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How Old Do You Have to Be to Study Abroad? There’s no need to wait until university - you can study in the UK from as young as 13

Posted 05 August 2015
Bellerbys international students from age 13

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There’s no need to wait until university - you can study in the UK from as young as 13

There’s no one-size-fits-all when it comes to studying abroad.

Everyone matures differently; some people are sure of their career and study goals early, while some take a while to find out what they really want to do. As a student, you might need time to develop the confidence required to leave family and friends behind and study overseas, or you might feel you’re more than ready, willing, and excited to go right now.


How old do I have to be?

Most international students make the move to study in the UK after high school. More than 400,000 international students head for the UK each year to study. Many of them enter undergraduate degree programmes or Masters degree programmes at university, and a quarter of them choose to study in London.

But you needn’t wait until you’ve finished high school in order to fulfil your dreams of studying abroad. Bellerbys Colleges offer GCSE Pathway Programmes in the UK that are suitable for students aged 13 and up.


What can I study?

Younger students have a fantastic range of study options at Bellerbys.


GCSE Pathways - aged 13+

Get a head start and begin your journey towards a great UK university career early. 

GCSE programmes allow you to:

●    Build the language, learning and cultural skills you need to succeed in the highly competitive world of higher education

●    Achieve the GCSE grades you need to continue on to A Level study and then university

●    Experience what it feels like to study at a UK high school and get British qualifications

●    Choose a mixture of subjects that you love

You can choose from six GCSE Pathway Programmes at Bellerbys Brighton, less than an hour on the train from London.

●     Science & Engineering

●     Business & Economics

●     Creative Arts

●     Humanities

●     Global

●     Young Oxbridge

Each features a range of exciting enrichment programmes designed to help you learn outside the classroom. You’ll enjoy guest lectures, hands-on workshops, creative writing classes, museum visits, school trips, London tours, and more.


1-Year GCSE Programme - aged 15+

This year-long Bellerbys course is designed to provide a grounding in core subjects to enable progression to A Level.


A Levels - aged 15.5+

A Levels are the qualifications that British students need to earn to be accepted into the best UK universities. A Level entry requirements vary from course to course and university to university. The more prestigious the university or demanding the course, the higher the A Level grades will be expected.

You can choose from 22 A Level subjects at Bellerbys, over three, five or six terms. Each student benefits from a tailored enrichment programme too.


Foundation Courses - aged 16.5+

Looking for the best start to your UK degree studies? Whether you need to improve your grades in order to gain entry to the UK university degree programme of your choice, need time to settle in to the UK before you begin university, or simply want to brush up on your English language and academic skills before you begin your degree, you can study a Foundation Year at Bellerbys.

●   Choose from 11 subject specialisms

●   Guaranteed entry onto a degree programme at one of over 70 Bellerbys partner universities when you successfully complete the course

●   Study at one of four Bellerbys Specialist Study Centres - London, Brighton, Cambridge or Oxford

Whether you’re preparing for entry into a UK university, looking to broaden your career or study horizons, or just want to get a taste of what a British education feels like, Bellerbys has a course for you, whatever your age.

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