UK study Choosing an institution Sixth-form/tutorial colleges
These specialise in full-time courses for 16- to 19-year-olds, often designed to equip them for university entrance, although many offer vocational courses as well.
Instead of staying on at a school sixth form, some students choose to move to an independent college. These institutions accept students aged 16+ and, like school sixth forms, provide a bridge between school and university.
These colleges offer the same qualifications as school sixth forms: A-levels, Vocational A-levels, Highers and the IB.
Some colleges offer specialised teaching of GCSEs, A levels and foundation courses and are often termed ’tutorial colleges’.
Colleges tend to use an intensive tutorial style of teaching – the small group teaching and regular testing developed at the Universities of Oxford and Cambridge. Cutting-edge learning techniques are backed up by established traditional approaches. College teachers – many of them examiners and authors of textbooks – are proven educational thinkers.
Colleges have a great deal of experience of helping international students to succeed in the UK and can often offer wide-ranging support services, including English language tuition, personal tutors, open access to welfare officers and student councils.
Colleges offer international students a good introduction to life in the UK beyond the educational system.