A day in the life of a student……

Observing the activities of a number of students over the last summer, made me think how I wished I was young again 🙂

We had a great summer and we must be grateful for that, even now, first week of October I can see a beautiful sunny day through my window,

Students here in Bournemouth have lessons in the morning or afternoon. Most students prefer attending school in the morning during the summer but that it’s not always possible as schools work at full capacity at that time of the year.

By 7 AM, students are getting ready for school. Some students have to catch the bus and they need to allow more time but most students walk to school.

Students aim to be at school by 8:30 AM and ready for the first lesson at 9:00 AM. Most schools dictate lessons of 40 minutes each and they do them in blocks of two so students start the morning with two lessons followed by a break where students can rest their minds and talk to their friends, have a drink or simply read a magazine. The students, after the break, go back for a further two lessons and they’re done for the day, unless they are doing University Foundation courses or Intensive English Language course. Some schools offer speaking practice clubs and students can stay in the school building or return later in the day.

When the lessons are over for the day, students can stay in the building doing all sorts of activities. Some will spend their time playing Table Tennis or Pool, others will watch TV, browse the Internet, etc.

Students have different choices where to have their lunch. Depending on the school location and time of the year, student will either eat lunch with their friends at school or go to a nearby park have lunch and catch the sun while they chat with friends.

Most students here in Bournemouth spend their afternoons at the beach or shopping during the summer. They go back to their Host Families or other accommodation for dinner and to do their home work but they are out again in the evening. Again, the beach, a park, cinema, the pub, a sport venue, etc are popular places with students. Most evenings one can see groups of students having fun along the beach, playing sports, playing music and mostly engaged in conversation with fellow students which is a great way of improving their English.

On Thursdays, Fridays and Saturdays students will probably visit one of the many Night Clubs of the town (depending on age) There are rules and  restrictions for students under 18 years of age. Thursdays are usually the students night and students from all schools will come into town and have fun.

The opportunities to have fun and learn are there for everyone. Any day of the week is a long day in the life of a student.

If you’d like more information about this topic then please visit Study English in the UK website and contacts us.

 

What Visa do I need?

One of the question we get asked all the time is “how do I get a Visa?” or “Can I get a Visa?” We understand that it can be confusing for students to understand what category they fall under. We will try to simplify all your options here.

The first question you might ask yourself is “Do I need to apply for a visa?”

The simple answer to this question is; if your nationality is of a country that is within the European Community then these rules do not apply to you and you don’t need to apply for a visa.

It’s important to point out that visas will only be granted for students who have a visa letter from a school / University which is registered on the UK Border Agency’s Register of Sponsors. To obtain such a letter you must enrol on a course. You can contact us through our website to see how you can enrol on a course.

The entrance requirements to the UK to study have been divided in four categories.

The category you choose will depend on your age, and the length and level of the course you want to study.

Student categories

Category Who can apply?
Tier 4 (Child) You can apply as a child student under Tier 4 of our points-based system if you are between 4 and 17 years old. If you are between 4 and 15 years old, you must be coming to the UK to be educated at an independent fee-paying school.
Child visitor You can apply as a child visitor if you are under 18 years old and you want to come and study in the UK for up to 6 months.While you are in the UK as a child visitor, you cannot ‘switch’ and apply to extend your stay as a Tier 4 (Child) student. If you want to study here under Tier 4 (Child), you will need to leave the UK and apply from the country where you live.
Tier 4 (General) You can apply as an adult student under Tier 4 (General) of our points-based system if you are coming to the UK for your post-16 education.
Student visitor You can apply as a student visitor if you are at least 18 years old, you want to come and study in the UK for up to 6 months (or up to 11 months to take an English Language course), and you do not want to work while you are here.While you are in the UK as a student visitor, you cannot ‘switch’ and apply to extend your stay as a Tier 4 (General) student. If you want to study here under Tier 4 (General) , you will need to leave the UK and apply from the country where you live.

Students aged 16 or 17 who want to study here for more than 6 months

If you are 16 or 17 years old, you and your approved education provider (also known as your sponsor) should agree whether you should apply under Tier 4 (General) or Tier 4 (Child) of the points-based system.Study English in the UK can help you with this.

Fig1. National Qualifications Framework

QCF_common_English_and_Welsh_qualifications

If you will be studying a course below National Qualification Framework level 3,(see fig1) you must apply under Tier 4 (Child).

If your course is at National Qualification Framework level 3 (See fig1) ( or equivalent) or above and is longer than 2 years, we recommend that you apply under Tier 4 (General).

If you want to study for an English Language qualification at or above level A2 (see fig1) of the Common European Framework of Reference for Languages (CEFR), you must apply under Tier 4 (General).

If you are applying to study in the UK under Tier 4 of the points, based system, you can also apply to study an intensive English language course, or any other course, to prepare you for your main course of study here.

Pre-sessional courses

A pre-sessional course is a short course (such as an intensive English Language course) to prepare a Tier 4 student for their main course of study. If you want to study a pre-sessional course before your main Tier 4 course, you must apply for permission to study the pre-sessional course.

If you have an unconditional offer of a place on your main course of study, we may grant you a visa or permission to remain which covers both your pre-sessional course and your main course. We will only do this if your pre-sessional course will be:

  • with the same education provider as your main course; or
  • with a partner institution named on your education provider’s sponsor licence.

Your education provider will need to assign you a single confirmation of acceptance for studies that covers both the pre-sessional course and the main course. The pre-sessional course must end no more than 1 month before the main course starts.

If you only have a conditional offer of a place on your main course of study, or if your pre-sessional course provider is separate from your main course provider, you must first apply to us for permission to take the pre-sessional course. If you successfully complete the pre-sessional course, you can apply from inside the UK to extend your stay under Tier 4 and study your main course.