Tips on studying a Foundation at Bellerbys
Greetings from Hong Kong! I am Sharon, a former full-time online student who graduated from Bellerbys College London with a Foundation in Marketing. Here, I am going to explain to you the support I received during my pathway programme. I hope my blog can further increase your enthusiasm before coming into Bellerbys!
I decided to study online prior to the COVID pandemic reaching the UK. I was originally a sixth form student at a boarding school in the UK, but I made my way back to Hong Kong before the lockdown. At my previous school, I struggled to study online because only a few students were not on campus, and online students did not receive enough support from the school. At that time, I was considering whether I should change my plan and study a Foundation programme at Bellerbys, which also meant that I would be able to graduate a year early. In the end I thought, why not?
Studying a Foundation at Bellerbys College
Bellerbys has the additional means to support online education. Although Bellerbys offers a mixture of face-to-face teaching and Zoom classes, a lot of students are still in their home country studying remotely. The class size online is around eight to ten students per Zoom class, meaning the teachers can cater to each person’s needs, while maintaining a good relationship with all the students. Here’s a little tip: always ask your teachers for help if you are going through any difficulties—they are likely to come back to you with help within an hour or two. Studying a Foundation course at Bellerbys will prepare you to progress into the first year of your degree, so take the chance to learn everything you can about studying abroad in the UK!
How do I progress to university?
One of the most frequently asked questions at Bellerbys is: how can I study at university?
Bellerbys students can apply for university through the University and Colleges Admissions Service (UCAS), and will receive a lot of support towards applying and getting in to the university of their choice. For example, special two-hour sessions are held each week to go through your application with your tutor regarding personal statement, universities options, interviews and more. The College also hosts a UCAS university fair, so that students can directly talk to university representatives to find out about their favourite potential degree courses.
- To make the progression process clearer, I have outlined the six main steps of studying a Foundation that, if done right, will allow you to progress to university after your time at the College.
- Receive your Foundation offer letter, alongside universities’ conditional offer letters
- Start your Foundation course (hustle!)
- Submit your UCAS application
- Continue your Foundation and receive updates from UCAS Track
- Respond to your offers and choose your firm (1st) and insurance (2nd) choices
- Check your final results and graduate!