic standards, learn appropriate subject knowledge and acquire both the skills and intellectual curiosity necessary to succeed at university."
The minimum age is 17 years old. The entry requirements are a successful completion of High School in the student's own country (year 11+), academic IELTS 6.0 (with minimum 5.5 in writing and reading) or an equivalent English language assessment recognised by UoL.
Level 3 courses at Bournemouth & Poole College (B&PC)
While you continue your soccer development playing abroad, furthering your education is a no brainer. B&PC offers IFX participants a wide variety of courses as their educational track.
Level 3 Courses
- BTEC National Extended Certificate in Sport and Fitness (Fitness and Personal training)
- Everything IT - Full Time
- Foundation Diploma in IT
- Access to Computing
- HNC Computing
- HNC Business Management
- Business vocational route Customer Care
- Diploma in Travel and Tourism
- Diploma in Hospitality & Events
- UAL Foundation in Art & Design
- Access to Music
- Access to Performing Arts
- Access to HE Media
- Diploma in Creative Media Production and Technology
- HNC in Music
- Applied Psychology, Criminology and Law
State School (Public Secondary School)
For students ages 14 - 19 who come to the UK to study and play football for a semester and do not want to interrupt their educational path, IFX offers the opportunity to enroll into the Secondary School Education system in a State School (public school).
Students ages 14 to 16 years old attend a lower school and 16 to 19 study in a 6th Form(*). In lower school they study GCSE subjects: English, Math and Science are compulsory subjects and the student can then pick another 4 subjects. In 6th Form the students study A Levels and they choose 3 subjects to study. Normally obtaining an A Level is a two year course with English at the end of the second year (year 13). The results from these exams are used to enter University.
School subjects can include Modern Languages, Art, Drama, Textiles, IT, Technology, Photography, Engineering. These are but a few that are offered.
Students will be assigned a Local Guardian who will look after them and provide them with 24 hours / 7 days a week emergency support. They will arrange their taxi transfers to and from the airport, contact them on a weekly basis and visit them every 4 – 6 weeks. The school will provide a pastoral lead for each of the international students, and they will advise and support regarding any issues at school.
Students may be required to walk or to take the bus to school each day. Bus passes can be purchased.
(*) a 6th form college is an education establishment for children in school years 12-13 in England.
For international students from most countries, enrollment in a state school is only possible for up to 180 days.
Bournemouth Collegiate School
BCS is a private, English preparatory boarding school and day school located in Bournemouth, England. The school was formed in 2009 through a merger of Uplands School and Wentworth College, both schools with roots dating back over a century. The prestigious British prep school offers students a vast variety of course selection and programs of study including standard a level courses leading to 3 or 4 A2 level qualifications (Year 12 and 13), Pre A Level Sixth Form courses, and standard GSCE courses (Year 10 and 11).
International students are placed into course according to their individual levels and needs. To achieve their aims, BCS believes strongly that they want to develop in every pupil, from the youngest to the oldest, the 4Cs of BCS. Their broad and inclusive curriculum aims to develop the 4C pupil. They are:
- Curiosity to explore new ideas and to find out why.
- Creativity turning imagination into reality.
- Commitment to strive for success in all areas; academic and co-curricular.
- Community, BCS is an all-inclusive and culturally diverse school where every pupil is valued and respected, and where we embrace and celebrate the differences in each other.
At BCS, the United Learning ethos of the ‘Best in Everyone’ is upheld.