We're looking forward to welcoming you
Whether you are getting ready to join us on campus for the start of your programme or arriving on campus after starting your course from home, we are really looking forward to welcoming you to Bellerbys College. Here you can look forward to a safe, fun and inclusive learning experience as you build cultural experiences and create networks for your future. Enhanced health and safety measures, blended learning, and a supportive community of international students and expert staff ensure you will have the best start to your study abroad experience.
Here to support you
From visa application through to booking accommodation, you’ll be fully supported by our dedicated team every step of the way. We’ll support you with:
- What to pack
- Planning for your arrival
- How to make the most of your time with us
Studying at the College
Bellerbys is open for you to begin your studies and start your journey to achieving your university and career ambitions. In order to create the safest possible learning environment, and whilst social distancing restrictions are in place, you will benefit from blended learning. You will also receive one-to-one support, giving you help and guidance every step of the way.
What is blended learning?
You will learn through a mixture of as many live teacher-led classes as possible, as well as interactive activities and resources delivered in a virtual learning environment. Your health and safety is important and we will observe social distancing guidelines at all times.
What is a virtual learning environment?
A virtual learning environment, or VLE, is the web-based platform you’ll use to access a range of resources for your studies. It’s easy to use and you’ll find class recordings, discussions boards as well as your timetable, resources and assignments.
What do I need to study online?
As some lessons will be taught online, you will need to have a PC or Mac based computer. Whilst it is possible to access and interact with most course content using a tablet or smartphone, these devices will not work for assessments. If you do not have access to equipment, please let us know so that we can support you.
While it is possible to access and interact with most course content using various tablets and smartphones, such as iPads, iPhones and Android devices, these devices will not work for assessments and therefore it is important that you have a PC or Mac based computer available for use.
- Any Microsoft Windows based PC (laptop or desktop, preferably running Windows 10)
- Web Browser: Google Chrome or Microsoft Edge (Chromium version)
- Installation of Zoom for Virtual Classroom
- Any Apple MacOS based laptop or desktop
- Web Browser: Google Chrome or Microsoft Edge (Chromium version)
- Installation of Zoom for Virtual Classroom
Internet connectivity is required for access to all coursework. Internet connectivity could be in the form of a fixed line connection, 3G/4G/5G, wi-fi or other technologies.
Minimum: 600kbps download and 600kbps upload speed
Recommended: at least 1.5Mbps download and 1.5Mbps upload speed
Zoom Restricted Countries
Zoom is used for access to virtual classroom and is therefore an important part of all courses. Zoom is unavailable or restricted in several countries, with the full restricted list available here. While Zoom may still work from the countries listed, individuals should test Zoom using their own equipment to ensure connectivity.
What safety measures are in place?
Safety principles include:
- Wearing face coverings is encouraged around all our buildings
- Hand sanitiser stations
- Enhanced cleaning and sterilising measures
- One-way systems and signage to manage the flow of people around campus
- Smaller class sizes to enable social distancing
- Utilising online learning to manage number of students on campus
- Additional support for vulnerable students or those with special requirements
Keeping you safe on campus
Once you confirm your decision to study at Bellerbys College, you may need to apply for a visa. Use our information to discover which visa you need to study in the UK.
Our free support service is here to help you through every stage of the application, from enquiry to arrival, and is available to you in more than a dozen languages.
Essential pre-arrival tasks
Before you arrive at Bellerbys, you need to complete all the tasks in our pre-arrival checklist. Contact us with any questions.
If you applied directly through us, your Student Enrolment Advisor can answer any questions you have about arriving at Bellerbys. They can offer advice on living in the UK and support you with organising airport transfers on arrival to the UK. We will also provide you with pre-arrival reading and preparation materials so you are fully prepared for your study abroad adventure.
- Arrange insurance – find out about StudyCare Insurance Plus.
- Arrange your visa – find out more about visas.
- Confirm your offer – view our fees to see what you need to pay to confirm your offer.
- Confirm your accommodation – find out more about accommodation options in Brighton and London.
- Book your flights – the nearest airports to Bellerbys Brighton are London Gatwick Airport or London Heathrow Airport, the nearest airports to Bellerbys London are London City Airport, London Gatwick Airport or London Heathrow Airport.
- Prepare for your first day – you should aim to arrive at your accommodation up to two days before the start of term.
What to pack
Make sure you have original, paper copies of all your documents, not digital format on smart phones, tablets or other electronic devices. Keep them in your hand luggage in case you need to show them at UK border control.
What will your first week be like?
Whether you start online or on campus, you’ll benefit from an Induction Week to help you settle in and make friends. Some of our students share their experience of arriving at Bellerbys in this video.
Pre-booked taxi transfers at your arrival airport
If your flight arrives into London Heathrow and you have asked for a taxi transfer you will need make your way to the We Know London (WKL) kiosk. The location of the WKL kiosks by terminal can be found below. If you are arriving into Gatwick or Stansted Airport and have asked for a taxi transfer, your taxi driver will be waiting for you in the Arrivals Hall.
Your driver will be holding a sign with your name on it. Please do not pay the taxi driver, your fare will be added to your account.
Look out for fraud
Scammers may specifically target international students by pretending to be the Police, Visa issuing authorities, education agents or other regulatory bodies. It is important to be able to recognise common signs of fraudulent activity and know what to do if you come across it. The best way to protect yourself from any kind of fraud is to protect your passwords, regularly update your devices with the most up to date security software and never share your bank details or transfer money to an account you don’t recognise.
We're here to help
Make sure you tell a teacher or a member of student services team if you receive a suspicious message or phone call, or if you have any concerns about fraudulent activity. It is important that you let us know as soon as possible so that we can help to protect you and other international students in case they are targeted in the same way.
Frequently asked questions on joining us on campus
What facilities are available on campus?
Visit our student life pages to find out more about what to expect on campus.
What should I do if I need support when I arrive in the UK?
We’ll ensure that you have all the information and support you need ahead of your move to the UK. We will provide you with tailored information to prepare you for your journey; including information about what to pack, planning for your arrival, and how to make the most of your time at the International Study College.
If you need help with anything when you arrive, you can call the College’s Emergency Contact number for support:
What should I do if I am in the UK and I need health advice or welfare support?
If you show the symptoms of COVID-19 then you should follow official UK medical advice. You should also contact the College for further information.
View the government’s advice on what to do if you are displaying symptoms of the coronavirus.
What if I need to quarantine on arrival?
Before you travel, you should check to see if you need to quarantine when you arrive into the UK. You will not be able to leave your accommodation during quarantine so it's important that you are prepared.
If you are in Study Group managed accommodation, support will be provided by the College, to assist you to remain in your student accommodation during your quarantine period. If you have queries, please contact your College for assistance.
If you are staying in privately arranged accommodation, it may not be fully equipped for your two weeks, so before you travel, you should make plans to ensure you have what you need including bedding, kitchen equipment and food. If you are unable to bring any of this with you, there are websites available where you can pre-order the items you need.
For bedding and kitchen equipment:
You can order healthy food directly from supermarkets. Make sure that you check your accommodation address on their website ensure that they deliver to your area
If you cannot wait for your food delivery, and would like a takeaway, the delivery services below operate in most areas of the UK:
Finally, consider some entertainment to keep you busy, active and happy during your 10 days. You can always bring a couple of good books or consider an online streaming service for films and TV but remember to do this before you arrive as some companies do not accept non-UK bank accounts or credit cards for payment.
Staying at home for a long time can be difficult. If you are struggling, the staff at the College will be there for you if you need any help.
What if I start or enrol late on my course?
All students should attend their Induction Week, whether already at the College, in quarantine, or virtually from another country.
What happens during Induction Week?
Our Induction Week programme will introduce you to your College, our staff, and welfare and support services. You will also receive full guidance on maintaining your health and safety whilst studying in the UK.
You will find out about your timetable, as well as important information about how we deliver your course through a mixture of classroom teaching and virtual learning, or virtual, teacher-led learning if you are starting your studies in your home country. There will also be events to help you get to know your fellow students.
If you are not required to quarantine, then some of the Induction Week activity may take place with our staff in the College, for example registration sessions for the Biometric Residence Permit.
Emergency contact numbers
London: +44 (0) 7557 770 967
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