Filton College in Bristol fulfilled the career aspirations of more than 130 international students this autumn, by welcoming applications from around the world.
Students from at least 50 different countries have enjoyed the benefits stemming from a good mix of nationalities and from the opportunity to study a wide range of courses at different levels. These include GCSEs, A Levels, HNDs and other vocational courses as well as their English as a foreign language programme.
The one- year Access course specialising in areas such as Health & Social Care is proving to be popular and allows students over the age of 19 who don”t have the required qualifications to enter university.
A part from the highly acclaimed English as a Foreign Language programme, Sporting academies have also proved to be a winner and have attracted many international students to the high quality state ““of- the art facilities where they receive up to 16 hours of professional sports training per week to coincide with their full time studies.
With the help of a personal tutor and access to career advisors, counsellors and accommodation and international officers, students are able to gain the best guidance and support on a daily basis. Thanks to years of expertise in helping international students settle in when they arrive, Filton College’s reputation as one of the fastest growing and vibrant colleges in the South West, offers students high quality learning and teaching attracting nearly 200 learners per year.
The benefits to the students of attending Filton College are there for all to see. Farshad Forouzandehfard is a 20 year old student from Iran who is currently studying A Levels in Physics, Maths and Chemistry. Having already achieved an IELTS level 6.0, he is hoping to continue his education at Bath University to study Automotive Engineering.
French student Olivier Fustier, 23, heard about Filton College through the International Centre in Lyon. He is currently studying English as a Foreign Language (EFL) at the college and is planning either to return to France or stay in England to study Business or Human Resources.
Silvia Del Real, 24, is also studying English and already has gained a degree in Food Technology back in her home country Spain. She has plans to get a job in this field in England where she can improve her English.
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